The Leaning Tower of Global Warming

Australian blogger Jo Nova provides a quick recap to help the casual reader keep track of the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) scandals.

The Four ‘Gates’ of the IPCC

Let’s see. There’s

  1. Climate Gate, showing that the peer review process has descended into a criminal farce of scientific malpractice …
  2. PachuriGate, showing that the man in charge of the IPCC was chairman of boards of companies that profit handsomely as the scare-factor is ramped up…
  3. GlacierGate, about the IPCC “accidentally” using a World Wildlife Fund report instead of peer reviewed science… And now…
  4. AmazonGate: The IPCC fabricates disastrous claims about the Amazon forest, and references a document written by activists that doesn’t even support the claim.

Adding insult to injury, not only is that Amazon paper not peer-reviewed, its authors are a PhD forester and fire management expert (not a climatologist), and a journalist. The paper they co-wrote was for the WWF in conjunction with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

OK, so let’s juxtapose this scientific issue with a shaky foundation with the standing of Global Warming as a political issue. From a study released January 25th by the Pew Research Center, a left-leaning think tank:

Public’s Priorities for 2010: Economy, Jobs, Terrorism

Global Warming ranks behind Trade Policy, Lobbyists, Moral Decline, and Finance Regulation. Which inspires some level of confidence in the collective wisdom of the American people, less and except the Democratic base.

Dealing with global warming ranks at the bottom of the public’s list of priorities; just 28% consider this a top priority, the lowest measure for any issue tested in the survey. Since 2007, when the item was first included on the priorities list, dealing with global warming has consistently ranked at or near the bottom. Even so, the percentage that now says addressing global warming should be a top priority has fallen 10 points from 2007, when 38% considered it a top priority. Such a low ranking is driven in part by indifference among Republicans: just 11% consider global warming a top priority, compared with 43% of Democrats and 25% of independents.

Considering that AGW offers the ultimate bogeyman (The End Of Life As We Know It!), it’s hard to see the issue getting trumped by, say, Trade Policy if people were buying the story. Let’s face it: Global Warming has become the Gigli of political issues:

Cross-posted at VladEnBlog.