Friday, December 4, 2009

Copenhagen Countdown: 4 (UPDATED)

Day 4 of the Copenhagen Climate Conference countdown. Poor mistreated global warming cabal. Bring on the violins.

1. Al Gore ducks the Copenhagen Conference. Global Warming Saint-in-Residence Al Gore canceled his December 16 scheduled appearance at a multi-media public event for 3000 people in Copenhagen to promote his new book, Our Choice. VIP tickets to the event included a photo op with Gore and a "light snack" for a mere $1,209.00. (H/t, Instapundit)

2. The journal, Nature, bashes the "paranoid," "obstructionist," "denialist fringe." Being asked to back up one's trillion-dollar scientific conclusions with actual data is such a bore. (H/t, Watts Up With That--ClimateGate)
Stolen e-mails have revealed no scientific conspiracy, but do highlight ways in which climate researchers could be better supported in the face of public scrutiny. The e-mail archives stolen last month from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia (UEA), UK, have been greeted by the climate-change-denialist fringe as a propaganda windfall (see page 551). To these denialists, the scientists’ scathing remarks about certain controversial palaeoclimate reconstructions qualify as the proverbial ‘smoking gun’: proof that mainstream climate researchers have systematically conspired to suppress evidence contradicting their doctrine that humans are warming the globe. This paranoid interpretation would be laughable were it not for the fact that obstructionist politicians in the US Senate will probably use it next year as an excuse to stiffen their opposition to the country’s much needed climate bill.
3. Canada's environmental minister smells an East Anglian rat. According to Jim Prentice, Canada's environment minister and a participant in the Copenhagen talks next week, "something quite inappropriate seems to have happened at this institution, the East Anglia Institution. I think we all want to get to the bottom of that, what that actually was."

4. IPCC head issues statement: Everything peachy-keen over at IPCC. In his statement, the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Rajendra K. Pachauri, concluded:
The unfortunate incident that has taken place through illegal hacking of the private communications of individual scientists only highlights the importance of I.P.C.C. procedures and practices and the thoroughness by which the Panel carries out its assessment. This thoroughness and the duration of the process followed in every assessment ensure the elimination of any possibility of omissions or distortions, intentional or accidental.
5. EPA head says ClimateGate emails showed "poor manners;" CO2 is still a poison gas. When Senator Jim Inhofe called for a delay in declaring CO2 an endangering greenhouse gas until the ClimateGate email scandal gets sorted out, Lisa Jackson, head of the Environmental Protection Agency said, "At this point, I have seen nothing that indicates the scientists out there have said that they've changed their consensus. . . . These e-mails certainly may show some poor manners, maybe more. I am not a lawyer, and it is not my job to judge that. But what we have to constantly be looking at is the science, and whether there is any information in the e-mails, or anywhere else, that changes the science."

6. Another IPCC Scientist comes out for Global Warming.
James McCarthy, a former Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change lead author, wrote to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), saying,
The scientific process depends on open access to methodology, data, and a rigorous peer-review process. The robust exchange of ideas in the peer-reviewed literature regarding climate science is evidence of the high degree of integrity in this process. The body of evidence that human activity is prominent agent in global warming is overwhelming. The content of these few personal emails has no impact what-so-ever on our overall understanding that human activity is driving dangerous levels of global warming.
So, Professor McCarthy, I don't get it. Where in the Jones-Mann cabal process do we find "open access to methodology, data, and a rigorous peer-review process"?

To which I add this informed view, published at Watts Up With That?: (Update 10:35 a.m.)
But the computer code is transparently fraudulent. Here, one finds matrices that add unexplained numbers to recent temperatures and subtract them from older temperatures (these numbers are hard-programmed in), splining observational data to model data, and other smoking guns, all showing that they were doing what was necessary to get the answers that the IPCC wanted, not the answers that the data held. They knew what they were doing, and why they were doing it.

If, as Prof. McCarthy insists, “peer review” was functioning, and the IPCC reports are rigorously peer reviewed, why was this not caught? When placing it in context made it highly likely that this type of fraud was occurring?

Francis Bacon is spinning in his grave.

Update 10:15 a.m.: Sarah Palin tells Obama: Boycott Copenhagen.
Palin posted on FaceBook:
Policy decisions require real science and real solutions, not junk science and doomsday scare tactics pushed by an environmental priesthood that capitalizes on the public’s worry and makes them feel that owning an SUV is a “sin” against the planet. In his inaugural address, President Obama declared his intention to “restore science to its rightful place.” Boycotting Copenhagen while this scandal is thoroughly investigated would send a strong message that the United States government will not be a party to fraudulent scientific practices. Saying no to Copenhagen and cap and tax are first steps in “restoring science to its rightful place. (H/t, Big Government)
Update 12:00 noon. Looks like the East Anglia CRU data might not have gotten tossed out with the recycles after all. Maybe "we tossed out the raw data" really means "no Freedom of Information Act on the planet will get us to divulge the raw data so that other researchers can see exactly what we did." Look at the evidence being collected by AJ Strata at The Strata-Sphere.
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1 comment:

  1. I am constantly amused at the ClimateGate deniers' statements. There's nothing like vaudeville.