Monthly Archives: November 2011

“hide the decline” – worse than we thought

Some background from the original “hide the decline” from Steve McIntyre here Despite relatively little centennial variability, Briffa’s reconstruction had a noticeable decline in the late 20th century, despite warmer temperatures. In these early articles [e.g. Briffa 1998], the decline … Continue reading

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Just in time for Durban – new green technology promises big fuel savings, lower emissions

People send me stuff. We’ve spent so much time on Climategate that other more important things have fallen by the wayside. We’ve seen a lot of claims on how green technology will reduce emissions and save the Earth. Often these … Continue reading

Posted in Earth, Energy, Satire, Technology | Tagged | 108 Comments

Tying WWF, UEA, Fenton Communications and “commissioned research” all together

Here we have a press release in 1999 (email 3384) from Environmental Media Services (Fenton Communications, operator of RealClimate.org) sent on behalf of the WWF to help bolster the Kyoto Protocol. I loved this line: Cities including New York and … Continue reading

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First FOIA request launched after Climategate 2.0 – this one to the US Department of Energy

It appears that the focus of this has to do with the refusal to give up station data in and the DOE’s apparent complicity in that issue as revealed in the CG2 emails in 2009 from Dr. Phil Jones at … Continue reading

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Climategate 2.0 emails – thread #2

NOTE: Thread #1 (the original still available here) has gotten unwieldy due to size. Many browsers can’t complete the load now. So, I’m starting this second open thread on the issue and moving all updates here. It will remain a … Continue reading

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The genesis of RealClimate.org appears in the Climategate emails, and surprise, the BBC’s Roger Harrabin seems connected

This email in December 2003 shows what appears to be the genesis of the idea of setting up the RealClimate.org website. There a BBC (impartiality – ho ho) connection. Roger Harrabin at this meeting at Tyndall (why was he there … Continue reading

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The worst kind of ugly climate propaganda: David Suzuki targets kids at Christmas in the name of climate change

Here’s the popup message solicitation you get when you visit the website for the first time:

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CRU’s Dr. Phil Jones on “the lack of warming”

“Tim, Chris, I hope you’re not right about the lack of warming lasting till about 2020″ Question: If warming really threatens to destroy human civilization, why was Jones hoping for warming? And if the world was still warming in 2009, … Continue reading

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Science at work: “Tuning may be a way to fudge the physics”

A collection of fudge from The Team, sweet! ClimateGate FOIA grepper! – Email 636 Solution 1: fudge the issue. Just accept that we are Fast-trackers and can therefore get away with anything. [Hat tip: M. Hulme]

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The Climategate email network infrastructure

Guest Post by David M. Hoffer Since both ClimateGate 1&2 there has been considerable confusion in regard to how the emails were obtained, how the FOIA requests were managed, and what was or wasn’t possible in that context.  There is … Continue reading

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National Climate Ethics Statement

Dickens Goes Metro writes in comments for our other redonkulous climate ethics story today Penn State to lecture on “climate ethics” what I thought at first was a spoof. Sadly, it is all too real. Coffee spew alert: National Climate … Continue reading

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Stupid: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry cancels climate talk due to skeptics being on panel

I guess nobody wanted to “properly debate” skeptics. They couldn’t even get David Appell? From Oregon Live: The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry has pulled the plug on a presentation from three scientists critical of the theory of man-made … Continue reading

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Penn State to lecture on “climate ethics”

I got this late, but this must be the most clueless thing I’ve ever seen, especially coming on the heels of the biggest ethics scandal ever in the history of Penn State. Maybe clueless doesn’t even describe it. I’m at … Continue reading

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Getting the “right kind of people” onboard

This is a repost from Jeff Id’s Air Vent as it needed the wider circulation that WUWT can offer. I’ve also added the update from comment #9 he refers to. The Right Kind of People Posted by Jeff Id on November … Continue reading

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New Tool – all Climategate emails in order in Excel

Jeff Id writes: Buffy Minton who provided the email Mime data has produced a spreadsheet of Climategate 1 and 2 emails in chronological order.  This should be an excellent tool to follow conversations through. Here are the links:

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The CRU crew says: “what we really meant was…”

In all the hubub last week, I missed this press release from the University of East Anglia. In it, they try to explain away some of the first highlighted email phrases. But we’ve all moved well beyond those now. The … Continue reading

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The Steve Zwick Guide to Defending the Indefensible

Guest post by James Padgett There have been several “defenses” to the rather damning emails in the latest release from FOIA. Some, having taken the lead from the CRU itself and cherry-picked their own emails to defend – and then … Continue reading

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Resemblances: Climategate and Penn State

Jim Tynen writes is his column at The Daily Herald Consider the resemblences between the Climategate and  Penn State scandals. Climategate emails — leaked, not “stolen” — reveal the key players as egocentric, ruthless game players. As per this report. … Continue reading

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♫ You’ve got…that vexatious feeling ♫

It started out simple enough, a standard “righteous” FOIA request to UEA/CRU’s David Palmer, the FOI officer, from a researcher in Britain no less. This is email 0584.txt Dr. Phil Jones take on it didn’t seem to impress FOI agent … Continue reading

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The team trying to get “direct action” on Soon and Baliunas at Harvard

Direct Action at Harvard By Steve McIntyre Attention has been drawn today to Mann’s request to other Team members for suggestions as to how to take direct action at Harvard against Soon and Baliunas. Not noticed thus far is that Kevin … Continue reading

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A response from Jeff Severinghaus on why the trees don’t make good thermometers after 1950 – “I did indeed feel at the time that Mike Mann had not given me a straight answer. “

I had a brief email exchange with Professor Severinghaus about Steve McIntyre’s recent post on his discussion with Mann and others about the divergence problem. I post it without comment, with permission and without emphasizing any of his words:

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Senior NCAR scientist admits: “Quantifying climate sensitivity from real world data cannot even be done using present-day data…”

Whoo boy… just a few days ago it was argued in a new peer reviewed paper published in Science that climate sensitivity might be lower than the IPCC stated in AR4. Now we have this damning admission from Dr. Tom … Continue reading

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A response from Chris de Freitas

In the post: The tribalistic corruption of peer review – the Chris de Freitas incident Dr.  Chris de Freitas has left a response. Rather than argue his own position. Dr. de Freitas lets the director of the publication Climate Research … Continue reading

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Internal dissent: “Personally, I think that the tree ring records should be able to reproduce the instrumental record”

Severinghaus and “Hide the Decline” By Steve McIntyre One of the very first contributions to realclimate was an FAQ from Jeff Severighaus on Dec 3, 2004. A year earlier, Severinghaus attempted (unsuccessfully) to get an explanation of the “divergence” problem from … Continue reading

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Climategate 2 email – Rob Wilson replicates McIntyre & McKitrick – produces hockey sticks out of noise

Reader Crosspatch writes in comments: 4241.txt is where Briffa Rob Wilson apparently believes he recreates what McIntyre is talking about the hockey stick showing up no matter what data you feed into it. Briffa Wilson creates randomly generated time series, … Continue reading

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SST data “so unreliable we don’t know GMT for that period”

Email 536 An excerpt of email from David Thompson of Colorado State to Phil Jones: …As for the dip in 1945. After iterating with John Kennedy, it appears that the dip in 1945 corresponds to a sudden drop in US … Continue reading

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BREAKING: Canada to pull out of Kyoto Protocol

CTVNews.ca Staff Date: Sun. Nov. 27 2011 10:08 PM ET Canada will announce next month that it will formally withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol, CTV News has learned.

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The tribalistic corruption of peer review – the Chris de Freitas incident

From New Zealand Climate Change, this goes beyond “noble cause corruption”. This is outright malicious interference with the scientific process, and it’s damned ugly. I can’t imagine anyone involved in professional science who could stand idly by and not condemn … Continue reading

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Climategate 2 – “Impartiality” at the BBC

Guest post by Barry Woods It was only last weekend that the BBC’s Environment Analyst Roger Harrabin and Dr Joe Smith of the Open University made headlines in the Mail on Sunday newspaper. This was because their jointly run – Cambridge Media and … Continue reading

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Andrea Rossi and the magic coffee pot reactor

I allowed Ric Werme to post a couple of entries on the E-Cat “power reactor” by Andrea Rossi in the past, mainly to spur debate on whether this idea had any merit at all. I shut down comments on the … Continue reading

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Climate Craziness of the Week – occupy Durban

You know it had to happen. What better place could there be for the great unwashed to protest? Gotta love the dead green tree growing out of the Earth. Here’s their message: ============================================================== #OccupyCop17: Climate Justice General Assembly Governments of … Continue reading

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Newsbytes: BBC In Cahoots With Climategate Scientists, prime minister “green guru” publicly doubts climate change.

Steve Hilton, the Prime Minister’s director of strategy and ‘green guru’, is the latest person to admit to doubts about climate change. ‘I’m not sure I believe in it,’ he announced at a meeting of the Energy Department, prompting one … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Dr. Phil Jones of the UEA CRU

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Dear Dr. Jones: You and I have been interacting, albeit at a distance, since I first asked you for your data some five years ago. I asked for your data in part because I was … Continue reading

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Pheesiks? We don’t need no steenkin’ pheesiks!

With apologies to The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, here’s a a comment worth repeating from the Hit and Misses thread. Dennis Ray Wingo says: November 26, 2011 at 10:44 am What I find interesting about the entire email corpus … Continue reading

Posted in Climategate, Humor, Satire, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | 220 Comments

Uh oh, “…organized and deeply committed environmental activism has long been an important part of the UNFCCC process…”

Maybe this is why the US bailed out of the UNFCCC “Green Climate Fund” this week.The science has been “McKibbenized” for quite some time. Email 340.txt date: Wed, 29 Nov 2000 11:13:20 -0500 from: “Tom Jacob” <Tom.Jacob@USA.dupont.com> subject: REFLECTIONS ON … Continue reading

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