Kenji sniffs out stupid claims by the Union of Concerned Scientists

kenji_mousepad_smellsFor those of you who don’t know yet, Kenji is our family dog. Kenji is also a official dues paying member of the Union of Concerned scientists. see: Friday Funny – The newest member of the Union of Concerned Scientists because as Kenji’s membership proved, you don’t need to be a scientist to join, all you need is a valid credit card.

Like any UCS member he gets propaganda informational mailings from them, for example, this one today:


This was followed by another embedded email, because, they haven’t heard from Kenji and they are trying to get him to re-up his membership. Only one problem though; their lead claim is completely false, not once but twice. I’ve underlined the lead claim in red:


Citation #1 (at the bottom) refers to this article in Fox Nation on April 30th 2012:


1. Note the source date and source wire service: April 29 (Reuters) the original Reuters story is here:

Fox news didn’t make the claim of warming, Reuters did by reporting the story on the science from a press release. Fox News simply carried the Reuters story verbatim as many other news outlets did.

And, they were not the only major news outlet to run with a headline like that. Environmental reporter Louise Gray at the Telegraph had a nearly identical headline:


But of course, the paid political activists at UCS aren’t upset about that headline, because even though she reported the story accurately, Louise is part of the team on the UCS side of the argument. The National Science Foundation was the source of the story in their press release here. UCS wouldn’t dare be upset about that one.

2. Note also that the study results are peer reviewed in Nature Climate Change authored by SUNY in Albany by examining satellite data comparing wind farms and other areas.

Here is the paper:

Zhou, Liming, Yuhong Tian, Somnath Baidya Roy, Chris Thorncroft, Lance F. Bosart and Yuanlong Hu 2012: Impacts of wind farms on land surface temperature. Nature Climate Change. doi:10.1038/nclimate1505

And the abstract (bold mine):

The wind industry in the United States has experienced a remarkably rapid expansion of capacity in recent years and this fast growth is expected to continue in the future. While converting wind’s kinetic energy into electricity, wind turbines modify surface–atmosphere exchanges and the transfer of energy, momentum, mass and moisture within the atmosphere. These changes, if spatially large enough, may have noticeable impacts on local to regional weather and climate.

Here we present observational evidence for such impacts based on analyses of satellite data for the period of 2003–2011 over a region in west-central Texas, where four of the world’s largest wind farms are located. Our results show a significant warming trend of up to 0.72 °C per decade, particularly at night-time, over wind farms relative to nearby non-wind-farm regions. We attribute this warming primarily to wind farms as its spatial pattern and magnitude couples very well with the geographic distribution of wind turbines.

The study methodology isn’t controversial, and the results make sense given that wind farms create turbulence, which mixes the atmosphere more effectively, especially at night. The raises the overnight observed Tmin, which in turn raises the Tavg temperature, creating a local warming trend.

Temperature Differences near Wind Farms

This graph shows the night-time land surface temperature differences near wind farms between 2010 and 2013. Credit: Liming Zhou et al., Nature Climate Change

Orchardists and viticulturists have known of this mixing effect by wind turbines for years, which is why all over California we have powered wind turbines placed in orchards and in vineyards like this one to ward off frost by increasing the vertical mixing of the atmosphere, bringing warming air downward to mix it with cold air near the ground:

Into the hills from Cakebread

Into the hills from Cakebread (Photo credit: Veeyawn)

Of course, if it was the other way around, and something that produced energy caused some local warming that wasn’t part of the anointed “clean energy” solution set held dear by UCS, they’d be all over it saying it contributed to global warming.

We see examples of this sort of bias almost daily in MSM stories about “climate change” and global warming.

When UCS says this about Fox News: But their twisting of facts is anything but a joke.

It is clear that UCS is the ones twisting the facts, and the joke is on them.

Even my dog can see through the charlatans at UCS; they aren’t in it for the science, they are in it for the money when they use slimeball tactics like this for fundraising drives.

And finally, maybe UCS will find a way to get upset about this story carried on WUWT recently:

Or maybe this one:

And ask for even more money to counter these “twisted facts”.

Let the bloviating for dollars commence!


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Mike Bromley the Canucklehead in Cowburg

I just can’t get around the junior high school wording of the UCS blurb. It reads like a bad Harlequin Romance…or is it just being condescending? Either way, it is glurge of the finest vintage.

Steve (Paris)

Is there any truth in the ‘Pzifer defunds Heartland’ claim? Don’t recall that.


Am I supposed to click on something?

And here it is, out in the open, as it should be. Thank you for posting this – I wonder how many members UCS has left?


As a rule of thumb, if you want to stir up leftists, especially the most ignorant of them, just mention FoxNews.
Similarly, if you want to determine who is a leftist, just discuss something you saw on FoxNews. They will always reveal themselves, immediately, usually loudly.


Well I think Kevin’s Surname says it all.


To be fair to Mr. Knobloch (no inappropriate jokes about his name, now) it seems reasonable that the UCS assumed that as Kenji apparently has a credit card, his canine nature is probably just a ruse.
So, there are apparently 3500 “2013” members already, but they then say you would be joining 4000 members. Does this in fact mean that they are losing 500 members this year?


In New Zealand in some of the growing areas I am familiar with farmers hire helicopters to stir up the air over orchards/vinyards to prevent frost damage. It’s actually something quite bizzar to watch.

Interesting weasel wording in the first UCS letter to the effect that 3.500 credit card holders have become 2013 members, with only 2 days left to renew membership. No mention of a number for new members in that figure. In the second UCS letter there is a claim of a 4,000 membership. I make that a drop of 500 credit card subscriptions over the year. Is this yet another instance of hiding the decline?


Have not wine growers at at various times used helicopters to stir the air above vineyards to prevent frost damage? Maybe there is a place for wind farms in agriculture . .


@Steve (Paris)
Well I found this link
Ignoring all the denialist-this denialist that rubbish we come to:
“Sharon Castillo, spokeswoman for Pfizer, told The Christian Post that the decision was implemented earlier this month for multiple reasons.
“Heartland’s CEO was notified of our decision on December 5th. The decision was made as part of our year-end review. The main reason was budgetary constraints,” said Castillo.
“But, in addition, Heartland’s primary focus will no longer be on pharmaceutical policy issues … As stipulated in a strict agreement, Pfizer’s past funding of Heartland was provided solely for work on health policy issues, including vaccines, innovation, and patients’ access to medicines.””
Whether that’s all strictly true or whether they’re putting a nice face on to cover up caving in to the activists, who knows

Gareth Phillips

CodeTech says:
February 27, 2013 at 12:01 am
As a rule of thumb, if you want to stir up leftists, especially the most ignorant of them, just mention FoxNews.
Similarly, if you want to determine who is a leftist, just discuss something you saw on FoxNews. They will always reveal themselves, immediately, usually loudly.
Conversely, it could be said that anyone who genuinely believes Fox news to have balanced and un-biased reporting must have pretty hard right wing views.

Stephen Richards

[snip – pointless name calling – mod]

Mike McMillan

Kenji has a valid credit card?

Ed Zuiderwijk

From the welcome letter for Kenji:
“Your support allows us to be an independent voice for policy change and produce the scientific analysis that make our arguments convincing”.
Wot? Which comes first, the arguments or the analysis?

James Bull

As a student studying economics my wife could pick up which side of the political fence her teachers sat (and finding quickly that economics was just saying the same thing over and over in different ways) she would put a question from the opposite view and hay presto they were off on their little band wagon and the lesson would soon be over and she and her classmates hadn’t had to do anything.
Is Kenji going to renew his membership or is he going to let his concern wane? People need to know so they can follow his trend setting ways!
James Bull

Jim Turner

CodeTech says:
February 27, 2013 at 12:01 am
“As a rule of thumb, if you want to stir up leftists, especially the most ignorant of them, just mention FoxNews.”
A similar result may be had in the UK by mentioning the Daily Mail. Interestingly, just saying that something is in the Daily Mail is often sufficient evidence for them that it is untrue – no further argument required. Similarly, UCS seem to be celebrating their ‘achievement’ in ‘defunding’ of the Heartland Institute; presumably it is sufficient for them that dissent is not heard rather than argued against.

Robert Wykoff

I’m always left astounded by the utter hatred of fox news. I do not find them conservative in any way. They have a few supposedly conservative pundits, but I guess if every pundit isn’t all far left all the time, then it is extreme right. I suppose also if they bring up stories about Obama that the rest of the news networks don’t report (that they would have reported 24/7 for weeks for something infinitely less serious if the president had an R by his name), then it makes it extreme far right as well. I stopped watching TV news long ago, got tired of the multi-month long 24/7 Natalie Holloway type stories. My time is better spent reading news from around the world on the internet.


I suppose I am getting to an age where I should put to some use the little wisdom that I may have gained and perhaps before it drifts into dementia. I have now lived approximately 2 decades in North American, another 2 in Europe and now another 2 in Australia. Albeit all basically Western cultures, I have had the pleasure of living in democracies with all their idiosyncrasies. To paraphrase a Joni Mitchell song ‘I have looked at love from both sides now’ – and not to get get off the topic since I have looked it from 3 sides now – it has been enlightening and at times annoying, but nevertheless part of the human condition. Although democratic societies may be the worst form of government – except for all the others (OK, Churchill – but he himself probably lifted it from someone else) – they are fairly robust to allow the expression of a diversity of opinions and that is their glory. I hope we have moved on from the various Inquisitions where non-complaince by the Roman Catholic thought police brought a terrible penalty. There should be groups that promote a range of views – from Fox News (which I personally take a dim view) to far leftist views (ditto). Let the debate continue but no one side should try to shut the other down. If the Concerned Scientists are so concerned then they should turn whatever talents they may have to using their intelligence to offer solutions if they are convinced there is a problem and not pursuing careers that may do little more then bring home the bacon for themselves. And, by-the-way, I recently received a certificate congratulating me as being a member of the American armed forces – which I am not, although family members have served in the armed services, but I would belittle the organisation to try to accept me, let alone my dog. I have very much liked this blog over the years but it does seem to be trending to belittlement rather than genuine debate. Please try to keep the level of standards that you have maintained from the most part and not get into the same gutter as some others.

Old Goat

[snip – pointless name calling]


If I was called Knoblock I would change my name. Sounds like a Monty Python character or very rude.
Yes att the research from Germany, Denmark etc show that wind power leads to an increase in CO2 production because of the running backup. Why not just run the backup forget the wind turbines. Much cheaper and lower power costs to the overcharged customer.

kadaka (KD Knoebel)

Perhaps an updated more-accurate organization name would help them, along with retaining the acronym for some familiarity.
United Concentrated Sociocrats?

Colin Porter

The Union of Concerned Scientists seem very proud in their abilities to destroy the democratic process. If it is true that they have put pressure on Pfizer to withdraw funding for Heartland, they are demonstrating that no opposition to their distorted and repressive view of modern society is acceptable.
Exterminate! Exterminate! seems to be the cry.


Sometimes “Low information voters” are quite well educated. The Union of Concerned Scientists is exploiting people who have no information by feeding them a small amount of true, but heavily one sided, information. This elevates them from ‘no information’ to “Low information voters”.


Because I’m a skeptic’s skeptic, I honestly don’t have a problem with the Union of Concerned Scientists. I don’t have a problem with T Boone Pickens. I don’t have a problem with tele-evangelists. I don’t have a problem with anyone who spots a gap in the market that they can exploit to make money. Okay so it’s not making an honest living but close enough.


Two Days Left! Don’t let the leftist Thomson-Reuters win (who have the inventor of the Global Warming scare, Crispin Tickell, on the board)…

Lewis P Buckingham

Steve[Paris} says February 26, 2013 at 11;43 pm
‘Is there any truth in the Pfizer defund’s Heartland?’
Pfizer is presently divesting itself of it’s Agricultural Division which has flat lined in profitability.
There are a lot of promos to boost sales before the IPO.This would burn cash.
The human pharma is going well.If true they don’t seem to need Heartland for anything anyway.
So defunding Heartland is possible.


Kevin Knobloch, Knob-lock? it has to be a joke!


I just skimmed over the UCS claims and had a terrible laughing with each paragraph.
Can such a bag of quixotics really be a serious organization?
Oh my god…
Anthony, you should be glad that Kenji cannot read, otherwise your bills for an urgently needed animal psychologist would be huge!

I got on the email lists of a couple of environmental savior groups. From the tone of the emails, all wanting my contribution, these are mean, nasty people.


So does Kenji plan to renew for the sport of it? Or has he had enough already?

@ CodeTech
Have you seen the interview of Jon Stewart by Chris Wallace of Fox a few months ago? Chris admits Fox presents their side of the news, supposedly to counteract the MSNBC side of the news. The documentary Outfoxed a few years ago showed the connection between Fox and the Republican party. I suspect most people who are not die hard Republican might have a problem with the Fox slant, whether they are ‘ignorant’ or not.
Fox is certainly slanted. CNN and MSNBC are certainly guilty of sensationalizing news – to keep viewers willing to turn into that stuff. UCS is certainly slanting their material in an attempt to get more money. Have you ever received junk mail from a charity asking for a contribution (to alleviate a disaster described with the plea)?
Global warming is not a left wing socialist plot. Read the recent book by Henry Bauer, Dogmatism in Scienced and Medicine, to see how often the flow of money affects science and medicine. That corruption is often described here in WUWT. It does not also imply this wild tangential connection to everyone who is left wing.


..but with only two days left, we still haven’t heard from you.
Will I miss out on the latest and greatest ab worker to gather dust under the bed or the free set of steak knives? Tell me I’m not going to miss out on the two for one deal if I’m not amongst the next 500 lucky callers.


“Wind Turbines Create Their Own Clouds”

Bloke down the pub

Doesn’t Fox have what’s necessary to take on these dumb-nuts? Perhaps they prefer to let WUWT fight there battles for them.

Go Kenji !!!


There is some interesting breaking news morning, off topic but I hope Kenji won’t mind.
Lord Lawson has written to Sir Paul Nurse, president of the Royal Society, describing comments that Nurse recently made as a ‘lie’.

My attention has been drawn to a speech you gave last month at Melbourne University, in which you chose to criticise me by name in terms which bear no relation to the truth. In the interests of accuracy, I have obtained a full transcript. I recognise that, as a distinguished geneticist, you are not a climate scientist, and may therefore feel ill at ease discussing the complex issue of climate policy. But that is no excuse for wanton misrepresentation both of the issues involved and of my own position.
So far as the latter is concerned, you claim that I “would choose two points and say ‘look, no warming’s taking place’, knowing that all the other points that you chose in the 20 years around it would not support his case”. That is a lie.

George Lawson

I can understand why Kevin knobloch wants to protect the environment from adverse degradation, which of course we all do. But why does he and his cohorts not have an open mind to climate science which he quite obviously hasn’t. Why does he and his ilk talk about sceptics as ‘attacking science’ ? How can you attack science per se? You can attack – I would prefer to call it question – scientific theories, or offer scientific alternatives to scientific research results, or bogus scientific data. That is the way science has been conducted since time began. Yet people like Knobloch treat those who might put forward sound scientific arguments against the consensus, many presented by scientists who are far more qualified to do so than Knobloch, as complete idiots or deniers who are attacking science. How stupid can you get?
Furthermore, why do these people deny the science that tells us that there has been no warming for 16 years, that the seas are not rising as they forecast, that the snow which they told us would never be experienced by our children, is heavier this year than for many years. That the polar bears are not dying out, or that snow on Kilimanjaro is returning, that coral reefs are not threatened as they like to believe, or that a miniscule increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has not been followed by the global warming that they forecast? And why do they not accept that hurricanes and fires across the world are not more prevalent this year than the average over many years, but lie and try to convince us otherwise?
Labelling anyone who has an opposing view on any subject as deniers is silly and juvenile. But if the term that the warmists created is to be used, then there is no doubt whatsoever that it is the Knoblechs of this world that are themselves the deniers who wish to propagate their own agenda at all costs, and close their eyes and ignore any alternative viewpoint that may question their own preconceived position. And finally, I wonder whether we will ever hear, any warmist across the globe saying ‘Whilst I might not agree with some of the sceptics views on global warming, I do hope they are correct, for if they are, life will be so much better for our children and grandchildren’. No, they all live in the hope, and actually long for armageddon rather than see a beautiful world which we live in, a world that can generally look after itself far better than we can, and which will be there for the enjoyment of all humanity for thousands of years to come

You have to wonder if Bill Maher is the clown running the UCS. At least they are demonstrating that it does not take intelligence to put out mailers. But then SPAMMERS told us that, so I guess they really do serve no purpose.


President Knobloch’s surname is a corruption of “knoblauch,” which means “garlic” in German. Garlic was used by superstitious societies to ward off vampires. How apropos for the president of UCS.
(BTW, copy-paste not working again for entering a reply, so pardon the spelling errors. Using IE8.)


I must admit that Kenji stayed as a member for that long is shocking. I had expected someone lurking over your website, would inform UCS about it. Pretty funny.


“Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive” __Sir Walter Scott


Code Tech- the Lefty spelling is “Faux News” My old lefty co-worker could see Brit Hume
reporting that the sun rises in the east, but until he saw it on CBS-he wouldn’t believe it….

So wind farms increase localised night-time temperatures, presumably therefore increasing the average (low-+high)/2 and therefore “increasing global warming”. Doesn’t that just demonstrate the simplistic approach to AGW that we’re faced with?
I think that it’s generally the case that “global warming” is in fact primarily a result of increased night-time (low) temperatures in any case, and that max temperatures have hardly changed? I’m sure nobody in AGW-land cares about this not being widely understood, but the general public perception is that warming means higher max temperatures. Imagine if the world suddenly came to see that AGW is simply keeping us warmer at night. It would be something to celebrate!

John in NZ

So is Kenji going to renew his membership?
If he was not a member, would you have known about this?


Mr Knobloch earns the princely sum of $239,866 for running this outfit according to Charity Navigator.

I decided to hunt down the source of the mixing quote. Google came up with an (inflated) estimate of 5,450 matches on my search for |”literally cannot cause” carbon dioxide “mix well in the atmosphere”|. Many of these referred to “10 Dumbest Things Fox Said About Climate Change In 2012” by In trying to pick out one of the earlier references, one filed under Joe Bastardi caught my eye.
That went to a list of stories involving Joe, and one simply went to the list of “10 Dumbest…”. Okay, okay, I’ll check it out. It looks like that’s the source of the text in the UCS letter. “Carbon Dioxide ‘Literally Cannot Cause Global Warming'” is #3, “Wind Farms Cause Global Warming” is #5. Each has links to the Fox story.
It turns out that CO2 quote is from an interview with Joe about Mann’s latest book, so Joe was more agitated than usual. 🙂
Oh – here’s the original story, has the quote spelled out:

BASTARDI: CO2 cannot cause global warming. I’ll tell you why. It doesn’t mix well with the atmosphere, for one. For two, its specific gravity is 1 1/2 times that of the rest of the atmosphere. It heats and cools much quicker. Its radiative processes are much different. So it cannot — it literally cannot cause global warming.

It also has comments by Gavin Schmidt et al:

Bastardi may be hoping that when delivered confidently, terms like “specific gravity” and “radiative processes” can convince Fox’s viewers that he knows what he’s talking about. But don’t be fooled; he is again garbling the very basics of climate science. Schmidt explained:

Bastardi doesn’t understand the first thing about the greenhouse effect – it has absolutely nothing to do with the ‘specific gravity’ of CO2 or any other greenhouse gas, it has to do with the fact that GHGs absorb and radiate infra-red heat and in doing so warm the surface of the Earth.

There’s a few things I could pick apart with Gavin’s quote, but all in all, what the heck is Bastardi trying to claim? There’s plenty of convection to keep CO2 (molecular weight 44), and argon (40) mixed in with nitrogen (14) and oxygen (16). Argon is 1% of the atmosphere, if it didn’t mix well, the world would be a very dead place.
Perhaps there is a bit of a difference with height, especially in the stratosphere, but I think checking into tropospheric mixing and settling would be a waste of time.
Googling |bastardi carbon dioxide “mix well in the atmosphere” -mediamatters -matters| yielded one hit – and that referred to the Fox story.
I’d like to see Joe explain just what he meant, but for now, WUWT has derided people for much less. Joe, I think you blew that one big time, you better climb above the argon layer!

CodeTech says:
February 27, 2013 at 12:01 am
“As a rule of thumb, if you want to stir up leftists, especially the most ignorant of them, just mention FoxNews.
Similarly, if you want to determine who is a leftist, just discuss something you saw on FoxNews. They will always reveal themselves, immediately, usually loudly.”
Hey CT, the same thing could be said about WUWT when one is talking to a leftist AGW zealot.

They’re on the same level as the Nigerian Million Dollar scammers, and looking to hit the same gullible marks.
When your entire culture depends on fraud, there’s no restriction on what you can say – in fact, the wilder the lies, the better!
We are no longer dealing with people who are simply wrong – we are dealing with what has become an embedded culture of corruption and dishonesty, dedicated to nothing more than separating the simple minded from their money by any means possible.

Could it be because Fox News is not a leftist organ and tries instead to be more even handed in reporting and talking about the issues than other news organizations?