Meet 15 year-old Kristen Byrnes of Portland, Maine, the Denialist Industry's latest sweetheart. Kristen forecast the end of the Australian drought in late May, so she's zero for one in predictions, but this hasn't stopped high level climate change skeptics like Steve McIntyre and Richard Tol, whose hair must be seen to be believed, from praising her website and in particular her attack on "An Inconvenient Truth", at least until the many errors in it have been pointed out. Mr. Tol:
I never said that Kristen Byrnes's piece is "more accurate" than An Inconvenient Truth or the Stern Review. All three contain basic and unnecessary errors, but I did not count them and I did not compare them.
Now, why this post? A couple of reasons. Firstly, the fact that Kristen's is being used by the "bigs" in the climate skeptic business to in effect launder their attacks on figures like Al Gore and James Hansen is an indication of the extent of their desperation. Secondly, there has been some speculation that Kristen was a fictional character along the lines of Andura Smetacek, and I would suggest the photo from the newsbusters site should put that line of inquiry to rest. Thirdly, I have been looking for an excuse to post a picture of Mr. Tol and his freaky hair, and now I have one.
One Of Kristen's