Lefties Turn on Nate Silver Over Global Warming


After the election Nate Silver was the toast of Progressiveville,  but now the progs are discovering that they don’t like numbers when they don’t go their way.

“In a perfect world the data would just speak for itself, but that’s never the case,” the economist Allison Schranger wrote at Quartz following FiveThirtyEight’s launch. “Interpreting and presenting data requires making judgments and possibly mistakes.” That’s why so many writers have been concerned about FiveThirtyEight’s climate writer, Roger Pielke, Jr, a University of Colorado professor, who ThinkProgress once called “the most debunked person in the science blogosphere, possibly the entire Web.”

There’s a big difference between debunked and successfully debunked. Think Progress debunks everyone who disagrees with it. That doesn’t mean much since TP and its robotic progressive agenda are already bunk.

The Week has a post Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight and the dangers of being ideologically neutral. “Because FiveThirtyEight’s science coverage stinks of sublimated ideology. The opening science pieces were pretty bad, but far more telling was Silver’s hiring of climate troll Roger Pielke Jr.”

Sublimated ideology means, “Since you disagree with us on the facts, you’re probably a secret right winger.”

Ok, so what did Roger Pielke actually write for 538 that is causing this kerfuffle?  His article is Disasters cost more than ever but not because of climate change.

RP Jr’s post at 538 has elicited what is probably the most reprehensible and contemptible smear job that I have ever seen of a scientist, at least from an organization that has any pretense of respectability.  Kiley Kroh of ClimateProgress has a post entitled Nate Silver’s New Science Writer Ignores the Data on Climate Science.

“Pielke routinely seeks to minimize the impacts and severity of climate change and in the process, has been repeatedly criticized as inaccurate and misleading by some of the nation’s foremost climate scientists.”

“Most recently, Pielke tangled with Obama science advisor and former president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, John Holdren, over the relationship between the severity of California’s epic drought and climate change.”

In this article, there is not a single critique of anything RP Jr actually said in his 538 post.  Before looking at the author of the post, I assumed it was either Joe Romm or Michael Mann, since it has their unmistakable hatchet job signature.  Instead, the author is Kiley Kroh, co-editor of Climate Progress (Joe Romm is the founder and overseer of ClimateProgress). ClimateProgress is an element of  ThinkProgress, a liberal American political blog that is an outlet for the Center for American Progress.

This is what bunk looks like.

  • SoCalMike

    Climate Science is the newest religion and the warmists are cult members,
    I love the way they think they can speak factually about climate change pretending to be able to predict and know how to manipulate and control.
    Kiley Kroh is just another cult member,

    • A Z

      They cannot predict much of anything. Al Gore has made predictions and they are not coming true. Al Gore got a D in science in college BTW for all you lefty readers out there.

      “Two Years Left in Rush Limbaugh’s Countdown to Al Gore’s Doomsday Deadline” >> Jan 2014

      “In 2008, Gore restated in Germany that “the entire North ‘polarized’ cap will disappear in 5 years.””


      • A Z

        What is a POLARIZED ice cap? Anyone?

        • truebearing

          That’s where the right side of the polar cap is calm and rational and the left side is filled with hate that there even is a right side.

  • A Z

    Think Progress and other progs are literally starving our economy.

    “Oil Limits and the Economy: One Story, Not Two”


    via Zerohedge

  • Diane

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nq4Bc2WCsdE Anthropogenic Global warming is as big a hoax as Global Cooling was in the 1970’s.

  • PAthena

    The claim that human activities were causing global warming, propounded by a professor at the University of Essex in England and one in the U.S. (I think his name is Michael Mann) was shown to be false a long time ago. Those propounding it have since changed the terminology to “climate change.” Of course, the climate is changing, and has done so for 4.5 billion years (when the planet Earth came into existence), and will continue to do so until the Earth ceases to exist in some billions of years. The climate is determined primarily by the Sun, and secondarily by the oceans, volcanos, etc. The Earth is now in an inter-glacial period, the cycle of Ice Ages being around 20,000 years, according to a book I read about the Ice Ages, the last Ice Age having ended about 10,000 years ago. Cheers for global warming! (There was a mini-Ice Age between the 15th and mid-19th century.)

  • Dan Pangburn

    Discover the cause of the warming, the end of it, why temperatures are headed down and what to expect.

    There are only two primary drivers of average global temperature change. They very accurately explain the reported up and down measurements since before 1900 with R2>0.9 (correlation coefficient = 0.95) and provide credible estimates back to the low temperatures of the Little Ice Age (1610).

    CO2 change is NOT one of the drivers.

    The drivers are given at


  • truebearing

    Poor Nate. He was the darling of the Left when he predicted Republicans would lose ( I wonder if any of his prescience then was due to knowledge of the Left’s massive voter fraud machine). Now he is lower than Obama’s poll numbers because he dared to hire a sane person who sees Climate Change for the flimsy scam that it always has been..