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“Grapevine” Presents The Climate Change Gospel According To Murdoch

Reported by Priscilla - July 22, 2008 -

Last night’s (July 21st) “Grapevine” was more of the same old, same old global warming “skepticism.” Rather than deny global warming, Fox is now in the business of showing how “scientists” dispute that it is “man-made.” Hume’s first piece was teased with “Former Global Warming Alarmist Deals Blow to Greenhouse Gas Theory.” Let’s do the “Grapevine” deconstruction, again.

Hume asserted that David Evans (whose doctorate is in electrical engineering), described by Hume as a “former global warming alarmist and creator of the model that measures Australia's compliance with the Kyoto Protocol,” claims that “while global warming is real, there is no evidence that the main cause is carbon emissions.” Per Hume, Evans reports, in an article in The Australian, that carbon dioxide emissions play “at most, a minor role.” He goes on to say that “hot spots” in the earth’s atmosphere over the tropics, which he claims are “signatures of the greenhouse effect” have not been found by scientists who have been “trying to locate them, for years, using thermometers attached to weather balloons.” He states that “years of research "show no hot spots — whatsoever" ergo "an increased greenhouse effect is not the cause of global warming." The chyron read “spot of bother” which I guess was supposed to sound Australian?

Comment: Let’s start with The Australian which (surprise, surprise) is published by Rupert Murdoch. Now lets move on to David Evans who, according to his own words, in a monograph about the development of the carbon monitoring model which he did with another man, Dr. Gary Richards: “I know a heck of a lot about modelling and computers but I am not a climate modeller.” Let’s take Hume’s comment that Evans was a “former global warming alarmist.” According to Evans, not hardly: “When I started that job in 1999 the evidence that carbon emissions caused global warming seemed pretty conclusive, but since then new evidence has weakened the case that carbon emissions are the main cause. I am now skeptical.” Prior to his job with the Australian Greenhouse Office, he thought about writing but says that he did "lots more interesting stuff and mainly did my own research until 1999". “In the meantime, to support himself, he traded on the stock market and did some programming odd jobs.” In an interview with Republican Senator Jim (God won’t allow global warming) Inhofe Press Blog, Evans said the the IPCC has it all wrong. He later touted a “peer review” climate study by Fred Singer, who is head of the Science and Environmental Policy Project, a climate change skeptic group funded, in part, and given office space by Reverend Moon. As this article has only just be released, there has only been one rebuttal in which the missing climate “signatures” seem to have been found. Suffice to say that Evans is right smack dab in the middle of the global warming skeptic community; but that doesn’t stop Fox from showcasing his view as, somehow, more valid than the reality based scientific community. Never mind the recent EPA Report which states “Global warming is caused by greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels.” Why bother with the "inconvenient truth" when you have important propaganda which is hardly a "blow" to greenhouse gas science! Evans, in denouncing the IPCC, states that their findings are “politically inspired fraud, not science.” Sounds like the unscientific and politically inspired Fox News.