Add callousness to the list of credits for long-wrong climate science denier Patrick Michaels.
On Friday, Michaels, of the pro-pollution Cato Institute, attacked the supposed ‘hype’ around Hurricane Irene and predicted on Forbes.com:
As TP Green noted last night:
Unfortunately, Michaels’ optimism that the threat of Hurricane Irene was just “hype” was wrong. The American death toll is already 9 lives, as the massive storm tears its way up the Eastern seaboard. Irene had already killed two people in the Caribbean.
Michaels later changed it to “and hopefully kill fewer than the eight people who died in Gloria,” but the original text at Yahoo.com remains the same.
Of course, Michaels, who said last year Big Oil funds some 40% of his work, has long been a fountain of nonsense (see Scientific American editor slams science denier Patrick Michaels for misusing their unscientific online poll).
That’s why when Michaels went up against someone who really knows what he’s talking about, like climatologist Ben Santer, it’s a true mismatch. Here is the video of last year’s smack down on the Hill, courtesy of Climate Decrocker Peter Sinclair:
Why does anyone listen to the never-right Michaels?