What’s Wrong with This Picture? Climate Denier Clings to Insanity

January 5, 2023

Climate aware Gen-Zrs were not alive that last time this guy was relevant, but he’s still at it.

And still up to the same old craziness. We are seeing a small sample of the results of 40 years of attacks on science playing out today on the floor of the US House of Representatives.

Wikipedia:

Steven J. Milloy is a lawyer, lobbyist, author and Fox News commentator. His close financial and organizational ties to tobaccoand oil companies have been the subject of criticism, as Milloy has consistently disputed the scientific consensus on climate change and the health risks of second-hand smoke.[1][2]

Among the topics Milloy has addressed are what he believes are false claims regarding DDTglobal warmingAlarbreast implantssecond-hand smokeozone depletion, and mad cow disease.[3] Milloy runs CSRWatch.com, which monitors and criticizes the corporate social responsibility movement. From the 1990s until the end of 2005, he was an adjunct scholar at the libertarianCato Institute, which hosted the JunkScience.com site. He is an adjunct scholar at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

He operates The Advancement of Sound Science Center (TASSC), established by Philip Morris Companies Inc. to counter legislation against second-hand smoke.

Milloy uses a particularly egregious form of distortion, that you would have hoped anyone could see through, but here’s a primer just in case. Do we really have to do all this again?

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7 Responses to “What’s Wrong with This Picture? Climate Denier Clings to Insanity”

  1. Anthony O'Brien Says:

    Ted ain’t gonna be admitting global warming until winter is hotter than the worst summer used to be.

  2. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    Pick those cherries, baby!

  3. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    This one includes our current “triple-dip” La Niña.


  4. On 1/1/2014, having observed Central Park weather for decades and the GOP base for years, then inconceivably future president Donald Trump tweeted ““This very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bullshit has got to stop. Our planet is freezing, record low temps, and our GW scientists are stuck in ice.”

  5. redskylite Says:

    “Remember that time that they had to rebrand ‘Global Warming’ into ‘Climate Change’ because it wasn’t actually getting any hotter and their fear-mongering didn’t make any sense?” reads the tweet. “I do.”

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2023/01/06/fact-check-false-claim-terms-global-warming-and-climate-change/10957295002/
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  6. ubrew12 Says:

    Steven Milloy: “Remember, children: Never look at the man behind the green curtain, or the red running-average trendline! Just accept my two cherry-picked data points and ignore everything else or communism wins!”

  7. mboli Says:

    It surprises me how lame Milloy’s post is.

    If he just kept the word description and omitted the graph it would have some rhetorical impact. 35 years ago December was warmer that this year December, despite the amount of manmade CO2 in the atmosphere having doubled during that time.

    But then Milloy spoils the effect by putting in a graph. A graph which quite easily shows that temperatures of the older (left) side are mostly below the middle line, and temperatures of the recent (right) side are mostly above the middle line.

    Milloy then overlays the thick red line connecting his two cherry-picked data points. I suppose the visual prominence of his two-data-points line distracts from the overall visual message of the entirety of the dataset.

    I guess Milloy knows his business better than I do. Maybe quantitative claims unaccompanied by a graph would have less credibility and impact, it is what his audience expects. Maybe that thick red two-point-cherry-pick line does successfully distract the audience. But to me including a colorful elaborate graph which contradicts his claim seems quite odd.


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