An Open Letter to Google

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach

Dear Googlefolk;

Recently, you have decided to take sides in a scientific debate. That in itself is very foolish. Why would Google want to take either side when there is a disagreement between scientists? I thought your motto was “Do No Evil.” For the 900-pound gorilla to take sides in any tempestuous politically charged scientific discussion is an extremely stupid thing to do, and in this case definitely verges on the E-word.

In fact, that’s why up until now I trusted Google, because I always felt that I was being given the unvarnished truth. I always felt that Google could be trusted, because you didn’t have a dog in the fight. I believed you weren’t trying to slant your results, that you were neutral, because you had nothing to prove.

So what did you guys do? You’re now providing money to 21 supporters of the CO2 hypothesis, funding them as “Google Fellows” to go and flog their scientific claims in the marketplace of ideas. Is this the new face of Google, advocating for a partisan idea?

You have chosen to fund policy people as Google Fellows. You have a specialist in “strategic communication in policymaking and public affairs” among them. You have a bunch of scientists whose careers depend on the validity of the CO2 hypothesis. And you are paying them all to push your ideas. In other words, Google has put into place a public relations campaign for the CO2 hypothesis … and people in your organization actually consider this a good idea?

I mean people other than Al Gore, who sits on your Board and who stands to make big money if the CO2 hypothesis can be sold to the public. It doesn’t matter if it’s true. If it can be sold to the public, Al makes big money, even if it’s later shown to be false. So sure, he’s in favor of your cockamamie scheme … but the rest of you guys have truly decided to hitch your wagon to Mr. Gore’s dying star? Really?

Man, Google doing PR work shilling for the CO2 hypothesis. I thought I’d never see the day.

It’s not even disguised as a scientific effort. It’s a sales job, a public relations push from start to finish, no substance, just improved communication. I’m surprised that you haven’t brought in one of the big advertising agencies. Those mad men sell cigarettes, surely they could advise you on how to sell an unpalatable product.

The problem is, now Google has a dog in the fight. You’ve clearly declared that you’re not waiting until the null climate hypothesis gets falsified. You’re not waiting for a climate anomaly to appear, something that’s unlike the historical climate. You have made up your mind and picked your side in the discussion. Here’s what that does. Next time I look up something that is climate science related, I will no longer trust that you are impartial. No way.

Let me make it very clear what I object to in this:

GOOGLE IS TAKING SIDES IN A MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR POLITICAL/SCIENTIFIC STRUGGLE

Don’t mistake this for a partisan entreaty. This is not because of the side you’ve chosen, despite the fact that I’m on the other side. I don’t care which side Google takes – it’s wrong and stupid for Google to be in any scientific fight at all, on either side. I’d be screaming just as loudly if you had picked scientists who were on my side of the debate. In fact, I’d scream even louder, because I don’t want Google Follows doing a big PR dog-and-pony-show for skeptical science. Unlike you, I think that’s bad tactics. Your presence, and the desperation that it reeks of, can only damage whichever side you support, so I’m glad it’s not my side.

But sides are not the point. Supporting either side in the debate involves Google in a high-stakes, multi-billion dollar, long-festering, dog-ugly political/scientific battle, with passions running high on both sides, accusations thrown, reputations attacked  … and putting your head in this buzz-saw, jumping into this decades-old scientific Balkan war, this is a good idea for Google exactly how?

Truly, are you off your collective meds or something? You don’t want the good name of Google involved in this, there is no upside. All it is going to do is get your name abused in many quarters. I’ve read dozens of people already who said they were switching to Bing or Alta Vista. You’ve lost my trust, it’ll be trust but verify from here on out for me.

And all for what? Guys, you are so far out of touch with the issues that you appear to be truly convinced that it is a communications problem.  So you’ve hired all these scientist/communicators to fix that problem. Let me put it in real simple terms.

People don’t believe AGW scientists because they have been lied to by some of the leading lights of the CO2 hypothesis. They’ve seen a number of the best, most noted AGW scientists cheat and game the system to advance their own views, and then lie and deny and destroy emails when the sunlight hit them.

That, dear friends, is not a failure to communicate. Your problem is not the lack of getting your message across. You’ve gotten it across, no problem. The message was obvious – many of the best AGW scientists are willing to lie, cheat, and steal to push their personal AGW agenda … the same agenda that your Google Fellows are now pushing. That was the message, and by gosh, we got it loud and clear.

The only cure for that kind of bad science is good science. It will not be cured by communication. We’ve already gotten the message that your side contains a number of crooks among its most admired and respected members. We’ve gotten the message that most of the decent climate scientists won’t protest against anything. They’ll stay quiet no matter what egregious excesses their leaders commit. They’ll pretend that everything is just fine. Indeed, a number of them even find excuses for the malfeasance of their leaders, that it’s just boys will be boys and the like. No recognition of the gravity of the actions, or how they have destroyed the public’s trust in climate scientists.

If you think the cure for that widespread scientific rot is a clearer explanation of how thunderstorms form or how the greenhouse effect works, I fear you are in for a rude shock. Communications will not fix it, no matter how smart your Google Fellows are … and they are wicked smart, I looked at the bios of every single one, very impressive, but that doesn’t matter. That’s not the issue.

The issue is that the side you’ve picked conned the public, and afterwards refused to admit it. Until they and climate science face up to that, your side will not be believed. There’s no reason to concern yourself with hiring scientists to analyze why your message isn’t getting across. It’s because people hate to be conned. They’d rather be wrong than be conned. And once you’ve conned them, and the Climategate emails show beyond question that your side conned the public, that’s it. After that, all the honeyed words and the communications specialists and the Google Fellows with expertise in “strategic communication in policymaking and public affairs” are useless. Clearer scientific explanations won’t cure broken trust.

And yes, perhaps I’m being paranoid about whether you will skew your search results against skeptics … but then I look at what happened in 2009/10 with “Climategate” as a search term, when for a couple weeks Google wouldn’t suggest it in the Auto Suggest feature. People claimed back then that it was deliberate, you did it on purpose, and I accused them of being paranoid, I didn’t believe it. Looks like instead of them being paranoid, I may have been being naïve.

Anyhow, you can be sure that I won’t defend you again.

So I entreat you and implore you, for your own sake and ours, stop taking sides in political/scientific debates. That is a guaranteed way to lose people’s trust. I’m using Bing for climate searches now, and I’m wondering just if and where you’ve got your thumb on the information scales.

Perhaps nowhere … but I’m a long-time Google user and Google advocate and Google defender. For me to be even wondering about that is an indication of just how badly you screwed up on this one.

Since you seem to have forgotten about your “Do No Evil” motto, I have a new one for you:

You are not wanted there. You are not needed there. You have no business there. Get out, and get out now, before the damage worsens.

Because the core issue is this – you can either be gatekeeper of the world’s knowledge, storing gigabytes of private information about me and my interests and likes and dislikes and my secret after-midnight searches for okapi porn and whale-squashing videos … or you can be a political/scientific advocate.

BUT YOU CAN’T BE BOTH.

You can’t both be in politics and be hiring scientific experts to push a trillion-dollar political/scientific agenda, and at the same time be the holder of everyone’s secret searches. That’s so creepy and underhanded and unfair and wrong in so many ways I can’t even start to list them. I can’t even think of a word strong enough to describe how far off the reservation you are except to say that it is truly Gore-worthy.

Your pimping for the CO2 hypothesis is unseemly and unpleasant. Your clumsy attempt to influence the politics of climate science, on the other hand, is very frightening and way out of line. You hold my secrets, and you held my trust. If you want it again, go back to your core business. Your actions in this matter are scary and reprehensible and truly bizarre. It’s as bizarre as if J. Edgar Hoover was hiring shills to flack for the Tea Party … you are the holder of the secrets. As such, you have absolutely no business involving yourself in anything partisan. It is a serious breach of our trust, and you knew it when you started Google. That’s why your motto is Do No Evil. Get back to that, because with this venture into advocacy you have seriously lost the plot.

My best to you all, and seriously, what you are doing is really scary, I implore and beg you to stop it. Your business is information and secrets, and ethically you can’t be anything else. You hold too much dangerous knowledge to be a player in any political/scientific dogfight, or any other fight. You not only need to be neutral. You need to seem to be neutral.

w.

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John
March 19, 2011 2:38 am

A very good post and I could not agree more with Willis!

Hugh Pepper
March 19, 2011 2:44 am

This is utter nonsense! Paranoid rant!

Annei
March 19, 2011 2:48 am

Hear Hear!

TWE
March 19, 2011 2:49 am

I don’t think they have been neutral for a long, long time. They’ve just been good at appearing neutral.

Kev-in-Uk
March 19, 2011 2:55 am

I detest all the personal information collection by these big corporation giants anyway. They are all as bad as each other, so I don’t trust Bing (Microsoft) either. For example, Windows live mail which replaces the old free Outlook Express – is now a remote system where your emails are stored not on your computer but at microsoft where presumably they could be read? (as THEY know your password, etc).
Information may be king – but the way they collect this stuff is quite reckless.
But I agree with Willis’ stance on this – it is unaceptable for such a major player to take a political role in any of this kind of stuff – it’s bad enough that the search results can be ‘altered’ to promote the higher paying companies, etc – but if they are going to alter results based on political standing – that’s way of base!

Mark
March 19, 2011 2:55 am

I too WAS a big fan of Google. This “proclamation” is deeply disturbing for all the reasons you cite. Most disturbing is the recognition Google can – and may indeed – skew their “service” to their ideological agenda. This should not be surprising as our media has routinely done exactly this. So now too Google.

RUKidding
March 19, 2011 2:56 am

Maybe you could start up your own internet company in opposition.
You could call it Giggle.

son of mulder
March 19, 2011 2:56 am

There’s got to be a project here for someone with a search bot and a training in statistics to identify and demonstrate relative bias between search engines across a range of subjects. Trust is never enough.

Griz
March 19, 2011 2:58 am

Willis,
Maybe they have forgotton that there is a big difference between “Do no Evil” and “Do Good.” Much Evil can be done can be done trying to promote even a true Good. However, the side they are taking sometimes seems bent on the destruction of civilization as we know it.
How far the mighty have fallen.

Chaveratti
March 19, 2011 3:07 am

Excellent post, I totally agree.

March 19, 2011 3:09 am

I remember very well how Climategate or Hide the decline suddenly stopped auto-filling in Google/Youtube from during the November 2009. Google sux.

Puckster
March 19, 2011 3:11 am

http://scroogle.org/
Something to consider.

Scottish Sceptic
March 19, 2011 3:12 am

Do you remember when they tried to pretend they were the “Little guys” up against the mightiest industrial/commercial enterprises in the world cynically distorting the argument to fit with some political agenda?
All that google will do by becoming part of the climategate team is to undermine its own dubious claims to be an impartial provider of information.
You cannot have your cake and eat it. You can’t be trusted as impartial and also have a political agenda, and if Google are stupid enough to undermine their reputation like this then they deserve the consequences.

March 19, 2011 3:14 am

Whew Willis, you got your blood pressure up on that one! You got a little long winded because I thought you got your point accross pretty quickly. Personally I don’t trust very many people and I don’t trust any organizations, because life has taught me well.

Anoneumouse
March 19, 2011 3:19 am

Google search
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nLp2MKEcDuk/TYRymN4e-QI/AAAAAAAACeU/XidtuzDsJ5A/s1600/google%2Bgoebbels.jpg
[thought this image was worth embedding ~jove, mod]

Annei
March 19, 2011 3:22 am

Hugh Pepper says:
March 19, 2011 at 2:44 am
This is utter nonsense! Paranoid rant!
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This is not that to which I responded Hear Hear! My response was to what Willis wrote. The comment above wasn’t there when I wrote mine. I should have added Willis’s name to it. I just want there to be no misunderstanding of my meaning.

ShaneCMuir
March 19, 2011 3:30 am

Let Google know we are not happy..
Search anywhere.. but Google..
http://duckduckgo.com/
http://www.altavista.com/
http://startpage.com/

Roger Carr
March 19, 2011 3:34 am

Willis: “You need to seem to be neutral.”
Is there a typo there? Perhaps: “You need to be seen to be neutral.”?

Philip Mulholland
March 19, 2011 3:37 am

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Roger Carr
March 19, 2011 3:43 am

For all Willis has said he is yet only skirting around the edges.
The implications of this foolishness by Google are huge.
Google helped in the present uprisings in the Arab world; and earned the gratitude and respect (even awe) of thousands — maybe even millions.
Google fought the good fight, putting its reputation on the line for the sake of humanity.
Google did things (for good) even kings, presidents and prime ministers could not do.
Imagine the results if Google really does go rogue.

JP Miller
March 19, 2011 3:45 am

Although a touch long and repetitive, I can’t fault the logic or the intensity of the emotion. I switched to Bing last year because of Google’s clear “fudging” the climategate search. They showed themselves to be hypocrits to their fundamental raison d’etre: Do no evil.
I live in Silicon Valley and virtually all of my friends have advanced degrees — so they’re not uneducated. And yet I don’t have words to explain to those who not familiar with the SF Bay Area how truly confused people here are about many things, climate being only one. Folks here do not understand political history or economics. A horrible combination.
They are driven by what seems to me are two deeply rooted impulses: (1) repressed guilt from the wealth they have amassed and (2) a belief that their “humanistic” values are truly redemptive and all must acknowledge that.
What they do not and cannot understand are:
— (2) will not expiate the sins of (1)
— (2) is fascist at its core and so self-contradictory as to be morally bankupt
— (1) can be remedied if it is only acknowledged (but it cannot be acknowledged because they cannot face the existential ramification)
It’s so sad a whole generation has grown up (mine) with so much potential to do so much good, and in its misguided efforts to do so is wreaking such havoc on our civilization.
Some would argue this consition is the inevitable consequences of secularism. I would argue that is only half-true. There are secular value systems that can make our lives whole and our civilizations good. Trouble is, my generation utterly failed to produce philosophers who could put together a thoughtful understanding of man in society, without metaphysical religion at its core, that affirm individualism and altruism as our foundational to freedom and justice.
The result? Environment, or rather “Gaia,” as religion. Talk about anomie! It’s sad, so sad.

cedarhill
March 19, 2011 3:46 am

Hardly surprising. There’s something about our age that seems to flush out the Left. It’s like suddenly they discovered that Conway Twitty’s “It’s only make believe” isn’t working as well as it once did.
Since the narrative isn’t working and people turn to actual facts, the Left has become desperate to the point where they’ve deluded themselves that they need to “get their message” out in a stronger, more asserted way. Imho, it just won’t work and will further diminish them. For example, there are still some that watch Oprah but all that do now know her agenda. Once aware of folks that deceive and mislead one never, ever goes back to believing whole heartedly.
All in all, this explains why the Left oriented media has experienced such rapid decline since it’s easy to do your own fact checking. Folks that are nor drooling partisans become disillusioned in their honesty. Once that’s lost, it can’t be regained without a lot of effort because it’s just too much effort to fact check them each time.
Google has lost some trust due to their pushing their advertizers. Now they will lose the trust of large groups.

Geoff Sherrington
March 19, 2011 3:50 am

100% with you, Willis.
Google, you have just done hari kari.
As Answers.com. notes, “Obligatory hara-kiri was abolished in 1868, but its voluntary form has persisted”
Yep, it’s a voluntary ritual where you self-disembowel, as in stick your knife in your guts, then die.

Scarface
March 19, 2011 3:52 am

This is indeed a very frightening move. You will never be sure anymore that the search-results are based on neutral criteria. Their algorithm may get contaminated with a bias towards pro-AGW.
Anthony,
I already mentioned in a comment half a year ago that when searching for ‘wattsup’ you ended up on page two of the results. That was a test apparently. But that’s what may happen soon to all skeptical websites.
If I notice one more of such an ‘accident’ or see the bias at work in another way, I will stop using Google and there services forever.

AusieDan
March 19, 2011 3:54 am

Good work Willis.
I presume that you have snail mailed a copy to the top guys at Giggle.

Scott
March 19, 2011 3:55 am

That Google does this should worry everyone.
Why stop at this issue. This runs to the heart of free speech. Regardless of anyones stand on AGW, this makes explicit great power is concentrated in the hands of a few.
It’s too late now, I can’t trust them any more.

Jimbo
March 19, 2011 3:56 am

It is ironic that Google who have for so long fought hard against censorship and for freedom of speech and expression is now nailing it flag to the mast. Google should stay out of this fight, science is an adversarial system and has ZERO to do with consensus.

Willis
Truly, are you off your collective meds or something? You don’t want the good name of Google involved in this, there is no upside. All it is going to do is get your name abused in many quarters.

Google have you ever wondered what if you win the PR fight but temperatures trend downwards for the next 30 years? How foolish will you look then? Stay out of this fight as you have NOTHING TO GAIN and everything to lose. Google is supposed to be about freedom of speech and expression. Remember your fight with China over freedom of expression? Now you take sides! This is a dumb move, keep out.

Rudebaeger
March 19, 2011 3:57 am

Don’t forget that during the height of the CLIMATE-GATE SCANDAL, Google altered the auto-suggest feature.
See:
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/11/28/climategate-surpasses-global-warming-on-google-autosuggest-still-blocked/
I also remember article where Google was pruning the # of climate-gate searches located
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=1943
http://www.moonbattery.com/archives/2009/11/googles_contrib.html
In my opinion, they have already taken sides.

fredb
March 19, 2011 3:57 am

My open letter to Google:
Dear Google: thank you for engaging in an issue that is desperately crying out for rational contributions. As the world engages in perpetrating the greatest multi-generational injustice we’ve ever seen, and as many of our leaders close their eyes to the charge of culpability that future generations will certainly lay at our feet, I am pleased to align my actions with yours on this particular issue, to be able to one day say to my grandchildren “I did what I could”. When I am old and asked, why were we so selfish and short sighted, when we barely responded to even the relatively short term tragedies like the Rwanda/Burundi genocide, or the festering Sudanese hunger, let alone climate change, when we only acted once our personal comforts were threatened, I want to be able to say I was not part of that, I did what I could. And I will say, on behalf of everyone else of my generation, I can only ask for forgiveness of our stupidity.

Tom in St. Johns
March 19, 2011 4:03 am

“Do No Evil” has been a PR slogan as compared to a corporate ideal for sometime now. Google has shown too much disregard for common sense and respect of others for their slogan to be part of their culture.
I had been a Google fan but I use fewer of their products and this recent announcement has motivated me to begin the process of migrating my gmail account.
As always, a well thought out essay Willis.

Puckster
March 19, 2011 4:05 am

johnmcguire says:
March 19, 2011 at 3:14 am
Whew Willis, you got your blood pressure up on that one! You got a little long winded because I thought you got your point accross pretty quickly. Personally I don’t trust very many people and I don’t trust any organizations, because life has taught me well.
————————————————————–
I agree. Trust is something that is earned, not expected. Climate science (is that becoming an oxymoron?) is akin to gangbangers demanding respect prior to any obvious reason for said respect.
Climate science has its turf…..it demands our acquiescence.

Harry the Hacker
March 19, 2011 4:16 am

Please, all of you do not forget GMAIL.
Google mail (gmail) is free for a reason. Google can and do search your email.
If you don’t want big brother watching over you, then NOT using gmail is a good first step.

stupidboy
March 19, 2011 4:24 am

The mighty are often humbled. Marconi went from the 4th biggest telecoms co. in the world in 2000 to nothing in 2001. The company’s value tumbled to £50 million from £35 billion. Thousands lost their jobs. Shareholders lost 99.5% value.
It could happen to Google. Hungry competitors will seize the opportunity.

March 19, 2011 4:29 am

Thanks Willis for this well written open letter. What you said sure needed to be said but will they take any notice? – I shall look forward to read their “open answer” but I shall probably be separated from my computer for a couple of weeks so I may miss it on the day they do write.

Malaga View
March 19, 2011 4:33 am

until now I trusted Google

They turned to the dark side a long time ago… my guess is that was their brief right from the start… their slogans are just Newspeak


He who controls the present, controls the past.
He who controls the past, controls the future.
George Orwell

Roger Knights
March 19, 2011 4:33 am

These large rich high-tech California “hip” organizations are very vulnerable to lobbying efforts by hip advocacy groups, especially when they are guided by professional persuaders and backed by big bankrolls. When a team of them asks for an invitation to sit down and discuss the issues, are the recipients going to say No? It would look bad if it came out–and it would, as they realize.
Once they “sit down and discuss,” the warmists seem to have all the answers, and present a convincing reasonable/concerned patina. How can the targets say No at that point to instituting various green programs (solar panels, recycling, etc.)–especially when 90% of their employees are on the Advocates’ side?
Then, once they’re in for a dime, it’s easy for them to get in for a dollar–particularly when they have so many dollars. The warmist lobbyists present a picture of a crank (or worse) minority of “skeptical” scientists and bloggers disrupting the normal processes of science with populist appeals, and hence of the need to push back in public against them.
This is an A-1 PR blunder by Google. Maybe they’re so myopic that they have swallowed the greenshirts’ caricatures of their opponents being unworthy-of-consideration deniers, so there is no downside in ignoring their negative reaction. Or maybe they’re so sure about the warming trend that they think history will vindicate them.
If its founders (both intense progressives) were wise and wanted to fund this, it should have been done by them personally, or by their foundations. That’s what Gates has done. But I guess they wanted to lend Google’s credibility to the effort—the brand-name is half its power in making a public impression.
Here’s a tip: Don’t Be Oval (don’t lie on one side).

MarkoL
March 19, 2011 4:39 am

As I said previously, facts and science don’t matter anymore as google has entered the arena with a PR campaign so massive that it will dwarf anything we have seen to date.
I wonder how the top guys at google would feel about arranging an actual serious debate about climate change, with both sides present??? … but I seriously doubt it… google doesn’t have the guts and they have made up their minds and won’t believe or want to hear form the other side, just in case “the others” happen to have evidence of fraud or arguments that their elected side can’t answer. I have one word for people/companies like that: cowards. Stupid move google.

Jim
March 19, 2011 4:42 am

Google are only trying to protect the billions they make in Adwords through the whole global warming – environmental fraud, it is a huge revenue stream for Google, so they have made a concious decision to say to hell with the science in favour of promoting fake advocacy for dollars.

Stacey
March 19, 2011 4:47 am

Changing your search engine provider is rarely done, just like one’s bank. This is because we love our comfort zone.
Willis you just took me out of my comfort zone.
Is there a better search engine?

March 19, 2011 4:47 am

There is an article in Bloomberg,
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-10-21/google-2-4-rate-shows-how-60-billion-u-s-revenue-lost-to-tax-loopholes.html
and also Huffington Post,
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-callahan/googles-tax-avoidance-so_b_772080.html
which describes how Google avoids paying US taxes by running their income through Ireland, Netherlands and Bermuda. They are not alone as Microsoft and Facebook have similar operations. Surprisingly, if I google “google tax evasion,” I get these two articles, so they can’t be totally bad. I still use Bing.

Stephen Richards
March 19, 2011 4:47 am

I’ve already removed all traces of Google from my machine. Now you must refuse the auto adverts on your sites which I also have done.

Pete H
March 19, 2011 4:52 am

Bit of a quandary over this one Willis. Scroll down a couple of articles on the home page and there is a Youtube vid of the nuke plant in Japan. Who owns Youtube?

PamK
March 19, 2011 4:55 am

Google has access to data on everyone and is like an octopus with many tentacles. Many people have worried that Google would be capable of using its position in the information stream to effect outcomes, rather than be a neutral conduit for information. Google itself recognized the justifiable concerns by its early “Do no evil” message. Yet Google is run by humans and humans seem unable to resist taking sides in an issue, whether for monetary or power gain. Google executives want to play with the big boys at Davos and other world stages and are compromising their foundational product to do so.
Google already has “green industry” investments and this use of their core industry to support their green industry investments is a natural progression for a public corporation. Once Google started funding green energy research, they had a dog in the fight and now they have compromised the integrity of their core product. At least Microsoft’s Bill Gates plays his power games with his own money in his charitable trusts. “Do no Evil” Google is using its stockholders and search engine users to play power politics. Maybe not evil, but definitely slimey.

garymount
March 19, 2011 4:55 am

Google also makes the Android operating system found on Android phones and Android tablets.
I personaly use a Windows Phone 7 device, and am looking forward to what Microsoft will be creating for phones, tablets and desktops with the Windows 8 platform currently under development.
Please Microsoft, don’t pull a Google.

Frank K.
March 19, 2011 4:56 am

Actually, I’m all in favor of Google funding these so-called “Google Fellows” (wow – what distinguished title THAT is – heh). Then, we can argue that these people (and the organizations they represent) do not need our tax dollars any more. Google bankrolls all of their climate research! Free enterprise at work…

Jimbo
March 19, 2011 4:58 am

By the way Google, WUWT just won the best science blog award beating the likes of Wired despite Wired have far greater traffic. The public is split in two over AGW. Don’t let money and celebrity blind you to what has been happening over the BIGGEST SCIENTIFIC FRAUD ever perpetrated on the people of the world.
Read about Lysenkoism.
Read about the global warming religion.
Read about how global warming causes warmer winters and colder winters.
Read about the ice-free Arctic ocean within the last 11,000.
Read about Co2 amplification.
Read about how the weather isn’t getting weirder.
and on and on………………… Get off the bandwagon, you have arrived at the closing stages. Al Gore is a money seeking hypocrite who has no problems about buying his new beach front villa. Pachauri has no problem helping big oil. CRU has no problem accepting money from big oil. Wake up and smell the coffee!
/END RANT

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March 19, 2011 5:01 am

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Calculate, Manage & Report CO2 Comply with CRC & other standards
Google have been knee deep it this stuff for ages. Nothing new!

sHx
March 19, 2011 5:03 am

In fact, that’s why up until now I trusted Google, because I always felt that I was being given the unvarnished truth. I always felt that Google could be trusted, because you didn’t have a dog in the fight. I believed you weren’t trying to slant your results, that you were neutral, because you had nothing to prove.

Willis,
this is slightly OT but I couldn’t help bringing it up after reading the paragraph above.
I trusted and admired your assessments in every one of your generalist articles until very, very recently. Your article, Why a “Revenue Neutral” Energy Tax Isn’t, has firmly breached the trust. I no longer believe that I’m getting the unvarnished truth in your articles. I think you are guilty of precisely the kind of ideological advocacy you’re accusing Google of. I am sure both you and Google will respond the same way; that you’re only ‘advocating facts’, or something like that.
Carbon/Energy Tax is a purely political issue. Although I am a climate skeptic, I fully support carbon tax because it’ll help reduce the government deficit and fund social programs. I am honest enough to admit that my support for the tax is based purely on political and ideological considerations. Your objections to the tax were also political and ideological, yet you attempted to present it as though it was some unvarnished economic truth. The photo accompanying that piece showed money changing hands under the table, as though there is something secret, illegal or immoral about taxation.
Trust is hard to earn and easy to lose, I guess. Just to illustrate the point, after your previous post for on WUWT, I couldn’t read your this Google piece any further than the second paragraph, the one I quoted above. This is complete reversal of the high esteem I used to have for your articles, mate. I can only assume that you do have a dog in the fight some of the time, and we have to work it out for ourselves in which ones.
Sorry for going a little OT on this. Trust appeared to be a major issue and trust is what I wanted to talk about.

Lady in Red
March 19, 2011 5:05 am

Well.
I just reset my home pages in Firefox and Explorer to DogPile and DuckDuckGo.
I should have done it, on principle, long ago.
At the same time the google folk surprise me. Don’t they think, read? Can they not
discern facts from opinions? There is a long comment on RC about the new GFDL
blogger by someone extolling the wonder of RC and Climate Progress and a host
of other repetitive blogs pumping out The Theme. The commenter thanks Gavin
and commends himself on his own ability to sift intellectual wheat from chaff, since the
late ’90’s on a wide array of subjects.
I found myself wondering: is a mindset like that hard-wired? Is he truly unable
to discern the difference in intellectual quality and content from this or ClimateEtc
or ClimateAudit, etc. from another “attaboy” tossed to Gavin from the likes of
tamino?
Whew!
Anyway, google is toast in my world. …..Lady in Red

TerryS
March 19, 2011 5:06 am

“Do no evil” is not a simple thing to live up to. For example, doing nothing can in many circumstances be considered evil. Standing by and watching a child run into the road for example.
Google has decided that climate change is a problem. So does that mean that, in its own view, if it does nothing it is doing evil? Is it going the let its children blindly run into the road? If it decides that doing nothing is evil then here are a couple things it could do.
1. Skew google searches so results against AGW appear lower down. They could, for example, ensure that all searches for climategate presented RC and others as the first hits.
2. Skew google scholar searches.
3. Only update google earth with satellite images that tell the “correct” story. For example, depending up the time of your they could make mountain ranges always look devoid of snow and make fertile land look infertile.
4. Provide insider information to those on the “right side”. Having knowledge of what your opponent is searching for and finding gives you a massive advantage over your opposition.
The above are just examples of what they *could* do, not what they will or are doing.
Ultimately it will depend upon whether they consider doing nothing is evil.

Jimbo
March 19, 2011 5:07 am
Francisco
March 19, 2011 5:09 am

No doubt there is either bias or plain incompetence in many searches, but Bing is probably a lot worse than Google in this respect. Do a simple search for the words “climate blog” (without quotes) in Google and Bing. In my search, Wattsupwiththat comes next to last at the bottom of the first page in Google, and it doesn’t come up at all in Bing, as far as I can see (neither on the first page nor on subsequent pages). In both cases, Real Climate is the top choice.
It’s impossible to imagine any kind of reasonably objective search criteria that shold produce such results.
Anyway, that Google is heavily pro-CAGW is not that surprising, and it isn’t exactly recent news. Al Gore has been on its senior board of directors since at least 2003, and Al Gore is a fairly influential man who has had only one thing in mind for the last decade: promote CAGW.
Google results for the words climate blog
http://tinyurl.com/4pbqcjb
Bing results
http://www.bing.com/search?q=climate+blog&go=&form=QBRE&filt=all
[Google – WUWT Page 1; Bing WUWT Page 14! interesting ~jove, mod]

jmrSudbury
March 19, 2011 5:12 am

What are the best replacements for google maps?
John M Reynolds

Ian MacMillan
March 19, 2011 5:13 am

Totally agree with you Willis, but your point about their core business is actually off target. They provide an amazing search technology but their core business according to them is advertising. That’s where they make the big bucks. So advertising the AGW swindle is just business as usual, a point not lost on their big board member. Big board member, I crack me up. But yeah, they advertise themselves as the every-man, do no evil crowd, but it should be obvious that no longer obtains.

David Schofield
March 19, 2011 5:15 am

“Hugh Pepper says:
March 19, 2011 at 2:44 am
This is utter nonsense! Paranoid rant!”
Hugh, just give this some thought for a moment. Regardless of your feelings on this particular subject [CAGW] do you not agree in principle that the librarian shouldn’t have a bias?
Troll feeding over.

R. Gates
March 19, 2011 5:17 am

Willis,
In nearly every facet of our government, large corporations line up and take sides on important policy issues. Like it or not, our so-called democracy in the U.S. comes down to a matter of who has the largest bank-roll. The much beloved Koch Bros. on the “other side” of the CO2/AGW debate are pretty much doing the same thing as Google…putting their money where their convictions and financial interest rest. Google also has been doing battle and putting their money on the side Net Neutrality, where they are squared off against the likes of Comcast and AT&T.
I find it most interesting that you didn’t write a letter to the Koch Bros.

Ed Fix
March 19, 2011 5:21 am

Willis,
Wow! Great thoughts, but do you want the Googlers to actually read and heed? As Mark Twain never (but should’ve) said, “I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had time to make it shorter.”
Take the time–after some time has passed.
Ed

GCooper
March 19, 2011 5:21 am

I’m slightly puzzled why anyone would have assumed Google was ever playing with a straight bat (as we Brits say). From its inception, Google News was clearly leaning in one direction, to the extent that I quickly judged it useless. From that point on, what had been a suspicion became a growing certainty.
Would Google skew its results on AGW? Why not? Who could prove it and who could stop it, anyway?
Right now, Google thinks it is unassailable. It is wrong. All empires die – more quickly than ever these days.
No flowers please.

Palmnut
March 19, 2011 5:23 am

This looks like “hide the dissent” to me!

Beesaman
March 19, 2011 5:27 am

I have always informed my students that Google, alas, is a biased profit first business and not the open seach engine it pretends to be.
It is just more biased in certain things now.

Eric (skeptic)
March 19, 2011 5:37 am

Willis, Willis, Willis. You are just being paranoid, let me show you, I’ll just google Willis Eschenbach. Google suggests completions of bio, wikipedia, credentials, biography, qualifications, email, and climate. Let’s try bio. Top hit is RealClimate, an article on peer review where one commenter mentions your E&E viewpoint piece on Tuvalu in a not flattering way. Ok, a fluke maybe. Let’s try wikipedia. AHA, top hit is WUWT, sense and sensitivity. Second hit is skeptical also. Ok, credentials: top hit is “W.E. caught lying about temperature trends”. Hmm.
Next: biography. Top hit is “What do you make of the “Willis E” analysis of Hansen’s 1988 global warming projections?” The “best answer” chosen by the asker was written by “J S” and politely critiques your climateaudit piece arguing, among other things, that “improved” datasets are better which we should be a little skeptical of when we’re talking about Hansen. What is the biography connection? Further down in the answers, commenter EMT-B says “to be fair Willis Eschenbach IS A REAL NOBODY. As he has no published biography on the internet”
Qualifications? “W.E. caught lying…” again. Email? One of your WUWT climategate pieces. And finally climate: “W.E. caught…” again. That “computer scientist” in Australia who writes the “W.E. caught lying” blog must be a REAL NOBODY since he consistently gets top ranking on google.

garymount
March 19, 2011 5:37 am

sHx says: …”it’ll help reduce the government deficit and fund social programs”
You might want to read this:
http://www.financialpost.com/high+cost+taxes/4461588/story.html
You might end up with more government deficit and less social programs.

garymount
March 19, 2011 5:48 am

Analyst: YouTube Will Take Half A Billion Off Google’s Bottom Line This Year
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/analyst-youtube-will-take-half-a-billion-off-googles-bottom-line-this-year-2009-4#ixzz1H36dL5tq
So, keep using YouTube 😉

March 19, 2011 5:48 am

I am in favor of more carbon dioxide, so I am going to start boycotting google.
http://www.letterdash.com/HenryP/more-carbon-dioxide-is-ok-ok

R. de Haan
March 19, 2011 5:49 am

Hugh Pepper says:
March 19, 2011 at 2:44 am
“This is utter nonsense! Paranoid rant!”
Please explain why this in your opinion is ‘utter nonsense’ and a ‘paranoid rant’?
We are exchanging real arguments here.
So please, come up with some arguments.

Stephan
March 19, 2011 5:51 am

Time to change browsers and email

Stephan
March 19, 2011 5:51 am

Can be done gradually by the way how could i save all my google mail onto another non-google browser?

Bob
March 19, 2011 5:52 am

Eric Schmidt (ex CEO of Google) and his wife set up The Schmidt Foundation which is one of the primary funders of that extreme warmista, Heidi Cullen.

March 19, 2011 5:53 am

Symmetry demands: Google Fools

R. de Haan
March 19, 2011 5:59 am

sHx says:
March 19, 2011 at 5:03 am
‘Carbon/Energy Tax is a purely political issue. Although I am a climate skeptic, I fully support carbon tax because it’ll help reduce the government deficit and fund social programs. I am honest enough to admit that my support for the tax is based purely on political and ideological considerations’.
That is exactly the point.
Science is bend and busted to serve a political agenda set to create a new elite, steel money from the people and wreck our economy.
Have you any idea how dangerous your view is?
What’s next, taxing the air we breath?
You are no skeptic and the ideology sucks.

garymount
March 19, 2011 6:01 am

jmrSudbury says:
March 19, 2011 at 5:12 am
“What are the best replacements for google maps?”
That would be http://www.bing.com/maps/

Tenuc
March 19, 2011 6:02 am

Not used Google for some time now. If your looking for a good, fast, minimalist Google replacement try Yandex…
http://www.yandex.com/
It has the feel of Google back in the old days before money grubbing in the trough, at the expense of principles, took over the farm. Shame!

Steve C
March 19, 2011 6:03 am

You’re quite right to point this out, Willis, and IMO this story deserves a much wider audience even than it will get here on WUWT. However, as someone once said, fine words butter no parsnips.
What does butter parsnips, of course, is Google’s new, quick-access route to the gigadollars of internationalist money fronted by those running the AGW project, and as far as Google’s business plan is concerned that beats any objections raised by you or anyone.
We’ve known for ages that they “fine-tune” their search results, not least of course to try to proof them against those trying to “game” searches in their own favour. To Google, this is merely another of their ‘hidden tweaks’ which, although certainly a large and intrinsically dishonest one by any dispassionate standards, clearly has considerable value.
Let’s be honest, Google is just as “neutral” as Wikipedia, and “Do No Evil” was never more than a barker’s shout to bring in the trade.

Stephan
March 19, 2011 6:03 am

Moved to yahoo already as well as email LOL

KenB
March 19, 2011 6:09 am

Google smoogle – gone!

MDIvey
March 19, 2011 6:10 am

Speaking of “smelling the coffee,” while the letter is properly indignant and makes several good points, it strikes me as coming from a place that’s a little behind the info-curve with regard to the nature of the Google operation.
This is not about economics. Many of us have known for a good while that Google is now a tool of the emerging globalist corporate/banking one-world government. Google = NSA. Google = CIA. There is nothing that is done through Google in its various forms that is not data-based for the purpose of social control. The “New World Order” does not allow an organization that becomes as big and influential as Google to go un-controlled.
The slogan, “Do No Evil” is simply par for the course in our Orwellian age of Doublespeak where is war is sold as humanitarian and ‘business as usual’ is sold as “Change.”
The comment above regarding this being an issue of free speech is right on the money. It’s an issue of the attempted execution of free speech and the elevation of “perception management.”
I disagree with the comment from sHx above when he says, “…as though there is something secret, illegal or immoral about taxation.” That is radically naive! As though there cannot be anything secret, illegal or immoral about taxation!!! HA!!! That is exactly the kind of slave-thinking they wish to create. sHx should read the history and legal track of our “income tax.”
Love “Goebbels” above!

RockyRoad
March 19, 2011 6:12 am

I haven’t used Google for over a year and I don’t miss ’em.
I also tell my friends about the problems with Google and many of them are abandoning that Left-slanted company.
John Brookes says:
March 19, 2011 at 5:30 am

Go Google! There is evil being done, but not by you!

Wake up, John.

DirkH
March 19, 2011 6:13 am

Sergej and Larry have always been typical Silicon Valley liberals; “evil” for them always meant “the other side”. “Don’t be evil” was always to be understood this way IMHO. “Don’t be unliberal – read HuffPo” (see Google News – half of it comes from HuffPo).

JP Miller
March 19, 2011 6:13 am

sHx says:
“Carbon/Energy Tax is a purely political issue. Although I am a climate skeptic, I fully support carbon tax because it’ll help reduce the government deficit and fund social programs. I am honest enough to admit that my support for the tax is based purely on political and ideological considerations.”
It is important to keep in mind, sHx, that when you support any tax, you are essentially saying, “I want the police to force some people (who would not do so voluntarily) to give up some of the money they have earned (for whatever reason you believe is worthy enough to take from others at gunpoint).
That’s what government is, fundamentally: police power. I’m not paranoid, nor am I an anarchist. It’s just that so few people truly understand what they’re saying when they say, “I’m in favor of this or that tax.” Using government — i.e., using police… meaning forcing some people to do something at gunpoint — is something we all need to think very long and hard about before we say, “Yes, we should do that.”
If you do not believe what I am saying is true, try paying only some portion of your taxes with a note to the IRS saying, “I don’t believe I should be paying money for (you pick what you don’t think government should be doing).” Then, see if, eventually, someone with a gun doesn’t come to encarcerate you (unless you give them then money).

R. de Haan
March 19, 2011 6:13 am
John Van Krimpen
March 19, 2011 6:14 am

Google is banned, they took a side.
My harpoon. Google is banned in school. Just a search engine.

DirkH
March 19, 2011 6:16 am

Tenuc says:
March 19, 2011 at 6:02 am
“Not used Google for some time now. If your looking for a good, fast, minimalist Google replacement try Yandex…
http://www.yandex.com/

Just tested them with some obscure 80ies punk bands… They’re good! Thanks!

ShrNfr
March 19, 2011 6:17 am

You trust a search engine to be an honest broker. Bad enough if their business model is “pay for play”. When it crosses the line to agenda driven stuff of any sort, I cannot feel but that their search results are now totally worthless. Sorry Google, you just clog danced on your genitals imo.

John Van Krimpen
March 19, 2011 6:21 am
John Van Krimpen
March 19, 2011 6:25 am

No man or woman born can call me an egotist.

garymount
March 19, 2011 6:25 am

R. Gates says: something that reveals his true colours.
March 19, 2011 at 5:17 am
What you are describing is Corporatism. It has no place in proper society.
The two sides of the battles you describe are Socialism and Capitalism. One redistributes wealth, while the other creates it. The Koch Bros. are on the side of creating wealth.
I personally don’t mind seeing the Koch Bros. supporting institutes that want to inform people with proper science and facts.
Google is backing the side of junk science.

garymount
March 19, 2011 6:30 am

For those who don’t know…
“It’s official: Yahoo search is now powered by Microsoft’s Bing, the end result of a deal signed a little over one year ago by the two companies.”
http://mashable.com/2010/08/24/bing-powers-yahoo-search/

bruce
March 19, 2011 6:38 am

Tilting at windmills?
It will take more than a letter to alter the religious beliefs of the ones so sure of their knowledge.
This is a harbinger of what we will see. As the enlightened wish to develop a direction for the world to follow.
We can hope their direction is less mortifying than the directed populations we have seen in the last sixty years. But with religious beliefs the ends justify the means.

Dan Sudlik
March 19, 2011 6:39 am

What good name? I Bing.

March 19, 2011 6:42 am

Hugh Pepper says:
March 19, 2011 at 2:44 am
This is utter nonsense! Paranoid rant!
Annei says:
March 19, 2011 at 2:48 am
Hear Hear!

Hugh and Annei,
You evidently don’t understand where Google is these days, and that is a shame. I would recommend that you open your eyes. This is by no means the first of this kind for Google, and I am sure it won’t be the last. Google has steadily been increasing its political and ideological views within their search results for quite some time. I am an SEO expert, perhaps one of the best in the country, and I can tell you emphatically, Google results are tainted and have been for several years now (getting worse). I have not trusted their results on any controversial topics for quite some time. They have become another Wikipedia.
Further, Google is playing a very dangerous game, and I don’t believe they fully understand this. They seem to feel that they are so big that they above reproach. I can assure you that they are not. I predict that Google will fall from their “king of the hill” position within the next 5 years. Mark your calendar. Once you have begun the journey down the road they have chosen, you cannot turn back. It will bite them in the end.

John Van Krimpen
March 19, 2011 6:48 am

Yer have a crack at honest open science commuciation yer dance a duel to the death.
In our history none have won.

John Van Krimpen
March 19, 2011 6:53 am

Bad moon rises fer the beagle boys of the anti science.

Stephan
March 19, 2011 6:55 am

Surely this is illegal for such a large monopoly corporation that controls information to suddenly become biased re freedom of speech act USA?

Korwyn
March 19, 2011 6:55 am

The only leverage I have is economic means. So, much as I despise Microsoft, I’ll be switching to bing and altavista, and from now on when I get the question, “where is the best place to look up ‘X’ ?”, which I do a couple times a week at work, I will no longer be recommending g00gle.

John Van Krimpen
March 19, 2011 6:57 am

Just a piece of history.

Stephan
March 19, 2011 6:58 am

Guys/gals… don’t worry the world simply ain’t warming most people will come to realize this over time it does not really matter what google or anyone does.
http://processtrends.com/images/RClimate_UAH_Ch5_latest.png

Jeremy
March 19, 2011 7:01 am

I will never forget how Google made “Climategate” disappear from one day to the next.
This company is run by a younger generation with fascist tendencies. (those who know what’s good for us)
This company is so pervasive and unethical that it has become extremely dangerous.

John Van Krimpen
March 19, 2011 7:04 am

The Joke is Google.
Just search engines. They all do it the same, just the front end.

John Van Krimpen
March 19, 2011 7:09 am

Picked a bad month and a bad moon fer war.

John Van Krimpen
March 19, 2011 7:11 am

Me I just say Google foul.

John Van Krimpen
March 19, 2011 7:12 am

Check and mate.

AJB
March 19, 2011 7:16 am

You’d need to do a lot more than switch search engines and avoid GMail, Willis. Sounds like you’re pretty late to this party. Here’s a mere taster. Park it alongside your honey pot, spam and ICMP frequency correlations are interesting things to analyse. 😉

March 19, 2011 7:17 am

fredb says:
March 19, 2011 at 3:57 am
And I will say, on behalf of everyone else of my generation, I can only ask for forgiveness of our stupidity.

Well, I fully support your request for forgiveness for your stupidity.
Many of the rest of us are fairly smart and speaking for myself and perhaps some others, we will join you in that personal request of yours for your forgiveness.

jmrSudbury
March 19, 2011 7:18 am

fredb says:
March 19, 2011 at 3:57 am
– – –
“… I can only ask for forgiveness of our stupidity.”
– – –
That would be the stupidity of passing even more debt to our grandchildren for no return.
John M Reynolds

gingoro
March 19, 2011 7:18 am

Here Here! Have switched to another search engine.

pyromancer76
March 19, 2011 7:19 am

Thanks Willis. Keep repeating this. Summarize it. Number your points with highlighted headers in between. There is no more important understanding than this for all WUWT readers. Clearly we can see what crony corporations are up to — and they believe they are going to make a s&&tload of money off us taxpaying, fee paying, “enhancement” paying, “special project” paying fools.
Yes, Google has been evil by not being neutral, not only in science, but in politics. They were “all in” supporting Obama in 2007-2008, wiping out as much evidence of who he was as possible and slanting searches towards his idolization. How can this happen in a “representative democracy”, which requires absolute commitment to the scientific method? Or is Google in favor of fascism, The Third Way, where a few elites control us all, managed by a Dear Leader or an Il Duce?

March 19, 2011 7:20 am

Steve C says:
March 19, 2011 at 6:03 am
Let’s be honest, Google is just as “neutral” as Wikipedia, and “Do No Evil” was never more than a barker’s shout to bring in the trade.

Perhaps – but for them to actually come out and admit their lack of neutrality is surprising.
Maybe they should change their motto to “We know what is best for you to know”.

Eric (skeptic)
March 19, 2011 7:20 am

R. Gates, let me Koch on what you are saying. Nope, no Koch brothers search engine, can you give me another hint? I googled Koch Brothers and got “how the Koch brothers fund the climate denial machine”; where’s my check??
Tenuc, I ran the W.E. searches with Yandex. W.E. bio yielded WUWT (Tim Lambert lying was #3). W.E. wikipedia yielded Sense and Sensitivity just like Google. Credentials yielded lying like Google. Biography yielded a pipl profile (good result). Qualifications yielded “Trust and Mistrust” unlike lying Google. W.E. email yielded the WUWT author page for W.E. (another good result). Finally, W.E. climate yielded a CA mirror site article followed by the WUWT author page. Conclusion, Google is biased towards warming alarmists.
I Yandexed koch brothers and Yandex popped me into a captcha page in Russian. I typed in the numbers and got redirected to results which were a New Yorker article on the KB’s war against Obama (no mention of his targeted EPA hit on their Texas refinery) followed by a Koch industries link. More evidence of Google bias.

John Van Krimpen
March 19, 2011 7:20 am

No letters of Credit. Yer bankrupt, yer can’t meet yer payments.
Get back on yer bikes and if yer mum and dad care go back to yer garage.
Yer got got no credit. Yer lost it on the Ponzi.

Duke C.
March 19, 2011 7:23 am

I used the search engine in question (GXXXXX) to search for search engines and am happy to report that I did not become trapped in an infinite self-referencing loop, ala Kurt Goedel. 🙂
This link, however, was listed in the top five:
http://www.thesearchenginelist.com/
There are quite a few alternatives.

pax
March 19, 2011 7:24 am

Nice, short, and to the point.

John Van Krimpen
March 19, 2011 7:24 am

Cash, no cheque through all clearing houses.

stormnNorm
March 19, 2011 7:27 am

I don’t argue so much with the intent of the post, that 1) the AGW v. Skeptic issue is in fact an attempt to put into place more taxes, or 2) your contention that google should not be taking sides in scientific disputes.
I would suggest, however, the post is entirely too long and begins to resemble a rant rather than calm discourse, therewith actually supporting the contention that those of us who want the science to be foremost, are actually cranks standing in the way of recognition of a problem (which is the way AGW supporters would have us be seen).
I would caution all, science is foremost, but in these unenlightened days ( and the anti-science tact of the AGW folk is unenlightened) we also have to be aware of the need to been seen as calm and rational.

mkelly
March 19, 2011 7:28 am

Google like Sir Branson honestly donot believe the AGW tripe. If you deeply honetly believe that CO2 is doing harm you would stop doing anything that contributes to adding CO2, but they don’t.
Branson has not shut down Virgin Airlines and Google assists people use more elecriticity which is mostly made by coal or gas both of which add CO2. These are folks that like control of others and see this as another avenue to control.

David Falkner
March 19, 2011 7:33 am

Google has made itself the arbiter of truth? Then why do these exist on YouTube?
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=pleiadians&aq=0s
Google’s “scholar” section apparently wasn’t enough. Wonder why that is?

David Falkner
March 19, 2011 7:34 am

Also, if we consider the way they knuckled under for China, is this really a surprise?

Pamela Gray
March 19, 2011 7:34 am

Corporate and private businesses are free to stand next to any allegiance they want to. I have no problems with that and hope it never changes.
I also believe in my right to stand next to any allegiance I want to. If I want to buy snake oil, send my children’s inheritance to some slick megachurch or commune, or am readily prompted to send chain email lest I call a spell upon myself, I should be allowed to wallow in whatever brilliance or stupidity I choose.
At issue then, is not what my choice is, but whether or not I have access to both brilliant AND stupid information so that I can use my own discernment, be it likewise brilliant or stupid.
In our history, we have many examples of destroyed offices and mangled printing presses as a result of attempting to disseminate information contrary to powerful dominating opposition. That time will come round again and free people must fight for the right to disseminate information contrary to accepted belief.
If Google is filtering information, then game on, but the target needs to change. The line of connection extends upwards beyond Google. To get to Google, we must get to Internet Providers.

William
March 19, 2011 7:34 am

Facts are facts.
We are carbon based life forms. There is a roughly 40% increase in plant growth and yield of food crops with a doubling of CO2.
An increase in atmospheric CO2 causes the biosphere to expand not contract.
What scientific issue does Goggle plan to communicate to the general public?
Is the planet’s response to a change in forcing negative (planetary cloud cover increases) or positive? There is scientific evidence to support the negative hypothesis. Should we hide the scientific evidence?
There are multiple papers that show a significant portion of the 20th century warming was due to solar heliosphere modulation of GCR which in turn modulates planetary clouds via two mechanisms: Direct modulation of planetary clouds by GCR level and by solar wind bursts that remove cloud forming ions by the mechanism electroscavenging. Should we hide those papers also?
If there is no risk of danger global warming, should we spend trillions of dollars to fund corrupt governments and companies? What does Goggle advocate should been done and why? There are multiple issues. Is Goggle advocating the “communication” for all issues?

Capn Jack Walker
March 19, 2011 7:35 am

Full arm full harpoon arm, just love me hunting merminks.
One of the best I yam

James Sexton
March 19, 2011 7:41 am

sHx says:
March 19, 2011 at 5:03 am
A lot about trust.
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Sorry sHx, but if anyone thought this a purely scientific discussion, they were simply misleading themselves.
To your broader question. Are taxes moral? No, but they are necessary for some of the reasons you stated and more. The problem is, currently, there is no more money to be had. Unless you haven’t noticed, our GDP isn’t setting the world on fire. Our debt is around $15 trillion with the only end in sight is a default. Inflation is right around the corner with food and fuel prices leading the way. The reason why we’re here is because of people’s inability to understand that while there is no limit to the amount wealth to be generated, governments don’t generate it. They take from it. We need various social programs and we need the debt payed down and we need to provide for a healthy functioning government and to provide for the defense of this nation. The only way this can be accomplished is through lifting the restraints on economic growth, and it certainly won’t happen with additional constraints. My trust is placed among the people that can see how this alarmist science adversely effects our ability to care for the needy and hungry. Both here and abroad.
James Sexton

rxc
March 19, 2011 7:43 am

The left has taken over a substantial number of trust funds that were founded to spend the money of their founders to benefit humanity. Think the Carnegies and the Rockefellers and the Fords. I don’t think the Mellons have fallen yet.
Now, they are going after the really big money – Gates and Soros and Buffet and the guys who own Google. And, to boot, Google has control of the main information supplier to the world. It is truly a wondrous thing to control the machine that everyone goes to whenever they have a question.
“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”

Capn Jack Walker
March 19, 2011 7:44 am

Harpoon aint about questions its about answers.
Blow the gas out of mermink any day.

Olen
March 19, 2011 7:46 am

Google is successful because they make finding information easy and if they screw over users for any reason by impeding their search then they will lose customers and in turn profit. If they depend on government for profit, that profit could vanish in one election.
Speaking for myself, the idea of an advocacy search engine for any reason defeats the primary purpose of the service.

Capn Jack Walker
March 19, 2011 7:47 am

Me and Nemo is mates before the mast.

Pamela Gray
March 19, 2011 7:49 am

By the way, online forms of “hands, feet, and facebooks” and circle of friends stuff is an area I avoid like the plague. I get invited to join online “you have been invited to be a friend of [enter name I don’t know]” sites all the time. I plunk that email right into my blocked group and send Norton a “spam” alert. Those sites are just another way for the developers to develop address and information lists for sale.
I am not for sale.

Billy Liar
March 19, 2011 7:49 am

Francisco says:
March 19, 2011 at 5:09 am
WUWT is a science blog – not exclusively a climate blog?

REPLY:
read the masthead graphic – Anthony

James Sexton
March 19, 2011 7:50 am

I’m a bit shocked at how many people didn’t know Google had already hitched their wagon the CAGW. I still use it sometimes when I’m looking for something obscure, but Bing is my default. There are many others out there. Livemail replaces gmail. Bing maps works just fine. I MS is making strives toward the cloud productivity suite. But remember, MS too, is a politically charged company.

IanB
March 19, 2011 7:55 am

Let us take a lesson from this and promote the free market at every turn. We must have as much choice as possible. I just changed my home page to Bing.

Jimbo
March 19, 2011 8:03 am

R. Gates says:
March 19, 2011 at 5:17 am
Willis,
In nearly every facet of our government, large corporations line up and take sides on important policy issues. ………I find it most interesting that you didn’t write a letter to the Koch Bros.

I am surprised you did not mention Exxon, Shell and BP who fund global warming scientists.
By the way the Koch Bros. is not a search engine that claims its results are democratically driven.

Dickens Goes Metro
March 19, 2011 8:05 am

Amen, Willis!

eadler
March 19, 2011 8:07 am

Google has a perfect right to fund an organization that is going to educate the public about the science of global warming.
Objecting to that, Anthony Watts proposed a boycott of Google as payback. He is hitting them in the pocketbook. I don’t see why Google shouldn’t be allowed to retaliate. Prior to yesterday’s WUWT post proposing a boycott of Google, WUWT appeared at or near the top of many of my searches on climate change topics.

artwest
March 19, 2011 8:13 am

sHx says:
“Carbon/Energy Tax is a purely political issue. Although I am a climate skeptic, I fully support carbon tax because it’ll help reduce the government deficit and fund social programs.”
But the vast increases in energy costs (and therefore the cost of pretty much everything) will disproportionally hit the poor. It won’t be Al Gore who dies from hypothermia and it won’t be Bill Gates who wonders if he can afford his next meal.
sHx says:
“The photo accompanying that piece showed money changing hands under the table, as though there is something secret, illegal or immoral about taxation.”
For me, there isn’t when, after given the honest facts, the majority of people agree that a tax is generally fair, generally beneficial and generally well used – there is ” something secret, illegal or immoral” when it is based on falsehoods and/or wasted on pointless, damaging and inefficient projects.

Capn Jack Walker
March 19, 2011 8:13 am

Me I throw me arm, I take em down.
To be quite honest, ISPs do churn. None own a search engine, me corn cob virgin, they sell travel. Media tryouts.
There briny works as it works that search stuff is old hat.
That tech can be start up any day. Me I can find a thing.
THey said it search engines would be market dominators but they are not. Gate keepers, they all say.
Yer give me a star a friendly smile and me and Lady Grey in her paddock, we all be safe a while.
They say gate keepers, we run it like neighborhoods.
We run it clean as we can. We seen ogres on bridges, we chuck em off the bridges and we don’t ask questions.
Been doing it 11 years I know of. No gate keepers we heard of. Hit and kill reported, beagle brothers don’t kill us. We keep the gates clear fer safe travel pretty much.

Capn Jack Walker
March 19, 2011 8:15 am

We use clean flags.

mycroft
March 19, 2011 8:16 am

Just searched “hide the decline” on Google and it come up with the youtube videos and lots of science blogs such CA, Steve Goddards,etc strangely WUWT is on the second page!? so at the moment they are still doing what there supposed to do.
Lets see what happens over the coming months with regard to climate sceptic sites when being searched for.If it changes i for one will not use Google or you tube again.

Scottish Sceptic
March 19, 2011 8:19 am

stupidboy says: March 19, 2011 at 4:24 am
“The mighty are often humbled. Marconi went from … It could happen to Google. Hungry competitors will seize the opportunity.”
The one thing that history teaches us is that it happens to everyone! From the Romans to the West India company they all fall eventually. What however is not beyond their control is how quickly they fall.
And unlike big companies in the past which secured vast manufacturing plants which were so costly that few competitors could afford to take them on, these days in the virtual world the cost of competition is dirt cheap … and all that keeps them ahead of their competitions is their reputation. A reputation they don’t seem to value at all.
Which really doesn’t bode well if you are an investor in google climate scares inc.

Capn Jack Walker
March 19, 2011 8:20 am

We kill we call. Always mark the patch.

Steve Keohane
March 19, 2011 8:20 am

Well put Willis. I gave up on Google with their finagling of the climategate search results. But truly, have we not been hearing for a couple of years that it is the ‘message’ that just needs adjusting, that we mentally-impoverished-masses might be enlightened, on health care, climate, et al, ad nauseum? Seems like the new framing for interfacing with the proles.

Owen
March 19, 2011 8:25 am

Google is just another mainstream media propaganda machine. It’s the internet version of the Soviet Union’s mouthpiece Pravda. Google doesn’t care for truth, fairness or honesty; they believe in brainwashing, misinformation, lying and distortion. They want to stifle any group of people that doesn’t conform to their agenda. Big brother is Google.
I mourn for democracy, freedom of speech and unbiased science. They’re all dead. We’re reverting back to the dark ages.

John
March 19, 2011 8:26 am

Google has me trapped. Time to disentangle. Canceling AdWords account. Never click a google banner ad. Cancel Gmail account. Move away from blogspot account. Need to find an alternative to Google Earth…………….

Capn Jack Walker
March 19, 2011 8:26 am

Local news gets the local news.
Ads in yer letterbox, we are not postie police. Sheila offered a penile implant we dont care

Bob Diaz
March 19, 2011 8:28 am

I’m really pissed at Google. A search engine should provide BOTH sides of any issue without the political filtering. IF that’s what Google wants to do, then I don’t have to use them.
I encourage others to switch search engines. BLEEEEP Google!!!!

Sundance
March 19, 2011 8:30 am

What about Google’s potential conflict of interest with their investment into the East Coast offshore wind farm energy initiative?

R. de Haan
March 19, 2011 8:34 am

What if King George III had Google?
As Lincoln observed; “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character give him power.”
http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/03/what_if_king_george_iii_had_ha.html

Eric Dailey
March 19, 2011 8:37 am

to Willis; note, Google is a creation of and wholly owned subsidiary of the US National Security establishment. Same as Micro Soft Corp. That is all.

kellys_eye
March 19, 2011 8:38 am

Just waiting for Google to now support ‘the one true God’.

R. de Haan
March 19, 2011 8:43 am

Google propaganda machinery at odds with mother nature.
Interesting SST forecasts with summer implications… and beyond
http://www.weatherbell.com/jb/?category_name=blog_home_page

Alberta Slim
March 19, 2011 8:45 am

cedarhill says:
March 19, 2011 at 3:46 am
Hardly surprising. ……………..
How true, and well said.
Willis ;
I agree with you wholeheartedly along with the other commenters about using another search engine.
I have Google News as my Homepage, and the Google toolbar.
For quite some time now, Google News is only slightly changed from day to day.
This plan that Willis talks about is enough to make me switch to another Engine.
Thanks for that Willis.

JAE
March 19, 2011 8:53 am

Oh, great. Now we have RC Google Science!
This kind of propaganda didn’t even work in the USSR.

R. Gates
March 19, 2011 9:11 am

garymount says:
March 19, 2011 at 6:25 am
R. Gates says: something that reveals his true colours.
March 19, 2011 at 5:17 am
What you are describing is Corporatism. It has no place in proper society.
The two sides of the battles you describe are Socialism and Capitalism. One redistributes wealth, while the other creates it. The Koch Bros. are on the side of creating wealth.
I personally don’t mind seeing the Koch Bros. supporting institutes that want to inform people with proper science and facts.
Google is backing the side of junk science.
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Actually, Corporatism is much more akin to Fascism, as in Mussolini’s sense of it (and certainly he was the expert) See
http://thinkexist.com/quotation/fascism_should_more_appropriately_be_called/163211.html
I actually resent the corporate control and influence of our democracy by these very rich and powerful people. As an Independent voter, I long ago abandoned either party as big money (i.e. corporate influence) had taken over both. Hence, I support a complete overhaul of our campaign finance system so that big money influences can be forever severed from the election of the best men and women to serve (and not the best financed.) But alas, if you accept the fact that we do live under corporatism, then you must also understand that there is no way the corporations (and their servants– the elected officials) would ever willingly give up their cozy relationship of power.
In short, Willis seems to have no problem with the Koch Bros. spending big bucks to gain political influence and spread their perspective on the climate issue, but would like to complain about Google doing the same. This really just comes down to which Corporate horse Willis rides along with. His claim of “junk science” when talking about AGW is just his perspective and the Koch Bros. support his perspective, and so he’s got no issue with their influence of the hearts and minds of the electorate.

Francisco
March 19, 2011 9:19 am

Billy Liar says:
March 19, 2011 at 7:49 am
WUWT is a science blog – not exclusively a climate blog?
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In the context of this discussion, that’s a quibble. WUWT is a sience blog with a very strong focus on climate.
In any case, the search results are the same. If you search for the words science blog in Google, WUWT will show up in the first page. Try the same with Bing, see how far you need to go to see this blog.

Elizabeth
March 19, 2011 9:27 am

Why is this so surprising? It’s the internet. It can be an excellent source for information, but a cautionary source. If people want an impartial, trusted source for research, they need to go back to the library.

Theo Goodwin
March 19, 2011 9:29 am

fredb says:
March 19, 2011 at 3:57 am
“And I will say [to my grandchildren], on behalf of everyone else of my generation, I can only ask for forgiveness of our stupidity.”
If you are fortunate, someday you will achieve a level of awareness that enables you to understand that no one has the power to forgive you; that is, no one including yourself. At that point, you will have come to understand the problem of forgiveness and your new search for a solution will lead you to a higher plateau. There, if you are fortunate, you will become able to struggle for forgiveness. But you will never be able to forgive yourself or others.

R. Gates
March 19, 2011 9:31 am

Willis Eschenbach says:
March 19, 2011 at 8:30 am
R. Gates says:
March 19, 2011 at 5:17 am
Willis,
In nearly every facet of our government, large corporations line up and take sides on important policy issues. Like it or not, our so-called democracy in the U.S. comes down to a matter of who has the largest bank-roll. The much beloved Koch Bros. on the “other side” of the CO2/AGW debate are pretty much doing the same thing as Google…putting their money where their convictions and financial interest rest. Google also has been doing battle and putting their money on the side Net Neutrality, where they are squared off against the likes of Comcast and AT&T.
I find it most interesting that you didn’t write a letter to the Koch Bros.
You miss the point. If the Koch Bros knew about my midnight secret searches for okapi porn and whale squash videos, I wouldn’t want them in the public arena either.
But then, they’re not claiming to be neutral purveyors of information like Google is.
w.
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Willis,
Google, like all large corporations has the right to support causes of their choice. It is more indicative of the side of the AGW “debate” that you come down on that you would choose to pick on Google for putting their money behind their beliefs. In terms of them being a “neutral purveyor of information”, they are a search engine first for foremost, and they have the right to operate that service any way they want to. Your decision to use Bing as your choice of a climate related search engine simply reflects your position on the climate issue, and not whether or not Bing or Google is being more neutral on the issue.

bubbagyro
March 19, 2011 9:37 am

James Sexton says:
March 19, 2011 at 7:50 am
Yes. I sensed the growing megalomaniacal trend in Google almost a year ago now, and I switched to Bing.

R. Gates
March 19, 2011 9:40 am

If you Bing “climategate” or Google “climategate” they both come up with the wiki article as the #1 hit. As this seems to be the biggest topic for skeptics over the past few years, it is hard to say that one search engine is more neutral than another. Again, it would just go back to your own personal preference and beliefs and nothing at all to do with the neutrality of the search engine.

HankHenry
March 19, 2011 9:40 am

Time is going to tell who’s is wrong.
Just let them be wrong.
Besides which, google says their aim is to improve the way that the science of CO2 is communicated. Debate is the established process for exploring and communicating ideas. I don’t see why WUWT shouldn’t be clamoring for a debate and applying for its own grant – just based on numbers of hits it gets. Sadly, Michael Crichton is gone but there are many able skeptical communicators out there who could handle themselves very well in a debate.
If money is going to Realclimate is google going to stand behind the kind of censorship that goes on there? Let’s have a google sponsored debate, and lets have a google inquiry into blog censorship. Let’s see the Realclimate numbers on the number of posts they delete.
I very much enjoyed the “Gobal Warming is Not a Crisis” debate over at “Intelligence Squared.”
http://intelligencesquaredus.org/index.php/past-debates/global-warming-is-not-a-crisis/
The world needs to know that not all skeptics are anti-science boobs but have comprehensible arguments on their side. To me, the greatest weakness of the so called global warmers is that they let their sentiments govern their understanding of the science. They feel important moral matters are at hand with a lot of popular support and they let just that govern their thinking. Personally, while I find the warmer’s arguments superficially plausible: they are far from conclusive; they don’t demonstrate anything dire; there is a great over-reliance on tunable models; they are oblivious to the possibility that more dangerous cooling trends could materialize; they have a demonstrated willingness to toy with graphs; and they have a defiant attitude about FOI law. Perhaps the first issue that google should confront is the question of whether they will institute an FOI policy for their fellows.

Theo Goodwin
March 19, 2011 9:46 am

It seems that Al Gore not only sits on the Board of Google but also directs public outreach. Only Al could have come up with a rebranding scheme for Google that is as stupid as this one. What is Google’s New Brand?
Third Grade School Teacher.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Google is now going to sermonize us on virtue, all the while standing there with foot tapping, arms crossed, peering down at us with that smirky frown which screams “You are fit to learn obedience but fit for nothing more.”

Theo Goodwin
March 19, 2011 9:49 am

R. Gates says:
March 19, 2011 at 9:40 am
“If you Bing “climategate” or Google “climategate” they both come up with the wiki article as the #1 hit.”
You are way into self-parody. You look at the first item that comes up and that is all your evidence for comparing search engines?

Theo Goodwin
March 19, 2011 9:52 am

R. Gates says:
March 19, 2011 at 9:31 am
“Google, like all large corporations has the right to support causes of their choice. It is more indicative of the side of the AGW “debate” that you come down on that you would choose to pick on Google for putting their money behind their beliefs.”
Will is not criticizing Google for putting their money behind their beliefs. He is just calling them on their pretense that they are a neutral search engine. If ever they were neutral, now they are not.

stupidboy
March 19, 2011 9:57 am

Google could start their campaign by persuading people to cut down their use of computers, the internet and…Google:
“…millions of people tap into Google without considering the environment, a typical search generates about 7g of CO2. Boiling a kettle generates about 15g.
“Google operates huge data centres around the world that consume a great deal of power,” said Alex Wissner-Gross, a Harvard University physicist whose research on the environmental impact of computing is due out soon. “A Google search has a definite environmental impact.”
“A recent report by Gartner (2009), the industry analysts, said the global IT industry generated as much greenhouse gas as the world’s airlines – about 2% of global CO2 emissions. “Data centres are among the most energy-intensive facilities imaginable,” said Evan Mills, a scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. Banks of servers storing billions of web pages require power. ”
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article5489134.ece
Google didn’t like this and required that The Sunday Times insert a correction:
“We are happy to make clear that this does not refer to a one-hit Google search taking less than a second, which Google says produces about 0.2g of CO2, a figure we accept.
“In the article, we were referring to a Google search that may involve several attempts to find the object being sought and that may last for several minutes. Various experts put forward carbon emission estimates for such a search of 1g-10g depending on the time involved and the equipment used.”

Jim K
March 19, 2011 10:07 am

Thank You Willis
R. Gates says:
March 19, 2011 at 9:11 am
Actually, Corporatism is much more akin to Fascism, as in Mussolini’s sense of it .
Socialism Government owns industry and controls the folks
Fascism is National Socialism Government Control or regulate industry and the folks.

You distort we deride
March 19, 2011 10:07 am

” Google has put into place a public relations campaign for the CO2 hypothesis … ” , Willis , I am shocked, deeply shocked.
Tell Horner to round up the usual suspects at once, and take them to the Climate Depot for interregation. And have this place boarded up until further notice.
Ah. here come my fishy chips !

oldseadog
March 19, 2011 10:15 am

I went to Startpage and entered “Science Blog”, “Climate Blog”, “Global Warming Blog”, “Climate change blog” and got nothing about WUWT. I entered “Global Warming Sceptic Blog” and on the second page got a link to a post on WUWT last November or so.
Also, lots of “ads by Google”.
So Startpage goes overboard to join Google (which I have never used anyway).

Rob Z
March 19, 2011 10:17 am

R. Gates says: “If you Bing “climategate” or Google “climategate” they both come up with the wiki article as the #1 hit.”
Truly not surprising given the following:
http://www.tathya.net/2011/02/02/microsofts-bing-caught-using-google-search-results-googles-experiment/
That Google is worried about CO2 is not really surprising given the uber leftist liberal moronic bent at the top. Their arrogance is amazing. Every search on google uses enough electricity to boil a cup of water. Tea any one?? At least their building them next to hydro dams so they can’t easily be called the hypocrites they actually are. Remember that “ideas” program they were running?? People would submit ideas to so the world some good and the search engine gnome would pony up the cash. Guess where the money went. Climate change advocacy,promoting tax discounts for citizens who participate in socially beneficial works; and world tours to whine about land mines. http://www.project10tothe100.com/ideas.html It’s scary. Very scary. This company never had a moral compass owing to the liberal illness that infected the company. My advice to share holders is to dump the stock in the next few years. Once a company begins to focus on social brain washing it’s a bad investment.

JamesW
March 19, 2011 10:19 am

Google is a tool and front operation of the global elite….Is no wonder they would push the agenda of the globalist. You don’t join Bilderberg or go to meeting unless you are a willing participant to the agenda. Part of that agenda besides a one world government is CAGW. Through CAGW these globalist will extract money and power on to themselves and reduce those that pay it to worker slaves….It’s time people wake up. You have a choice RED pill or BLUE pill. Which one do you take?
MDIvey> Right on the money.

SOYLENT GREEN
March 19, 2011 10:23 am

@ Terry S
What they could do and what they will do are two different things? How about when they are invested in the Thermageddon scam…
http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/18/google-invests-in-a-chips-to-biofuels-venture/

March 19, 2011 10:24 am

jmrSudbury says:
March 19, 2011 at 5:12 am
What are the best replacements for google maps?
I was using Nasa worldwind years before google maps came along, It’s worth checking out; http://worldwind.arc.nasa.gov/features.html
World Wind Java SDK for developers: http://builds.worldwind.arc.nasa.gov/
NASA World Wind full install, Release notes &
Source Code : http://worldwind.arc.nasa.gov/download.html

March 19, 2011 10:26 am

Gates says:
“The much beloved Koch Bros. on the ‘other side’ of the CO2/AGW debate are pretty much doing the same thing as Google”
*sigh* Wrong again, Gates. Way wrong.
The Kochs are in the energy business. If they were operating the Google way, they would make it hard if not impossible for people they don’t agree with to get their energy products. “You need gas? Sorry, gas is only available for people who think like my brother and me.” That’s the Google mindset and business model. The Koch brothers sell their products to everyone at the same price, and with no regard to their political beliefs, while Google plays favorites based on its politics. You’re conflating good with evil in your false comparison of Google vs Koch.
Google is insidiously misusing its search engine to advocate a hidden agenda. Is there any doubt at all that Google is compiling an enormous databse on everyone, by collating their comments and searches? Since they’re dishonest in their search practices, you can be certain they’re just as evil throughout their entire organization.
The Big Brother aspect of Google’s spying and personal information gathering is of great concern. To compare them with two honest brothers who have built a successful, law abiding business without being evil like Google or in bed with China, shows how badly cognitive dissonance has affected your mental (v)acuity.

Erik
March 19, 2011 10:33 am

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Where’s Google Putting Its Money?
From Solar to Geothermal, High-Altitude Wind to Hybrids
http://solveclimatenews.com/news/20100205/wheres-google-putting-its-money
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“Google, for one, is putting its money where its mouth is”
Google is putting its mouth where its money is
Al Gore is putting his mouth where his money is
Science is putting its mouth where the money is
Follow the money

R. Gates
March 19, 2011 10:39 am

Smokey says:
March 19, 2011 at 10:26 am
Gates says:
“The much beloved Koch Bros. on the ‘other side’ of the CO2/AGW debate are pretty much doing the same thing as Google”
*sigh* Wrong again, Gates. Way wrong….
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Hmmm…Koch Bros.- puts their money and influence behind their beliefs, Google – puts their money and influence behind their beliefs. Pretty much the same. AGW skeptics are just upset because there happens to be a company with deep enough pockets to match the deep pocket of the beloved Koch Bros. and put it behind their belief in AGW.

R. Gates
March 19, 2011 10:53 am

Jim K says:
March 19, 2011 at 10:07 am
Thank You Willis
R. Gates says:
March 19, 2011 at 9:11 am
Actually, Corporatism is much more akin to Fascism, as in Mussolini’s sense of it .
Socialism Government owns industry and controls the folks
Fascism is National Socialism Government Control or regulate industry and the folks.
_____
You’re quite confused on this issue Jim, and don’t apparently know much about how Washington D.C. actually works. Having spent a wee bit of time there, I can tell you that it works just the opposite way you attempt to describe. In reality, corporations and groups of corporations (i.e. industry trade associations) pay for their candidates to get into office. Their candidates then vote for and sponsor legislation that makes rules favorable to the continued wealth, power, and influence of those very same corporations. The U.S. is a Corporate controlled country, and this is the true form of Fascism as Mussolini meant it…it is not a control of corporations by the government, but rather, a control of government by corporations. Washington D.C. and American national policy is dictated by large, wealthy, and very powerful multinational corporations. These corporations do battle every day between each other for bits and pieces of that control, and hence the reason that lobbyists in D.C. outnumber politicians about 100 to 1.

March 19, 2011 10:54 am

So, Gates, you would have no problem with the Koch’s refusing to provide you with energy based on your climate alarmist views? Somehow I have a hard time believing that. Google denies honest page placement to sites like WUWT and CA, based entirely on their scientifically skeptical views. You have a major moral blind spot, and you don’t even know it. Or you do know it, but the end justifies the means.

JohnM
March 19, 2011 11:00 am

They’re just taking part in a money-feast, just like all the other “warmists”
And going beyond global-warming (I wish):
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/18/google_review_google_speaks/
Seems they want it all: For themselves.
I think the word is “Arrogance”

R. Gates
March 19, 2011 11:05 am

Smokey says:
March 19, 2011 at 10:54 am
So, Gates, you would have no problem with the Koch’s refusing to provide you with energy based on your climate alarmist views? Somehow I have a hard time believing that. Google denies honest page placement to sites like WUWT and CA, based entirely on their scientifically skeptical views. You have a major moral blind spot, and you don’t even know it. Or you do know it, but the end justifies the means.
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Since I am not a climate “alarmist”, your question doesn’t pertain to me. But, in principle, I think a company should be able to refuse service to anyone for any reason, so long as that company does not derive any of their income from the use of the “commons”. Are you familiar with this term? The bottom line is– if the Koch Bros. or any company, such as Comcast for example, use publicly owned land to conduct their business, then they must provide service to everyone in their coverage area, and may not differentiate for any reason.
More broadly though, I am actively taking steps to remove my home and business property from needing energy from the grid. In less than 2 years, I will be selling excess energy back to the grid, and to people, perhaps like you and others, who wish to light up their Christmas lights in protest of Earth Day…so cha-ching to me!

MikeEE
March 19, 2011 11:24 am

Gates and others, re corporatism.
If you believe in free speech, then you have to allow the free speech of corporations too. Corporations really don’t overly control or influence anything, I’m free to ignore whatever they say and I can go a look for counter opinions whenever I want.
That said, Willis does have a point about ‘Don’t be Evil’ Google and their intentionally deceptive practice. But then again, I really doesn’t surprise me, Google has acted this way all along.
MikeEE

March 19, 2011 11:26 am

I just switched my search engine to Yahoo and removed my Google toolbar. The latter action prompts a survey from Google, so I gave them the URL of Willis’s post to explain my action.

CRS, Dr.P.H.
March 19, 2011 11:30 am

Welcome to the “climate disruption/industrial complex”!
Let’s see….members include GE/Jeff Imelt with their unsold windmills, GM with their Chevy Volt, Google, Apple, Bill Gates, all major research universities, Goldman Sachs, Ecosecurities (i.e. J.P. Morgan Chase, see http://www.ecosecurities.com/), CNBC and on & on.
And these guys complain that Koch brothers make legal political donations?

March 19, 2011 11:33 am

Henry@fredb
Sorry Fred. I was there where you are standing now. Only to find out that more carbon dioxide is better, not worse. I subsequently did the opposite of what you decided to do: I decided to do to make people change their minds about more carbon dioxide/
Do some real research and then you get back to me.
Start here:
http://www.letterdash.com/HenryP/more-carbon-dioxide-is-ok-ok

R. Gates
March 19, 2011 11:33 am

JohnM says:
March 19, 2011 at 11:00 am
They’re just taking part in a money-feast, just like all the other “warmists”
And going beyond global-warming (I wish):
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/18/google_review_google_speaks/
Seems they want it all: For themselves.
I think the word is “Arrogance”
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Isn’t that what Capitalism is all about? A “money feast”? I didn’t see many complaints from the skeptics when the Koch Bros. passed out millions to get their candidates into office and influence energy policy. The world is controlled by the rich and powerful. Basically, in terms of control of the the climate-change dialog you have the Koch Bros. et. al. versus Google et. al. Big $ vs. Big $. They are all “arrogant” in their own way. Why is this so surprising?

eadler
March 19, 2011 11:33 am

Smokey says:
March 19, 2011 at 10:54 am
So, Gates, you would have no problem with the Koch’s refusing to provide you with energy based on your climate alarmist views? Somehow I have a hard time believing that. Google denies honest page placement to sites like WUWT and CA, based entirely on their scientifically skeptical views. You have a major moral blind spot, and you don’t even know it. Or you do know it, but the end justifies the means.
As far as I can tell Google provided fair page placement to WUWT and CA, despite their “skepticisim” of AGW, until Anthony Watts proposed a boycott of Google by skeptics yesterday. This call for boycotting Google this hits their bottom line. Why shouldn’t they retaliate with a kind of boycott of their own?
REPLY: Eadler, as I said before, you are totally delusional about this. You really need to get out of your home and into the real world more. – Anthony

BernardP
March 19, 2011 11:33 am

“People hate to be conned. They’d rather be wrong than be conned”
Nailed it.

Tesla_X
March 19, 2011 11:38 am

Gentlemen,
This is about money and propping up failing investments, IMHO.
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/tag/bloom-energy/
Google is heavily invested in GREEN…as is Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
Their favored tech, like BLOOM ENERGY and both PV and Thermal Solar are heavily dependent on Government and SGIP Money to even be barely competitive with Natural Gas derived power.
SGIP (the self generation incentive program) is stalled here in California, and BLOOMs biz models rely HEAVILY on these funds (and the creative use of limited amounts of things like ‘directed biogas’), especially since I suspect they are still trying to cope with things like a $12/watt cost and what I suspect may be a short stack life (see Greentechmedia write-ups).
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/bloom-update/
http://gigaom.com/cleantech/bloom%E2%80%99s-carbon-neutral-claim-relies-on-scarce-biogas/
These boys at Google also have an Energy group that is heavily involved in all things green & energy trading, so I think all this Carbon hype and ‘PR’ is directed to propping up business models that will fail without carbon taxes/credits, heavy government subsidies, artificially high energy costs and a stimulated thirst for ‘green energy’…..whatever that is…….(think rare earth toxic processing and solar processing wastes fouling farming fields in China).
Note 2 of their 5 pet projects are in energy.
http://www.google.org/projects.html
They are also heavy into Solar, another subsidy hungry business model:
This particular investment probably won’t do well with falling nat gas prices (or subsidies/carbon taxes):
http://www.wired.com/science/planetearth/news/2008/04/solar_thermal
And:
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/09/google-custom-solar-technology-will-reduce-costs-by-60-percent.php
….which was tagged for trouble with the ailing economy:
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/09/solar-power-industry-in-crisis-solar-panels-manufacturers.php
…Which has continued to decay:
http://wealthcycles.com/blog/2011/03/09/labor-force-participation-rate-drops-indicate-more-discouraged-workers-in-the-us-eco
Then you have Germany, Spain and other markets slashing solar feed in tariffs and carbon as cheap as dirt (cow manure is worth more per ton, FYI).
You have stranded projects galore and the Gubmint has no real money left to support crony-carbon-loving and green tech….so they are in trouble.
What do you do when you are caught between a failing green market failing economy and failing subsidy dependent technologies?
=====>You say/do anything to can to save your @$$.<======
One linked article commentator asked if Google was the next Enron.
I've been wondering that myself lately…

R. Gates
March 19, 2011 11:41 am

MikeEE says:
March 19, 2011 at 11:24 am
Gates and others, re corporatism.
If you believe in free speech, then you have to allow the free speech of corporations too. Corporations really don’t overly control or influence anything,
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Mike, if you could spend just a few days in Washington D.C. as a fly on the wall so to speak, you’d think far differently about this. This is not a free speech issue at all. This is an issue of pure money and power. Government by “We the People” is now (and has been for quite some time) Government by “We the Corporations”. It was warned about by Thomas Jefferson, Lincoln, and Eisenhower. The fact that Ike was the last to really warn about it tells you how silent and consenting Washington D.C. now is the situation.

Douglas
March 19, 2011 11:42 am

Stephan says: March 19, 2011 at 6:58 am
Guys/gals… don’t worry the world simply ain’t warming most people will come to realize this over time it does not really matter what google or anyone does.
http://processtrends.com/images/RClimate_UAH_Ch5_latest.png
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Stephan: How right you are. We might have to go down a painful path to learn the truth – like freezing a bit in winter and feeling a bit hungry for awhile but in the end we will learn. And ultimately humans overturn charlatans – it might take a little time – but it happens – even to the likes of Kaddafi . Google might be ‘puffed up’ and mighty now – but……….
Douglas

e. c. cowan
March 19, 2011 11:43 am

‘In fact, that’s why up until now I trusted Google, because I always felt that I was being given the unvarnished truth’
Why would you trust anything owned by Microsoft?

Skeptic
March 19, 2011 11:48 am

I’m not defending Google but I wonder how much pressure the Obama crowd can, or has applied to Google AND Microsoft to promote the party line. I’m sure Obama’s trained monkeys could litigate Google to a complete standstill if Google refused to promote/defend the CO2 – Cap and Trade – AGW nonesense.

dp
March 19, 2011 11:49 am

If you think google isn’t invasive, pervasive, and meddling in every aspect of your life, block google.com in your firewall and disallow cookies from google for a few days and watch how much of the internet becomes unavailable.
Open the source view of just about any web page and count the entries for google. Including the home page of WUWT. And just for fun, google – oops, Bing “web beacon”. I’ve used a proxy server here for years and google has more entries in it than any other entity. It is amazing how fast pages load when you don’t have to drag google analytics and google ad services around with you.

R. Gates
March 19, 2011 11:58 am

Skeptic says:
March 19, 2011 at 11:48 am
I’m not defending Google but I wonder how much pressure the Obama crowd can, or has applied to Google AND Microsoft to promote the party line
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You are confusing the dog and the tail.

Paul R
March 19, 2011 12:00 pm

Ixquick is totalky trustworthy. They destroy your search and personal info after every search. Ixquick.com.

Paul R
March 19, 2011 12:00 pm

Ixquick is totally trustworthy. They destroy your search and personal info after every search. Ixquick.com.

March 19, 2011 12:03 pm

Gates says:
Government by “We the People” is now (and has been for quite some time) Government by “We the Corporations”. It was warned about by Thomas Jefferson, Lincoln, and Eisenhower. The fact that Ike was the last to really warn about it tells you how silent and consenting Washington D.C. now is the situation.
Eisenhower’s comments are being misrepresented. He specifically warned about Big Government’s intrusion into science, and how money corrupts companies and universities alike:

Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades.
In this revolution, research has become central; it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal Government.
Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.
The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present – and is gravely to be regarded.
Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.

Eisenhower was very prescient. His predictions have come to pass with a vengeance. The government subsidized system has now been hijacked by cliques of self-serving pseudo-scientists and unelected bureaucrats intent on destroying the country through insane laws, rules, regulations, ever higher taxes, and the deliberate elimination of cheap energy, based on anti-science.

Dick Cheney
March 19, 2011 12:19 pm

Let’s bomb the bastards!

Capn Jack Wanker
March 19, 2011 12:56 pm

No more dirty hankies

Capn Jack Wanker
March 19, 2011 12:58 pm

Me and Nemo is mates before the mast.

March 19, 2011 1:12 pm

Is Bing any different?
Google is big. They’re like the phone company. As far as Anti-Christ corporations go, I rate them below GE, Government Motors, Berkshire-Hathaway, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Weyerhaueser, and Georgia Pacific (which, btw, is wholly owned by the Koch Bros).
Google may not be without political flaws, but they are not responsible for crappy climate science, CAGW alarmism, or the general stupidity of the Body Politic. If anything, the Internet (of which Google plays a major developmental role) is the cure for epidemic fatheadedness.
The real insult is that Google is giving some their of their ample fat to people who are already well-paid sponges and trough suckers.
Spread the wealth, Google!!! How about a healthy endowment to the Best Science Blog in the Blogosphere? I mean, if you want to explore the digital communication of ideas, what better model than right smack here?

Engchamp
March 19, 2011 1:16 pm

“…and seriously, what you are doing is really scary, I implore and beg you to stop it.”
Willis, as usual an excellent piece, I applaud you.
What is ‘scary’ to me is the possible infiltration into Google from those with more money than they know what to do with, agenda that are at the least horrifying, and at best anarchical; I give you the UN, followed by the EU, along with all their sundry green painted sychophants.

JEM
March 19, 2011 1:24 pm

Google’s been in this one for a long time, it’s just that now that they see their side going for the dirt-nap that they feel they need to try to throw some muscle around.
It’s a bad move, of course; some of us detest the rent-seekers among the ‘Climate Action Partnership’ but we accept that some firms have had to be there for PR reasons. This, on the other hand, is naked activism.

Theo Goodwin
March 19, 2011 1:31 pm

Switched to ixquick.

Theo Goodwin
March 19, 2011 1:31 pm

Oh, excuse me. What is the best browser? Foxfire?

R. Gates
March 19, 2011 1:44 pm

Smokey,
You are correct. It seems Ike feared both the undue influence of industry on the “councils of government” as well as the influence of government money on dictating the nature and direction of research, etc. As a good and true conservative, I would expect nothing less from him.

March 19, 2011 1:55 pm

It used to be when you Googled “Global Warming” in the news section, the skeptical stuff was always on the top, you wouldn’t get the propaganda pages till the second page. Then I noticed about a year that shifted and the skeptical stuff was on page two. It was weird timing too, because Climategate was finally getting traction Copenhagen was a failure we had them on the ropes and suddenly the search engines went their way. HHHMMMM!!!

Editor
March 19, 2011 1:57 pm

Mouse over “Google” in the toolbar.
Right click.
“Delete”.
Done.

March 19, 2011 2:01 pm

I have always suspected that Google is holding back on climate searches that might embarrass the establishment. Here is an example that I have fruitlessly tried to google. It involves an article I read about Stephen Schneider and how he got his MacArthur fellowship. It was in a popular science magazine in the middle or late nineties and explained that he got his genius award because he influenced some crucial wording in the 1990 IPCC report he worked on. The article gave both the original wording and his wording for comparison and I thought that both of them were wishy-washy. But I was not really interested in climate at that time and forgot the source until I started doing my own climate research in 2008. I tried to find it because now I realized the significance of this but no matter how I Googled it I did not get it. In the article he also said that the award arrived at a time when he really needed it because he was in the middle of a bitter divorce and had spent all his resources. There is no record of this divorce in his CV or anywhere else. He is said to be married to Terry Root and if you Google him and divorce you get a list of divorce lawyers. And this hide-the-facts game continues despite his demise last year. To me this is not an accident and indicates a deep and hidden effort by Google to make the CO2 advocates side look good. The Google scholar project only makes it official.

Annei
March 19, 2011 2:14 pm

Squidly says:
March 19, 2011 at 6:42 am
Hugh Pepper says:
March 19, 2011 at 2:44 am
This is utter nonsense! Paranoid rant!
Annei says:
March 19, 2011 at 2:48 am
Hear Hear!
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Squidly: You missed my further comment further down. I was NOT saying ‘Hear Hear’ to that rant by Hugh Pepper. I WAS saying it about Willis’s article, and I wrote it before any other comments had been posted. It was a great misfortune that it then appeared below that rant. A lesson to be learned…make sure that one’s answer includes the name of the person addressed!
Please rest assured that I DO agree with Willis and most decidedly not with the ranter.
Annei.

Douglas
March 19, 2011 2:32 pm

Theo Goodwin says: March 19, 2011 at 1:31 pm
Switched to ixquick.
Me too
Douglas

Jeff Szuhay
March 19, 2011 2:58 pm
John503
March 19, 2011 2:58 pm

[stop posting this Goebbels cartoon, it will not be published – and since your email is bogus, you are banned. Part of UEA there in Norfolk? – Anthony]

RiHo08
March 19, 2011 2:59 pm

I can’t help but notice that a number of social issues have become more visible since Larry Page replaced Sergey Brin in the senior policy/CEO role. The Egypt Google director helped precipitate a regime change with the protection of Google who involved President Obama. The prioritizing of web search listings on Google has always been a source of contention by those not at the top. Skeptical sites are now “page 2.” Prominent climate change believers’s sites: ie, Stephen Schneider’s have been edited to provide a favorable view of the person. It seems that over the recent past, there has been a climate change in the Corporate governance at Google such that Do No Evil has morphed into Do No Harm, and recently morphed into Do What We Believe is Right. Their power is in their information trove. As happened with Senator McCarthy in the 1950’s, using such power against one’s enemies, inevitably gets used against someone more powerful who then strikes back. My guess is that that treasure trove of personal information amassed by Google will become regulated and the whole reason for Google’s power will be dissipated.

jorgekafkazar
March 19, 2011 3:03 pm

I use Ixquick for ordinary searches, Bing for anything complex or if Ixquick fails. Google, almost never. Not to be trusted under any circumstances.
All power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Stephan
March 19, 2011 3:13 pm

Be very wary of Google email I would not be surprised if they have a tag on anyone on the web who is known to be antiAGW LOL. I left them today

Andrew30
March 19, 2011 3:26 pm

Who do we know that is committed to the anti- CO2 green-money pit and believes that CO2 os the bane of human existance?
Nov 30th 2010
“EU launches antitrust probe into alleged Google abuses”
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-11876443
Feb 24th 2010
“Google faces European competition inquiry”
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8533551.stm
Nov 30th 2010
“Google v Regulators: The battle begins:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/rorycellanjones/2010/11/google_v_regulators_the_battle.html
There are hundreds of such new stories, and they have become more frequent.
I’m sure that Google was under “No Pressure” to make this decision.
The question is, how does what Google has chosen to do change the course of these ‘investigations’?
Intel, why didn’t you think of this?

1DandyTroll
March 19, 2011 3:53 pm

I’m not seeing any kind of boycott works for a de facto world leading internet company that has the users by the balls with already integrated search features and email what ever.
As many people who get it into their heads to boycott Google because it turned out to become a science Goregamel, a hundred times more users joins the internet every day for the first time.
Ridiculing them is probably gonna have more of an effect since no company want to have their so called trademark linked to what they think is negative.

Myrrh
March 19, 2011 4:02 pm

Re Tax & IRS – I think the ‘correct’ wording on the form before sending it back minus taxes is “no contract”. The IRS is a private company and iirc it requests you to pay, it does not demand because it can’t, don’t sign it… Americans can’t be taxed on income earned for labour, or something like that. http://www.mind-trek.com/practicl/tl16a.htm
Also, “To lay with one hand the power of government on the property of the citizen, and with the other to bestow it on favored individuals.. is nonetheless robbery because it is done under the forms of law is called taxation.” U.S. Supreme Court – Loan Association v. Topeka (1874)
“In a recent conversation with an official at the Internal Revenue Service, I was amazed when he told me that, “If the taxpayers of this country discover that the IRS operates on 90% bluff, the entire system will collapse.”” Senator Henry Bellmon, 1969.
http://www.buildfreedom.com/tl/tl16a.shtml
The IRS is the collection agency for the Federal Reserve which is a private company and having wangled control of the US dollar, it lend money and charges interest, i.e. it prints notes and charges the US government for these, taxes go to pay the interest.
Technically illegal, it didn’t have a quorum pass this originally.
Interesting titbit I learned of recently, that an American jury sits not only in judgement of the alleged criminal, but also of the law – that a jury can rule a particular law unfair and throw out the case, for example. What an amazing constitution, no wonder it’s kept hidden…

DirkH
March 19, 2011 4:19 pm

Tesla_X says:
March 19, 2011 at 11:38 am
“BLOOMs biz models rely HEAVILY on these funds (and the creative use of limited amounts of things like ‘directed biogas’), especially since I suspect they are still trying to cope with things like a $12/watt cost and what I suspect may be a short stack life (see Greentechmedia write-ups).”
That would be the typical problem of hydrocarbon-burning fuel cells. Thanks for the links!

xyzlatin
March 19, 2011 4:35 pm

When Climategate started, I was astounded to find that after showing approx 50 million in Google search, the numbers started to go backwards. Fascinated, I did the search daily for weeks and weeks, and found that Google eventually one day showed less than 10 million. I did some research and found that Al Gore was one of Google’s advisors.
As far as trust in anyone is concerned, trust has to be earned.
And Willis, time to trim the verbosity in your posts, and the emotion. Keep it short and snappy. Maybe you need a little holiday.

Rob Z
March 19, 2011 4:35 pm

I think using Scroogle is a good choice if you can even get the site to open. Also, if your interested in screwing those companies that are insistent on mining behavorial data, I recommend opting out of all those web losers too. http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp
You’ll be amazed at how many there are.
I would also add the browser plugin for firefox. http://www.google.com/ads/preferences/plugin/

mcfarmer
March 19, 2011 4:44 pm

Gee you trust a firm that has a motto of do no evil. In todays world that is an admission you do evil.

March 19, 2011 4:52 pm

Pamela Gray says:
March 19, 2011 at 7:34 am
Corporate and private businesses are free to stand next to any allegiance they want to. I have no problems with that and hope it never changes.

If Google is filtering information, then game on, but the target needs to change. The line of connection extends upwards beyond Google. To get to Google, we must get to Internet Providers.

Pamela, I would agree with you that businesses are free to do as you suggest. I’m not sure there are many (if any) here suggesting otherwise. I don’t believe that is within the scope of this topic. It is not weather or not Google can be biased, it is whether or not they should. I believe that Google is making a grievous mistake going down this road, especially considering the nature of their business. I also believe that this sort of action can (and possibly will) be their ultimate demise. Their business relies heavily on trust. Once they lose our trust, they lose their business.
As for the “game on”, the “target” and the “get to the Internet Providers”, are you kidding me? What fricken planet do you live on? Your sounding too much like a leftist, Marxist sort of person here. Thankfully, the Internet (and service providers) is still free wheeling, and I honestly hope that it stays that way (I believe it will regardless of the attacks by such folk as the FCC by the way).
It is information such as this post that “get the word out” to people that may not be aware of the shenanigans that are or may be taking place without their knowledge. I find this sort of post more as informational and more of a “spread the word” piece. It is exactly this type of post that helps in the “self” regulation of an unregulated arena. It is for posts like this that allow us to forgo regulation and enable the environment to regulate itself far more effective than any manufactured regulation by government agencies could ever do. This is what is termed “free market”. And when the arena maintains transparency (ie: free speech, etc…), a free market can better regulate itself than governments can. This post is yet another fine example of how things like Net-Neutrality are such a dumb idea, and why your last paragraph is so incredibly stupid.

Myrrh
March 19, 2011 4:58 pm

P.S. to IRS and Tax – this page of instructions look useful: http://famguardian.org/TaxFreedom/Instructions/4.13StopEmployerWH.htm

vigilantfish
March 19, 2011 5:16 pm

R. Gates says:
March 19, 2011 at 10:53 am
“The U.S. is a Corporate controlled country, and this is the true form of Fascism as Mussolini meant it…it is not a control of corporations by the government, but rather, a control of government by corporations. Washington D.C. and American national policy is dictated by large, wealthy, and very powerful multinational corporations. These corporations do battle every day between each other for bits and pieces of that control, and hence the reason that lobbyists in D.C. outnumber politicians about 100 to 1.”
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Wow, do you learn history from Wikipedia? Corporatism does not mean run by private corporations, it means a country run like a corporation – in which most employees have very little freedom if they want to keep their jobs. But were you to actually take a real history course, you would learn that Mussolini pretty much used the word “fascist” (meaning ‘bundle of sticks’) to mean whatever he had in mind at the time. When he created fascism, it was not a well-defined idea; it was just a term with constantly changing meanings as a method of keeping himself in power. Mussolini was a demagogue.
Your laughable argument that attempts to portray the US as fascist actually describes the antithesis of fascism, as power is not concentrated in the hands of the government under the rule of a dictator, but rather in extra-governmental corporations. I would agree that the government and corporations are too tightly linked in many modern democracies, with many unfortunate results. However, the name for that is not ‘fascism.’

frank verismo
March 19, 2011 5:24 pm

I’ve just permanently removed Google from my list of search engines.
I replaced it with ixquick.
About time too, really.

John Warner
March 19, 2011 5:47 pm

Lets just assume that for a minute CAGW is finally exposed as a fraud perpetuated by those making a living out of it and those with a political agenda in its favour – quite a possible outcome. Where will Google sit against angry citizen victims of this fraud. Google has lots of money and as a promoter of the fraud may well face a multitude of class actions all because it took sides instead of merely facilitating access to information. Or has it realised it is already in this hole and is digging itself in deeper?

R. Craigen
March 19, 2011 5:59 pm

Am I the only one to notice that the “2” in the graphic “Co2 ogle” looks very much like a banana peel? How appropriate for the “900 pound gorilla” 🙂

Brian Williams
March 19, 2011 6:00 pm

They showed their bias directly after the Climategate was broken. They quite clearly kept removing it from their search results for days (weeks?) until they had to give up.
It was called Googlegate, remember?

March 19, 2011 6:16 pm

Google takes sides in politics, too.

Albert Kallal
March 19, 2011 6:19 pm

Google has often thrown their Integrity under the bus and they done so more then once.
During the week of climate gate when media and elites started circling wagons in a state of panic, they still believed they could subdue the scandal. Not only did we see Arnold Schwarzenegger pretty throw his integrity under a bus that week as he Stated his unabridged support for global warming policies, that week during climate gate, Al Gore who is a special adviser to the Google board had this video running in Canada on the front page of Google.

If you watch the above video, it is rather remarkable since I do not type in ANY KIND OF search. ONLY needed is ONE MOUSE CLICK from the front page of Google and you then hear Al Gore speaking and spewing out propaganda!
Imagine that, ONE simple mouse click from Google front page. I repeat, no searching, no typing, no doing nothing but one single click and we hear Al Gore speaking!. It never happed before….
The above lesson is remarkable, because when these crisis is break out, we often see some of these institutions show their true colors for a very short while.

ShaneCMuir
March 19, 2011 6:39 pm

Theo Goodwin says:
March 19, 2011 at 1:31 pm
Oh, excuse me. What is the best browser? Foxfire?

As a Flash programmer, I have an issue with the way Google Chrome has implemented Flash.
To me it is obvious that Google, Apple and many more companies have decided to use their power to destroy Flash.
This is a small point in the context of the discussion.
But it does demonstate how Big Business does business.
Here is my Chrome test page here:
http://trilogymedia.com.au/chrome_test/
Google needs to be sent a message that we are not happy!

jae
March 19, 2011 6:51 pm

Smokey says:
“Eisenhower was very prescient. His predictions have come to pass with a vengeance. The government subsidized system has now been hijacked by cliques of self-serving pseudo-scientists and unelected bureaucrats intent on destroying the country through insane laws, rules, regulations, ever higher taxes, and the deliberate elimination of cheap energy, based on anti-science.”
Not quite right. It is not the pseudoscientists. They are just useful idiots being funded by the real culprits who are those in charge of the Far Left, which is a sall minority, but which has a great deal of power right now because of money, smarts, and position. And they are making their move now “while the “gettin’s good”. And this relatively tiny minority of wealthy far-left elitists are supported by a large mob of useful idiots, like members of “labor unions” and the millions on the dole–folks who don’t have a clue about what is going on, but who swallow the hypocritical class welfare propaganda and promises of government-guaranteed security (does any thinking person still believe that the far left really champions the “down and out?). The Far Left is pushing for all it is worth right now, becauise it’s tyranny is being rapidly uncovered and understood by the majority thanks mainly to the internet . It’s now or never in their minds. The Google crap is one part of this “soft tyranny.” Let’s pray it won’t work!
This is my conspiracy theory, and I’m sticking with it!

sHx
March 19, 2011 7:02 pm

Willis Eshcenbach
Nope. I’m going to respond that if you believe that, you have your head up your fundamental orifice so far that if you pull it out quickly you’ll go snowblind.
That response is beneath the Willis we came to know and admire. If that is the best you could come up, you’ve had a hard winter.
Plus, Google’s spending millions on their vision of “ideological advocacy”, where I spend … well, nothing. So we can’t be guilty of the same thoughtcrime, I’m too poor to commit theirs.
What you’re saying is that your not rich enough to pay others to do your dirty ideological work for you. You still have to do it yourself.
Pity the lowly paid father who has to work 12 hours a day and who is too buggered to get on his son’s PC, or the ‘bum’ out of a job and too poor to go to an internet cafe, so they could say, “Willis, what do you know about poverty?”

Louis Hissink
March 19, 2011 7:07 pm

Willis
The problem is the progressive mindset – not Google – I’ve never really trusted Google from the start when it commenced business – its basically a liberal organisation.
The problem with progressives/liberals is that, as their political positions are founded on a rhetorical basis, rather than an empirical physical one, they then conclude that it, their view, “has” to be correct since everyone “they know” agrees with it. But as the journalist Bernard Goldberg pointed out in his two books Bias and the second, Arrogance, in the MSM, progressives don’t mix socially with others outside their circle, so they never get exposure to other ideas and hence have the hermetically sealed worldview we are so familiar with and which creates so much consternation as well.
Hence they believe our scepticism is the result of not getting their message right, and if they could do that by the means that caused you to post this opinion, then all will be OK. Well no, instead they seem unable to accept that their group think might be in error, since everyone they socialise with also agrees.
The larger problem, of which the Google action is a symptom, is the progressive/liberal mindset that has taken over the “State”, the education systems, the Universities both here in Australia, the US and Europe.
They really truly believe they are right – it’s sincere as well, which makes it a little frightening, hence some of the posts in the comments here.
So railing against Google is not going to change much – though I do share your distrust of its search engine – but the climate change battle isn’t so much over science per se, as over the state itself.

dkkraft
March 19, 2011 7:29 pm

To the folks upthread who suggested Dogpile as an alternative – thank you.
I just tested Dogpile vs. Google on these searches:
H.R. 1 – Dogpile gave a clean list of hits (on the House Continuing Resolution) leading off with the Thomas website “Text of Bill” page for the current session – perfect. Google also offered this, but you had to wade through some unrelated fluff to see it.
Agency Conflict – both sites delivered mostly the same results.
Frankfurt School – both sites delivered mostly the same results.
Conclusion: based on some search test topics that just sort of came to mind while reading Willis’s fine open letter 🙂 is that with Dogpile you lose nothing vs. Google, while you gain a cleaner search experience and you avoid the Google nonsense. No downside.
So Dogpile it is…
Thanks again for the info and thanks again Willis for providing the catalyst for this change.

Theo Goodwin
March 19, 2011 7:38 pm

vigilantfish says:
March 19, 2011 at 5:16 pm
You have just learned that for RGates, Fascism is anything that is not yet controlled by the totalitarianism that pervades the Left. So, for example, the existence of Obamacare means for Leftists that healthcare in the USA has just passed from Fascist to “Good.” Leftists don’t actually have terms for their own desired end states; instead, they simply substitute “Good.”

sHx
March 19, 2011 7:52 pm

R. de Haan says:
March 19, 2011 at 5:59 am

Have you any idea how dangerous your view is?
What’s next, taxing the air we breath?

Dangerous for some American minds, perhaps. The US is the only place on the face of the planet where taxation is considered as dangerous and immoral.
Governments could tax thin air if they needed the money, if they were so willing, and if they could get away with it. They tax income, profits, goods, services, petrol, tobacco, alcohol, and all other good things in life. They even tax the privilege of hiring labor (payroll tax). But for some reason they don’t tax death, as I believe they should. Why shouldn’t the governments take a share of the wealth the dead people leave behind as they move on to the Great Beyond where no worldly currency is of any use?
Nobody likes paying taxes, of course, but nobody likes dying either. Tax is just a fact of life. Anyone who doesn’t want to pay taxes should move to China, because only in communist countries you may live a life without paying a cent of tax.
Australia, the UK and the rest of the Europe aren’t doing any worse than the US in terms of prosperity, even though taxation levels are higher than those in the US. And the life in those states isn’t any more dangerous than the life in the US. In fact, it is a lot safer. People don’t sleep with a pistol under their cushion in those countries because they are not afraid of ideologues, revolutionaries and/or otherwise hopelessly needy people barging in to steal away lowly-taxed property.

March 19, 2011 7:58 pm

Google, like all large corporations has the right to support causes of their choice. It is more indicative of the side of the AGW “debate” that you come down on that you would choose to pick on Google for putting their money behind their beliefs. In terms of them being a “neutral purveyor of information”, they are a search engine first for foremost, and they have the right to operate that service any way they want to. Your decision to use Bing as your choice of a climate related search engine simply reflects your position on the climate issue, and not whether or not Bing or Google is being more neutral on the issue.

This completely misses the point.
Of course corporations can invest their money in advocacy projects they believe in. However, it is not wise for all corporations to do so.
If mass media companies started putting money into PACs, would you be trust their product? Would you not protest their actions by accommodating their competitors? Since I believe you are a thinking person, I am going to be presumptuous and assume your answer is “no” to the first and “yes” to the second question.
If Wikipedia suddenly started funding the People’s Republic of China’s campaign against Tibet, would you trust anything Wikipedia had to say on the issue?
The fact is that purveyors of information must remain neutral, else they are not to be trusted. And what, I ask, is Google, but a purveyor of information. This is especially troubling since Google posits itself as a neutral such purveyor. They are no longer to be trusted.
I have learned long ago not to trust Microsoft. That company is as underhanded as they come, and there success came not from their own innovation, but from stealing the innovation of others. So for me, Bing is not an option.
Yahoo and startpage are my primary search engines now.

Chris D.
March 19, 2011 8:43 pm

I stopped using all things Google quite some time ago. It was the CEO’s attitude toward personal privacy that did it for me. This is just further confirmation that this company is on the wrong path.

R. Gates
March 19, 2011 8:58 pm

vigilantfish says:
March 19, 2011 at 5:16 pm
R. Gates says:
March 19, 2011 at 10:53 am
“The U.S. is a Corporate controlled country, and this is the true form of Fascism as Mussolini meant it…it is not a control of corporations by the government, but rather, a control of government by corporations. Washington D.C. and American national policy is dictated by large, wealthy, and very powerful multinational corporations. These corporations do battle every day between each other for bits and pieces of that control, and hence the reason that lobbyists in D.C. outnumber politicians about 100 to 1.”
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Wow, do you learn history from Wikipedia? Corporatism does not mean run by private corporations, it means a country run like a corporation …
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Nope. You are way off base. I would think that the biggest fascist of them all would know exactly what he meant, since he helped to create the basic fascist principles. You may want to read up on Mussolini and his concept of Fascism. It was a melding or melding together of government and corporate power. Here’s a nice quote that summarizes this:
http://thinkexist.com/quotation/fascism_should_more_appropriately_be_called/163211.html
It clearly does not simply mean government run LIKE a corporation, but in conjunction with corporate power. In this sense, Corporatism and Fascism are very similar, and Mussolini knew exactly what he was talking about.

Roger Knights
March 19, 2011 9:11 pm

DirkH says:
March 19, 2011 at 6:13 am
Sergej and Larry have always been typical Silicon Valley liberals; “evil” for them always meant “the other side”. “Don’t be evil” was always to be understood this way IMHO.

For many years prior to Google’s founding, Microsoft was known, in the trade, as “the evil empire.” What “Don’t be evil” meant was, “don’t be like Microsoft.” This was well understood by software techies and other people who followed the microcomputer industry.
This project of theirs is probably the result of lobbying by warmist advocacy organizations that have Google’s ear, plus Gore’s efforts, plus the mindset of most of its employees, especially those “concerned” enough to agitate about it. I don’t think the impulse came from the top. The top is reacting mostly, IMO. Basically, the top is unarmed when it comes to having rejoinders to the alarmists’ nudgings, and has been “pushed” into this action, just as the warmist advocacy groups have nudged the rest of the corporate world into their corner..
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I don’t think switching search engines will do much good. It won’t harm them. Using their searches actually imposes a cost on the company. (And Google is too far ahead of the competition technically for them ever to be displaced.)
What would be more effective would be a pledge to avoid clicking on their ads. (This would involve the extra step of right-clicking on an ad you want to see to copy its URL/link, and then pasting that URL into the command line to go to the site, thus depriving Google of its ad-click cut.)

CRS, Dr.P.H.
March 19, 2011 9:13 pm

I’m quite impressed with this engine for scientific enquiries:
http://www.scirus.com/srsapp/

Bob Long
March 19, 2011 9:30 pm

Kev-in-Uk says:
March 19, 2011 at 2:55 am
For example, Windows live mail which replaces the old free Outlook Express – is now a remote system where your emails are stored not on your computer but at microsoft where presumably they could be read? (as THEY know your password, etc).
I’m not fan of Microsoft, but Live Mail can certainly store e-mails locally on your own machine without signing up for any remote account.

JFA in Montreal
March 19, 2011 9:51 pm

If you want to erode Google’s gathering of personal information ( one of the bases for their revenues) while still using them (and using their ressources), use the plug-in “Google Sharing” on Firefox. The Firefox Addon for the GoogleSharing system. GoogleSharing ultimately aims to provide a level of anonymity that will prevent google from tracking your searches, movements, and what websites you visit.
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/googlesharing/

Ali Baba
March 19, 2011 9:59 pm

“Why would Google want to take either side when there is a disagreement between scientists?”
Because the few, the exceedingly few, the insignificant, doddering minority of holdouts will die eventually and then there’ll be none.

Darren Parker
March 19, 2011 10:05 pm

Mein Fuh…I mean Herr Google,
Whether the science behind the IPCC was fraudulent or not is the basis of the crux of the argument between skeptics and alarmists. Alarmists beleive the whitewashes because they don’t look at the actual emails. Skeptics have read the emails and the science and the analaysis – how is your propaganda going to convert someone who knows full well everything that went on with the whitewashes and reads real information like Wattsupwiththat, ClimateAudit and Bishop Hill?

Ali Baba
March 19, 2011 10:10 pm

“You can speak for yourself, fredb.”
LOL. You have no self-awareness.

March 19, 2011 10:20 pm

[thought this image was worth embedding ~jove, mod]
Excellent choice.

Editor
March 19, 2011 10:20 pm

I tried a search for something that should absolutely obviously put WUWT high in the results:
best science blog
StartPage : listed 5th (excl sponsored results)
Yahoo! : not on page 1
Duckduckgo : 3rd
ixquick : 6th
Google (the things I do for science!) : not on page 1
Dogpile : 17th

AJB
March 19, 2011 10:25 pm

ShaneCMuir says March 19, 2011 at 6:39 pm
Have you ever considered that maybe Adobe needs to be sent a message about the quality and security of its products?

March 19, 2011 10:37 pm

Some have said Al Gore stands to be the first carbon billionaire. Them Google boys want in.

R. Gates
March 19, 2011 10:49 pm

ShaneCMuir says:
March 19, 2011 at 6:39 pm
“Google needs to be sent a message that we are not happy!”
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Wow, collectively the readers of WUWT represent some whopping .ooooo1% of the users of the Google and the internet. Your message to them should cause them to quake in their boots!

garymount
March 19, 2011 11:43 pm

Here is a topical article in Saturdays edition of The Vancouver Sun.
The risky business of Google
http://www.vancouversun.com/business/risky+business+Google/4470897/story.html

John from Oz
March 19, 2011 11:48 pm

I really appreciate this important article. As the trusted gatekeeper of information, Google’s potential for evil is truly(truly) frightening. (I wonder what attracted Gore to this company?).
It is not until you want to make a complaint to Google that you realize how arrogant and insular the organization is. There is virtually no mechanism to make a meaningful complaint (so kudos for the open letter). They clearly have no interest in any form of criticism and this level of arrogance should be a concern for us all.
This next bit may be exposing too much of my own paranoia but after I did find an avenue to complain to Google about filtering auto-suggestions, my google searches did not work for quite sometime (returned no results at all for months). I do not even know if it is technically possible for them to ‘punish’ me in this way, but it did make me wonder.
Google has been a force for great good making information accessible to the masses but they now have extraordinary power and even a hint of misuse/abuse should be unacceptable to us all.

Bulldust
March 20, 2011 12:37 am

I have to disagree on one point Willis. Sergey Brin and Larry Paige do have dogs in the fight … they were $7.5 billion dollar dogs a couple years ago:
http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/specials/article5816774.ece
Who knows how big the dogs have grown to be by now… Of course Bill Gates has a $26 billion gorilla in the ring, so I don’t know that Bing will be any better, depending on how hands on Bill choses to be.
I made the point about the Google founders on the Google forums when the discussion about Googlgate started.

AndrewG
March 20, 2011 12:56 am

I’m amazed anyone belives the Google “do no evil” propaganda.
After sending out the black vans to photograph everybodies street and incidently sniff everyones wi-fi (surprisingly everyone was all up in arms about the sniffing and not many were worried that Google can now tie wi-Fi packet info to an adress)
After their soon to depart CEO said “If theres things your doing you don’t want Google to know about, then perhaps you just shouldn’t do it” (from the soon-to-be US Secretary of Commerce)
After sufferring through about 20 lawsuits last year where they buried pages they didn’t like in the name of “Improving the search algorithm”
After rolling over for totalitarian govenments like China and the United States (you guys have got to get rid of the Patriot act)
Speaking of the US…Erics Schmidts inpending nomination makes 5 Google execs in the Obama executive team…maybe theres a merger coming..the United States of Google!
Google in a decade has managed to do what most technical areas thought was impossible, they proved that Microsoft wasn’t that bad after all.

JonnyWee
March 20, 2011 3:14 am

The bias of Google first appeared to me whith the press release from the Ida fossil, which Google turned into a doodle. The doodles are uses for historic events and anniversaries only and not for news items. Apparently, the Ida news hit the Google folks hard enough to make a one time exception here. Something they never did again, not even for big news items like the Arabic revolution or the Japan earthquake. That is: As far as I know. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

Graeme
March 20, 2011 5:40 am

They’re all in the pay of Big Search!

Rick Abreu
March 20, 2011 6:53 am

Bye bye GOOGLE… I switched to Dog Pile

Eric (skeptic)
March 20, 2011 7:18 am

R. Gates said “More broadly though, I am actively taking steps to remove my home and business property from needing energy from the grid. In less than 2 years, I will be selling excess energy back to the grid,”
Uh huh. Looks like you are prevaricating again. Either you are removing yourself from the grid or you are selling “excess” energy back to the grid, it can’t be both. Most likely, you are screwing taxpayers like me to install some uneconomical solar, then you are taking advantage of other ratepayers (and bragging about it no less) by selling your “excess” energy to them during peak solar when it is not needed. Later when your precious panels are producing nothing (peak power use is after sunset) you will buy energy from the grid that will be generated with the most expensive peak power generation. You will of course demand to pay regular prices for that energy while getting the same for your non peak power. Let me know when you buy some batteries then maybe we can take you seriously.
I’ve noticed you’ve given up defending the non-neutrality of Google. Note my comparison to Yandex above, clearly Google raises alarmists like Tim Lambert above other sources.

Gilbert Dupuis
March 20, 2011 7:25 am

I choose to add a news section about theses subjects so that Google see what people want to read and be informed about :
– global warming skeptic
– climate change skeptic
– global cooling ice age
– climate cooling
In fact I double the first 2 sections. Share your own news sections.
Show Google what you want to read about. What you want is worth money. Google likes money.

General P.Malaise
March 20, 2011 7:50 am

good article….. ..I will use bing for searches now too.
your point is excellent. google has inserted itself into political discussions for a long time and must say they are not on the side of freedom or individual rights.
they have what appears to be nefarious relationship with the obama administration and their efforts in china are more then suspect.

dkkraft
March 20, 2011 9:14 am

For those that want to concede that Google can do whatever it wants, I say not so fast. First of all “Google” doesn’t decide to do anything. People decide things. Specifically the officers and board of directors of Google decide what will be done.
Google Inc. is a publicly traded company. NASDAQ – symbol GOOG
http://finance.yahoo.com/q/ks?s=GOOG+Key+Statistics
Given that Google Inc. is a publicly traded company the officers and directors of Google have 2 primary duties:
1. Maximize shareholder value
2. Obey the law
All other strategies, programs, tactics, activities etc. are subordinate (and indeed must support) those 2 primary duties. For the officers and board to utilize company assets to engage in activities that do not support these primary duties is an example of “Agency Conflict” – Google this term, (actually don’t Google it …. Firefox it, Yahoo it, Dogpile it….. 🙂 there are alternatives, and that is the crux of the matter – more on that shortly.)
A quick look at Google Inc. financial stats shows a share price that trades at about 21 times earnings with very high current earnings growth – so superficially not bad. However a closer look reveals no dividend, so the current valuation is based on significant continued growth expectations combined with continued high profit margins. What will drive this profitable growth? A better product? High barriers to competitive entry? Not really, we have seen upthread that there are many perfectly acceptable alternatives available.
So where is the value? Answer – it is the brand.
Remember “Google it”. Sort of like Kleenex – which is really just facial tissue, Google is really just a commodity web browser. But the brand Google (or Kleenex or Coke) has equity and that (and pretty much that alone now that the business has matured) drives the market/ consumer behaviours that create better long term financial performance and justify higher valuation.
Now brand equity doesn’t just happen, it is built and nurtured. In other words it is managed. Here is where we come to the concept of agency conflict. The custodians of the Google brand are associating the brand in a controversial program, completely unconnected to their core business. The postive PR return from this is likely to be minimal (are more people going to click Google Ads because of this ?!?) and the potential risk is, well, non-zero. So the risk adjusted return from this activity renders it unsound. Yet they have done it.
This is prima facie evidence of agency conflict. The officers and board of Google Inc. have subordinated the interests of their stockholders to their own personal / political whims. The board and officers of Google Inc. cannot be trusted as custodians of these assets. This, in concert with the commoditisation of the industry, is a sell (profit take) signal.
That btw was a long winded way of saying that they are getting cute …. time to dump ’em.

Dave C-H
March 20, 2011 9:55 am

This is ridiculous. Climate change is not a “partisan” issue, it’s an issue of people on one side who actually pay attention to and understand the scientific literature, and people on the other side who cherry pick and skew for I-don’t-know-what-reason. Anthropogenic climate change is no more a political issue than whether you believe in AIDS is a political issue, despite all of the effort that some people put into convincing themselves otherwise. 98.5% of publishing climatologists (from EOS survey) believe that anthropogenic climate change is real and is occurring. Google is not being political here, any more than they would be if they gave money to cancer patients even though 2% of practicing doctors write silly books about healing through homeopathy. You can feel free to get all uppity and switch to Bing–it’s no loss to me if your searches suck–but don’t pretend that Google is doing anything wrong.

Stephan
March 20, 2011 10:22 am

This should have been kept as top post for a very long time: reason hurt google as much as you can until they get message. By removing this post from top we show weakness.
LOL

Stephan
March 20, 2011 10:25 am

I have feeling Google mail is going under anyway. Again their email has crashed for two days (or anyway I haven’t received any emails which I know people had sent). The idiots taking it over are probably going to destroy it.

Uzyourbrain
March 20, 2011 11:17 am

I just watched a show about the planets and listened to someone, supposedly educated, that claimed that the reason that Venus is 30 degrees warmer than the Earth is, yes, you guessed it “Global Warming.” His assertion was that even though Venus was the approximately the same mass, density, and size, that due to runaway “global Warming” Venus was 30 degrees warmer that the earth. Am I to assume that the fact that Venus is about 1/3 of the distance closer to the Sun has nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that Venus is warmer than the Earth. And the AGW Ministers claim they do not spread falsehoods! Oh, that’s right, I forgot, the Sun has nothing to do with global warming!

Gary Krause
March 20, 2011 11:36 am

I quit googling a while back due to their incideous political bs. WUWT?
I suggest the usual treatment. Take away their money and the problem goes away.
I easily convinced a person who sets up all the pc’s for a large state agency to no longer default to google. Thousands of pc’s times thousands of searches lost to competition. 🙂
Good man Willis!

March 20, 2011 12:36 pm

The emphasis on “communication” of the “unequivocal science” rather than an effort to advance the retarded state of the understanding of the basic physics evident in the “climate science” community is totally telling .
I would think this would cause somewhat of a civil war within Google where some of their more numerate employees , of which they have lots , would rebel against this nonscience .

Vince Causey
March 20, 2011 1:21 pm

It is depressing that one has to write these sorts of letters in the first place. Even more depressing is the sugar coated condescending non-sequitor of a reply that is likely to follow, extolling how 97% of the worlds scientists believe AGW and then proceeding to rub salt in the wound by quoting the IPCC – a red rag to a bull.
Such replies are more infuriating than the original injury.

dkkraft
March 20, 2011 1:50 pm

Willis Eschenbach says:
March 20, 2011 at 11:29 am
Re: narrow view of the duties of a corporation.
thanks for responding Willis – yes there are different schools of thought on this and my post expressed one side without qualifications (frankly my post was long enough already). Obviously my view is informed by this famous essay by Milton Friedman:
http://www.colorado.edu/studentgroups/libertarians/issues/friedman-soc-resp-business.html
It is also informed by other principles:
1. Concentration of power is bad
2. Separation of powers and segregation of duties are good
3. Capital (i.e. the stored surplus from labour) is the building block of civilization and therefore the destruction of capital is wrong
4. CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility – for those who might not know, yes it has its own acronym) can sometimes be consistent with building capital (some charitable work can be included here for sure), but importantly it can also be an alternative to creating capital, an excuse for poor performance. Furthermore CSR is also not required to prevent evil. Laws and PR will do that.
When people complain vaguely about a corporatist state, what I think they sense is the insidious encroachment of corporations into areas of society where they don’t belong. CSR – when done wrong like in the Google example is a good example.
I prefer to see corporations stick to their knitting. Let societies other institutions perform these other roles.
We may ultimately choose to disagree on this point, but I did want to provide some additional perspective on this part of my earlier post.

Mkelley
March 20, 2011 2:56 pm

I thought most people knew Google is a lefty outfit. Kate over at Small Dead Animals has been pointing this out for years.

QED
March 20, 2011 4:16 pm

I read a couple of years ago that Google had invested heavily in green technology and they were skewing search results on Climategate ie they were reducing the number if hits. It was a dramatic difference. I decided to protest by removing Google as my search engine and got an e-mail from them asking for my reason. I told them it was because they had taken sides. As CAGW continues to crater I suspect they are attempting to protect their massive investment.
Protest by removing Google as your search engine.

Richard Hill
March 20, 2011 5:26 pm

Willis, At this time there has been no response from Google to the open letter. Has it actually been delivered to them? Perhaps it should be delivered as a registered letter to their legal department. Until then, I anticipate that they would be happy to say that Google’s position is supported by official statements from well reputed scientific bodies such as the AMS, the APS, the AAAS, and UK’s Royal Society.
And Google would be right.
It leaves some of us feeling quite disturbed, since you seem so correct and sincere in your writings.
Have you thought of putting your skills and energy into trying to get the official statements from these scientific bodies modified?

James Allison
March 20, 2011 6:48 pm

I Googled “okapi porn” and noticed Willis’s Open Letter To Google was the 5th listing on page one. Excellent use of key words Willis to get such a good ranking and also how ironic!