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Danielle Pletka on Meet the Press

Post by Gord » Fri Nov 30, 2018 11:34 am

Hank Green responds to a speaker, Danielle Pletka from the American Enterprise Insitute, who spoke on Meet the Press and made a few rather odd statements:

There's some serious word salad in there, and it may mean something or it may not depending on what you mean by "mean". :lol:

In the comments section, he posted this addendum about this particular one of her more weird statements: "On the other hand, we need to also recognise that we just had two of the coldest years, the biggest drop in global temperatures that we have had since the 1980s, the biggest in the last 100 years". Here's Hank's statement about it:
Thanks to everyone who helped tease out the point regarding the "lowest temperature / largest drop" comment that the pundit made. Here it is: Between 2016 and 2018, average global temperature dropped 0.5 degrees C, which is the largest drop we've ever seen for that particular time period. This is partially due to the fact that 2016 was a massive outlier. And saying "the largest drop ever" is true, but it makes it sound like it's the lowest temperature in 100 years, which it is not. In fact, 2018's massively lower temperature would still have been a record high in /2004/.

Also, there are lots of higher one-year drops, and lots of higher 3 year drops...but if you look at 2 year drops it's the highest. There's also a 5 month period that's the largest drop for a 5 month period and...yeah...you can find little things like this, and we're not great (as a species) at understanding true long-term trends. And now 2018 looks like it might be the fourth hottest year ever, despite the fact that it started off relatively cool.

The point she wants to make is "No one talks about it when temperature drops like they do when temperatures are higher than ever" but that's at least in part because, when temperatures drop they're still quite high, whereas when they spike, they're the highest we've ever seen.
How to cherry pick something to make it sound like it means something it doesn't really mean. :mrgreen:

Danielle Pletka "is the vice-president for foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI)....

"...In November 2018, NBC's Sunday morning show Meet the Press was criticized for her appearance, where she cast doubt on the scientific validity behind a recently-released report by the U.S. government on projected economic damages caused by climate change." [1][2][3]

[1] https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a ... le-pletka/
[2] https://www.cjr.org/the_media_today/cli ... _trump.php
[3] https://www.politico.com/media/newslett ... ika-001665

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