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This is the session under which those words were uttered:
“LESSONS FROM CLIMATEGATE”
“You guys have got to start fighting back” is the message many climatologists are hearing in the wake the slanderous attack on their integrity that has been called Swifthack, or Climategate. But for many scientists, fighting back means publishing a really good paper in a reputable journal. That doesn’t cut it anymore. How should scientists and their communicator allies go about planning a strategy?
Tom Peterson, Chief Scientist, NCDC
James Hrynyshyn, journalist, Class M — or Chris Mooney (he’s been invited)
Josh Rosenau, NCSE
– One thing to think about for this panel would be getting someone who has experience organizing successful campaigns. With the GOP promoting the idea of Congressional hearings on the “fraud” of global warming this discussion should involve strategies for countering their smear of climate scientists for political purposes.
Bishop Hill points out that:
The talk of ninjas and knife fights is interesting in the current atmosphere. (Tom Peterson is a scientist at NCDC. Some may know him for his work on urban heat island effect).
I’ll say. It’s far more than Peterson’s UHI papers. For those that don’t know, Dr. Thomas Peterson is the keeper and publisher of the most important surface temperature data set in the world, the Global Historical Climatological Network (GHCN):
Note the references at the bottom. The genesis of GHCN comes from this paper in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society:
We have the NASA GISS Chief Scientist, Dr. James Hansen calling for civil disobedience and the Chief Scientist of NCDC and keeper of the worlds most important surface temperature dataset, Dr. Thomas Peterson, saying things like “its a knife fight”. These two people have the most influential roles on climate data on the planet. Their words cause me to question their ability to be unbiased scientists.
Add that to NCAR’s Dr. Kevin Trenberth’s recent diatribe where he calls concerned citizens of the United States “deniers” in a preprint for a public address, while at the same time attempting to reverse the null hypothesis about human induced climate change….and they wonder why the public trust of climate science is going down the toilet?
Two points of advice, fellas:
1. Don’t forget who you work for, the U.S. Taxpayer.
2. You’d all do better to keep your mouths shut, your public utterances are embarrassments.