Archive for November, 2009

Claudia Rosett on Climategate and the U.N.

11/30/2009

“The data-manipulating emails of Climategate have made a splash, with damning implications for the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. But is this just the tip of the UN climate con iceberg?

Shepherding, rewarding and promoting global alarm about “climate change” is a whopping beneficiary of this movement (bigger even than Al Gore) — the United Nations global system. Failing to achieve forward motion for peace or nonproliferation, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been grandstanding for more than two years about the UN’s war on the weather — and has made it his chief mission to persuade developed nations to “seal the deal” on a “climate” pact that would constrict production, transfer vast amounts to wealth to some of the worst governments on the planet, and put the unaccountable, opaque and too often self-serving bureaucracy of the UN at the switch. The UN’s IPCC collected the other half of the Al Gore Nobel Weather Prize, but do UN insiders really believe the IPCC is a bastion of untainted science? (If you want to check out who’s providing “guidance” for the IPCC, check out their web site – some of my favorites on the current roster are Iran, Cuba and Sudan).

Climate bureaucracy has become a major aspect of employment throughout the UN system, with almost every UN agency and program enlisting fresh bevies of staff to work the climate angles. On its climate “Gateway” web page, the UN lists more than three dozen UN-system “partners on climate change,” from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to the UN Development Program (star of the Cash-for-Kim scandal two years ago in North Korea) to the International Telecommunications Union. On the basis of calculations performed deep within the entrails of UN bureacracies that thrive these days by attributing the world’s troubles to climate and then allocating blame, penalties, bonanzas and UN commissions on the basis of the IPCC “scientific consensus,” this same UN climate Gateway web page informs us that “Seven of ten disasters are climate related.” To fix this, the UN tells us, we need only trust to the UN’s guidance. That would be the same UN that not so long ago dealt with its own propensity for corruption by disbanding its anti-corruption task force; the same UN that once claimed Oil-for-Food was the most heavily audited program it had ever run; the same UN that can’t tally its own global budget.

And of course, just ahead lies the Copenhagen climate summit, with Ban calling for a deal to be sealed which, with great pain for the world’s most productive societies, and great gain for the UN’s expanding empire of carbon-0-crats, “satisfies the demands of science.” That would be the UN version of science, which, if it bears any resemblance to the UN version of book-keeping, should give great pause. The UN has immense vested interests here, and is clearly prepared to roll right over the disclosures of climategate. These are decisions which within the UN go way beyond the IPCC, and involve UN officials — all the way up to Ban Ki-moon — ignoring any genuine scientific dissent that doesn’t fit their plans, or fill the UN coffers. What would we see were we able to peer into the “climate” emails exchanged throughout the UN system over the years? Just asking.” “When Do We Get to Read the Rest of the UN Emails on Climate Change?

"They Need Someone Who Understands This To ‘Splain it To Them"

11/30/2009

“This weekend I was startled and very pleased to see the financial shows on Fox Business discussing some of the issues about “ClimateGate”.

Sadly, their “panel” was up against a talking points troll and they let him run rampant unchallenged. Repeatedly he ranted about “it’s all Peer Reviewed PEER REVIEWED!!!”

As though that granted immunity from the issue.

And answer came there none.

Someone needs to let the news guys know that it was the apparent Suborning of Peer Review that makes this so horrid. That these were the peer reviewers and they were doing it fraudulently (IMHO) with attempts to blackball discenters [sic] and what looked like blackmail editors (with threats of boycotts).

Rather like attending a police brutality hearing and having the defence shout: These are policemen POLICEMEN!!! Someone ought to have said: Yes, and that is the whole point…” “Fox Business and Others Accept Peer Review Dodge — They Need Someone Who Understands This To ‘Splain it To Them

Quote of the day

11/30/2009

Liberal is an anagram of braille. Appropriate because they appear unable to see or read about the climate science scandals.—Tim Ball” “The Scientists Involved in Deliberately Deceiving the World on Climate

AGW jugend

11/30/2009

“When did global warming turn into a forced religion?

My daughter came home from school recently with a spring in her step and a song on her lips. With no foreshadowing — or time to call an exorcist — out came this chilling refrain:

” . . . You can hear the warning — GLOBAL WARMING . . . ”

By the time her father and I removed our jaws from the floor, we had learned that:

A) All the kids had been coerced into singing this catchy ditty, which we called “The Warming Song,” at a concert for parents.

B) Further song lyrics scolded selfish adults (that would be us) for polluting our planet and causing a warming scourge that would, in no short order, kill all the polar bears and threaten the birds and bees.

C) There was no deprogramming session on the menu. And no arguing allowed. …

Our children are on the front lines of the warming hysteria, a place where “experts” from Al Gore to the president leave no room for dissent or even the slightest skepticism, despite claims that are no more provable than the Earth is flat.

Children were the targets of a book co-written by the producer of Al Gore’s star-making vehicle, “An Inconvenient Truth” — a fantastical view of global warming that should have been called a fiction, not a documentary.

Producer Laurie David told Publisher’s Weekly that she wrote the kids’ book, “Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming,” because “kids also are the Number 1 influence on their parents, so if you want to reach the parents, go to the kids.” She knows of which she speaks.” “Climate-cult con is hard to ‘bear’” h/t Tom Nelson

"Are they insane?"

11/30/2009

“As you read the programmer’s comments below, remember, this is only a fraction of what he says.

– “But what are all those monthly files? DON’T KNOW, UNDOCUMENTED. Wherever I look, there are data files, no info about what they are other than their names. And that’s useless …” (Page 17)

– “It’s botch after botch after botch.” (18)

– “The biggest immediate problem was the loss of an hour’s edits to the program, when the network died … no explanation from anyone, I hope it’s not a return to last year’s troubles … This surely is the worst project I’ve ever attempted. Eeeek.” (31)

– “Oh, GOD, if I could start this project again and actually argue the case for junking the inherited program suite.” (37)

– “… this should all have been rewritten from scratch a year ago!” (45)

– “Am I the first person to attempt to get the CRU databases in working order?!!” (47)

– “As far as I can see, this renders the (weather) station counts totally meaningless.” (57)

– “COBAR AIRPORT AWS (data from an Australian weather station) cannot start in 1962, it didn’t open until 1993!” (71)

– “What the hell is supposed to happen here? Oh yeah — there is no ‘supposed,’ I can make it up. So I have : – )” (98)

– “You can’t imagine what this has cost me — to actually allow the operator to assign false WMO (World Meteorological Organization) codes!! But what else is there in such situations? Especially when dealing with a ‘Master’ database of dubious provenance …” (98)

– “So with a somewhat cynical shrug, I added the nuclear option — to match every WMO possible, and turn the rest into new stations … In other words what CRU usually do. It will allow bad databases to pass unnoticed, and good databases to become bad …” (98-9)

– “OH F— THIS. It’s Sunday evening, I’ve worked all weekend, and just when I thought it was done, I’m hitting yet another problem that’s based on the hopeless state of our databases.” (241).

– “This whole project is SUCH A MESS …” (266)

And based on stuff like this, politicians are going to blow up our economy and lower our standard of living to “fix” the climate?

Are they insane?” “‘Botch after botch after botch’

Another climate realist is born

11/30/2009

“In my previous post on Climategate I blithely said that nothing in the climate science email dump surprised me much. Having waded more deeply over the weekend I take that back.

The closed-mindedness of these supposed men of science, their willingness to go to any lengths to defend a preconceived message, is surprising even to me. The stink of intellectual corruption is overpowering. And, as Christopher Booker argues, this scandal is not at the margins of the politicised IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] process. It is not tangential to the policy prescriptions emanating from what David Henderson called the environmental policy milieu [subscription required]. It goes to the core of that process.

One theme, in addition to those already mentioned about the suppression of dissent, the suppression of data and methods, and the suppression of the unvarnished truth, comes through especially strongly: plain statistical incompetence. This is something that Henderson’s study raised, and it was also emphasised in the Wegman report on the Hockey Stick, and in other independent studies of the Hockey Stick controversy. Of course it is also an ongoing issue in Steve McIntyre’s campaign to get hold of data and methods. Nonetheless I had given it insufficient weight. Climate scientists lean very heavily on statistical methods, but they are not necessarily statisticians. Some of the correspondents in these emails appear to be out of their depth. This would explain their anxiety about having statisticians, rather than their climate-science buddies, crawl over their work.

I’m also surprised by the IPCC’s response. Amid the self-justification, I had hoped for a word of apology, or even of censure. (George Monbiot called for Phil Jones to resign, for crying out loud.) At any rate I had expected no more than ordinary evasion. The declaration from Rajendra Pachauri that the emails confirm all is as it should be is stunning. Science at its best. Science as it should be. Good lord. This is pure George Orwell. And these guys call the other side “deniers”. …

Megan McArdle adopts a world-weary tone similar to The Economist’s: this is how science is done in the real world. If I were a scientist, I would resent that. She has criticised the emails and the IPCC response to them, then says she still believes the consensus view on climate change. Well, that was my position at the end of last week, and I suppose it still is. But how do I defend it? There is far more of a problem here for the consensus view than Megan and ordinarily reliable commentators like The Economist acknowledge. I am not a climate scientist. In the end I have to trust the experts. That is what we are asked to do. “Trust us, we’re scientists”.

Remember that this is not an academic exercise. We contemplate outlays of trillions of dollars to fix this supposed problem. Can I read these emails and feel that the scientists involved deserve to be trusted? No, I cannot. These people are willing to subvert the very methods–notably, peer review–that underwrite the integrity of their discipline. Is this really business as usual in science these days? If it is, we should demand higher standards–at least whenever “the science” calls for a wholesale transformation of the world economy. And maybe some independent oversight to go along with the higher standards.

The IPCC process needs to be fixed, as a matter of the greatest urgency. Read David Henderson or the Wegman report to see how. And in the meantime, let’s have some independent inquiries into what has been going on.” “More on Climategate

Quote of the week

11/30/2009

“Legitimate scientists do not doctor data, delete data they don’t like, hide data they don’t want seen, hijack the peer review process, personally attack other scientists whose views differ from theirs, send fraudulent data to the IPCC that is used to perpetuate the greatest hoax in the history of science, provide false data to further legislation on climate change that will result in huge profits for corrupt lobbyists and politicians, and tell outright lies about scientific data.” — Don Easterbrook h/t Marc Morano

ETS goes down in Oz

11/30/2009

“IT is now almost certain that the Liberal Party will vote against the emissions trading scheme in the Senate this week, raising the probability of an early double dissolution election.

Immediately after being elected as Liberal Party Leader by a margin of just one vote over incumbent Malcolm Turnbull, Tony Abbott held a secret ballot in the party room on whether or not the party should vote for or against the Government’s amended ETS legislation.

The motion proposed that the legislation should be delayed for three months, and if this could not be secured, then the legislation should be defeated.

The motion was carried by 54 votes to 29, guaranteeing the death of the Rudd Government’s ETS.” “Abbott’s first move: Vote down ETS” h/t Tom Nelson

Turnbull ousted in Oz — victory for climate realists

11/30/2009

“Tony Abbott wins – the only Liberal contender of the three that opposed Kevin Rudd’s great green tax. But the win – over Turnbull was just 42 to 41, with Fran Bailey absent.” “Abbott wins

"Stirring the mass demand for Reformation"

11/30/2009

“Occasionally scientific enquiry leads to an elegantly simplistic solution. However, most often, simple solutions are simply stupid. And such was the case of the Goreian Climate Model. Nothing is more simplistic than the superstition that a single, naturally occurring, mandatory for life, atmospheric molecule can control the Earth’s climate.

The Hadley Research Centre computer hacking is a watershed event in human history. It is during pivotal times of crisis, when there is moral clarity, which have always defined our civilized world. During these times, the prior moralities form a collage that will then focus humanity in a new direction.

There is an at present, a nebulas [sic] figure, who has directed the recently revealed Science Cardinals to issue Carbon Indulgences and this is stirring the mass demand for Reformation. There is a display of entitlement and arrogance which is increasing the mass desire for public demonstrations of the guillotine. There is the hijacking of our highest level of technological achievement and crashing them into our financial heart. But most of all there is the collective conscious raised by the demonic actions of totalitarian forces which are hell bent on global domination. It is the Fall of the Berlin Wall for these evil, would be masters. It is time for the New Magna Carta.

It is time for the purge and reboot. For the lead AGW climate scientists, this will be sudden and decisive, due to behavior so abhorrent that none can condone. There is a fairy tale cast of climate charlatans to be the lead lambs. There is Phil “Butcher” Jones who has slaughtered and packaged the data. There is James “Baker” Hansen, who willingly heated the climate information in his control.

Dr Michael “Hockey Stick Maker” Mann carved up a marvel of mathematics. The best quote on Dr. MM is from Dr Tim Ball who stated that….”Dr Mann is in transition from Penn State to State Pen”. We can only hope he does a better job with license plates than he did with hockey sticks. Hey Doc, give this story a happy ending, just ‘Mann up’ and tell us who the real puppet masters are. …

It is time for meaningful mea culpa from our “peer review panels” and from what MM affectionately refers to in his emails as the “prestige press”. One of the most visible proponents of this press is the self anointed scientist, Chris Mooney of Discover Magazine. Though unwilling to engage in public debate he does snipe at detractors from his position as leader of the lemming parade. His Ivy League pedigree and Disney funding over-ride his vacuous scientific underpinnings.

This under endowed genius wannabe has been most venomous and vocal in his attack on deniers. One need only read the titles of Mr. Mooney’s great coauthored works to understand his sophomoric perspective. His first great work was the sinistral screed, The Republican War On Science, which is testament to his orientation. One must wonder if Issac Newton dwelt on the Tory/Whig implications of gravity. …

There is little that humanity can do to overcome the hellish conditions of the natural world. Adding small amounts of atmospheric carbon dioxide is too trivial a problem to deal with. What humanity can and MUST do is to control the hellish nature of man. With the Hadley hacking the Humpty-Dumpty is off the wall and it is time for all to get off the fence. Either you stand with humanity and freedom or you stand with the forces of the intentional evil and the insatiably greedy.

To those with childish dreams to rule as new world kings, let us inform you of a few new things. The tables have turned, your motives are laid bared. The henchmen defected, the rooks are not there. The pawns are marching and the moment is near. The nightmare unfolding is your greatest fear. In the battle of species let me explain, it is the mammals, who will wash, your reptilian brain. In epic times there are endless metaphors for refrain, but let us close with a quote for those We distain [sic]:

We shall fight on the beaches,
We Shall Fight On The Landing Grounds,
WE SHALL FIGHT IN THE FIELDS AND IN THE STREETS,
WE SHALL FIGHT IN THE HILLS,
WE SHALL NEVER SURRENDER ! ! !

(Did We make ourselves clear ?)” “Recusant Picadores Circle the IPCC