I commented recently that a potential issue with the new Climate Change National Forum (CCNF) Fact Checker is that some articles are such nonsense that it would be not unlike trying to critically analyse a pile of horse shit. The CCNF could, of course, avoid this by choosing not to highlight such articles. However, by chance, I came across exactly such an article today, so I thought I might just illustrate that they do indeed exist.
The article is in Breitbart, is written by Nick Hallet, and if you really want to read it, it’s archived here. I did consider if it was simply very subtle satire, but this is the same organisation that hired James Delingpole, so it’s probably not (unless it’s all just a massive joke). It’s the age-old story : Professor with distinguished career (could be used to describe most probably), who has an association with NASA (so you can say Former NASA scientist) thinks Global Warming is nonsense and supposedly has said
there is “no reproducible evidence” that carbon dioxide levels have increased over the past century, and blamed the green movement for inflicting economic damage on ordinary people.
“The term ‘climate change’ is meaningless. The Earth’s climate has been changing since time immemorial, that is since the Earth was formed 1,000 million years ago.
So, it’s just complete nonsense. I guess one could fact check it and point out all the errors, but it might just be easier to have some kind of simple indicator to show that some articles are just entirely nonsensical. Something like this might be apt.