"When modern life evolved over 500 million years ago..."
Affirmation from a born again denier
"When modern life evolved over 500 million years ago..." So a bloke by the name of Patrick Moore said to his patron, Senator James Inhofe. Anthony Watts thinks so highly of Patrick Moore's dumb, boring, tired repetition of out-dated denier talking points that he made it a sticky (archived here). (Patrick Moore for those who've never heard of him, is apparently a "born-again denier" who says he was associated with Greenpeace in its early days, back when he was a hot-headed youth. He left Greenpeace a couple of years later when he decided to become ideologically conservative and forsake environmental activism for the scientific illiterati. Since then he's been trading on his "born again denier" status. Update: I've put some related links in a comment below.)
What's happened in the last 500 million years...
Young earth creationists think modern life was created out of nothing 4,000 years ago or whenever. Patrick Moore says modern life evolved over 500 million years ago therefore rising CO2 is not a problem.
How does Patrick Moore know what little he knows? My guess is that it's because he read something that someone wrote about something that someone wrote about something that someone wrote about something that scientists discovered. It's pretty obvious that Patrick Moore himself doesn't read science. He reads hearsay of hearsay of hearsay from science deniers.
I don't know what archaic peat bog the Republican denialati dug him up from, but I wonder if Patrick Moore knows that quite a lot has changed in the past 500 million years. For example, does Patrick Moore know it took another 150 million years before the first vertebrates appeared on land? Does Patrick Moore know that around 250 million years after his 500 million years ago, 95% of life on earth became extinct?
Does Patrick Moore know that the very first "modern" mammals didn't appear until around 450 million years after his "500 million years ago"?
Does Patrick Moore know that it took around 480 million years after his 500 million years ago for our first ape-like ancestors to appear?
Does Patrick Moore know that it took around 498 million years after his 500 million years ago for our first Hominidae ancestors to appear?
Does Patrick Moore know that modern humans first appeared around 499.8 million years after his 500 million years ago?
Does Patrick Moore know that if CO2 were to reach the levels today that it was when the sun was much fainter and the earth was much younger, we'd all become extinct? Does he care? Or is he more interested in selling his science denial book?
Patrick Moore has told some US committee that he's written a science denying book. Well, woopy doo. Science denying books are plentiful but you won't learn anything about the natural world from them. All you will learn is how some humans delude themselves. How they'll rattle off a series of denier memes like CO2 is plant food, a warmer world is a better world, we're heading for an ice age, CO2 doesn't warm the world, warming is good for you etc etc.
What I can't understand is why Anthony Watts would make such a silly, empty denier speech a "sticky". It's not even ground-breaking denial. It's old, tired and worn out denial.
The equivalent of a Young Earth Creationist
Nor can I understand what makes a US government committee interested in denier rants from someone just because he got on a boat with some Greenpeace activists thirty years ago and decided that life wasn't for him. He's not a climate scientist, that's obvious. He's not even the sort of science denier the WUWT claim to be. (WUWT-ers have been scrambling this week claiming they accept the greenhouse effect and AGW, they just reckon it's all stopped happening all of a sudden for no reason.) Patrick Moore isn't one of those deniers, he's a greenhouse effect denier. The equivalent of the young earth creationists.
If you want to read what Patrick Moore said, the WUWT archive is here. It's not interesting. It's not eloquent. It's not got anything new. It's not sophisticated.
It made me think of My Fair Lady. As if Fred Singer spent a few weeks with Patrick Moore and tried to teach him some basic denier memes. But Patrick Moore wasn't as astute as Eliza. He couldn't be mistaken for anything but another ignorant puppet who's been trained in denial, and not very well trained at that.
When it came to his big occasion, all Patrick Moore could remember was that CO2 has been higher in the past and CO2 is plant food therefore we can keep burning coal.
Anthony Watts is worshipping a caricature, a statue of a denier and not even one of his creation.