Archive for November, 2011

Climategate 2.0

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Source: WSJ

A new batch of leaked emails again shows some leading scientists trying to smear opponents.

Last week, 5,000 files of private email correspondence among several of the world’s top climate scientists were anonymously leaked onto the Internet. Like the first “climategate” leak of 2009, the latest release shows top scientists in the field fudging data, conspiring to bully and silence opponents, and displaying far less certainty about the reliability of anthropogenic global warming theory in private than they ever admit in public.

The scientists include men like Michael Mann of Penn State University and Phil Jones of the University of East Anglia, both of whose reports inform what President Obama has called “the gold standard” of international climate science, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). (more…)

Climategate 2.0: Mann suggests Harvard take action against Soon, Baliunas

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Source: Junkscience

Mann -- Alinsky tactics?

? simply for publishing a paper with a different view than his. Mann also fantasizes about action by the National Academy of Sciences!

From the Climategate 2.0 collection, Penn State hokey stick tyrant Michael Mann e-mails Tom Wigley complaining about two Soon-Balunias studies ? and their association with Harvard:

? But the [Soon-Balunias] papers certainly got a lot more mileage than they should have. The fact that the forces of disinformation were able to get that much mileage out of these two awful papers written by those clowns should remain a real cause for concern. Their ability to repeatedly co-opt the Harvard news office remains a real problem. Nobody I?ve talked to at Harvard is happy about this, and there?s been talk of action on the part of various of the faculty, but nobody seems willing or able to mount enough of an effort to get anything done about this. Apparently there was a threat of a lawsuit against Harvard last time folks there tried to do something about Baliunas, and so they may have lost their nerve. But I know our Harvard colleagues are not happy about continually having their institutional name dragged through the mud. If someone has close ties w/any individuals there who might be in a position to actually get some action taken on this, I?d highly encourage pursuing this. Re, an NAS committee?this is an interesting idea. But I wonder if a committee on [Soon-Baliunas] would be overkill, perhaps giving these fools just the stage that they?re looking for. [Emphasis added]

The e-mail exchange is below. (more…)

EDITORIAL: Chu?d out

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Source:  Washington Times

If only the administration?s Solyndra scandal were a garden-variety case of crony-capitalist payback to political supporters. It?s much worse, as President Obama?s energy policy is fixated on solving the supposed global-warming crisis, regardless of the economic cost.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu traveled to Capitol Hill on Nov. 17 to defend his decision to pour $535 million into the ill-fated Solyndra, which filed for bankruptcy in August. He denied that his order was ?based on political considerations? and told lawmakers the United States must compete for business in an $80 billion clean-energy market that is expected to grow by hundreds of billions in coming decades. ?We are in a fierce global race to capture this market,? he argued. (more…)

Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society: Climate Occupiers

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

Source: John D. Trudel

Dear Friends,

Some highly credentialed scientist friends of mine were just strong armed by OMSI, when their scheduled presentation at OMSI was canceled at the last minute due to pressure from the professional Global Warming Alarmists who feed at the ?climate money? trough. Astronomical amounts of the taxpayers? money ($79 Billion through July 2009) have been wasted on this science fraud, plus Billions more on mythical Green Jobs, e.g. Solyndra, and Billions more funneled through the State Department to the 3rdworld to mitigate (nonexistent) global warming.

This breaking news needs to get to the media and the elected officials who help fund Oregon Colleges. At present there are attempts to reschedule the event in January.


John D. Trudel


On Nov 26, Gordon Fulks wrote:

Hello Everyone, 

The Oregon American Meteorological Society’s event featuring Meteorologist Chuck Wiese, Climatologist George Taylor, and me on November 29 at OMSI was canceled at the last minute today due to pressure from local universities and others who were apparently upset that our skeptical perspective on Global Warming would interfere with their climate agendas and Federal funding.  Details will surely leak out as will whatever reasons they will cite as a cover story. (more…)

Climategate 2.0 emails ? They?re real and they?re spectacular!

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Source:  Wattsup

Posted on November 22, 2011 by

UPDATE: 8:20 AM PST These emails have not been verified yet, and this story was posted by one of my moderating staff while I was asleep. Until such time they are verified, tread lightly because without knowing what is behind the rest of the zip file, for all we know it?s a bunch of recipes and collection of ipsem lorem text files. I?m working to authenticate these now and will report when I know more ? Anthony Watts

UPDATE2: 8:45AM PST The Guardian has a story up be Leo Hickman, and this excerpt suggests they may be the real deal:

Norfolk police have said the new set of emails is ?of interest? to their investigation to find the perpetrator of the initial email release who has not yet been identified.

The emails appear to be genuine, but this has yet to be confirmed by the University of East Anglia. One of the emailers, the climate scientist Prof Michael Mann, has confirmed that he believes they are his messages.

UPDATE3: 9:25 AM PST ? Having read a number of emails, and seeing this quote from Mike Mann in the Guardian:

When asked if they were genuine, he said: ?Well, they look like mine but I hardly see anything that appears damning at all, despite them having been taken out of context. I guess they had very little left to work with, having culled in the first round the emails that could most easily be taken out of context to try to make me look bad.? (more…)

Climategate 2.0?

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Source: the air vent

More climategate emails from Michael Mann?


[SPPI note:  Also, see: Climategate 2.0 ; Climategate II: More skeletons in the closet of anthropogenic global warming ]

Posted by Jeff Id on November 22, 2011

It happened again.  I woke up to find a link from on a thread.   Thousands of emails unlocked with 220,000 more hidden behind a password.  Despite the smaller size of the Air Vent due to my lack of time, there were twenty five downloads before I saw it once.  As before, there are some  very nice quotes and clarifications from the consensus.  Below is a guest post in the form of a readme file from the group. ? Jeff

/// FOIA 2011 ? Background and Context ///

?Over 2.5 billion people live on less than $2 a day.?

?Every day nearly 16.000 children die from hunger and related causes.?

?One dollar can save a life? ? the opposite must also be true.

?Poverty is a death sentence.?

?Nations must invest $37 trillion in energy technologies by 2030 to stabilize
greenhouse gas emissions at sustainable levels.?

Today?s decisions should be based on all the information we can get, not on
hiding the decline.

This archive contains some 5.000 emails picked from keyword searches.  A few
remarks and redactions are marked with triple brackets.

The rest, some 220.000, are encrypted for various reasons.  We are not planning
to publicly release the passphrase.

We could not read every one, but tried to cover the most relevant topics such
as? (more…)

Leading Expert Lacks A Basic Understanding Of His Profession

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Source:  Real Science

SALT LAKE CITY ? Recent dramatic changes in the Arctic will have a significant effect on our weather in Utah. That?s the conclusion of a top scientist studying Arctic sea ice.

Arctic sea ice is disappearing in summer much faster than scientists expected. That?s not just evidence of climate change; the ice itself is changing the climate, and it may be affecting weather as far away as Utah.

Scientists predicted summer sea ice would shrink, but they underestimated the trend. Now in late summer, much of the Arctic Ocean is open water; summer ice covers about half what it did 30 years ago.

On a recent visit to Utah, Professor Hajo Eicken, one of the leading experts in the study of Arctic ice melt, explained some of the findings of his research. (more…)

Obama: “Reward our friends, punish our enemies.”

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

Source:  Daily Beast

by Peter Schweizer

When President-elect Obama came to Washington in late 2008, he was outspoken about the need for an economic stimulus to revive a struggling economy. He wanted billions of dollars spent on ?shovel-ready projects? to build roads; billions more for developing alternative-energy projects; and additional billions for expanding broadband Internet access and creating a ?smart grid? for energy consumption. After he was sworn in as president, he proclaimed that taxpayer money would assuredly not be doled out to political friends. ?Decisions about how Recovery Act dollars are spent will be based on the merits,? he said, referring to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. ?Let me repeat that: decisions about how recovery money will be spent will be based on the merits. They will not be made as a way of doing favors for lobbyists.?

Really? (more…)

Mann’s Non-reproducible Statistics

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Source: Marc Morano

I just discovered a very interesting statistics that you might highlight on your web site. I downloaded all the publications from Mann from his own website, and although all his papers are based on statistics, that nobody can reproduce, he published only a SINGLE paper in journals dedicated to statistics. And that paper was criticism of people showing that his statistics is wrong. So makes you wonder, why is he so shy of publishing statistic based papers in journals that are  peer reviewed by other statisticians. You and I know why, but it might be interesting to highlight that to the world community via your blog site.

With kind regards,

Darko Butina


China: Climate issues NOT settled

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Source:  CO2 Science


Global Warming: The View from China

“Global climate change,” in the words of Fang et al. (2011), “is one of the biggest challenges to human society in the 21st century.” And noting that “carbon emissions from fossil fuel combustion and land use change are considered the main factors causing global warming,” plus the fact that “carbon emissions affect social and economic development,” they correctly state that “climate change has been shifted from an academic topic to an international political, economic, and diplomatic issue.” (more…)

Welcome to the Land of Stupid

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Source:  Joanne Nova

And so it came to pass that a small band of the selfish or deluded came to steal the blood, sweat and toil of the many.

They lied, broke solemn promises, failed to provide evidence, and displayed a singular lack of good-manners. They viciously insulted anyone who disagreed, they hid the models the public were forced to pay for, they gave patrons highly paid jobs to advertize their scheme. They spoke arrant nonsense as if it were the bleeding obvious: telling us that we will grow rich if we use energy that costs more; that coal miners are to blame for heavy rain; that more taxes will bring investors; that we?ll lose jobs if we don?t pay more than we need to for energy; or that 6.98 billion people will follow the 0.02 billion who lead us on the path to the Land of Stupid. They made prophesies that failed time after time, yet speak on, as if  only they have the vision to guide us. (more…)

A Dark Day in Australia

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Source:  No Frakking Consensus

November 8, 2011

In my corner of the world it?s the 8th of November, 2011. On this date across the ocean in Australia something terrible happened (it?s already November 9th there now).

A minority government led by Julia Gillard passed 18 pieces of legislation that, collectively, ushered in a brand new, nationwide carbon tax. This is the same Gillard who, on the eve of a national election in 2010 made a clear, unequivocal statement:

I rule out a carbon tax. [backup link here] (more…)

$4-million to WWF to Keep Ice from Melting?

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Source:  Tom Nelson 

As polar bears allegedly face CO2-induced extinction, WWF promotes “sustainable” ways to fire high-powered bullets through the bears’ vital organs

Coca-Cola starts $4M campaign for its iconic polar bears – Environment –

With the change, the company is hoping to spark a fund-raising campaign that will add $4 million to a World Wildlife Fund effort to give the animals, which some scientists predict may be the first major species to go extinct because of climate change, a hedge against warming temperatures and melting ice.

I mentioned this to a friend the other night, and she snorted in derision. “What do they think they can do about melting ice?” she demanded. “What good will $4 million do?”

In other words, a mere drop in the can? (more…)

Two New Papers vs. BEST

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Source:  William Briggs

Horst Lüdecke is a Professor of Physiker in EIKE, European Institute for Climate and Energy,
Heidelberg; Dr. Link is a physicist with EIKE; Prof. Dr. Friedrich-Karl Ewert is a geologist and member of EIKE.

1. General

Our papers [1; here] , hereafter LU, and [2; here], hereafter LL, were published almost parallel to the BEST curve of global temperature. The basic intentions of all of them are the same?to document reliably the surface temperature of the Earth from the beginning of the 19th century until the present.

LU analyzes the period of 2000 years BP until the present whereas LL examines the 20th century only. The BEST curves covers the period of 1800-2010. Quite different methods are used. BEST as a global temperature curve is a patchwork of more than 35,000 mostly short temperature series. The result is a global temperature run established by special algorithms. LU analyzes five of the longest available instrumental series and two proxies as a stalagmite and a tree ring stack. LL examines 2249 exclusively unadjusted local temperature surface records. Further, both LU and LL use a new method [3], [4] as a combination of the detrended fluctuation analysis (DFA), synthetic records, and Monte-Carlo simulation. With it, the exceedance probability of the naturality of an observed temperature change is evaluated. Finally, LL derives the basic overall probability that all in all the global warming of the 20th century was a natural 100-year fluctuation. The instrumental records applied by LU and LL are monthly means because the DFA requires a minimum of about 600 data points. (more…)

BEST Data ?Quality? Problems

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Source:  Climate Audit

CA reader Gary Wescom writes about more data quality problems with the Berkeley temperature study ? see here.

In a surprising number of records, the ?seasonally adjusted? station data in the Berekely archive contains wildly incorrect data. Gary shows a number of cases, one of which, Longmont 2ESE, outside the nest of climate scientists in Boulder CO, is said to have temperatures below minus 50 deg C in the late fall as shown below: (more…)