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According to the land of Weather-tainment, it turns out that we can stop imagining the kind of "huge, negative catastrophe" that "completely defies logic" surrounding climate change science. Instead, we can expect a mere temperature spike not unlike that of around 1920 and 1975.

Oh, and let's not forget: climate scientists not funded by the George C Marshall Institute, the Cato Institute, the Heritage Foundation or the Heartland Institute don't really know how to measure how fast Greenland is melting (it's the rate of ice loss I tell you! Greenland is massive - it can spare some water!).  

Poor deniers - DiCaprio is out to get them and "professional blackballers" are using facts to debunk their theories.

A DeSmogBlog Dispatch.

I've been watching AccuWeather.com  for a while now, and they have just unleashed a very strange new front for the global warming denier movement.

AccuWeather's very professionally done video blog section, "Headline Earth," is touting itself as providing "an unbias look at the global warming debate." And to prove how unbias they really are, they provide none other than Pat Michaels as their featured interview.

And who will they be airing on their next episode? None other thanDr. Fred Singer.

Unbias? Global warming debate? Pat Michaels? Fred Singer? AccuWeather? The whole thing seems a little befuddling. We will do some research on this latest front and report on what we find.

A DeSmogBlog Dispatch.

Originally posted to Desmogblog on Fri Jun 15, 2007 at 12:19 PM PDT.

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  •  Interesting (3+ / 0-)
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    pb, Floja Roja, Lisa Lockwood

    Good job and keep it up.  (by the way, it's 'unbiased')  ;-)

    i am jack's complete lack of surprise -- fight club

    by bustacap on Fri Jun 15, 2007 at 12:19:12 PM PDT

  •  Eliot Abrams of AccuWeather is a Leipzig Signator (1+ / 0-)
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    pb

    Here.

    Abrams is Accuweather's "Chief Metereologist."

  •  Accuweather (7+ / 0-)

    Republicans (mostly, though I know of a number of Democrats who work there. Don't know or care if they are deniers or not because their job is to forecast the weather not provide climate change projections).

    Their Global Warming Blog (which has a disclaimer that says they're not really part of Accuweather) is interesting if you don't wade into the comments. However more then a few of their top meteorologists are deniers (many of them come from the old school, which they share with Dr. Lindzen and Dr. William Gray, among others).

    It should also be noted that they contributed to former Senator Santorum's campaigns, who made several attempts to privatize the weather service in 2005. His bill never left committee, thankfully.

  •  IIRC, Accuweather was also (4+ / 0-)
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    badger, pattyp, Ellicatt, cville townie

    trying at one point, via Rick Santorum, to keep the National Weather Service from providing weather data to the public for free, so they could ultimately profit.  Don't remember the details, but I did delete Accuweather.com from my bookmarks & replaced it with NOAA's site.

    "Conservative principles" are marketing props used by the Conservative Movement to achieve political power, not actual beliefs. -Glenn Greenwald

    by latts on Fri Jun 15, 2007 at 12:26:34 PM PDT

  •  Right-Wing Weather Channel (1+ / 0-)
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    Ellicatt

    "Our forecasts are always wrong!"

    Middle Class Mother-F!cking Warrior

    by bink on Fri Jun 15, 2007 at 12:29:10 PM PDT

    •  Yup. (1+ / 0-)
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      Ellicatt

      And always entertaining in their scrambles to back themselves up.

    •  Actually not too accu (0+ / 0-)

      (in)-AccuWeather has a history of some really embarrassing forecast errors. They do not have, and cannot possibly have the resources NOAA/NWS do for numerical modeling and severe weather prediction, and in their bluster in trying to screw up NWS through Santorum they apparently didn't bother to check their data against peers like all good scientists do.

      Supposedly DHS relying on them (which was partly a holdover from Tom Ridge's days there, since he wanted to throw pork to his buddies in PA) was yet another problem for FEMA in the days before Katrina, as DHS and FEMA weren't even looking at the same forecasts and some people in DHS had no idea Louisiana was going to get hit.

  •  I know someone who interviewed there (1+ / 0-)
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    Snarcalita

    a few years ago for a position. There are a group of brothers that own it. Two of them are very hard core GOP supporters. There is a large picture of one of them with Dick Cheney or Bush, I can remember which, outside the office of their president. (One of those fundraiser type pictures.)The third brother is apparently a hard core liberal. Which must make for some fun meetings.

    There was also a controvery a couple of years back when Rick Santorum was trying to take away things that NOAA was doing and providing free so that Accuweather could make more money. His bill did not pass. They were big contributors to his campaign. (They are based in PA.)

  •  I Used To Use AccuWeather (0+ / 0-)

    On the net, but ditched it after looking into the Santorum pay for news deal.

    From what I've heard, this new development is being sponsored by those anti-warming folks.  They approached AW and formatted its current feature on warming.  

    Looks like another example of the right wing boys trying to manipulate all things media.  Now, they're even trying to slant the weather to the right.

    And, as noted, they do have a history of getting the weather wrong a lot.

  •  But wait--there's more (4+ / 0-)

    AOl just had an article on how great global warming will be for Greenland--more codfish harvests owing to melting ice.  And northern Canada  will soon become the tourist mecca for its fine weather and incredible harvests due to a long growing season.  Aren't we happy we have global warming?    

    To God: Please stop talking to George Bush. Too much is being lost in translation.

    by miriam on Fri Jun 15, 2007 at 12:55:20 PM PDT

    •  That''s great news! (2+ / 0-)
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      cosette, Floja Roja

      Except for the fact that there aren't many codfish left, and melted permafrost muskeg isn't especially scenic, probably won't smell real good and will breed even more hellacious mosquitos.

      There is no more New Frontier - we have got to make it here - Henley/Frey

      by badger on Fri Jun 15, 2007 at 01:23:59 PM PDT

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  •  Re Michaels (2+ / 0-)
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    Snarcalita, FishOutofWater

    On your link to him perhaps you could remind us of his testimony to Inhofe's EPW hearing wherein he claimed that models overpredicted the temperature rise by 300%, showing a plot from Jim Hansen's 1988 paper. He of course conveniently did not point out that the comparison was to a worst case scenario and that the observations were almost right on (a bit above actually) the expected scenario, and that he conveniently erased the other scenarios from the plot he showed. You might ask your readers if they think that was an honest mistake. You might also ask us if we would buy a used car from such a man.

  •  No one watches (0+ / 0-)

    We should be more concerned about confronting deniers who are actually watched!

    But don't worry, President Gore will demolish these bozos.

    I'm a linguist, licensed to use words any way I want to!

    by MakeChessNotWar on Fri Jun 15, 2007 at 03:11:39 PM PDT

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