Friday, January 25, 2013

How They Lie (George Will edition)

In "Recipe for conservative revival," George Will writes,
He [Obama] says that “the threat of climate change” is apparent in “raging fires,” “crippling drought” and “more powerful storms.” Are fires raging now more than ever? (There were a third fewer U.S. wildfires in 2012 than in 2006.) 
By now, I hope, you know the denialist's game: cherry pick a year and ignore trends.

Here is the annual data for U.S. acreage burned, from the National Interagency Fire Center:

Notice any trend?
Notice why George Will might have picked 2006 at his year for comparison??

At least, I guess, it keeps you on the Sunday talk shows. For some reason.

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