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June 11, 2011

Attention, Team Romney!

Is there anyone who believes in anthropogenic global warming (AGW) at this point who isn't a charlatan or a dumbass? Or both? So which is it, Mitt?

“I don’t speak for the scientific community, of course,’’ Romney said. “But I believe the world’s getting warmer. I can’t prove that, but I believe based on what I read that the world is getting warmer. And number two, I believe that humans contribute to that . . . so I think it’s important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may well be significant contributors to the climate change and the global warming that you’re seeing.’’

Really? Well I guess AGW is possible. But Obamacare could reduce healthcare costs and Anthony Weiner could have been #Hacked!, too. I read both those things somewhere.

Possible is hell of a long way from probable. You're supposed to know this, Mitt.

And now we've come to the point where enough time has elapsed to grade the IPCC on its prior work with real historical data, not some garbage-in, garbage-out computer simulation. Read this, Mitt: people are starting to point out that their predictions, in a word, suck.

The graph is pretty simple, really. Temperatures that the IPCC predicted to continue trending upwards have failed to cooperate with the computer models and are, in fact, below the low-end of even the most conservative of their predictions. So, crisis averted, right? We can just disband the IPCC and go home.

Not on your life! This thing is its own industry now, and something so simple as its fundamental prediction failing to come to pass isn't going to stand in the way of its business model:

1. Blame capitalism
2. ???
3. Profit

If facts did matter, AGW true believers would have already been kicked to the curb. For instance, in this 4-part series by Australian geologist Bob Carter. (Mitt, you really should watch this.)

Part 2. Part 3. Part 4.

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof. AGW is chock full of the former and utterly devoid of the latter. I wonder what Rick Perry thinks about this.

Texas on Tuesday became the first state to challenge the Environmental Protection Agency's finding that gases blamed for global warming threaten public health.

Gov. Rick Perry and other Texas officials said the federal finding is based on flawed science and would harm the state's economy.

Now there's an inconvenient truth.

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