I suppose it is all very amusing to witness Rep. Jack Kingston (R — Satan’s Diaper) publicly denying evolution, his great gleaming frightening teeth flashing televangistically, or else, perhaps, Haggardly. Yet I found it rather a grisly spectacle. Comic, but grisly.
That the American right wing believes a lot of shit is hardly news. But it’s not precisely a joke. Because climate change is also science, something has to be done about it, but as an article of right-wing faith, the science is All Lies, and even before scary clowns like Kingston were in charge of half the legislative branch, the country couldn’t do anything about it, because once wealthy ideologues whip up a lot of dummies, we all have to let them have their way, apparently.
And the killer is they have so much bullshit to fling, it’s a pain in the ass to debunk it all as fast as they fling it.
But occasionally it’s possible to shoot down some isolated lies, even if you know full well they’re coming back. Take this bit of nonsense that appeared in the British tabs about Himalayan glaciers.
Researchers have discovered that contrary to popular belief half of the ice flows in the Karakoram range of the mountains are actually growing rather than shrinking.
The discovery adds a new twist to the row over whether global warming is causing the world’s highest mountain range to lose its ice cover.
It further challenges claims made in a 2007 report by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that the glaciers would be gone by 2035.
A Corner inmate gets smug, saying the report is “(yet another) reminder that global warming’s truest believers could do with a bit more humility.” Bruce McQuain is proudly pig-ignorant, William Teach grunts things, and the cesspit burbles. Ann Althouse’s idiot commenters rub and lick themselves publicly.
Utter imbecile Don Surber bawled:
Networks that defend even now the decades of lies about Global Warming deserve ridicule.
Global Warming requires three things: 1. Little public knowledge of science, 2. Someone who seems authoritative on science, 3. Media hype.
But there were several problems with this. First, the “false claims” about the disappearance of the glaciers by the IPCC weren’t all that; indeed, in the more scientifically important 2007 IPCC report, the IPCC explicitly said that Karakoram glaciers were advancing.
But beyond that, the scientists who wrote this report that supposedly puts egg all over the whole “retreating glacier” faces also have this to say:
Bookhagen noted that glaciers in the Karakoram region of Northwestern Himalaya are mostly stagnating. However, glaciers in the Western, Central, and Eastern Himalaya are retreating, with the highest retreat rates –– approximately 8 meters per year –– in the Western Himalayan Mountains. The authors found that half of the studied glaciers in the Karakoram region are stable or advancing, whereas about two-thirds are in retreat elsewhere throughout High Asia.
Pay attention, and you’ll see the “Himalayan glaciers are advancing!” lie bubble up a lot in Wingnuttia. Each time, you can now shoot it in its zombie head. Ca-chunk!