Willard Tony has a new post by Willis Eschenbach accusing Chris Mooney of “chartsmanship” to achieve “raw, pure, visceral alarmism.” But it’s Willis who has turned sniper to show off his “chartsmanship.”
Mooney showed this chart, estimates of the reduction of area of Greenland marine-terminating glaciers, based on the research of Jason Box:
Willis interprets this as representing ice loss of the entire continent of Greenland. Of course it isn’t. In fact he even has to admit that, when none other than one of the fake-skeptic faithful points it out. Yet rather than just admit he’s wrong, he excuses his own fakery as a “way to get the point across.”
Eschenbach portrays the situation like this:
Of course area loss of marine-terminating glaciers is not the same thing as ice loss over all of Greenland. But the real “chartsmanship” is choosing a graph scale which is deliberately designed to make the change look small. Deliberately.
Eschenbach still disparages using the first chart, the data from Jason Box (the guy who actually researches ice loss in Greenland). He also seems to consider Mooney’s headline that “Humans Have Already Set in Motion 69 Feet of Sea Level Rise” to be lunacy.
Willis, Willis … you missed your chance.
With “chartsmanship” like yours, you should have shown everybody that 69 feet of sea level rise is no problem at all! After all, the average depth of the ocean is 3,682 meters. Even if we suffer 69 feet (21 meters) of sea level rise by the year 2100, it won’t mean a thing. After all, the graph will look like this:
So why should we care if sea level rises 69 feet?