Global Warming: A Myth or Political Standpoint
Is Global Warming just a myth? Thats what columnist John Hawkins of townhall.com believes and aims to defuncts in an article called “5 Scientific Reasons That Global Warming Isn’t Happening.” published on Feb 18th in 2014. His main argument is that global warming is not happening and states 5 scientific reasons on why accusations of such idea can easily be defunct by science alone. He methodically lays out each reason and defines the scientific facts that he researched and hyperlinks. Although his facts and argument look credible, the basis of his research and understanding of global warming as a whole is misconstrued with bias and weak “scientific” facts that he uses to justify his thesis.
John Hawkins is a biased right wing columnist who runs an internet news blog called rightwingnews.com that includes contributors such a Chuck Norris. He writes two weekly columns for townhall.com which is owned by Salem Communications which is a a Christian American based radio broadcaster, internet content provider, and magazine and book publisher. Owner Stuart Epperson was named in 2005 as one of the most influential Evangelicals by Time Magazine. This finding suggest that the company as whole and its branches are fairly conservative and biased to a right winged mentality without real consideration of liberal standpoint. It is conventional wisdom that conservative views on global warming is a myth and because John Hawkins is trying to reinforce this idea with his article that doesn’t mean it is objective fact backed by objective science. This is dangerous in a critical thinking perspective and presents itself to an argument of ignorance without consideration of the reputing side. This raises questions to whether or not this article is just a biased standpoint trying to reinforce conservative ideology or an actual primary sourced scientific study. On townhall.com’s bio’s it lists John Hawkins as a published writer at the Washington Examiner, The Hill, TPNN, Hot Air, The Huffington Post and Human Events which are all generally conservative publishing companies.
The first fact that he presents is, “there hasn’t been any global warming since 1997,” (townhall.com, John Hawkins). He claims that for the last 16 to 17 years or so since 1997 to when the article was published in 2014, there hasn’t been a change in temperature warming. The basis of his argument is very subjective and the sources that he presents for his facts such as, “the temperature of the planet has essentially been flat for 17 years,” was sourced from a website that he runs himself, rightwing.com. He then goes on to source Phil Jones to back his argument but instead of quoting the former Director of the Climate Research Unit he makes a broad claim by saying, “This isn’t a controversial assertion either. Even the former Director of the Climate Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia, Phil Jones, admits that it’s true,” (townhall.com, John Hawkins). This is not credible nor does give him hard hitting evidence.
His second fact is that, “there is no scientific consensus that global warming is occurring and caused by man,” (townhall.com, John Hawkins) is barely a scientific argument at all. He then goes on to say, “In fact, many scientific theories that were once widely believed to be true were made irrelevant by new evidence. Just to name one of many, many examples, in the early seventies, scientists believed global cooling was occurring. However, once the planet started to warm up, they changed their minds. Yet, the primary “scientific” argument for global warming is that there is a “scientific consensus” that it’s occurring. Setting aside the fact that’s not a scientific argument, even if that ever was true (and it really wasn’t), it’s certainly not true anymore,” (townhall.com, John Hawkins). Hawkins is using a red herring in this argument by referring to a a group of scientist that agree to a non-conclusive finding of global cooling. He does’t present any outside resources other than from his own website, rightwingnews.com, to back this claim making it a weak argument. He gives very bold superlatives as a tool of persuasion rather than hard hitting evidence.
His third and fifth argument is that, “arctic ice is up 50% since 2012,”(townhall.com, John Hawkins), which is a misinterpreted fact. Ice build up in the north pole is argued as a result of global warming rather than his ignorant assumption that just because ice has risen to 50% which in itself is also a statistic that is not recorded or referenced, global warming does not exist therefore.
Finally his last argument is that climate models showing global warming have been wrong over and over but this simply is an argument of fallacy. He is assuming that because an arguments conclusion is fallacious, then the conclusion is false which is entirely that truth here. Hawkins is very selective when he chooses his sources. He weeds out sources that are generally conservative rather than something completely scientific and objective. The data that Hawkins is referring to is of Scientific misinformer Dr. Roy Spencer who has been discredited by the science community for his “unrealistic and inaccurate” findings, (theguardian.com). This proves that John Hawkins isn’t really doing the research and making false claims backed by false evidence and findings. This is very ignorant on Hawkins behalf and shows that he is a bigoted writer trying to influence a general population of readers that are easily influenced by broad claims.
In conclusion, John Hawkins has proven himself to be a very one sided bigot who will not sacrifice his own beliefs to face and report the truth. He instead chooses to irresponsibly convince readers who stumble upon his article to believe in a conservative view on global warming while giving false and misleading information that he interprets to “strengthen” his argument. The data and research he provided back fired on him and makes me question the authority of what is considered credible news. John Hawkins article “5 Scientific Reasons That Global Warming Isn’t Happening” published on townhall.com is a clear example of an incredible article.