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More denial of the “Climategate” controversy.

December 6, 2009 1 comment

A once well-respected scientific journal has forever tarnished it’s reputation in a manner not seen since…well since earlier this year when the Nobel Committee ‘jumped the shark’. The Scientific American published an article by David Biello titled, “Scientists Respond to ‘Climategate’ E-Mail Controversy”. Except that the only ones who responded were ones involved knee-deep in this scandal, Michael Mann and Gavin Schmidt, who I noted before as being disingenuous at best and have a knack for dancing around the issue to give a non-answer. Nobody outside the controversy weighed in the subject in this story.

In fact, very little attention was given to the actual impact of the leaked e-mails and was instead, a platform for which to dance around the issue.

With all the “hot air” surrounding climate change discussions, none has been hotter in recent weeks than that spewed over a trove of stolen e-mails and computer code from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia in England. Longstanding contrarians, such as Sen. James Inhofe (R–Okla.), who famously dubbed climate change a “hoax” in a 2003 speech, has pointed to the stolen e-mails as information that overturns the scientific evidence for global warming and called on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson to halt any development of regulation of greenhouse gases pending his investigation into the e-mails. And recent polls have found that fewer Americans today than just two years ago believe that greenhouse gases will cause average temperatures to increase—a drop from 71 percent to 51 percent.

Yet, Arctic sea ice continues to dwindle—as do glaciers across the globe; average temperatures have increased by 0.7 degree Celsius in the past century and the last decade is the warmest in the instrumental record; spring has sprung forward, affecting everything from flower blossoms to animal migrations; and the concentrations of atmospheric greenhouse gases continue to rise, reaching 387 parts per million in 2009, a rise of 30 percent since 1750.


Yes the sea ice continues to melt….except when it doesn’t. The article continues on with a basic explanation of the greenhouse theory, as though the readers are inept. Then we get this little gem.

In fact, nothing in the stolen e-mails or computer code undermines in any way the scientific consensus—which exists among scientific publications as well as scientists—that climate change is happening and humans are the cause. “There is a robust consensus that humans are altering the atmosphere and warming the planet,” said meteorologist Michael Mann of The Pennsylvania State University, who also participated in the conference call and was among the scientists whose e-mails have been leaked. “Further increases in greenhouse gases will lead to increasingly greater disruption.”

Some of the kerfuffle rests on a misreading of the e-mails’ wording. For example, the word “trick” in one message, which has been cited as evidence that a conspiracy is afoot, is actually being used to describe a mathematical approach to reconciling observed temperatures with stand-in data inferred from tree ring measurements.


What constitutes a “robust consensus” in the universe of Michael Mann isn’t the same as us unwashed peons in flyover country. Perhaps he is unaware of the tens of thousands of scientists who oppose this “consensus. Certainly they qualify as more of a consensus than 2400 politicians, business owners and scientists begging for grant money at the IPCC. Add to that the fact one of the e-mails details a plan to push a scientist out of the peer review process….you know….for the “consensus”.

I guess we’re just too stupid to understand what “trick” and “hide the decline” mean. Here I was thinking the “trick” referred to the manipulation of data to “hide the decline” in temperature readings. In other words, starting with a conclusion and pounding on the facts to make them fit the result YOU want. Maybe that’s what “reconciling observed temperatures” means when deciphered. Perhaps I’m not so stupid after all, Mr. Biello.

This is not the first time Biello has published an article with less than realistic interpretations of actual events. In an article he wrote on November 24th he tried to insinuate that there were no scientific opponents to the AGW theory. Only political ones.

You can judge the emails for yourself at this wonderful searchable database. While the revelations about pressuring the peer review process and apparent slowness in responding to an avalanche of requests for information unveil something below impressive scientific and personal behavior, they can also be seen as the frustrated responses of people working on complex data under deadline while being harassed by political opponents.

Note the adjective there. Political, not scientific, opponents. Because the opposition here is not grounded in any robust scientific theory or alternative hypotheses (all of those, in their time, have been shot down and nothing new has been offered in years) but a hysterical reaction to the possibly of what? One-world government? The return of communism? If that’s the fear, perhaps someone can explain why the preferred solution to climate change offered by former proponents of inaction is nuclear power. Has there ever been a nuclear reactor built anywhere in the world that didn’t rely on government to get it done? Sounds like socialism, doesn’t it? Hello France? USSR? USA?


Not only did this moron have the gall to insinuate that proponents of nuclear power were somehow hypocrites because the government rightly chooses to control the nuclear fuel and that’s allegedly socialism….or something, but he declared definitively, all contrary views to be debunked in some unnamed ethereal manner.

Just another in the long list of leftist moonbats that will do whatever they can to marginalize the significance of this scam on the world. Where do the liberals keep finding these morons?

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Climategate, deja vu and the fork in the road.

November 22, 2009 6 comments

I told you that some would try to marginalize this and it has already started.

Michael E. Mann, who directs the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University, said in a telephone interview from Paris that skeptics are “taking these words totally out of context to make something trivial appear nefarious.”


Michael Mann, if you recall, is the one responsible for the nefarious and controversial hockey stick graph. Of course, global warming alarmist try to discredit the very real evidence against the graph by attaching the word “myth” to the argument, while simultaneously refusing to address the complaints of skeptics. I like to refer to it as, “The Art of Stigma“. If you can attach a stigma to any issue you can avoid debate and stifle the voices of your detractors. It’s like using the race card.

In a New York Times article Mann is quoted, once again, trying to downplay the relevance of the breach.

In a 1999 e-mail exchange about charts showing climate patterns over the last two millenniums, Phil Jones, a longtime climate researcher at the East Anglia Climate Research Unit, said he had used a “trick” employed by another scientist, Michael Mann, to “hide the decline” in temperatures.

Dr. Mann, a professor at Pennsylvania State University, confirmed in an interview that the e-mail message was real. He said the choice of words by his colleague was poor but noted that scientists often used the word “trick” to refer to a good way to solve a problem, “and not something secret.”


Well I guess that would hinge on what is meant by, “solving a problem”. If by solving a problem he means correcting errant data then fine, but he doesn’t have a great track regarding that. I believe he meant solving the problem of embarrassing data as opposed to errant data. It is a sentiment shared in some of the hacked e-mails. Remember this part?

Private doubts about whether the world really is heating up:

The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t. The CERES data published in the August BAMS 09 supplement on 2008 shows there should be even more warming: but the data are surely wrong. Our observing system is inadequate.


Suppression of evidence:

Can you delete any emails you may have had with Keith re AR4?

Keith will do likewise. He’s not in at the moment – minor family crisis.

Can you also email Gene and get him to do the same? I don’t have his new email address.

We will be getting Caspar to do likewise.


Sound familiar? That aside, I suppose CRU’s statement to, “assure this never happens again” is all about openness and transparency. Clearly not secretive. Yeah, I’ve seen this movie somewhere and I know how it ends.

The Times article continues with Mann’s defense of Voodoo science:

At issue were sets of data, both employed in two studies. One data set showed long-term temperature effects on tree rings; the other, thermometer readings for the past 100 years.

Through the last century, tree rings and thermometers show a consistent rise in temperature until 1960, when some tree rings, for unknown reasons, no longer show that rise, while the thermometers continue to do so until the present.

Dr. Mann explained that the reliability of the tree-ring data was called into question, so they were no longer used to track temperature fluctuations. But he said dropping the use of the tree rings was never something that was hidden, and had been in the scientific literature for more than a decade. “It sounds incriminating, but when you look at what you’re talking about, there’s nothing there,” Dr. Mann said.

In addition, other independent but indirect measurements of temperature fluctuations in the studies broadly agreed with the thermometer data showing rising temperatures.

Dr. Jones, writing in an e-mail message, declined to be interviewed.


This is a prime example of the scientists using only the data that supports their theories and refusing to acknowledge, even going so far as to hide, data that does not. Mann admits it in this article, but tries to trivialize the significance of engaging in censorship science.

More denial of reality:

Stephen McIntyre, a blogger who on his Web site, climateaudit.org, has for years been challenging data used to chart climate patterns, and who came in for heated criticism in some e-mail messages, called the revelations “quite breathtaking.”

But several scientists whose names appear in the e-mail messages said they merely revealed that scientists were human, and did nothing to undercut the body of research on global warming. “Science doesn’t work because we’re all nice,” said Gavin A. Schmidt, a climatologist at NASA whose e-mail exchanges with colleagues over a variety of climate studies were in the cache. “Newton may have been an ass, but the theory of gravity still works.”


Gavin Schmidt just tried to detract from this event by proclaiming that not all scientists are nice guys. This goes back to what I said about “refusing to address the complaints of other skeptics”. In no way does the attitude of scientists diminish the content of these e-mails.

You see, Gavin, the difference between you and Newton is his theories are sound and beyond reproach. They can be demonstrated easily and are proven by reality. His theories are simple and to the point, not a duct taped patchwork of uncorrelated graph data, woven together by editing out that which is inconvenient.  Skeptics want you to prove them wrong. Skeptics are skeptical because they desire real unaltered knowledge. They are a fickle bunch. They see a problem — an inconsistency — and they want it solved, not swept under the rug.

All this reminds me of a few historical figures I learned about in my school days. Several men over the centuries dared to question accepted science. They were often chastised and ridiculed for their beliefs. Some were killed for it, others were exonerated, though only long after their deaths. They were brave men who dared say man was not the center of everything. They had the gall to believe that there are things in this existence that are far larger than humanity. Things that lend no compassion nor contempt to pitiful little creatures like us. You see men like Copernicus, Galileo and Bruno dared stand against the might of the Vatican. They are born only once a generation and have the capacity to see issues, not as scientists, but as realists — as skeptics.

So here we are, full circle, poised to repeat history. We have our own Galileos and Brunos, threatened with violence for having the nerve to question accepted science of our new religion — the boldness to act contrary to the mandated narrative our New York Vatican has imposed with their elite group of Cardinals. And yet again, we have those who believe humans are the center of the universe and that whatever happens, human were the only reason for it. The more things change, the more they stay the same, I guess.

In the end, we are faced with a simple choice. Will we continue to make the same mistakes of our past or will we choose to heed the lessons of our predecessors?

Global warming fear-mongering “scientists” e-mail hacked.

November 21, 2009 Leave a comment

This is kind of hilarious, if you ask me. It still is even if you don’t. First, NASA had to amend errant temperature data, now this. Apparently, some computers at the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit were hacked and some e-mails and documents were placed on the internet. Some of the more incriminating text seems to indicate that data was tampered with and there may have been an effort to marginalize or discredit dissenting scientists.

From James Delingpole’s blog:

Manipulation of evidence:

I’ve just completed Mike’s Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (ie from 1981 onwards) amd from 1961 for Keith’s to hide the decline.

Private doubts about whether the world really is heating up:

The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t. The CERES data published in the August BAMS 09 supplement on 2008 shows there should be even more warming: but the data are surely wrong. Our observing system is inadequate.

Suppression of evidence:

Can you delete any emails you may have had with Keith re AR4?

Keith will do likewise. He’s not in at the moment – minor family crisis.

Can you also email Gene and get him to do the same? I don’t have his new email address.

We will be getting Caspar to do likewise.

Fantasies of violence against prominent Climate Sceptic scientists:

Next
time I see Pat Michaels at a scientific meeting, I’ll be tempted to beat
the crap out of him. Very tempted.

Attempts to disguise the inconvenient truth of the Medieval Warm Period (MWP):

……Phil and I have recently submitted a paper using about a dozen NH records that fit this category, and many of which are available nearly 2K back–I think that trying to adopt a timeframe of 2K, rather than the usual 1K, addresses a good earlier point that Peck made w/ regard to the memo, that it would be nice to try to “contain” the putative “MWP”, even if we don’t yet have a hemispheric mean reconstruction available that far back….

And, perhaps most reprehensibly, a long series of communications discussing how best to squeeze dissenting scientists out of the peer review process. How, in other words, to create a scientific climate in which anyone who disagrees with AGW can be written off as a crank, whose views do not have a scrap of authority.

“This was the danger of always criticising the skeptics for not publishing in the “peer-reviewed literature”. Obviously, they found a solution to that–take over a journal! So what do we do about this? I think we have to stop considering “Climate Research” as a legitimate peer-reviewed journal. Perhaps we should encourage our colleagues in the climate research community to no longer submit to, or cite papers in, this journal. We would also need to consider what we tell or request of our more reasonable colleagues who currently sit on the editorial board…What do others think?”

“I will be emailing the journal to tell them I’m having nothing more to do with it until they rid themselves of this troublesome editor.”“It results from this journal having a number of editors. The responsible one for this is a well-known skeptic in NZ. He has let a few papers through by Michaels and Gray in the past. I’ve had words with Hans von Storch about this, but got nowhere. Another thing to discuss in Nice !”

I can’t tell you how big this is. I am sure some will try to dismiss this and/or claim it isn’t real. I imagine the worthless mainstream media will ignore this and you won’t hear about it except on conservative sites, except the few liberal bloggers who will try to marginalize it.

Some more relevant links:

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/11/20/the-global-warming-scandal-of-the-century/

http://www.climateaudit.org/?p=7810#comments

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/11/19/breaking-news-story-hadley-cru-has-apparently-been-hacked-hundreds-of-files-released/