Monday, February 16, 2009

Will caught making it up

Love him or hate him, there is no denying that George Will is a smart guy. Everyone expects Fred Barnes to lie, but why does someone like Will manufacture data?

In his February 15 column in the WaPo, Will makes the bold assertion that "According to the University of Illinois' Arctic Climate Research Center, global sea ice levels now equal those of 1979."

Problem is that the U of I's ACRC has made no such claim, and they resent Will and the WaPo saying they did.

Via TPM, The ACRC posted this to their website within hours of Will's column appearing,

We do not know where George Will is getting his information, but our data shows that on February 15, 1979, global sea ice area was 16.79 million sq. km and on February 15, 2009, global sea ice area was 15.45 million sq. km. Therefore, global sea ice levels are 1.34 million sq. km less in February 2009 than in February 1979. This decrease in sea ice area is roughly equal to the area of Texas, California, and Oklahoma combined.

It is disturbing that the Washington Post would publish such information without first checking the facts.
Phone calls to George Will and the WaPo seeking comment have not been returned.

TPM takes apart more of his claims here.

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