No sooner was the metaphorical ink drying on my attack on National Post faux-environmentalist Lawrence Solomon’s paranoid conspiracy theory that climate change is being perpetrated by insurance companies as an excuse to jack up their premiums, that I realized I would have to return to the same deposit of BS and retrieve a sample from his comrade-in-arms, Terence Corcoran. Corcoran usually works the finance beat on the opinion pages, and why he occasionally sallies forth into environmental issues, almost unfailingly very badly, I can’t imagine.
Corcoran’s diatribe picks up on a Solomonic meme, claiming that even the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which for years now has been denounced by the climate change denialist crowd as the Great Satan behind modern environmentalism, is now backing away from its previous claims that human carbon emissions are driving climate change. He has three arguments to support this claim, and they range from the merely preposterous to the unnecessarily deceitful.
The “text” Corcoran is working from, incidentally, is an unpolished final draft manuscript of the executive summary of the real IPCC report, which isn’t due out until next February. We hardly need a better example of why the average contemporary journalist isn’t qualified to report on scientific issues that Corcoran and Solomon apparently feel this is the best imaginable way of commenting on climate change science.Tweet