"Scientists" aim to "push back" newly elected US congressmen since their 'gravy train' to US taxpayer dollars is about to leave town. The matter has nothing to do with 'climate', but is about transferring money from the American middle class to billionaires and organized crime. When the BTU Tax was pitched in 1992-93, at least they admitted it was mainly about money. (ICECAP has seen this report and stands ready to chat with the politico/climate media celebrities).
- 11/8/10, "Climate scientists plan campaign against global warming skeptics," Chicago Tribune, by N. Bannerjee
(What is a 'PROMINENT RESEARCHER'? A person with a computer? Financed perhaps by another set of politicians who gave American tax money to an institution seeking to justify the largest transfer of wealth in history. ed.)
- (continuing, Chicago Tribune): "The still-evolving efforts reveal a shift among climate scientists, many of whom have traditionally stayed out of politics and avoided the news media.
Many now say they are willing to go toe-to-toe with their critics, some of whom gained new power after the Republicans won control of the House in Tuesday's election.
On Monday, the American Geophysical Union, the country's largest association of climate scientists, plans to announce that 700 climate scientists have agreed to speak out as experts on questions about global warming and the role of man-made air pollution.
- a "Climate Rapid Response Team," which includes scientists
prepared to go before what they consider potentially hostile audiences on conservative talk-radio and television shows.
- "This group feels strongly that science and politics can't be divorced and that we need to take bold measures to not only communicate science but also to aggressively
engage the denialists and politicians who attack climate science and its scientists," said Scott Mandia, professor of physical sciences at Suffolk County Community College in New York.
"We are taking the fight to them because we are …
- tired of taking the hits.
The notion that truth will prevail is not working. The truth has been out there for the past two decades, and nothing has changed.""...
- (As politely as possible I must say this man can be taken apart in 5 seconds by ordinary Americans with statements like this. Notes at end of this post. ed).
(continuing, Chicago Tribune): "During the recent campaigns, skepticism about climate change became a rallying cry for many Republican candidates. Of the more than 100 new GOP members of Congress, 50% are climate-change skeptics,
- according to an analysis of campaign statements by the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank.
Prominent Republican congressmen such as Darrell Issa of Vista, Joe L. Barton of Texas and F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. of Wisconsin have pledged to investigate the Environmental Protection Agency's regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. They say they also intend to probe the so-called Climategate scandal, in which thousands of e-mails of leading climate scientists were hacked and released to the public late last year.
Climate-change skeptics argued that the sniping in some e-mails showed that scientists suppressed research by skeptics and manipulated data. Five independent panels subsequently cleared the researchers involved and validated the science."...
- (This is not accurate although has been widely reported. There were some so-called inquiries, but nothing was really examined or validated, and personnel involved in the reviews had stakes in allowing the status quo to remain. Further, the reporter choosing to characterize the emails merely as 'sniping' indicates he or she has not read them nor talked to anyone else who has. See notes at end of this post. ed.)
(continuing, Chicago Tribune): "People who ask for and accept taxpayer dollars shouldn't get bent out of shape when asked to account for the money," said James M. Taylor, a senior fellow and a specialist in global warming at the conservative Heartland Institute in Chicago. "The budget is spiraling out of control while government is handing out billions of dollars in grants to climate scientists, many of whom are unabashed activists."
- Ongoing public interest in Climategate has prompted the scientists to act.
The American Geological Union plan has attracted a large number of scientists in a short time because they were eager to address what they see as climate misinformation, said
- Jeffrey Taylor, research fellow at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado
- and manager of the project.
Still, the scope of the group's work is limited, reflecting the ongoing reluctance among many scientists to venture into politics.
The rapid-response team, however, is willing to delve into politics. In the week that Abraham and others have been marshaling the team, 39 scientists agreed to participate, including
- Richard Feely, senior scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration;
- Kevin Trenberth,*** head of the Climate Analysis Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research; and
- Michael Oppenheimer, professor of geosciences and international affairs at Princeton University.
"People who've already dug their heels in, we're not going to change their opinions," Mandia said. "We're trying to reach people who may not have an opinion or opinion based on limited information."
- ***Trenberth, from the 2007 UN Nobel winning team, said 4/12/10, global warming has stopped and he can't figure out why:
- Nobel Prize winning lead author Kevin Trenberth, says global warming has stopped. "“The reprieve we’ve had from warming temperatures in the last few years will not continue." ...“The heat will come back to haunt us sooner or later,” says NCAR scientist Kevin Trenberth, the lead author. "...
- From ClimateGate emails, items 1, 3, 5. Other items from press reports:
1. Even says climate has cooled 1998-2005, ClimateGate emails, July 5, 2005, from Nobel winner Phil Jones, head of CRU (whose data was used in UN Climate Report):
"The scientific community would come down on me in no uncertain terms if I said the world had cooled from 1998.
- OK it has
2. 2/14/10, "ClimateGate U-Turn as scientist at centre of row admits: there has been no global warming since 1995," UK Daily Mail, J. Petre
- "He further admitted that in the last 15 years there had been no ‘statistically significant’ warming,
- although he argued this was a blip rather than the long-term trend."...
- "...I hope I don't get a call from congress ! I'm hoping that no-one there realizes I have a US DoE grant and have had this (with Tom W.) for the last
- 25 years....
- Cheers, Phil"
4. 11/19/09, "Climatologists baffled by global warming time-out," over 10 years, Der Spiegel, by G. Traufetter
- "Global warming appears to have stalled. Climatologists are puzzled as to why average global temperatures have stopped rising over the last 10 years.
- Some attribute the trend to a lack of sunspots, while others explain it through ocean currents."...
- receives congratulations from fellow 'scientist' for changing how the world sees "human effects on climate".
Subject: Re: CEI formal petition to derail EPA GHG endangerment finding with charge that
destruction of CRU raw data undermines integrity of global temperature record. Dear Phil,
- ...I'm really sorry that you have to go through all this stuff, Phil. Next time I see Pat Michaels at a scientific meeting, I'll be tempted
- to beat the crap out of him. Very tempted. I'll help you to deal with Michaels and the CEI in any way that I can.
- The only reason these guys are going after you is because your work is of crucial importance -
6. 11/29/09, "Climate change data dumped," TimesOnline UK, by Jonathan Leake
"Scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have admitted throwing away much of the raw temperature data on which their predictions of global warming are based.
- It means that other academics are not able to check basic calculations said to show a long-term rise in temperature over the past 150 years. The UEA’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU) was
The data were gathered from weather stations around the world and then adjusted to take account of variables in the way they were collected. The revised figures were kept, but the originals — stored on paper and magnetic tape —
- were dumped to save space when the CRU moved to a new building.
- “We do not hold the original raw data but only the value-added (quality controlled and homogenised) data.”
- Climate change sceptics have long been keen to examine exactly how its data were compiled.
Roger Pielke, professor of environmental studies at Colorado University, discovered data had been lost when he asked for original records.
- “The CRU is basically saying, ‘Trust us’.
- So much for settling questions and resolving debates with science,” he said.
- The lost material was used to build the databases that have been his life’s work, showing how the world has warmed by 0.8C over the past 157 years. He and his colleagues say this temperature rise is “unequivocally” linked to greenhouse gas emissions generated by humans.
- lives lost because of unnecessary reactions like biofuels affecting food supplies."...