A harbor seal, presumably from the north Atlantic, showed up in Bermuda this week and effectively debunked the global conspiracy known as AGW (Anthropogenic Global Warming).  William Weaver of the group Americans for Climate Truth said in a statement “scientists have reported that thousands of species were moving away from the equator, but this sighting is proof that animals are now moving towards the equator to escape the current global cooling“.  Weaver added, “this discovery overturns that IPCC “report” and the thousands of “scientific studies” that formerly supported the AGW hypothesis”.

Joel Swathmore of Save The Humans, issued a press release stating “this news comes on top of the fact that it got really freaking cold in my town a few weeks ago.  Both pieces of evidence clearly indicate we are heading into an ice age.  Saint Gore was wrong – the big worry now is how to keep the earth from freezing over. ”

Update (07/01/08): it appears that Michael Duvinak over at the Skeptics Global Warming blog doesn’t have much of a sense of humour… J. Roff

Update II (07/01/08):  OK, if it isn’t obvious, THIS IS A JOKE (although the seal story is real).  But I do think sarcasm is one way we can begin to point out the foolishness of some of the skeptic arguments.  And it isn’t uncommon to see believers of AGW make similarly dopey arguments, essentially confusing weather with climate.  ”dude, what about that heat wave – must be global warming!”

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8 Responses to Harbor seal debunks AGW myth

  1. I have a great sense of humor. I blogged this particular piece because either way it’s hilarious. :) Thanks for the link back!

  2. Aaron says:

    Well, its not surprising in my opinion. Its stories like that, that make my opinion of “skeptics” fall even lower. If it could fall lower…

  3. Thad Murdoch says:

    Hey John – Thanks for the shout out… and the entertainment!

  4. john…

    i’m nominating you for an editorship at the onion…

  5. John Bruno says:

    Thanks Rick, That is exactly what I was thinking of. Wouldn’t an Onion page for climate change or even ocean conservation be a hoot!

  6. David Tapley says:

    Hello, John — I just caught this, and think it’s hilarious. I agree — you should pitch a short column to The Onion. Might you produce a video version for JibJab?

  7. John Bruno says:

    Thanks Michael. I have to admit, when I threw that together yesterday, I couldn’t help but think of similarly wicked and sarcastic phony pieces from the other side. “E.g., my sunburn/the storm that flooded my back yard last year/last weeks heat wave/the common cold are all caused by global warming”. (I used think the Al Gore movie was a good thing for the AGW cause, but now I wonder if he has made us all look like hysterical gloom-n-doomers; and I voted for Nader!).

    The most vocal, non-scientific advocates on both sides seem equally oblivious about the difference between data/evidence and anecdotes. As they say, most the population continues to confuse weather with climate.

    I promise more phony/skeptical pieces will come, and I won’t let liberals off the hook!

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