Our “friend” Mark Steyn already showed off his wingnut credential when he wrote his ridiculous America Alone. Its full of thoroughly debunked xenophobic and Islamophobic claims. Now to no one’s surprise, he reveals himself to be a climate change denier, as well as a bigot.
Steyn wrote a long commentary in the Spectator, with the title,
Global warming’s glorious ship of fools
Eventually after a long rant, where he ridicules and insults everyone who is smart enough to disagree with him, ( especially Al Gore ) he concludes,
Big Climate is slowly being crushed by a hard, icy reality: if you’re heading off to university this year, there has been no global warming since before you were in kindergarten. That’s to say, the story of the early 21st century is that the climate declined to follow the climate ‘models’. (Full disclosure: I’m currently being sued by Dr Michael Mann, creator of the most famously alarming graph, the ‘hockey stick’.) You would think that might occasion a little circumspection. But instead the cultists up the ante: having evolved from ‘global warming’ to the more flexible ‘climate change’, they’re now moving on to ‘climate collapse’. Total collapse. No climate at all. No sun, no ice. No warm fronts, except for the heaving bosoms in Rajendra Pachauri’s bodice-rippers. Nothing except the graphs and charts of ‘settled science’. In the Antarctic wastes of your mind, it’s easier just to ice yourself in.
I wonder how Steyn would explain this. Seriously, almost nothing was written in any peer reviewed journal critical of man made climate change last year. Almost all scientists in the relevant fields accept that pumping tons of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, will make things hotter. How do you get such a huge consensus in modern science without overwhelming evidence to back it up?
I also wonder how Steyn would try to explain how Venus is hotter than Mercury, despite the fact that Venus is farther from the Sun.
Not mention why are some scientist seriously considering using gases like carbon dioxide to terraform Mars? How would that work, if pumping those gases into the atmosphere had no effect?
Steyn shows us once again that he is either a liar, or ignorant and not a very good critical thinker. Either way, he’s not someone you should use as a source, unless you want someone to debunk, or make fun of.
This is an instance where I can’t help but wish Steyn was right about something. I don’t like how we are harming the planet, and putting the well being of ourselves and future generations at risk. However, we will have to accept it, if we are going to be able to do something about it. At this point, we need to be very skeptical of people who think that our actions are not affecting the climate, especially people like Steyn.