Must see video – Climategate spoof from Minnesotans for Global Warming

I’m still wiping the tears from my eyes. This is hilarious and extremely well produced.

From the website Minnesotans for global warming

Sung to the tune of :

Draggin The Line by Tommy James & The Shondells

h/t to L. Gardy LaRouche

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Bart Nielsen
November 24, 2009 4:27 pm

We appear to be on our way to sunlit uplands of sanity and the return of real science! Nice!

November 24, 2009 4:27 pm


November 24, 2009 4:29 pm

We too up in the Great White North need some global warming… too bad it’s just a fantasy that we’ll have to keep hoping for.

November 24, 2009 4:30 pm

Funny! 🙂
I used to wonder how one climate scientist could pass another without laughing.
I guess they aren’t laughing any more.

November 24, 2009 4:32 pm


Alexander Harvey
November 24, 2009 4:32 pm

I really shouldn’t have laughed, cos it is a serious business. but …

November 24, 2009 4:34 pm

Those guys are too creative!

November 24, 2009 4:35 pm

Now I can’t get that out of my mind!
“Hide the decline (hide the decline)”…
I’d be laughing even more if it wasn’t based on, uh, um, “realclimate” data.

November 24, 2009 4:49 pm

As a graduate of PSU, I plan on hounding everyone I can to get rid of that bastard.

Laurence Kirk
November 24, 2009 4:52 pm

Looks suspiciously like another wonderful product from Joel Veitch at .The little cat gives it away.
We Like the Moon..

November 24, 2009 4:52 pm

That was hilarious

John Egan
November 24, 2009 4:54 pm

Ja, Ole.
Those Minna Sotans are just too funny, eh?

November 24, 2009 4:55 pm

5 star material!!!!
Thanks L. Gardy LaRouche!

November 24, 2009 4:55 pm

My god that’s funny. hahahha.

Calvin Ball
November 24, 2009 4:57 pm
November 24, 2009 4:57 pm

The music sucks and it wasn’t that funny.

Antonio San
November 24, 2009 4:58 pm

This is no different than the spoof on Tom Peterson email to Jones. Criticize one, criticize both. eom.

Laurence Kirk
November 24, 2009 5:03 pm

And even though he can be rather vulgar, on a dull day, well..

November 24, 2009 5:05 pm

They’ve pinched that kitten from the ‘Fishy Song’.

Bruce Cobb
November 24, 2009 5:05 pm

Yep, laughed til I cried also. Thanks for posting it, and a huge thank you to MGW for producing that very clever bit of comic relief. We needed it.
Hide the decline…hide the decline – catchy!

November 24, 2009 5:08 pm

This is also very funny

November 24, 2009 5:13 pm

fred: “The music sucks and it wasn’t that funny.”
So, everyone’s a critic.
What I want to know is what’s that blue thing with the weird eyes and the horns?

November 24, 2009 5:16 pm

Ridicule is SUCH a potent weapon! Great! Encore! Encore!

Jon Adams
November 24, 2009 5:17 pm

The Video is Great! – thanks Anthony – we needed this!

Climate Change
November 24, 2009 5:17 pm

and how about this one LOLOLOL

November 24, 2009 5:19 pm

Once people start to laugh at the AGW brand it’s all over. This is great and have posted it downunder.

Richard Lawson
November 24, 2009 5:21 pm
November 24, 2009 5:22 pm

That was pretty good. They have two others worth watching.

Douglas DC
November 24, 2009 5:23 pm

The blue thing is a witch Doctor.As is the ‘science’ generated by CRU and yes it was funny….

November 24, 2009 5:25 pm

Leave it to Minnesotans to add a little context to all of this 😀

November 24, 2009 5:26 pm

Thomas, nice one…
I bet very few people here will understand that that scene from the movie has been made into literally thousands of humorous take-offs on pretty much everything, only the subtitles change…
I liked this one…
I also enjoyed the M4GW one, I just wish the lead vocals hadn’t been recorded by someone in his home studio trying not to wake up his wife 😉

November 24, 2009 5:26 pm

Those Gophers are funny !!!!
Great parody !!

November 24, 2009 5:27 pm

Please, Minnesotans, is it too much to ask for another song? This time to get our message out:
Free the data
Free the metadata
Free the code
Free the debate
Thanks and blessings for your tremendous fun work.

November 24, 2009 5:35 pm

Apparently, I’ve attracted a spoofer. 16:27:55 wasn’t me.

R Shearer
November 24, 2009 5:42 pm

Standing ovation from Boulder, Colorado ….brilliant.

L. Gardy LaRoche
November 24, 2009 5:44 pm

Previous M4GW hit:

Richard Hobley
November 24, 2009 5:52 pm

By the way did you know that the UK Met office has declared 2009 one of the 5 hottest yeary in the last 150 years. — Where was I when that happened?

A Keplinger
November 24, 2009 5:52 pm

Just a shame that the music isn’t better done. Too repetitive. Parody doesn’t bear repetition. If you are going to have a chorus, make a variation. Something different, or get better musicians. Great idea, but it could have been expressed in 60 seconds and served the cause better.

November 24, 2009 5:55 pm

For those who know The Beatles’ I’m Only Sleeping:
I’m Only Scamming
When I wake up early in the morning,
Look around for global warming.
When I’m being tricky with a scam,
See that I don’t give a damn.
Please don’t vet me;
Don’t upset me;
Leave me where I am,
I’m only scamming.
Everybody seems to think I’m hiding
I don’t mind, I’m just ‘eliding.’
Looking for my numbers at such pace,
Till they find, there’s no trace.
Please don’t spoil my hopes:
We’re on the ropes!
And after all,
I’m only lying.
Keeping an eye on the world heeding lies on Windows,
that is, on-line.
Lying there and staring at the data,
Giving it my imprimatur.
Please don’t expose my fraud
I’ll be abhorred,
And, after all,
I’m only scamming.

Neil O'Rourke
November 24, 2009 5:56 pm

Someone out there owes me a new laptop AND another cup of coffee!!
That was just too good!

Johnny Longtorso
November 24, 2009 5:57 pm

Here is an excerpt from Wegman’s 2006 social network analysis of temperature reconstruction, annotated with links to the searchable archive of CRU emails:

November 24, 2009 5:57 pm

Thanks for posting this Alan, sorry Fred I’ll try to do better next time.

November 24, 2009 5:58 pm

For those who know The Beatles’ I’m Only Sleeping:
I’m Only Scamming
When I wake up early in the morning,
Look around for global warming.
When I’m being tricky with a scam,
See that I don’t give a damn.
Please don’t vet me;
Don’t upset me;
Leave me where I am,
I’m only scamming.
Everybody seems to think I’m hiding
I don’t mind, I’m just ‘eliding.’
Looking for my numbers at such pace,
Till they find, there’s no trace.
Please don’t spoil my hopes:
We’re on the ropes!
And, after all,
I’m only lying.
Keeping an eye on the world heeding lies on Windows,
that is, on-line.
Lying there and staring at the data;
Giving it my imprimatur.
Please don’t expose my fraud:
I’ll be abhorred;
And, after all,
I’m only scamming.

Steve Fitzpatrick
November 24, 2009 6:01 pm

“What I want to know is what’s that blue thing with the weird eyes and the horns?”
It’s a Picture of Dorian Grey thing. The blue guy is what Mann really looks like afterr all his misdeeds; to see his real appearance, you have only to pull his public funding.

November 24, 2009 6:02 pm

About the same level as a picture in the FOI file showing sceptics stranded on an iceberg. ><

November 24, 2009 6:03 pm

Thank you Douglas DC for the “witch doctor” reference.
Sorry fred. So who’s “fred”? Hmm…

November 24, 2009 6:03 pm

I was also thinking that another Beatles’ song, Hey, Jude might fit well; if only to have four minutes of singing, “Nah, nah nah, nanana nah, hey CRU!
Hey CRU, don’t feel so sad,
take raw data, make them better …

November 24, 2009 6:10 pm

Umm, a thousand apologies for the double posting.

Tom T
November 24, 2009 6:13 pm

You should win the Nobel Peace prize for that. Much more entertaining and factual than the movie that did win it.

November 24, 2009 6:15 pm

Ohhh, I Like It!
“Hide The Decline”… will be rattling in my brain in an amusing way every time I read it from here on out.
FWIW, the stage just after “See how they distance themselves, Kohai?” (from Rising Sun) is the stage where inept defenses are offered, followed by the “humor phase”… which can be sometimes followed by the “running from the building” phase. We can only hope the stage progression continues.
We’ve already gone from “Situation Normal”, to “Stuation Normal, All Fouled Up” (or SNAFU), to Distancing themselves, and now to “Humor”…
Just a little more to do…. and they can no longer “Hide the Decline…” dah dah dah daaahhh…

November 24, 2009 6:27 pm

That was pretty funny, but you have to admit that the Climate Wheel was hilarious!!!

November 24, 2009 6:31 pm

When can I buy the t-shirt?
‘Hide the Decline – Climate Crime’

November 24, 2009 6:32 pm

These guys are talented:
Kinda like Bob Dylan, only funny.

November 24, 2009 6:32 pm

I feel we need to start scaring the hell out of the people who perpetrated this crime so they know how it feels when they scare the hell out of our children with their crap.
If our government doesn’t prosecute these people who are guilty of fraud and deceiving the entire world, then I am going to call for a Public Grand Jury to be formed which the people themselves can initiate in order to prosecute these criminals. We do not need our government to take the lead on this, we can do it ourselves. We are talking about 79 billion dollars of our tax payer money spent so far on their junk science and the biggest scientific fraud ever played on us.
The last time a public grand jury was formed was in Arkansas to indict President Bill Clinton for his Monica Lewinsky sex scandal. Michael Man’s trial can be held in Philadelphia, the Cradle of Liberty, where he works. Screw our government, we will do this ourselves. It’s all legal under common law.
First, a grand jury, as is the case of any other types of jury, is a jury assembled of people from the general public. This is what makes a jury public. Indict means for a grand jury to decide that there is enough evidence to bring an accused before the court to answer the charges.
More information on how to do it here et al;
Independent Grand Jury Formation Committee
Strategy for the Revival of Law & Justice

November 24, 2009 6:39 pm

Tree, decorated – check
Deer mounted on wall – check
Bunnies made into slippers – check
Pretty funny!

November 24, 2009 6:41 pm
Jerry Lee Davis
November 24, 2009 6:43 pm

I’ve got 350 miles to drive tomorrow, sitting behind, ahem, a V-8 engine. It’ll go better now. Hide the decline, hide the decline, …

November 24, 2009 6:54 pm

I’ve been a long time fan of ….
Tommy James and the Shondells
SNL, &
Anthony Watts.
Classics! (aka priceless)
Today I became simply nonfunctional due to frustrations over the state of humanity. The kind of behavior exposed by the CRU files runs rampant in current society, and I deal with that kind of BS almost every day.
While readers here are probably like me, seeking truth and a better world, I’ve found there are often two ways to approach an issue. What blows is when those “on the other side” take the low road. (e.g. they don’t respond, obfuscate, or simply lie).
That aside, my main point is that humor does help. Saw the SNL skit live. I laughed and thought of Anthony right away – even if I was half asleep. It’s definitely better when I’m cogent. The “Hide the Decline” thing is great rock’n roll with funny modern lyrics. I dug it (an did a little boogie).
THANKS for the music to lighten my heart.
“Tomorrow is another day.”

Henry chance
November 24, 2009 7:05 pm

We are not the only ones with problems in political extremists.
Australia Post created a stamp with a picture of the Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd.
The stamp was not sticking to envelopes. This enraged the Prime Minister, who demanded a full investigation.
After a month of testing and spending of $1.73 million, a special commission presented the following findings:
1. The stamp is in perfect order.
2. There is nothing wrong with the adhesive.
3. People are spitting on the wrong side of the stamp.

November 24, 2009 7:09 pm

Slightly OT, but the sunspot number, zero since yesterday, has not been updated on the Widget.

Peter S
November 24, 2009 7:11 pm

I’ve just posted at Jeff Id’s blog – they should sell this as a track on iTunes (it’s possible through web companies). It would be TERRIFIC if this song was ‘Number 1′ in the pop charts around the world as the Alarmists had their jamboree in Copenhagen!
Maybe some of the proceeds going to our tireless blog heroes (no names mentioned).
It would be a ‘protest’ song to go down in history!

November 24, 2009 7:14 pm

Thomas: thanks for the pointer to the Hitler clip. Anthony Hopkins probably didn’t dream that scene would be used for generations.
And for perhaps the first and last time someone cleverlly made Hitler the good guy. The usual parody would have shown Hitler, as Phil Jones, raving about the leak of the material and furious about McIntyre, etc.
I thought the best line was “Won’t somebody please think of the children?” at 3:07. That is about the only cliche we hadn’t heard yet in this CRU mess.

November 24, 2009 7:17 pm

There is a last ditch effort by AGW to save the day ie: 2m rises in sea levels caps melting much worse than thought, hotter than ever etc. Cursory look at CT DMI ice, UHA and even GISStemp! etc absolute lies. However these exaggerated stories only HELP the skeptics cause long term so don’t you worry, in fact the more of these stories the better… LOL

John Wolf
November 24, 2009 7:19 pm

Still laughing over the Viking kittens and We Like The Moon and now this. I too need to dry out the laptop and replace the tea pot (tea drinker). Brilliant! Thanks.

November 24, 2009 7:26 pm

Set the flamingo free! got my polar bear.
Theyre likely to get sued by Asho, or Yoko, or whatever her name is, for the Lennon song, like she tried with the movie “Expelled”.

November 24, 2009 7:32 pm

The perpetrators need to be prosecuted because TPTB are going to put some more of their Puppets in their positions.

November 24, 2009 7:33 pm

Thomas (17:08:12) :
This is also very funny
You Tube Vid: Hitler vs AGW

Holy cow, Thomas; another gut buster. Sharp poignant humor cutting to the bone.
Someone who knew/who knows their contemporary AGW/Yamal/Briffa/McIntyre/WattsUpWithThat history produced that one!!
“Where have all the Real Scientists and ‘First Principles’ gone?”

November 24, 2009 7:34 pm

One of Veitch’s early videos from 2002 was an ode to the Medieval Warm Period, found here: , about when Viking Kittens found the climate in Greenland quite hospitable.
Enjoy the memories.

November 24, 2009 7:36 pm

Deadman, I’m stealing that–with attribution, of course. The title alone is priceless.

Frank K.
November 24, 2009 7:43 pm

Humor can be a powerful weapon – and I loved the video!

November 24, 2009 7:44 pm


November 24, 2009 7:45 pm

Record snow in Whistler and record rainfall in the UK, if anyone has looked outside lately.

Antonio San
November 24, 2009 7:51 pm

Thomas (17:08:12) :
THAT One was prima!

Dane Skold
November 24, 2009 8:07 pm

What has the Salt Lake Tribune reported on Climate Gate? Nothing.
Right, wrong, or indifferent, Climate Gate is newsworthy.
Instead, three days of pro-agw editorials from guest writers, and then today the big one.
The Trib now takes the official position that re: whether the earth is warming and whether the change is manmade, “that debate is over.”
Specifically, “But arguing over whether the Earth’s climate is warming and whether humans are the cause is useless. That debate is over. It continues only in the minds of doubters like Gov. Gary Herbert and Utah legislators like Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab.”
Pathetic. Journalism, as is consensus climate science, is dead.

complain loudly to the editor, complaining here – he can’t hear you. – Anthony

November 24, 2009 8:12 pm

A Keplinger (17:52:08) :
Just a shame that the … . Too … . Parody doesn’t … .

We await your adroitly produced work …

November 24, 2009 8:15 pm

OMG! The first 10 seconds is priceless! The tree ring shuffle by Michael Mann…

November 24, 2009 8:15 pm

Minnosotan’s 4 Climate Change Rock!!!!!
Go for it guys, Satire rools!

November 24, 2009 8:25 pm

perhaps one day I’ll learn how to spell Minnesota as well.

November 24, 2009 8:32 pm

The great thing about “Hide the Decline” is that it can be used in conjunction with so many other things: Obama’s poll numbers, NYT readership, CNN viewers, the value of the dollar, etc. etc.

November 24, 2009 8:47 pm

This video is much better the the one where the polar bears blood and guts are splattering all over the cars , sidewalks, and streets of a city.

Person of Choler
November 24, 2009 9:23 pm

A google search for the phrase “hide the decline” just now returned the following:
Results 1 – 10 of about 2,470,000 for “hide the decline”. (0.16 seconds)
Catchphrase of the year.
Reply: If you limit it to the past week it’s only 108,000, but still very impressive. ~ ctm

Oliver Ramsay
November 24, 2009 9:47 pm

Results 1 – 10 of about 2,470,000 for “hide the decline”. (0.16 seconds)
Catchphrase of the year.
Reply: If you limit it to the past week it’s only 108,000, but still very impressive. ~ ctm
What on earth were the other 2,362,000 hits referring to?

Gene Nemetz
November 24, 2009 9:59 pm


November 24, 2009 10:08 pm

I like it.
Oh, do I ever like it.
But, the tree chopping part is not suitable for younger audiences.
Remember the drowning puppy?
Consider changing the tree chopping bit and you have a winner.

Gene Nemetz
November 24, 2009 10:12 pm

Thomas (17:08:12) :
Don’t really like this one. Had things backwards.
Given better writing it could have been funny.

November 24, 2009 10:30 pm

I still like it, and I wan’t to see it on national TV.
Perhaps have the rabbits kick Mann into a snowbank, cut the scene to the 2 rabbits, deer & tree inside a warm cabin with Mann teeth-clattering in the Minnesota jailhouse.
I believe in political humor and satire. It works.
Jib Jab worked.
This can work.

November 24, 2009 10:34 pm

tokyoboy (19:09:29) :
The last 2 weeks should have been a full-blown ramp with healthy spots.
Sadly, most of it was SOHO-only spots w/ blinkers and I was only successful projecting 1 day out of 7 tried.

Gene Nemetz
November 24, 2009 10:59 pm

Gene Nemetz (22:12:18) :
Thomas (17:08:12) :
I am referring to the Downfall scene video in an earlier comment not the Minnesota video in this post.

November 24, 2009 11:02 pm

Oops, I meant this site…

Chris Schoneveld
November 24, 2009 11:30 pm

Thomas (17:08:12),
Thanks, this was brilliant! What made it really funny is that the bad guy in this case defended the good cause of the skeptics. If that was what Gene Nemetz means with having things backwards then Gene lacks a sense of (black) humour.

November 24, 2009 11:52 pm

Roger Harrabin of the BBC says ( `But in the world of science policy, many others find themselves in a war of influence against those firms who fund the amplification of the messages of the relatively small number of genuinely sceptical scientists outside the consensus. The sceptic business lobby aims to keep scientific doubt alive to paralyse policy. This is the world of science Realpolitik.
Over two decades I’ve spoken to mainstream scientists who are sick of hearing their work attacked and their motives questioned. In this world, climate science extends beyond arguments about trend-smoothing to become a matter of life and death for millions of people, according to the mainstream projections on temperatures.’
He could equally well have written:
`But in the world of science policy, many others find themselves in a war of influence against those firms who fund the amplification of the messages of the consensus. The alarmist business lobby aims to keep scientific alarm alive to galvanise policy. This is the world of science Realpolitik.
Over two decades I’ve spoken to skeptics who are sick of hearing their work attacked and their motives questioned. In this world, emissions reduction extends beyond arguments about trend-smoothing to become a matter of life and death for millions of people, according to the mainstream projections on energy costs.’

November 25, 2009 12:34 am

rbateman (22:08:43) :
I like it.
Oh, do I ever like it.
But, the tree chopping part is not suitable for younger audiences.
Remember the drowning puppy?
Consider changing the tree chopping bit and you have a winner.
NOOOOO. There is nothing wrong with chopping trees down! Trees make lots of things and they are renewable….. Chopping down trees is good.
Good grief don’t tell me that the greenies have managed to successfully engender the concept of Anthropomorphized bluddy trees…. omigod… blink.
(… and I can’t get this song outta my head…. That’s it. I’m going for a beer…. hide the decline, ta ta tah daaaaa, hide the decline, ta ta tah daaaa;-)

November 25, 2009 1:07 am

>>Richard Lawson (17:21:09) :
>>BTW The Daily Mail seem to be smelling blood:
That’s the problem with being toooo clever, Mr Monbiot (of the Gruniad). If he did write his piece about sacking Phil Jones with tongue in cheek, it has backfired, because the Daily Mail has taken it literally. So now the call for blood is out – and straight from the Global-Warming-Gruniad (Guardian) too!

Thon Brocket
November 25, 2009 2:21 am

Guido Fawkes is a big beast, maybe the biggest, in the British blogosphere. He’s on the case:

November 25, 2009 2:48 am

Henry chance (19:05:18) :

Magnus A
November 25, 2009 3:33 am

One effect of Jones et Mann’s (2009) incidently release of ten years of informal AGW job maybe is this TV studio climate:
Peer reviewed studies, peer reviewed, peer reviewed, read peer reviewed, peer reviewed studies, peer reviewed studies … crash-bang…

Here is how it ends:

November 25, 2009 3:42 am

Thanks for the laugh. I can’t imagine what it must be like to be a realclimate scientist – all seriousness and righteous indignation.
They need to get out more (no – not to another conference in Tahiti) – really get out and have some fun, like play with cold stuff!

Rereke Whakaaro
November 25, 2009 4:01 am

There is an interesting back-story to all this.
You may not have noticed, but there has been a subtle shift away from real news stories, involving some investigation of the truth, towards the mass regurgitation of “press releases” by various organizations.
Of course, these “press releases” are not written by the people at the center of the story, but by public relations companies who are skilled at putting things in the best possible light. Not only that, the PR companies will guarantee a certain press coverage, and to do that, they have back-to-back agreements with the editorial boards of various news media outlets.
Right now, I am having a lot of fun noting which news media are trying to ignore this real news, or continuing to publish doom and gloom messages, and those that have picked up this story and are running with in.
When deciding which media outlets you will trust in the future, look at what they are saying now.
Oh, and one final thing – this story in big in the English speaking world, but has barely made any impression at all elsewhere.
What has happened at the CRU, is unlikely to make much difference at Copenhagen, I am sorry to say.

November 25, 2009 5:34 am

Michelle Malkin’s Hotair has the video up.
almost 30000 views thus far.

Patrick Davis
November 25, 2009 5:53 am

This is funny, “Hide the decline”….you can bet on it….

steve hamilton
November 25, 2009 6:28 am

Another brilliant video by m4gw, as for the blue thingy I suspect that is an ox named Babe

November 25, 2009 6:46 am
November 25, 2009 7:00 am

Better to base it off the movie Terminator:
Listen. Understand. That
[Al Gore] is out there. It
can’t be reasoned with, it can’t
be bargained with…it doesn’t
feel pity of remorse or fear…
and it absolutely will not stop.
Ever. Until [fill in how you wish].
I think people are all too glib over this CRU thing.
This is not over. No tide has turned. There is no “turning point.” This is not a rational game. They will never quit. Never. They are right, because they are. That’s how the Left elite and MSM work. You sadly misread history if you think a few minuscule facts are going to get in their way.
You can read their elitism. Do you remember the “meaning of the word “is” is?” Caught red handed? They are audacious. You think the game ends when the clock reads 00:00. To them, that’s when they decide what the real score should have been. And people keep voting for them, so why shouldn’t they?
The Left has been trying to nationalize health care for over 50 years. They lose votes, but come back, again and again until they get this piece, that piece, all of you.
They are still running the game, meeting in Copenhagen, regulating CO2, thwarting new power plants, dreaming up new taxes, creating carbon allowances, suggesting population “control”.
“Freedom is always just one generation away from extinction.” – Ronald Reagan

James F. Evans
November 25, 2009 7:03 am

Every discussion, even at the watercooler at work, every public discussion or debate must include reference to Climategate and the infamous, “hide the decline”, and the rest of it.
And if not brought up in public discussion or debate, that needs to be pointed out, too.
Unbelievably, the mainstream media is attempting to bury this.
(They will lose this gambit if everybody on this side of the debate remembers,”it’s not a discussion of AGW without reference to Climategate.”)
(If some host or moderator states, “that’s not part of the discussion,” please remind them that fraud is always relevant and insist upon it.)
There simply can’t be a discussion of AGW without reference to Climategate and still be considered a full & fair discussion.
Insist upon it.

November 25, 2009 7:32 am

This might not be the best place to post this, but I stumbled upon this excellent comment by an Anonymous poster over at the accuweather blog.
I shoudl be a post all on it’s own:
Let’s see what I would believe more?
A few E-mails taking out of context or over 1000 peer reviewed articles published in respected journals?
Of course! The E-mails because a few of them support my sceptically view.
We have discussed this before on this site but let us go over it again because it is important and the e-mails make a few things clear.
First, there is not a single piece of empirical evidence that CO2 drives temperature trends. The best that the warmers could do is imply that there is a correlation between the two. Their problem is the fact that correlation is not proof of causation and that the correlation is very weak over the decadal time scale. That means that the warmers have to scramble to explain why we had 30 years of cooling just after CO2 emissions exploded and why we have not seen general warming for more than a decade.
For may claim of the recent lack of warming I cite Kevin Trenberth, who states in one of the e-mails, “The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t. The CERES data published in the August BAMS 09 supplement on 2008 shows there should be even more warming: but the data are surely wrong. Our observing system is inadequate.” Note the joke? It can’t be the theory that is wrong; it must be the data because it does not fit the theory.
Second, the ice core data clearly shows that it is the change in temperature than has come first and that CO2 followed 800 to 1000 years later. That makes CO2 the effect, not the cause. While the warmers admit that is the way things work for the first 800 to 1000 years they claim that after it is CO2 that is the driver. Of course, they have no credible evidence for this claim and no rational person would accept it without such evidence.
Second, we already discussed the Wegman report and testimony in front of Congress. The committee found that the papers on which much of the AGW claims were based came from a small group of around 40 people that published them without independent review. Being a gentleman, Wegman did not accuse the reviewers of academic fraud so he simply concluded that they were not very competent and did not understand statistical techniques. Had they been competent, the reviewers would have made the statistical errors that McIntyre and McKitrick found.
Let me note that I do not buy into the Wegman explanation because it is clear from the e-mails that the author and reviewers knew that the method was flawed and that the paper’s conclusions were created by tricks.
As my supporting evidence I include the e-mail from Dr. Phil Jones, the chief fraud who claims that he had to destroy the global temperature data set because he did not have sufficient filing cabinets. Jones writes, “I’ve just completed Mike’s Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (ie from 1981 onwards) amd from 1961 for Keith’s to hide the decline.” While Jones likes to pretend that his use of the word ‘trick’ was unfortunate and can’t recall things exactly, the leaked code tells us what the trick is. The programmer writes:
; Plots 24 yearly maps of calibrated (PCR-infilled or not) MXD reconstructions
; of growing season temperatures. Uses “corrected” MXD – but shouldn’t usually
; plot past 1960 because these will be artificially adjusted to look closer to
; the real temperatures.
What this means is what M&M identified early in the game; Mann, Bradley, and Hughes hid the denro divergence by splicing on the Jones ‘adjusted’ temperature, which is a reconstitution from raw data that has not been reviewed by anyone other than Jones and a handful of insiders.
The Wegman report went on and noted that, “In our further exploration of the social network of authorships in temperature reconstruction, we found that at least 43 authors have direct ties to Dr. Mann by virtue of coauthored papers with him. Our findings from this analysis suggest that authors in the area of paleoclimate studies are closely connected and thus ‘independent studies’ may not be as independent as they might appear on the surface.” This is important to those that claim that many peer reviewed studies show evidence of warming because Wegman goes on to point out that, “there was too much reliance on peer review, which was not necessarily independent.”
The e-mails clearly support the Wegman conclusion because we read about selecting appropriate reviewers who know what to say without prompting, and about getting editors fired for allowing the publication of papers that the group did not like. (The e-mails mention trying to get von Storch and James Saiers fired.) The corruption of the journal review process is a serious issue for scientists, who expect everything to be above board and transparent.
Another issue is the use of positions to keep legitimate papers from being considered by the IPCC, “even if we have to redefine what the peer-review literature is!” That makes you claims very hollow. If you have a small group of well paid insiders keep writing papers that are reviewed by others in the group and if that group puts pressure on journals to stop papers from being accepted and keeps legitimate papers from being included in the IPCC assessment reports you would not expect many papers to get published or considered by the IPCC.
Of course, there are thousands of papers that actually falsify the AGW hypothesis, ranging from some that show that ice core data indicates that CO2 changes lag the change in temperature trends by around 800 to 1000 years to papers that show that there is a much better link over all time periods between solar activity and temperature than CO2 and temperature.
What is interesting to note is that after all of the billions spent the AGW community has yet to produce a single paper that indicates that temperature change is driven by changes in CO2 concentrations. This entire debate is only about correlations and computer models, neither of which can prove anything.

Paul James
November 25, 2009 7:51 am

How can this be ?
Billions in Climate change cash promised to be paid to poorer countries by rich ones is missing and can’t be accounted for.

November 25, 2009 8:22 am

Two stone age men following a mammoth herd into a valley find that the valley is no longer blocked by a wall of ice.
Hunter 1: Where’s it gone, all that ice?
Hunter 2: It’s melted of course. Haven’t you ever heard of Global Warming?
Hunter 1: But the mammoths are all getting away. We’ve got to do something about it.
Hunter 2: Don’t worry, there’s a big pow-wow next month. It’ll all be taken care of.
Hunter 1: How are they going to do that?
Hunter 2: Everybody gives half of their hunting catch to the medicine men from now on and they will make the ice come back.
Hunter 1: How will they manage that?
Hunter 2: Who knows? But they’re the experts. You don’t expect them to reveal their secrets to the likes of you and me do you?
The part of Hunter 1 is played by the general public.
The part of Hunter 2 is played by Al Gore
You know who the medicine men are.

November 25, 2009 9:15 am

Expose the code and bust the Anti-Trust Climate Team
Busted not Robust!

November 25, 2009 9:28 am

And Obama is going to drop in for a cup of Kool-Aid with the boys in Copenhagen
to propose his dampened down to 17% GHG reduction by 2020.
I wonder who will pop the question over the gospels of Mann, Hulme, Briffa and Jones? And who will object to the marriage when it’s been found that somebody was cheating by seeing another database on the side?
– It’s much worse that we had imagined –
The US database is a mess compared to the ‘Master database’. All that missing data that keeps showing up in the 80’s is back again (and that’s the way the data looks to this day) – The gospel according to Harry.

November 25, 2009 9:29 am

Rush played the song (at least part of it) on his show just now (9:17 a.m. PST) as part of his opening monologue. Great stuff! A few million more now are aware.

November 25, 2009 11:01 am

Well that was top shelf cute, but I’m here to tell ya that the Copenhagen ‘support change’ bits are rolling on the radio. Serious Left channel 146 are running them big time. Bill Press, Alex Bennett, Thom Hartmann, Lynn Samuels, Mark Thompson, Mike Malloy and others… google ’em up, call ’em up, get email addresses and give ’em a hard time. I do, every day!

November 25, 2009 11:09 am

Philemon (17:13:32) :
What I want to know is what’s that blue thing with the weird eyes and the horns?
I believe the blue thing is an old school feminine hygiene device [snip]

P Walker
November 25, 2009 12:55 pm

Speaking of Tommy James and the Shondells , how about something like “My Mikey does the hanky panky” ? Surely some one here is up to it – Im not feeloing all that clever today .

Mark C
November 25, 2009 1:40 pm

This will take off not just because the video is funny, but because it works so well as a song by itself (which no doubt helped get it into Rush’s show today). One of these days I’ll get sick of singing “hide the decline (hide the decline)” to myself, but I don’t think that will happen until about 2013.
Hat tip to the guys who made the “Hitler vs. AGW” video too. Smaller audience, but I was laughing so hard my wife was wondering if I’d gone nuts.

November 25, 2009 4:24 pm

This will be OT where ever it goes. You couldn’t make it up and it’s not April 1st either!
It’s the best laugh I’ve had all week.

Frederick Davies
November 26, 2009 7:25 am

You know what is next, don’t you? The Downfall bunker scene with Hitler railing against whoever leaked the documents. Come on, you know there is someone out there adding subtitles to that scene right now…
[Already been done: ~dbs, mod.]

November 26, 2009 11:08 pm

The blue thing is a cold, angry Minnesota methane producer that’s tired of being blamed… moo!

November 27, 2009 8:15 am

to the tune of What Shall We Do with a Drunken Sailor?
What Shall We Do?
How shall we deal with egregious errors?
How can spread more alarmist terrors?
What could we fake to create a scare as
good as global warming?
Soon your power must be dearer;
Armageddon is much nearer;
evidence, we say, is clearer
for that global warming.
Now it seems the weather’s
numbers drop of those we’re fooling;
people whom we should be ruling
must fear global warming.
Dr Jones is now quite shaken,
feeling that he’s cooked his bacon;
maybe he was just mistaken
over global warming.
What shall we do with the missing data?
How shall we hide all the graphs’ stigmata?
How shall we keep all our fees pro rata
while we fake world warming?
Oh, dear, no, the seas aren’t rising;
powercos though are downsizing;
stop those sceptics analysing
man-made global warming!
We must keep the mob from waking;
hide how much that we were taking;
Mann and Jones et Al. were faking
man-made global warming.
Quench the opposition fires;
all who disagree are liars;
we’ll defame those bad deniers
of our global warming.
What shall we do with the evil-doers?
What shall we do with the peer-reviewers?
What shall we do with corrupting CRUers
faking global warming?

November 27, 2009 3:48 pm

Paul James (07:51:21) : “Billions in Climate change cash promised to be paid to poorer countries by rich ones is missing and can’t be accounted for.”
Apparently some countries haven’t paid up but got someone to sign off and say they had. Typical of what’s going to happen as soon as undeveloped countries are allowed to loot our pockets.

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