Wow. I wonder if I can get the White House to post videos of my own “personal opinions” and use government resources to spread my totally unsupported claims (wait, I try NOT to make any totally unsupported claims, but… let’s move on…)?
From the Wattsupwiththat blog:
Back in January, in the midst of one incredibly cold winter, John Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, posted a short video on the agency’s website entitled The Polar Vortex Explained in 2 Minutes. In that video, Holdren claimed that a “growing body of evidence suggests that the kind of extreme cold being experienced by much of the United States as we speak is a pattern that we can expect to see with increasing frequency as global warming continues.” In short, global warming was responsible for colder winters.
This, of course, would be yet another step towards galactic nonverifiability—If global warming is responsible for everything, it can be never be tested empirically.
But as a number of climate scientists soon pointed out, Holdren’s claim of a growing body of evidence on this issue was simply false. In fact, from September 2013 on, three peer-reviewed studies appeared debunking the notion that polar warming had led to an increase in what are known as winter blocking episodes—situations where extremely low temperatures become locked in for exceptionally long periods of time. That was why, in April, we filed a formal request for correction with OSTP under what’s known as the federal Data Quality Act.
After we filed our petition , by the way, yet a fourth study appeared disputing the global warming/polar vortex connection.
Yesterday, shortly before OSTP’s 90-day deadline for responding to correction requests, we received the agency’s denial (see below). OSTP claims that Holdren was simply expressing his “personal opinion” rather than any “comprehensive review of the scientific literature”.
The gloves are off and forever lost. This Administration does not care one whit for truth—they are involved in a raw exercise of power to get their way on any and every issue. They are bringing all Federal government legitimacy into question, and Congress is not helping by their dereliction of duty.
The major media dutifully covered this unmitigated crap when John Holdren posted it, but will any of them now report that it was totally bogus, and scientifically unsupported?
Don’t hold your breath, because if you do… sometime you’ll have to breathe out CO2, and that would contribute to Climate Change.*
*This statement is scientifically unsupported, but hey, that’s all the rage these days.