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Joanne Nova is Utterly Stupid

Posted by Michael Dickens on July 17, 2009

(Sorry if this isn’t up to my usual standards; I haven’t slept in over 12 hours.)

Did you know that global temperatures are driven by postal stamp prices? Oh wait, they’re not, because JOANNE NOVA IS A MINDLESS BIGOT WITH A TWISTED VIEW OF SCIENCE AND LOGIC.

Joanne Nova tries to prove it with this graph:

US Postal charges drive Global Warming

As you can see, there is a clear correlation between postal charges and global temperature. But correlation with CO2 is minimal.

Well first of all, the graph is just plain wrong. The CO2 curve has been distorted. Either the data is horribly misrepresented, or downright wrong. Here is what it really looks like when you compare temperature and CO2:
Climate Change Attribution

The article seems to be saying that correlation does not imply causation. Well, that is true. However, the correlation between CO2 and temperature is far stronger than Nova has represented it as. We have a record of strong correlation going back hundreds of thousands of years. But more importantly, we know that CO2 absorbs light and emits it as infrared radiation. This heats the earth. Duh.

Nova is epic fail, but she gave me a good laugh.


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