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A  blogger friend of mine who subscribes to NaturalNews.com sent me the a link to an article on it, entitled ‘Global warming computer models collapse; Arctic ice sheets rapidly expand as planet plunges into global cooling’ , challenging me to find the scientific flaws in it.

Sadly, this was very easy:  There is no valid science in the article, which is written by Mike Adams, who… “is an award-winning journalist and holistic nutritionist with a passion for sharing empowering information to help improve personal and planetary health…” (i.e. he is not a scientist).

Indeed, upon reading the article and doing some investigation of its sources (etc), it quickly became apparent that the article is, in fact, just a regurgitation of misinformation posted by scientifically-illiterate journalists in the Mail on Sunday (David Rose) and Sunday Telegraph (Hayley Dixon).  ***Update – Apparently ‘Hayley Dixon’ IS David Rose (see first comment posted below)***

Dana Nuccitelli, author of a number of peer-reviewed articles on the scientific basis for concern about human-caused climate change, has done two good demolition jobs on these articles: (1) briefly (on both) on the Guardian website; and (2) in more detail (on David Rose) on the SkepticalScience website:

(1) – Arctic sea ice delusions strike the Mail on Sunday and Telegraph

(2) – Arctic sea-ice ‘growth’, a manufactured IPCC ‘crisis’ and more: David Rose is at it again

However, for the record, this is my response to the (un)original article by Mike Adams:

The flaw in the article is that it is full of statements of opinion dressed up as fact; and that those opinions can only be justified by dismissing the consensus view of our predicament as a political and/or scientific conspiracy. Indeed, this article is quite remarkable in that it manages to include just about every ‘sceptical’ argument I have ever heard. All of which are answered on sites like SkepticalScience/Arguments.

The problem, of course, is that if you are a conspiracy theorist, any source of information that conflicts with your beliefs is automatically rejected as being part of the conspiracy. If so, how do I know that it is not me that is the conspiracy theorist? That is simple: My beliefs are not just my beliefs; they reflect the settled view of the vast majority of relevant experts based on an examination of all of the evidence.

Therefore, unlike the erroneous consensus that the Earth is flat that was overturned by the weight of conflicting evidence, the consensus that humans are the primary cause of climate change will never be overturned by people like Mike Adams who cherry-pick the only data capable of justifying an alternative view.

To dismiss the vast majority of experts as stupid, mistaken, or deceitful, is not just conspiracy theory; it is also highly improbable. As I have now said many times, it is more likely that the Moon Landings were faked and/or that 9/11 was an inside job.  

Clearly, people like Mike Adams (who has chosen very unwisely to live in Tuscon, AZ – one of the World’s most unsustainable cities) are perfectly at liberty to choose to believe conspiracy theories rather than accept science. However, in doing so, the vast majority of the evidence suggests that they are being ideologically blinded to the intellectual dishonesty required to make that decision: The decision not to follow the evidence to the fully justifiable conclusion that humans are primarily responsible for what is happening to our planet and need to modify their behaviour accordingly.

Resources are not infinite, and perpetual growth in consumption of any resource is therefore ultimately impossible. Fossil fuels will run out one day and we therefore need to plan for a World without them. However, now that we know burning them is endangering the climatic stability that made all life on Earth possible (i.e. the settled view of the vast majority of scientists), we need to phase out fossil fuel use wherever possible; and as fast as possible.

If we do not plan for this transition (to a fossil fuel-free future), it will happen anyway (and be a lot more abrupt, costly, and unpleasant). Therefore, as someone once said, “Failing to plan is tantamount to planning to fail!”

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Written by Martin Lack

11 September 2013 at 16:00

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  1. Well the nonsense regurgitated by Adams has been disembowelled by not a few, one of which is Australia based blogger Sou here (always worth a visit) where it becomes apparent that David Rose and Hayley Dixon are likely one and the same. It seems that obfuscation stretches to the identity of the author with these opinion writers. ‘A rose by any other name ….’

    Lionel A

    11 September 2013 at 16:44

    • Thanks Lionel. So David Rose is Hayley Dixon? Are you sure it is not the other way around?

      Martin Lack

      11 September 2013 at 16:57

  2. You have erred in referring to the Daily Mail as a “Newspaper”. It is merely a collage of “human interest” guff and startling cures for every disease known or unknown. It also employs a quaintly named “science editor”. Funny old world, ain’t it? I really cannot understand the reluctance to accept evidence that is available gratis and on all channels of information. Are these the new Luddites of our time?

    Duncan

    11 September 2013 at 18:30

    • Thanks Duncan. I think you would enjoy reading the article by Australian blogger, Sou, to which Lionel has linked (below).

      Martin Lack

      11 September 2013 at 18:46

  3. Excellent post, Martin. One that should be widely promulgated.

    Paul Handover

    11 September 2013 at 19:36

  4. If a comment has a URL does that get ‘binned’? Left two further comments that haven’t made it to your post.

    Paul Handover

    11 September 2013 at 20:49

    • Sometimes it does, sometimes not. There are never enough comments, ;-)! That’s how the debate progresses. Meditate the Syria situation. Only force will solve the climate situation too.

      Patrice Ayme

      11 September 2013 at 22:09

      • :-) Will do – trying hard to finish a chapter before the end of the week! (I know – excuses!)

        Paul Handover

        11 September 2013 at 22:18

    • Thanks Paul. There are no comments awaiting moderation (if 3 URLs). I will check my Spam next.

      Martin Lack

      11 September 2013 at 22:24

      • It’s now visible above to me awaiting moderation! ??

        Paul Handover

        11 September 2013 at 22:30

        • And now fully visible.

          Paul Handover

          11 September 2013 at 22:31

        • I am very disappointed NN has spammed my comment (with a link back here). My earlier comment (an extract of the draft text above) was allowed through… :-(

          Martin Lack

          11 September 2013 at 22:51

    • One URL does not trigger Spam but your typo might have done (i.e. no space between “is” and “http…”). Since my comment on NN has been Spammed, you might like to try posting one…?

      Martin Lack

      11 September 2013 at 22:32

  5. Fanatics feed on the improbable, unlikely, outrageous. The more that way, the more certain they are about their greatness, and the depth of the revelation that makes them exceptional.

    Patrice Ayme

    11 September 2013 at 21:26

  6. […] that blog, I did attempt to do so with readers on Mike Adams’ Natural News (NN) blog (see my previous post on this blog).  Sadly, even on that very ill-judged republication, the levels of selective […]

  7. I have a few friends who post NaturalNonsense. I send them this, http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/NaturalNews, including “If you cite NaturalNews on any matter whatsoever, you are almost certainly wrong.”

    John Havery Samuel

    16 September 2013 at 21:41

    • Oooh, that’s nice, John, thanks. Although my blogger friend (who originally sent me the link) has already cancelled his subscription to the NN website (his comments having all been spammed or trashed), I shall make sure he sees this one…

      Martin Lack

      16 September 2013 at 22:29

      • As indeed he now has! John, you have made me feel a great deal better! ;-)

        Paul Handover

        16 September 2013 at 23:04


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