A Drought of Evidence at the NYT
One of the most consistent errors of logic in the dominant liberal media is their willingness to blame anything and everything on man-made global warming even when the very same article contains evidence to the contrary.
An April 16th, 2009 article by Andrew Revkin in the New York Times is a perfect example. Here are some highlights of the article entitled “Study Finds a Pattern of Severe Droughts in Africa”:
- Droughts have consistently “seared a belt of sub-Saharan Africa” for over 3,000 years, typically “every 30 to 65 years”.
- “The last such drought, persisting more than three centuries, ended around 1750, and “that extraordinary drought occurred during a cool spell in the Northern Hemisphere called ‘the little ice age.’”
- “There is no way to predict when the next (mega-drought) could unfold”, and
- “Much more work (is) needed to refine computer simulations of climate so they could replicate such phenomena.”
Despite these admissions, the NYT repeats the study’s warning that “global warming resulting from human-generated greenhouse gases was likely to exacerbate those droughts.”
To recap: Droughts have hit this region of Africa with great frequency, for dozens of centuries before the industrial revolution led to the minuscule human contribution of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere (which is in the neighborhood of 3%). And predicting the next drought is all but impossible because the scientists’ computer models don’t fit the actual evidence.
Given these facts it is irresponsible for a newspaper to link global warming to Africa’s centuries old drought problem.