Monday, July 02, 2007

Rockford Rascal suggest a correction, not sure what to correct? Maybe you can make sense of this...

It seems that another blogger, The Rockford Rascal, didn’t like one of the country boy’s suggested reading posts on global warming and wants me to run a correction on my blog. However, I am not sure what to correct???Maybe one of you can make sense of this…

Let me first send thanks to The Rockford Rascal for the plug to my blog, greatly appreciated.

Anyways, here is what I posted in the suggested reading on Tuesday:

It looks like this whole "Global Warming" pitch is not working out for Al Gore and his followers. A new poll says almost 3 out of 4 people believe Global Warming is caused naturally and not by man. Gotta love the bias in this article though...

Now here is some of what the Rockford Rascal wrote in his post titled Global Warming skeptics get suckered:

A guy named Kevin Tracy was one of them. A guy named Fritz Hereid was another. A guy named Tony Spain happily interpreted the poll results as applying to people in general, not just the Brits. But wait! There's...uh...one little problem. That survey of 4,000 people was conducted online. That means the respondents were self-selected. And that means the poll was worthless. You see, any poll that isn't conducted by time-tested scientific methods is ipso facto pure crapola, if you know what I mean. By the way, Kevin and Fritz and Tony might want to post corrections on their blogs. The Rascal will check back after a while to see if they've done so.

So…I am confused…what am I suppose to correct, the fact that it was just British people polled? Where in the article does it state that it is a British poll? It doesn’t…

In fact the lead to the story reads: ALMOST three quarters of people believe global warming is a 'natural occurrence' and not a result of carbon emissions, a survey claimed today.

Nowhere does it say it was just British people polled. In fact the Rascal later even admits that it isn’t clear in the article if it was only British polled.

That other poll, the crappy one, apparently covers just British folks (although the story isn't really clear on that point).

The Rascal also claims the poll was worthless and unscientific because it was conducted online. Maybe so, I don’t know, I didn’t conduct the poll. The article just states it was an online poll. I never claimed the poll to be scientific either.

However, for such an “unscientific poll” why all the fuss in the article:

This goes against the views of the vast majority of scientists who believe the rise in the earth's temperatures is due to pollution.

Emma Hardcastle, publisher at Pocket Issue which carried out the research, said: "If 71% of people feel that Man has nothing to do with the recent change in our climate then those same people are not going to buy into any movement to reduce their carbon footprint.”"We need to make it clear that there is nothing natural about the significant rise in both carbon emissions and global temperatures since the industrial revolution. "Pocket Issue’s brief is to help people to understand the facts, encouraging them to click through to a carbon counter as a result."Pocket Issue feel that the poll highlights the need for government and influential bodies to concentrate on getting the public to understand the facts about global warming and ‘why’ rather than ‘how’ they should reduce their carbon footprint."The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which represents most scientists, stated earlier that the increase in global temperatures is 'very likely due to the observed increase of man-made greenhouse gas concentrations'. They define very likely as 'more than 90 percent certain'.

Isn’t it interesting that the vast majority of scientists that are funded by government tend to find research to support “man made” global warming, while the vast majority who work independently find research that says otherwise. We will never know the actual truth about “Global Warming” until we get the politics out of it…but I digress….

If it was such a worthless poll, then why all the fuss? Oh, and isn’t it interesting that Pocket Issue, who are promoting a movement to reduce carbon footprints carried out the research…

So, if the poll is worthless and unreliable, then maybe the real suckers are the publishers of Pocket Issue.

1 comment:

kevintracy said...

Hey there,
I actually did some research and found the poll. It was just an online survey for people reading a story.
You're right though, there was a LOT of fuss and like you, I just assumed it was legit. If you still want a good anti-man-made-global-warming article with plenty of science, check out this.

Al Gore Gets Heckled By The Gods and the article linked to in there.

You should print off a few dozen copies and pass throw them around inside a high school before making a daring escape attempt before the cops get you. :)

Take care!

-Kevin
www.ktracy.com