Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Inconvenient Truth indeed

First there's this risible claim by (one of the few web sites whose name is an oxymoron) that Algore's little slideshow movie is "setting box office records". Trouble is, that claim doesn't quite match the data on BoxOfficeMojo. BO geeks may want to go to the charts which reveal the per screen averages. They tend to skew high when movies are in limited release. This blockbuster opened on a whole 4 screens. Now that it's "gone wide" to, count 'em, 122 screens, the per screen averages look, well, average.

Want to see some desperate, pathetic movie marketing? How about getting people to pledge to see it when (if?) it opens. Because it's important to show the world that "hundreds of thousands" of Americans care about this issue. Hundreds of thousands? Wow. You mean like the number of people who show up at a single airshow?

Then there's the inconvenient truth that scientists actually working in climatology aren't on Algore's bandwagon.
Appearing before the Commons Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development last year, Carleton University paleoclimatologist Professor Tim Patterson testified, "There is no meaningful correlation between CO2 levels and Earth's temperature over this [geologic] time frame. In fact, when CO2 levels were over ten times higher than they are now, about 450 million years ago, the planet was in the depths of the absolute coldest period in the last half billion years." Patterson asked the committee, "On the basis of this evidence, how could anyone still believe that the recent relatively small increase in CO2 levels would be the major cause of the past century's modest warming?"
Well, as Rush pointed out the other day, I guess Al is just hankering to join that long list of people who have been launched into public office on the coattails of the winning isue, "global warming".