Friday, August 04, 2006

Heat: Fake Controversy

It's interesting that a few conservative commentators insist that there is still no scientific consensus on global warming and its ramifications. Add to that list of commentators one Tim Graham of NRO, who seems never to have heard of the European heatwave of 2003 and doesn't seem to believe that it killed so many:
The Washington Post just throws out today that 52,000 Europeans died of heat in the summer of 2003. Ex-squeeze me?

He then links to some conservative media watchdog that dismisses the source of those stats as hard-core greenies.

It doesn't take much googling to find the official numbers on how many died that summer. In France alone, the Health Ministry's own tally was astounding:
France's summer heatwave killed a total of 14,800 people, according to official figures released on Thursday.
The figure covers 1-30 August, including a fortnight of record-breaking heat.

News Busters doesn't seem like much of a watchdog. Sorry, Tim.

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