Archive for January, 2010

The IPCC and Restaurant Bills

January 23, 2010

There has been some talk lately about an IPCC “mistake” in apparently predicting the melting of Himalayan glaciers by 2035.  Unsurprisingly, the alarmists excuse this, stating that “[l]ike all human endeavours, the IPCC is not perfect.”

However, I am reminded of mistakes I find in restaurant and other bills.  Why is it that 90% of these mistakes are in favor of the restaurant and against me? 

Is it a coincidence that this IPCC “mistake” just happened to support the alarmist viewpoint?

I don’t think so.  Even among those alarmists who are not intentionally engaging in fraud, it’s human nature to be much more careful in evaluating claims which go against their agenda than in evaluating claims which support it.  In the same way, many restaurants are much more careful to make sure everything you ordered goes on the bill than to make sure you don’t get billed for stuff you didn’t order.

The IPCC is pretty clearly biased in favor of the alarmist point of view which is good reason to be skeptical of the IPCC’s claims.  And yet in debates about global warming, alarmists consistently rely on the latest IPCC report as though its the bible of their Green Religion.