Cherry-Picking Climate Data


During his inauguration, Obama cited “raging fires” as evidence of climate change. George Will protests that there “were a third fewer U.S. wildfires in 2012 than in 2006.” Joe Romm chides Will and the WaPo for taking the data out of context:

2006? Seriously, George Will — and blinkered editors at the Washpost?  If you wonder why in Hell (and High Water) Will just happens to pick the year 2006, you need look no further than the above graph of annual U.S. acreage burned from the National Fire Center (via Tamino).