Monday, July 10, 2006

Limbaugh's Continued War On Gore Leads Him To Continue Making Up Science

Rush Limbaugh has spent the past few weeks looking for way to tear apart the new documentary An Inconvenient Truth, in his latest effort to knock Al Gore and the scientific consensus on global climate change.

Limbaugh has a right to pan the movie, or to offer alternative interpretations of the points made therein. Without folks like Limbaugh, how would 13.5 million weekly listeners learn to appreciate questionable Bush Administration and-or industry-supported scientific theory suggesting everything from the safety of rocket fuel in drinking water to the safety of dust in the air after the World Trade Center collapse.

But just as Limbaugh has a right to spew, others have a right to fact-check.

LIMBAUGH (July 7): "I read something the other day that says in the last four years, surface temperatures on average have not gone up. They’ve gone down one-tenth of a degree Celsius. If they’re trending anywhere, they’re trending down the last four years."

JAMES HANSEN, DIRECTOR, NASA (January 24): “The five warmest years over the last century occurred in the last eight years.”

According to Hansen, 2005 was the warmest year in the last century, followed by 1998, 2002, 2003 and 2004. You'll note that 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 are "the last four years."

LIMBAUGH (May 22): "Al Gore is trying -- he's got this movie coming out. It's absurd. The Antarctica ice is actually increasing. This -- just this hysteric global warming is unsupportable by facts."

Limbaugh was citing research from the oil industry-funded Competitive Enterprise Institute. Four days before Limbaugh's comments, the primary author of the study, Curt Davis, had issued a statement saying CEI misused his research "in a deliberate effort to confuse and mislead the public."

Davis, director of the Center for Geospatial Intelligence at the University of Missouri-Columbia, said that growth of the ice sheet was only noted on the interior of the ice sheet and did not include coastal areas. Coastal areas are known to be losing mass, and these losses could outweigh the gains in the interior areas. Furthermore, the fact that the interior ice sheet is growing is a predicted consequence of global climate warming.

Limbaugh, of course, overlooked Davis' statement, in a deliberate effort to confuse and mislead the public.


How scientifically accurate is An Inconvenient Truth? Nineteen climate experts gave the movie a thumbs-up for conveying the science correctly.

Will Limbaugh tell his listeners that? Don't be "absurd."


Limbaugh, a national voice in the "conservative media" since 1988, has been discussing Gore and other "environmental wackos" and "dunderheaded alarmists and prophets of doom" for almost as long as he's been on the air.

Perhaps his listeners -- nearly the number watching the nightly news on any of ABC, CBS or NBC -- are among the 37% of Americans who still think that "we don't know enough" about global climate change to take action, or that "concern about global climate change is unwarranted."

Limbaugh has been wrong so many times about the issue, it's hard to keep track. But perhaps the best example of what a "dunderhead" Limbaugh is came in 1992, when Gore debated Limbaugh on ABC's Nightline.

LIMBAUGH: "If you listen to what Senator Gore said, it is man-made products which are causing the ozone depletion, yet Mount Pinatubo has put 570 times the amount of chlorine into the atmosphere in one eruption than all of man-made chlorofluorocarbons in one year."

It was a point Limbaugh also made on pages 155-57 of his best-seller, The Way Things Ought to Be. Limbaugh's source was a book that footnoted the volcano theory to Rogelio Maduro, the associate editor of a magazine published by the Lyndon LaRouche network.

Worse, Limbaugh wrongly repeated the "facts," such as they were. Maduro said Mount Augustine in Alaska, not Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines, put out 570 times as much chlorine as one year's worth of man-made chlorofluorocarbons.

And what about the science? The journal Science explains that chlorine from natural sources, like volcanoes, is soluable, and gets rained out of the lower atmosphere. Man-made chlorofluorocarbons are insoluble and inert, and make it into the stratosphere, where they can eat away at Earth's protective ozone layer.

Has Limbaugh set the record straight? Don't be "absurd."


Anonymous Gen. Patton said...

Is there anything more narcissistic than the idea that humans are playing a critical role in changing Earth's tempreture? Only a bunch of Flower Power has-beens could of have conceived such a laughable and clearly Liberal theory. The Earth's tempreture has been increasing and decreasing long before we got here. So don't flatter yourselve's. You're simply not that important.

11:58 AM  
Anonymous Angelina's Evil Twin said...

You are in DISAGREEMENT with nearly every major non-industry SCIENTIFIC institution in the world, Patton.

What's your background to make such a claim? Are you a climatologist? A geologist? Where do you have your PhD from?

Or are you just repeating a Ken Mehlman talking point, and really DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT? Are you just INSANELY MAD at Al Gore?

Science isn't LIBERAL or CONSERVATIVE. It's a matter of whether you want to study FACTS, or CHERRY-PICK to make pro-industry conclusions.

1:09 PM  
Anonymous ComerPerro said...

Talent on loan from God, pills perscribed to others

1:10 PM  
Anonymous BOSSHOG said...

The self hatred of believers marchs on. The limbaughs of the world when Galileo was doing his work would have engaged in Galileo's demise. "Conservatives" make a sport of wallowing in ignorance and self hate. And the "conservative" think tanks that limbaugh relies on are part of that sport. No doubt, the heritage foundation will soon have a "study" that will make slavery the key to our economic future. And his hatred of President Gore is nothing but political because he sure doesn't need to know or learn anything to sate his audiences appetite for more ignorance.

1:10 PM  
Anonymous cmt928 said...

I lost a friend over this type of comment... asked her to back up what she read by giving me the source or where she read it - she took offense and friendship of almost 40 years has melted down to an occasional email with a sentence or two. She is a rich repuke whose husband likes dubya for only one reason, tax savings - they retired this year at 56!

Similar comment from Rush and his pals: "They say" - who says? you never get an answer or they give a possibility of the way something works, then it ends up as fact!

1:11 PM  
Anonymous madmusic said...

Rush's secret weapon: Never admit being wrong. Alway repeat the same lines over and over until they are etched in the audience's subconscious.

Operation Enduring Propaganda.

1:12 PM  
Anonymous rustydog said...

"I read something somewhere that unquestionly challenges this global warming baloney my friends. this article said that some credible scientists have conducted studies and gone to places in the world no one else has bothered to go and these people, some people say, have the numbers that PROVE beyond any doubt that Gore is dead wrong, the world is not warming up. Believe me my friends, I've seen the numbers and numbers do not lie."

"Some people also say that....blah blah blah."

Name a source Rushbo, give us background information other than: "Listen my friends, some people say."

1:12 PM  
Anonymous Liberal Jarhead said...

Nothing new about Limbaugh lying. He’s always fabricated information to support whatever he was trying to say.

The way to find out who’s credible is to look at whose work is published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and the responses it gets from the authors’ peers. By that measure, when looked at by experts with no axe to grind except finding out the truth, global warming is now accepted as confirmed truth. The studies funded by the polluting industries that dispute this don’t show up in those professional peer-reviewed journals because their science is unsound and they can’t make it past the screening process designed to weed out junk science.

It would be pleasing to look forward to saying “We told you so” to Limbaugh and his kindred spirits, except that our world will be trashed when we’re saying it.

10:18 AM  
Anonymous krw said...

Keep up the good work. Have you considered sending this to Limbaugh?

10:18 AM  
Anonymous ken grandlund said...

Limbaugh is just a mouth piece for partisan politics, and much of what he says is unsupportable upon further reflection and research. It’s just a pity that many of the people who listen to him don’t take the time to verify what he blathers. (Of course, in fairness, the same can be said of those who believe every word out of left wing talk radio without finding verification.)

It is sad that the most pressing issues of the day (hint- it’s not gay marriage or flag burning or tax cuts) devolve into partisanship instead of being based on sound information and discussed rationally.

10:18 AM  
Anonymous Sandy said...

alBore is a moron. NO one takes him seriously. That ‘movie’ is a pathetic joke aimed at getting him some pre-’08 election publicity.

America’s not buying it. They’re too smart to elect him or believe anything he says.

We have bigger problems that “global warming.”

Like yesterday in India. alQaeda (your terrorist friend) is killing people. Why no mention of it anywhere? Your friends been naughty again and you’re covering for them?

10:19 AM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

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10:19 AM  
Anonymous Space_Poet said...

Sandy, do you always talk out your a$$? Gore has been pro-environment since the early 80's. It has never been political. He is putting 100% of all profits from his book and this movie into pro-environmental funds. He is keeping not one red cent. He also has zero ambition to run again for any office position presidential or otherwise. Get your facts straight and stop spewing your hatred to people who care about your childrens health, and their childrens children, that's if anyone would pro-create with you.

11:46 AM  
Anonymous fschmeisser said...

It is truly amazing how so-called "intelligent" people can argue against scientific and mathematical certainty. You go space_poet!

12:42 PM  
Blogger pacotheus said...

It is a glaring and undeniable fact that those who poo-pooh global warming or claim that it can't have anything to do with human activities

1) Do not refute the facts offered by climatologists

2) Do not cite facts in support of their skepticism

3) Offer no credible alternative explanations of the facts, and

4) Turn to ad hominem, irrelevant and absurd assertions as their exclusive means of argument

The guy who said something like "humans just aren't significant enough to be able to alter the earth's climate" was particularly noteworthy. This is like saying that an insect just could not possibly wipe out all the American chestnut trees or that green plants couldn't possibly have created all the oxygen in the planet's atmopsphere. The truth can be, at times, amazing. But it is still the truth!

8:50 PM  

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