Rove, Crow, Science & Specious Speech

Sheryl Crow and Laurie David are blogging on The Huffington Post about their “introduction” to Karl Rove.

The girls quote their own polite, intriguing and completely guileless questions to Rove but…only two actual quotes from him…lots of their characterization of him, however.

Girls, that’s not fair. Sheryl, take note: your actual quotes…your very words, were quoted everywhere yesterday. That’s the fair and professional way to report. You are the beneficiary of accurate reporting.

The only actual quotes from Karl Rove were:

Says the girls:

…Sheryl reached out to touch his arm.

Says Rove:

“Don’t touch me.”

Says the girls:

How hardened and removed from reality must a person be to refuse to be touched by Sheryl Crow?…You can’t speak to us like that, you work for us.

Says Rove:

I don’t work for you, I work for the American people.

Had Karl Rove approached “the girls,” he would have been accused of being aggressive and threatening. The girls are interested in their agenda, their opinion, the opinion of their experts – no other experts.

My question: How hardened and removed from reality must you be to think that only you, and your handpicked scientists know all there is to know – about the planet Earth? reported on a Rolling Stone cover piece on global warming touting the “25 Warriors and Heroes” of global warming. A short precise rebuttal is printed in the Fox piece from Steven Milloy of

Rolling Stone calls NASA scientist James Hansen the “Paul Revere” of global warming as it was Hansen who famously sounded the alarm about global warming in his 1988 testimony before Congress.

But Dr. Hansen’s predictions of global temperature increases have also been famously wrong. While Dr. Hansen predicted a 0.34 degrees Centigrade rise in average global temperatures during the 1990s, actual surface temperatures rose by only one-third as much (0.11 degrees Centigrade) and lower atmosphere temperatures actually declined. At least the real Paul Revere was right — the British did come.

And this:

Dr. Robert Watson is extolled as “The Messenger” by Rolling Stone. Watson is lauded for leading the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in concluding that humans have already warmed the planet and that the Earth’s temperature will rise by as much as 10 degrees Fahrenheit by 2100.

But as pointed out in this column previously, the sort of crystal ball climate modeling that the IPCC report relies on has never been validated against historical temperatures, so it’s difficult to take its predictions of future temperatures too seriously.

As chairman of the IPCC, Watson was responsible for propagating the myth that only 1 or 2 percent of scientists did not believe humans were responsible for global warming. Watson, of course, overlooked at least 17,000 scientists who signed a petition cautioning against global warming alarmism – a petition compiled with the assistance of former National Academy of Sciences (NAS) president Dr. Frederick Seitz.

The article goes on to point out the flaws of other Rolling Stone “Warriors and Heroes,” well-known as “experts:” Dr. Ralph Cicerone for “facing down” global warming skeptics, Dr. Robert Corell – referred to by Rolling Stone as “The Tide Turner,” and the “polar bear scare,” and Amory Lovins, the “Visionary,” an advocate for the use of hydrogen fuel cells, but rebuttals claim manipulation of his math.

To the characterizations of Karl Rove, rather than his words, here they are:

Says the girls:

We asked Mr. Rove if he would consider taking a fresh look at the science of global warming.

Says Rove:

Much to our dismay, he immediately got combative. And it went downhill from there.

Says the girls:

After reminding Rove that the US leads the world in global warming pollution – and that the US does the least about it…

Says Rove:

Anger flaring, Mr. Rove immediately regurgitated the official Administration position on global warming

Says the girls:

We felt compelled to remind him that the research is done and the results are in…

Says Rove:

Mr. Rove exploded with even more venom. Like a spoiled child throwing a tantrum,…

Says the girls:

At some point during his ramblings, we became heartbroken to think that…

Says Rove: No clue. The girls do not reveal his response to their heartbreak.

For more, see Sheryl Crow – Toilet Paper, Earth Day and The U.N.

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