As a tactic to save polar bears, denial doesn’t work. Arctic Economics reports on research showing polar bears often go without food, a bad tactic for long-term survival.
And, as often these days, I mention that here because it is one more case where “falsified data” or “badly placed measuring stations” can’t affect the outcome. Polar bears don’t read The Economist. Last I checked ticket sales, no polar bear had ever seen Al Gore’s movie, let alone been misled by it. It cannot be the case that polar bears starve because they believe hyped and false claims about global warming. Polar bears starve because it’s really warmer.
Update, 3-5-2009 — One of the signs of insanity among warming disbelievers is their practice of censoring comments on their blogs, when the blog owner edits the comments of opponents to make them look silly and, importantly, to keep contrary views backed by reason from infecting the blog.