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3 - Climate Change -- Anatomy of a myth

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Published on Mar 23, 2009

I had planned to put several myths in this video, but discovered such an appalling web of deceit and fabrication in this first one that I felt I had no choice but to thoroughly debunk it. Like many ingrained myths, this one is so ubiquitous that it takes an awful lot of hard evidence to convince true believers that it's been fabricated.

A paper cited in this video was incorrectly dated. It is "The myth of the 1970s Global Cooling Consensus" by TC Petersonet al, September 2008 volume 89 issue 9, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

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CookinginRussia
The real problem is the scientific illiteracy of most people, especially Americans who did not attend a good university. They do not understand the physical reality of the SPECIFIC HEAT of different gases, which leads to the inescapable conclusion of global warming.
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Andrew Stasiak
Hey Potholer have you considered doing a video on Marc Morano?
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R M.
It is unfortunate that so many people mistake the media's version of things as accurate reflections of what's going on in science, instead of looking at the actual scientific findings. The media will always oversimplify things or make them into something they're not (either making them more important than they really are, or less). Are people not learning in high school how the scientific method works?
Krit
+George Covas Give it a rest, you spamming links to youtube and twitter nonsense won't convince anyone
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michaelrose93
Back in the day, Stephen Schneider authored a paper for NASA entitled "Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide and Aerosols: Effects of Large Increases on Global Climate" which concluded that CO2 was no big deal and that the biggest threat was cooling: "it is projected that man's potential to pollute will increase 6 to 8-fold in the next 50 years. If this increased rate of injection... should raise the present background opacity by a factor of 4, our calculations suggest a decrease in global temperature by as much as 3.5 °C. Such a large decrease in the average temperature of Earth, sustained over a period of few years, is believed to be sufficient to trigger an ice age." Then, in 1973, an article was published in Science Digest entitled "Brace yourself for another ice age." These probably contributed to the scare.
Beorn
+potholer54 I can't believe how thick that +George Covas seemed to be. To not understand that it's the scientific literature that are the ultimate sources ... and his cherry picking. Nice. I looked at his profile, seems like it might be a "dummy" account (literally). Maybe something like: http://mediamatters.org/blog/2013/10/20/fox-news-reportedly-used-fake-commenter-account/196509
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Cure4Living
I wish it was an ice age. Can't stand the heat XD
John Ward
I am surprised that Potholer54 missed an opportunity to show that the quoted passage was not at all claiming that scientists determined that we were headed toward a new ice age when he responded to the quoted statement: "Judging from the record of the past interglacial ages, the present time of high temperatures should be drawing to an end, leading into the next ice age." That only claims (accurately) that based on the record of past ice ages we should be headed that way. Much more devastating than restoring the omitted "20,000 years from now" (which still indicates that we might have been starting the decline in the 1970s) is the following sentence, also omitted by deniers: ""However, it is possible, or even likely, that human interference has already altered the environment so much that the climatic pattern of the near future will follow a different path." The full quotation is here: https://www.skepticalscience.com/print.php?n=23
Steve McKerracher
Hello.  Aren't more bigger storms predicted by the climate change models?  Don't we have the most insane winter like ever going on?  1300 mile cold fronts snowing on most of the country at once? 
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Solving Tornadoes
Climatologists all peer review each other.  So it's all politics.
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