These are not the best of times for the batshit collective that it Breitbart: despite getting their man into a key position in the prospective administration of Combover Crybaby Donald Trump, this convocation of the terminally bigoted suffered the loss of several advertisers this week, and now has come the humiliating debunking of yet another slice of climate change denial from James “saviour of Western civilisation” Delingpole.
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The climate change denial lobby, or what remains of it nowadays, had been rather quiet as the recent El Niño event drove even higher global temperatures, but as the subsequent La Niña followed, and there was a drop in global temperatures, out they came. First out of hibernation was David Rose, telling gullible Mail on Sunday readers “Global average temperatures over land have plummeted by more than 1C since the middle of this year - their biggest and steepest fall on record”. But there was a problem with this claim.
As the Washington Post’s Jason Samenow has pointed out, “Rose’s claim relies on the satellite record of Earth’s temperature estimated from space, which only dates to 1978. The surface-temperature record, which directly measures the planet’s temperature using thermometers and dates to the late 1800s, exhibits a drop but not a record drop … More importantly, Rose conveniently headlined the drop in the land temperature while failing to mention that the overall global temperature combining both the land and ocean did not experience a record fall”. But in the meantime, Del Boy had leapt into action.
“Global land temperatures have plummeted by one degree Celsius since the middle of this year - the biggest and steepest fall on record … But the news has been greeted with an eerie silence by the world’s alarmist community” he sneered, citing the MoS and then doubling down in the denial citations, telling “I recommend this sober assessment of the situation written earlier this month by Dr. David Whitehouse, science editor of the Global Warming Policy Foundation”. Of course you do, Del Boy. They agree with you.
Delingpole did score one perhaps unintended success: the Twitter account of the US House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology Tweeted out Del Boy’s propaganda, and in the process was given a considerable amount of stick for doing so. But one long-serving figure had rumbled the Breitbart tosh for what it was.
That just about sums up the batshit Breitbarts and their slew of fake news. Rose was wrong in his MoS article, so Delingpole just went a bit more wrong. The “interpreter of interpretations” managed to interpret less than wisely once more.
And, in any case, nobody outside his echo chamber is listening. No change there, then.