I’ve been pretty uncreative lately but, fortunately, that hasn’t been the case for everybody. Bloggers are making serious contributions to our understanding of all sorts of subjects.
U. S. Official Temps Reduced Downwards
The big blogospheric news, of course, is the contribution of Anthony Watts and over weather bloggers to revising the official records of U. S. temperatures in the 1990’s.
I would hope we won’t get ahead of ourselves here. IMO reducing emissions of greenhouse gasses and reducing energy consumption are largely matters of good engineering and everybody should be in favor of them.
The question is not whether human activity causes heat or produces heat-trapping greenhouse gasses. Those are both, clearly, facts. The questions are whether human activity is overwhelmed by other causes in producing climate change, whether it’s cost effective to oppose climate change, and whether the measures on the table will actually produce the results their proponents claim. Kyoto won’t (especially since the fastest-growing offenders are exempted). Its primary effect is slowing economic growth, anyway, and I think it’s far from clear that slowing economic growth will reduce global warming or increase it.
The European experience with “cap and trade” hasn’t been particularly enthralling, either.
We’d get far more bang for the buck simply by ending our subsidies on gas consumption.
War of Words
Take a look at SWJ Blog’s post, &147;Attacking the al-Qaeda ‘Narrative’. The post is a scouting analysis in the war of words and ideas against terrorism. This is the battlefield on which the blogosphere operates so I think the post deserves some serious attention.
Digging Up the Facts
Confederate Yankee has made a substantive contribution to the discussion of the creative fiction published as fact at The New Republic. I’ve been inclined to stay out of this food fight but CF has consistently been one of the best bloggers at going to solid sources and digging up some facts.
The Talking Dog has probably conducted more interviews than anyone (other than professional journalists) in the blogosphere. His most recent is with Marshall Onellion and Steve Fortney, authors of Seeking Truth: Living With Doubt which TD describes as
a variation on those ambitious books seeking to constitute a brief history, or a unified field theory, of everything.