Posted by: Grant | November 12, 2011

Jo Nova Savages Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein attended the Heartland Conference to do this hatchet job on it.
Jo Nova, a scientist, did a hatchet job on Naomi Klein.
You decide.

THE NATION
Capitalism vs. the Climate
Naomi Klein
November 9, 2011
http://www.thenation.com/article/164497/capitalism-vs-climate

” …Here at the Heartland Institute’s Sixth International Conference on Climate Change, the premier gathering for those dedicated to denying the overwhelming scientific consensus that human activity is warming the planet, this qualifies as a rhetorical question. Like asking a meeting of German central bankers if Greeks are untrustworthy. Still, the panelists aren’t going to pass up an opportunity to tell the questioner just how right he is…. “

‘scuse me – Naomi – your prejudice is showing!

JO NOVA BLOG
Naomi Klein’s crippling problem with numbers
November 12th, 2011 |
http://joannenova.com.au/2011/11/naomi-kleins-crippling-problem-with-numbers/

” …Naomi can tell you the colour of the speakers hair, what row they sat in, and the expression on their face — it adds such an authentic flavor to the words, but she’s blind to the details that count. She can explain the atmosphere of the room, but not the atmosphere of the Earth. One of these things matters, and Klein has picked the wrong one.

Her long attack on the Heartland ICCC conference this year, is all color and style, and nothing of consequence — the lights are on and no brain is home.  Unpack the loquacious pen-craft and we wallow in innumerate arguments that confuse cause and effect, peppered with petulant name-calling. She can throw stones, but she can’t count past “one”.

Her aversion to numbers is crippling

Consider how she reduces planetary dynamics to a Yes or No answer. She thinks each skeptical scientist contradicts the next: “Is there no warming, or is there warming but it’s not a problem? And if there is no warming, then what’s all this talk about sunspots causing temperatures to rise?” But oops, Naomi, the numbers matter, numbers like how much warming, and how many years are we talking about.

Is the planet warming? Well, since when, Naomi, since when? You might only be able to answer “Yes”, because that’s the ritual litany you’ve been trained to say, but independent scientists talk about whether it’s cooled in the last 10 years, warmed for the last 300 and changed since William the Conqueror. When it comes to the warming in the last century, is it by 0.7 C or is it really 0.5? This is where the scientists at the Heartland conference were at.

Like a color-blind art critic, it’s as if any number bigger than zero or one went right over her head.

Her thesis sinks quickly to a parody of intellectual wit. Naomi thinks she can understand planetary radiative physics with psychoanalysis. (Essentially she knows she’s right because those who disagree vote the wrong way too)…. “

 

POSTSCRIPT – James has a go at her too
UK TELEGRAPH
Only a totalitarian New World Order can save us now says Naomi Klein
By James Delingpole
PoliticsLast updated: November 13th, 2011
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jamesdelingpole/100117165/only-a-totalitarian-new-world-order-can-save-us-now-says-naomi-klein/

 

 

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