Tuesday, July 01, 2008


University of New South Wales computer scientist Tim Lambert was all hot for DDT back in May with four posts on the subject, promising on the 27th to do a follow-up revealing more on the sinister Roger Bate's connections to the even more sinister tobacco companies that want to poison the third world with DDT, or some such. Lambert hasn't yet delivered on his promise to post more on Bate but has taken the time to attempt to embarrass Jenifer Marohasy by faulting some of her utterances regarding Al Gore and global warming. Lambert has problems with this quote from Marohasy:
In [Al Gore's] movie, "An Inconvenient Truth", he actually talks about how hurricane records show an increase in number and intensity and he talks about hurricanes since 1975 but there's actually good data that goes back 100 years and if he'd gone back to the 1940s he would have seen that there were more intense hurricanes then. Then there was a bit of a lull and then from the 1970s there had been an increase in hurricane intensity. So he was cherry picking the data. This was Al Gore.
To which Lambert retorts:
This one is particularly easy to check -- you just have to watch the movie to see what Gore says about hurricanes. The closest he gets is (at 29 minutes in):
When the ocean gets warmer that causes stronger storms.
Having failed to purchase An Inconvenient Truth I don't have a copy at hand and can't check what's in the movie but the trailer repeatedly shows hurricane images with Gore saying:
Temperature increases are taking place all over the world and that's causing stronger storms.
The movie then presents images of hurricane Katrina with this flashing across the screen:
Gore is clearly linking global warming to increased hurricane strength and to hurricane Katrina as a particularly devastating storm.

Anyway, what makes this funny is when Lambert writes:
From past experience, I doubt that Marohasy will correct her false statements.
Lambert expects Marohasy to correct her "error" when he refuses to address his multiple errors (many of them intentional). Lambert has very high standards for other bloggers that he refuses to meet. Pathetic behaviour for a science blogger writing at scienceblogs.com.


Anonymous chrisl said...

In the blue corner is a meteorologist and biologist. In the red corner is a palentologist and a radio announcer. The referee is a computer programmer. And the loser is.... science.

11:08 AM  
Anonymous DocBud said...

Al Gore majored in government in his BA. He may have done a minor in paleontology but that doesn't make him a paleontologist. He was only ever a journalist and politician.

4:06 PM  
Anonymous rog said...

This is elitism, many of life's successful movers and shakers didnt have a degree in their preferred professions eg; Frank Lowy (Westfield)

5:21 PM  
Anonymous chrisl said...

No problems jc , but we already knew that

6:17 PM  

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