Gavin Schmidt is the new James Hansen

NASAs Gavin Schmidt
NASA’s Dr. Gavin Schmidt in front of the famous Seinfeld restaurant “Monk’s” at 2880 Broadway, New York City. Photo: Christy Field, The Guardian

NASA Names Schmidt Director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, gets honorary lunch ticket to Tom’s Restaurant.

NASA has named Gavin A. Schmidt to head the agency’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York, a leading Earth climate research laboratory. Currently deputy director of the institute, Schmidt steps into the position left vacant after the retirement of long-time director James E. Hansen and becomes only the third person to hold the post.

“Gavin is a highly respected climate scientist who already also has proven himself as a terrific leader of the GISS team,” said NASA’s Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan. “He is the perfect candidate to continue leading this vital research institute at a critical time for the U.S. and the world.”

Schmidt, an expert in climate modeling, began his career at GISS in 1996. His primary area of research is the simulation of past, present and future climates. He has worked on developing and improving computer models that integrate ocean, atmosphere, and land processes to simulate Earth’s climate, and is particularly interested in how their results can be compared to paleoclimatic data.

“It’s an honor to lead the team of talented scientists at GISS,” he said. “The work being done here has implications for societies across the planet, and I will strive to make that research as valuable as possible.”

Schmidt received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Oxford University in 1988 and a doctorate in applied mathematics from University College London in 1994. He came to New York as a 1996 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Postdoctoral Fellow in Climate and Global Change Research.

In addition to more than 100 published, peer-reviewed articles, he is the co-author of “Climate Change: Picturing the Science” (W.W. Norton, 2009), a collaboration between climate scientists and photographers. In 2011, he was awarded the American Geophysical Union Climate Communications Prize.

GISS was founded in 1961 as NASA’s theoretical division for work on planetary atmospheres, under the direction of Robert Jastrow, and is today a leading Earth climate research laboratory. Major areas of GISS research include measurements, remote sensing and simulation of Earth’s climate, the forces driving climate change and its impacts on human society, agriculture and ecosystems and continuing work on planetary climates in the solar system and beyond. GISS works closely with partners at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and with the Earth Institute and School of Engineering at Columbia University.

NASA’s Earth science program monitors the planet’s vital signs from land, air and space with a fleet of satellites and ambitious airborne and ground-based observation campaigns. NASA develops new ways to observe and study Earth’s interconnected natural systems with long-term data records and computer analysis tools to better see how our planet is changing. The agency shares this unique knowledge with the global community and works with institutions in the United States and around the world that contribute to understanding and protecting our home planet.

For more information about Schmidt’s research and publications, visit: www.giss.nasa.gov/staff/gschmidt/

Source: http://www.giss.nasa.gov/research/news/20140609/

In case you were wondering about that honorary lunch ticket to Tom’s Restaurant.

See:

NASA GISS, a division of Vandelay Industries?

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Doug Proctor
June 9, 2014 9:50 am

No surprise, no change, the outcome is certain.

Nigel S
June 9, 2014 9:57 am

No carbon for you!

Henry Galt
June 9, 2014 9:58 am

Does he scuba-dive?
His predecessor claimed he would be needing to about now.

AleaJactaEst
June 9, 2014 9:58 am

one nutcase for another.

Henry Galt
June 9, 2014 9:59 am

NASA dis appoints

Evan Jones
Editor
June 9, 2014 10:01 am

gets honorary lunch ticket to Tom’s Restaurant.
I grew up within one block of Tom’s Restaurant. I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy.

DCA
June 9, 2014 10:04 am

Is he an American citizen?

Evan Jones
Editor
June 9, 2014 10:04 am

American Geophysical Union Climate Communications Prize.
Oh, lord.

Eliza
June 9, 2014 10:05 am

How can they put such a loser/failure. The USA is really declining.

The Old Crusader
June 9, 2014 10:11 am

“Schmidt, an expert in climate modeling…”
Maybe he can create one that works now that he is the boss?

betapug
June 9, 2014 10:11 am

“..simulating the future”?
Doris Day has the answer:
” I asked my sweetheart
What lies ahead
Will we have rainbows
Day after day”?
The future’s not ours to see
Que sera, sera

JimS
June 9, 2014 10:18 am

Hey, then needed some to fill James Hansen’s shorts.

Santa Baby
June 9, 2014 10:22 am

At least we know where the politicized BS will come from?

Rob Dawg
June 9, 2014 10:25 am

“His primary area of research is the simulation of past, present and future climates.”
Cool. Has he ever run his models against historical inputs and published the results compared to the actual climate record? Did his model using 1900-1930 data predict the dust bowl of just a few years later?

June 9, 2014 10:27 am

New guy same as the old guy.

njsnowfan
June 9, 2014 10:28 am

Congratss on the position Gavin, let’s just hope and pray you can do what is right and somewhere inside that you do really have a conscience. Seems up to this point Creative Data tampering has been your strong point.

ossqss
June 9, 2014 10:32 am

Question is if he has the guts now, as the boss, to sit next to Spencer for an interview?
Still Chicken Little?

Santa Baby
June 9, 2014 10:32 am

Political validation of the great political agenda?

June 9, 2014 10:35 am

That’s a shame, I’d have thought that after present and past members of NASA went public about falling standards, NASA would have taken the hint and put a scientist in charge

June 9, 2014 10:38 am

The good news is that Mann wasn’t given it.
The strange news is, of all the disciplines to to promote to the position, a climate modeler of observationally invalidated climate models, was promoted.
John

Andyj
June 9, 2014 10:43 am

To carry on filling James Hansens shorts. The mind boggles with all that methane and CO2 he is going to spout out.
The quality of some NASA personnel have to be heard to be believed.
A NASA woman said about Gale Crater (Mars).. The altitude is low in the crater so the pressure is slightly higher than normal. We’re finding the rover is finding it slightly warmer here and as yet we are uncertain as to why.
Lead scientist Grotzinger glared at her.
I’m not sure I’ve seen her still in the team.

mwhite
June 9, 2014 10:46 am

Gavin A. Schmidt – The man in charge as the negative PDO starts to make its presence felt.
Hope he’s working on his answers? I’m sure he’ll be able to figure out the questions

June 9, 2014 10:47 am

It should have been Harrison Schmitt

June 9, 2014 10:51 am

Gavin Schmidt’s history predicates against any change after Hansen.
A group of scientists established themselves as the defence squad for the bosses at the CRU led by Gavin Schmidt. In a leaked email from December 10 2004 Schmidt gave the CRU gang a Christmas present;
“Colleagues, No doubt some of you share our frustration with the current state of media reporting on the climate change issue. Far too often we see agenda-driven “commentary” on the Internet and in the opinion columns of newspapers crowding out careful analysis. Many of us work hard on educating the public and journalists through lectures, interviews and letters to the editor, but this is often a thankless task. In order to be a little bit more pro-active, a group of us (see below) have recently got together to build a new ‘climate blog’ website: RealClimate.org which will be launched over the next few days:”
The list was as follows:
– Mike Mann – Eric Steig – William Connolley – Stefan Rahmstorf – Ray Bradley – Amy Clement – Rasmus Benestad – William Connolley – Caspar Ammann.
The names are very familiar to people who have followed climate and engaged in questioning the anthropogenic warming theory (AGW) in any way. The evasiveness pervading the behavior recorded in the CRU emails was present at RealClimate and beyond. Note that William Connolley is listed twice – a Freudian slip because he was the most aggressive and did more than double duty through his own web page under an assumed name.
Schmidt notes,
“The idea is that we working climate scientists should have a place where we can mount a rapid response to supposedly ‘bombshell’ papers that are doing the rounds and give more context to climate related stories or events.”
and
“This is a strictly volunteer/spare time/personal capacity project and obviously nothing we say there reflects any kind of ‘official’ position.”
A detailed exposure of Schmidt’s is encapsulated in Steve McIntyre’s October 29 2005 column titled “Is Gavin Schmidt Honest?”
http://climateaudit.org/2005/10/29/is-gavin-schmidt-honest/
It appears Schmidt is a “natural” replacement for Hansen and indicates NASA GISS will continue the same policies and practices. I wonder what those ex NASA scientists who spoke out about that position think about this move?
http://www.therightclimatestuff.com/

ossqss
June 9, 2014 10:53 am

For the benefit of those who may not be aware of the new leaders bravery! This is a prime example of how climate science is in todays world. Amazing 3 grader professionalism on Gavin’s part…….
Now he is the boss?
You gotta be kidding me!

CRS, DrPH
June 9, 2014 11:05 am

Does this mean he’ll have to give up working on his Real Climate blog?

CaligulaJones
June 9, 2014 11:09 am

C’mon, be positive here. In the words of Chesty Puller:
“We’ve been looking for the enemy for some time now. We’ve finally found him. We’re surrounded. That simplifies things.”

Chris D.
June 9, 2014 11:09 am

I suppose that congratulations would be in order.
I have to admit, though, that every time I read his name, I immediately think of how he scolded Steve MacIntyre for waiting so long (was it two or three days?) before reporting the famous Y2K error in the temp record instead of simply thanking him graciously. That told me all I needed to know about the man’s character.

milodonharlani
June 9, 2014 11:11 am

Tim Ball says:
June 9, 2014 at 10:51 am
Since Gavin blogged on RC.org during “working” hours, he should be fired & forced to repay his ill-gotten gains from hard-working taxpayers. Then go to jail or be deported.
But of course even when “working”, he’s ripping us off.

Reply to  milodonharlani
June 10, 2014 8:15 am

@milodonharlani

Since Gavin blogged on RC.org during “working” hours, he should be fired & forced to repay his ill-gotten gains from hard-working taxpayers. Then go to jail or be deported.

Ever wonder where the term “good enough for government work” originated? Gavin is just proof of the term.

Chuck Nolan
June 9, 2014 11:16 am

Schmidt, an expert in climate modeling,…
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Isn’t he embarrassed by how piss poor the models run?
He should hide his face in shame.
Expert climate modeler myass.
No such thing imo.
cn

3x2
June 9, 2014 11:17 am

“It’s an honor to lead the team of talented scientists at GISS,” he said. “The work being done here has implications for societies across the planet, and I will strive to make that research as valuable as possible.
Old ‘Handcuffs’ would be proud of Gavin striving, in true ‘handcuffs’ fashion, to ensure that’ they are fully funded, at least until the next IPCC report’. Game of Groans, you’re all going to burn in hell fire unless you give us more cash come next cash season. Let’s face it, 1/10th of a degree up next year will see funding coming out of the gills. 1/10th of a degree down will see us consigned to history.

talldave2
June 9, 2014 11:20 am

My favorite Gavinism is the one where he claims GISS temperatures are accurate to .1 degrees, even though he’s changed most of them by more than that since he said that.

Chuck Nolan
June 9, 2014 11:20 am

“In addition to more than 100 published, peer-reviewed articles,…”
———————————————————
For that we should thank Mikey and the peers of the team.
Anything or any lie for the cause…and a lucrative paycheck.
ftm. It’s always about the money with these guys.
cn

Chuck Nolan
June 9, 2014 11:27 am

ossqss says:
June 9, 2014 at 10:32 am
Question is if he has the guts now, as the boss, to sit next to Spencer for an interview?
Still Chicken Little?
———————————————————————
It’s not a matter of guts.
He knew Mac would have been all over him and he has no science, only useless models.
It’s not a lack of guts…it’s the data that Gavin is missing.
cn

James Allison
June 9, 2014 11:31 am

This appointment will make Obama happy.

tom s
June 9, 2014 11:34 am

He’d look much better in orange jumpsuit

Pamela Gray
June 9, 2014 11:40 am

I’ll bet he will continue to use the “securely private email address system” when talking to his buddies about work. Come on guys, you don’t think they are continuing to use public on-the-job email systems to continue their communications?!?!?!?!
However, having this will-not-debate guy at the head will make it easier to compel him to do exactly what he doesn’t want to do, dreads doing, and ducks out of any chance he gets. The sweet sounds of Subpoenaed! will be in our future.

Grant
June 9, 2014 11:41 am

Schmidt ‘s refusal to sit on the same stage with Roy Spencer was astounding. Yay, America, a child is in charge!

Greg
June 9, 2014 11:43 am

“The work being done here has implications for societies across the planet”
No shit !
“… and I will strive to make that research as valuable as possible.”
read: as expensive as possible.

Greg
June 9, 2014 11:45 am

Grant says: Schmidt ‘s refusal to sit on the same stage with Roy Spencer was astounding.
Wasn’t that how he won AGU “climate communication” prize? LOL

June 9, 2014 11:45 am

What space studies has he done?

Andy
June 9, 2014 11:46 am

What do you have to do to be considered to be an expert in Climate Modeling? Ignore FOIA requests? Be graded on steepness of curve on your hackney stick graph?

F. Ross
June 9, 2014 11:51 am

talldave2 says:
June 9, 2014 at 11:20 am
My favorite Gavinism is the one where he claims GISS temperatures are accurate to .1 degrees, even though he’s changed most of them by more than that since he said that.

[+emphasis]
Talldave –
As a follow on to your post; if the GISS temps are now indeed accurate to 0.01° then Gavin should NEVER need to change them again.
Well we’ll see if he can resist the temptation again if temps are still flat after another three to five years.

KNR
June 9, 2014 11:56 am

long-time director James E. Hansen and dead hand behind this appointment to ensure his ‘good work’ carries on.

john robertson
June 9, 2014 11:58 am

NASA doubling down?
So now “Real Climate” will become an acceptable use of minions paid time?
As the new Boss has no compunction about blogging on taxpayers time, the minions are free to call online gambling, porn and political agitation “work related”.
Magnificent example being offered to citizens here.
Promote the bandits and fools, fire the cautious and competent..
All hail the Kleptocracy.

Typhoon
June 9, 2014 12:08 pm

It’s models all the way down.

Saaad
June 9, 2014 12:24 pm

I love that photo of Gavin in front of the “Seinfeld restaurant” because it sums up the whole edifice: a show about nothing. (Sorry if this has been posted before – I’m in hospital atm and haven’t had time to read all the comments)

ba
June 9, 2014 12:27 pm

NASA is short on funds?? Defund GISS.

Bryan A
June 9, 2014 12:27 pm

JimS says:
June 9, 2014 at 10:18 am
Hey, then needed some to fill James Hansen’s shorts.
I believe that Mr Hansen’s shorts are already full of effluence

Editor
June 9, 2014 12:31 pm

mwhite says: “Gavin A. Schmidt – The man in charge as the negative PDO starts to make its presence felt.”
Curious statement for a number of reasons: (1) the PDO is actually positive and has been since the first of the year…and will likely go higher this month:
http://jisao.washington.edu/pdo/PDO.latest
(2) The PDO is not an indicator of ocean temperatures (warming or cooling) of the Pacific. The PDO simply represents the spatial pattern of the sea surface temperature anomalies of the extratropical North Pacific. See the post:
http://bobtisdale.wordpress.com/2014/04/20/the-201415-el-nino-part-5-the-relationship-between-the-pdo-and-enso/
(3) There’s nothing cool about the sea surface temperatures of the Pacific…comment image
…especially the North Pacific over the past year:comment image
The PDO has no value in a discussion of global surface temperatures since it represents the spatial pattern of the sea surface temperatures, not the sea surface temperatures.
To paraphrase Richard Lindzen from a recent presentation: The Pacific Decadal Oscillation is not an oscillation. And it’s not decadal. But there is one thing correct about it. It takes place in the Pacific.

talldave2
June 9, 2014 12:36 pm

Well we’ll see if he can resist the temptation again if temps are still flat after another three to five years.
No need to warm the present when you can bump the trend by cooling the past. Plus there are fewer witnesses to dispute The Coldening.
http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2013/12/21/thirteen-years-of-nasa-data-tampering-in-six-seconds/

J Broadbent
June 9, 2014 12:41 pm

Did anyone see the puff of carbon free smoke from the chimney to say the church had a new leader?
Any chance to suggest we can suggest a vow of celibacy to bring an end to this mad progression? After all, many of these greenies are lured to the dark side by a vision of foxy young things, flush with idealism and attempting to pull up a wetsuit, completely unaware of the vicious prune faced vegans that inhabit the monastries, having undertaken a vow of abuse and who will actually guide the course of their beliefs.

earwig42
June 9, 2014 12:46 pm

– Mike Mann – Eric Steig – William Connolley – Stefan Rahmstorf – Ray Bradley – Amy Clement – Rasmus Benestad – William Connolley – Caspar Ammann.
The names are very familiar to people who have followed climate and engaged in questioning the anthropogenic warming theory (AGW) in any way. The evasiveness pervading the behavior recorded in the CRU emails was present at RealClimate and beyond. Note that William Connolley is listed twice – a Freudian slip because he was the most aggressive and did more than double duty through his own web page under an assumed name.
The above is the original roster of the CLIMATE AGNOTOLOGY HALL OF INFAMY.
Dagnabbit! William Connolley is mentioned. Where is my spittoon?

Mycroft
June 9, 2014 12:47 pm

Gavin is a highly respected climate scientist
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Until he changed the IPCC brief to say that there was a human finger print on the climate!!!

mpaul
June 9, 2014 12:52 pm

What ever happened to the allegations that Hansen had accepted more than $1M in undeclared cash (in the form of science “prizes”) from environmental advocacy groups — presumably for reaching conclusions that the advocacy group liked? Last I remember someone (ATI or someone) had FOIAed NASA to get the disclosure statements and NASA said they did not hold them — leading to the allegation that Hansen never disclosed the cash as required by law. Did this go anywhere?
I imagine that Gavin will now start to receive a similar flood of cash from advocacy groups to encourage him to reach only the “correct” conclusions. And if NASA has chosen to selectively enforce the disclosure laws — well, its good to be king isn’t it.

John F. Hultquist
June 9, 2014 12:59 pm

Bob Tisdale says: at 12:31
Bob,
I’ve also noticed some folks seem not to know what “extratropical North Pacific” indicates. You may have to add something to your comments such as:
North of Hawaii’s “Big Island”

rogerknights
June 9, 2014 1:18 pm

The Schmidt fits the han(sen).

June 9, 2014 1:25 pm

Who does the selecting?

Jean Parisot
June 9, 2014 1:31 pm

and becomes only the third person, and hopefully, the last to hold the post.

CaligulaJones
June 9, 2014 1:41 pm

Anyone ever see Gavin and Michael Mann in the same room?

Jeff
June 9, 2014 1:42 pm

Gavin?! Wow… It really IS worse than we thought.

jones
June 9, 2014 1:59 pm

A nasty little bully of a man.
I wonder how he treats his minions?

Steve Keohane
June 9, 2014 2:04 pm

rogerknights says:June 9, 2014 at 1:18 pm
Is that in response to: ‘If the Schmidt don’t fit, you must acquit?’

hunter
June 9, 2014 2:04 pm

Doh!

Toto
June 9, 2014 2:11 pm

If he is going to be the new Hansen, he should start telling us about his grandchildren, he should get a big floppy hat, and he should start being arrested. Who is going to be the new Gavin Schmidt?

Tom in Florida
June 9, 2014 2:12 pm

ossqss says:
June 9, 2014 at 10:53 am
As soon a Gavin came on that video with Stossel and made the “40%” increase in CO2 statement I had to stop listening. That was our old friend R. Gates’ favorite BS quote.
Hey Gavin, you should know 40% of squat is still squat!

June 9, 2014 2:27 pm

Such a terrible choice. Most bosses want a manager who will lead their departments, breathe new life into existing programs, initiate new programs to build upon the latest technology, inspire their employees through their personal example and build employee pride throughout their organization.
Condoned if not participated in adjusting historical temperatures to match confirmation bias. Certainly not new life in old programs.
Gavin is an expert in climate modeling… Leader and developer of archaic code monsters that fail to legitimately model temperatures. So much for initiating new programs to build upon latest technology.
Gavin is highly respected… Gavin is mastermind of a climate misrepresentation web site. He refuses to respectfully acknowledge peers and instead spurns their handshakes and face to face discussions. Gavin is also on record in the climategate emails. So much for inspire employees by example; employee ideas about possible flattery by imitation makes me nervous.
I wonder how many employees will now mumble their employer organization hoping that people will not associate them with Gavin and his predecessor.
I really do regret that Judith Curry didn’t get the job offer.
Congratulation Dr. Schmidt, there are probably tens of thousands scientists who are better qualified and who can actually manage, inspire and truly lead GISS into a brighter future that truly benefits civilization. Shame leadership of GISS went to someone who acts and supports eco-terrorists as if mankind must regress to a life without conveniences, food, shelter, warmth or even fire; except for the unelected privileged few.

chris moffatt
June 9, 2014 2:36 pm

“…….and is particularly interested in how their results can be compared to paleoclimatic data..”
Yeah! I’m interested in that myself. It would, after all, be the only way to prove the models. A proof spectacularly lacking to date, Not that it would prove the predictive capability of the models….
Gavin – let us know when you have some results to display.

Bob
June 9, 2014 2:45 pm

Congratulation to Dr Gavin Schmidt on his long awaited promotion to the head of the looney-tunes part of NASA. He had to put up with the Hansen crap for many years, and the sad thing is that Schmidt will never be able to get rid of the smell of rotten science.
Schmidt needs to do a lot of work to correct the wrongs that Hasen perpetrated on science during his tenure. Certainly, Schmidt understands his duty is not to the UN IPCC but to the US taxpayer from whom Schmidt’s makes his living.
Make us proud, Gavin.

EternalOptimist
June 9, 2014 2:48 pm

I was watching in 1969 and I was damn proud. Even though I am not a US citizen. I was proud for humanity and for progress
and I am watching now, and I am ashamed, for the same reasons

RB
June 9, 2014 2:52 pm

Schmidt. A complete joke. He’s been around talking bollocks for 15 years or more. Same old.

Gunga Din
June 9, 2014 2:56 pm

Gavin Schmidt is the new James Hansen

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To paraphrase the TV show Dragnet, “The names have been changed but the guilty are…”

The Mighty Quinn
June 9, 2014 3:16 pm

From the article:
“Schmidt, an expert in climate modeling, began his career at GISS in 1996.”
Should read:
Schmidt, an expert in FAILED climate modeling, began his career at GISS in 1996.

June 9, 2014 3:57 pm

There is a team of talented scientists at GISS?? Where have they all been hiding, all these years?? /sarc

Manfred
June 9, 2014 4:06 pm

Has Schmidt written any noteworthy papers ?
(… I mean realscience, not the hockey stick crap …)

Steve from Rockwood
June 9, 2014 4:51 pm

“It’s an honor to lead the team of talented scientists at GISS,” he said. “The work being done here has implications for societies across the planet, and I will strive to make that research as valuable as possible.”
I didn’t know he was a flat-earther, otherwise he would have said “around the planet”.

Robert Austin
June 9, 2014 5:02 pm

Grant says:
June 9, 2014 at 11:41 am

“Schmidt ‘s refusal to sit on the same stage with Roy Spencer was astounding. Yay, America, a child is in charge!”

I felt no ill will towards the Gavinator until his truly boorish behavior towards Dr.Spenser at this Schmidt / Spenser interview. It demonstrated that Roy Spenser is a gentleman and that Gavin Schmidt is most certainly not.

Half Tide Rock
June 9, 2014 5:59 pm

Excuse me as I step into the bathroom and hug the white thrown. It makes perfect sense, a shill for EMS, established ‘Real Climate” to confuse science for Al Gore the first CAGW billionaire, student of the man who as head the Goddard organization apparently made a fortune pushing CAGW for the elite. Galvin should absolutely step into the same shoes. He deserves it in many ways! This has all of the markings of a train wreck. He deserves that too. Just thinkin’ Cassey Jones Greatful Dead version http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/gratefuldead/caseyjones.html

El Nino Nanny
June 9, 2014 7:28 pm

A False Prophet in front of a False “Monk’s Coffee Shop”.
Of course the scene is in reality “Tom’s Restaurant”
I’d say that James Hansen is the Old Gavin Schmidt,
and GS can look forward to filling that mould of the
half-baked lunatic fringe, where attacking coal power
plants, and criminal damage of railroad property is
deemed “okay – yah”.
Gavin Schmidt is what may be loosely termed as a
“Highland Dancer”, and that aint no racehorse.

HWR
June 9, 2014 7:36 pm

Once more we are reminded of what floats to the top of the septic tank. A complete disgrace.

Skiphil
June 9, 2014 7:42 pm

re: “Is Gavin Schmidt honest?” etc.
This new appointment should be viewed as an ideal opportunity, to make timely inquiries and statements, both privately and publicly.
While the appointment is new and fresh (even if obscure to most of the public) there is more of a chance (perhaps) to obtain statements and comments from various people, i.e., will they defend what has gone on to date with Hansen, Schmidt, various NASA offices, RealClimate blog, Gavin’s partners-in-malice such as Michael Mann, CRU-Jones et al.
For those well enough versed in all of the details and history (as I am not), it is a great moment to try to stimulate curious journalism, critical public challenges and institutional responses, etc.
Who knows what interesting or useful comments may emerge if enough probes are attempted with media, NASA, Congress, other scientists, etc.??

kadaka (KD Knoebel)
June 9, 2014 8:36 pm

But who takes over for Gavin? When it all comes out and higher-ups start emergency hearings and investigations to keep the indignant lynch mobs at bay, the profiteers and their closest minions will need all their possible layers of plausible deniability intact.

El Nino Nanny
June 9, 2014 10:03 pm

¡Ay, caramba!
“RealClimate: Gavin Schmidt is a climate modeller
at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
in New York and is interested in modeling”
Among his RealClimate recommended reading list are …..
Christian Science Monitor, Climatedenial dot org,
deSmogBlog, George Monbiot, SkepticalScience,
Stoat, The Carbon Brief, Columbia Earth Inst.,
and Penn State Inst. Env. to name but a few.
Who will become the new voice of “Real Climate” propaganda “blog”,
or does Schmidt intend to continue full-time comment deletion policing ?
The pages at the so called “Real Climate” website states this at the moment :
“Technical Note: Sorry for any recent performance issues. We are working on it.”
Has this got something to do with Schmidt’s new role ?
He is still listed as #1 “contributor” though with Michael Mann at #2
realclimate dot org index archives 2004 12 contributors
archived for posterity at : https://archive.today/KDXNR

Grant
June 9, 2014 11:11 pm

Robert Austin says,
“I felt no ill will towards the Gavinator until his truly boorish behavior towards Dr.Spenser at this Schmidt / Spenser interview. It demonstrated that Roy Spenser is a gentleman and that Gavin Schmidt is most certainly not.”
I think it is more telling than that, Robert. If you are confident in your ideas and your facts, a normal, mature adult is willing and even anxious to defend and promote their ideas. This little, silly, coward of a man couldn’t do it. I don’t want to be extreme in my thoughts, but I have nothing but disdain and mistrust for this weasel. Even if I completely disagreed with Dr. Spencer I ‘d rather spend a year arguing with him than a moment with Schmidt. I have a difficult time expressing my incredulity of a man like that.
At least Hansen was ready and willing to debate his opponents. This is in my view, a complete disaster. I just hope and pray that he’s fired by the next president.

lee
June 9, 2014 11:42 pm

‘Currently deputy director of the institute, Schmidt steps into the position left vacant after the retirement of long-time director James E. Hansen and becomes only the third person to hold the post.’
The post continues to lean to the left. Schmidt is hanging on for dear life; but it is difficult to determine if he is trying to stand it upright or to a more left-leaning posture.

John M
June 10, 2014 12:11 am

Different job, same Schmidt !!!

NikFromNYC
June 10, 2014 12:24 am

I lived here twenty years now too, and that fat ass never goes out. The neighborhood is full of bright eyed college babes (and a few guys). No Gavin has been seen ’round here. No, he is *not* hanging out locally, like that. And his “penthouse” office above Tom’s ALWAYS has it’s lights off after 9PM. That disconnects him completely from Columbia University labs proper, open all night, including holidays. I used to walk home every night for five year between 2AM and 4AM. No, that’s not Columbia University. These are gnats of science, not men.
Gilbert Stork is a real god. He put art into organic synthesis, and after helping invent The Pill, he put Columbia back on the map where actual new methods were forged in creating things out of carbon that really matter:
http://youtu.be/JeHtHFddd0Q

June 10, 2014 12:49 am
Hilary Ostrov (aka hro001)
June 10, 2014 2:02 am

Hmmm …. So Gavin Schmidt is designated as the new Hansen, eh?!
This is the same Gavin Schmidt about whom one might reasonably say: ‘Consistency is not exactly his forté.’
There are a few things that have always puzzled me about Good Ol’ Gav. Back in November 2009, he claimed that the Climategate 1.0 files had been uploaded to RealClimate. This alleged upload was three days before they became public knowledge.
If, in fact, events transpired in at least one of the various ways in which Schmidt subsequently described them, would he not have had the perfect “hockey-stick” from his server log data to present to Andy Revkin, as evidence, when he discussed it with him on Nov. 20, 2009 (even if he did not report this alleged crime to the appropriate authorities)?!
For the record, although about a year later, Schmidt did claim that he had sent such logs to Norfolk’s (slowest and) finest in December 2009, Revkin confirmed to me a few years ago that no logs were ever presented to him:

[HRO:] Could you share with us the evidence presented to you circa Nov. 20/09 – and duly analyzed by those with appropriate expertise – which led you to conclude that the alleged “hack” for the purpose of an “upload” (an action which has never made any sense to me!) can reasonably be described as: “Real Climate … was clearly subjected to a computer hack …”
[Revkin:] Indeed, my statements about the “hack” of Real Climate rely entirely on the statements of Gavin Schmidt, and not any independent line of evidence. So you’re correct that there’s no independent evidence-based foundation for that level of definitiveness.

One other thing that struck me about Good Ol’ Gav is his rather remarkable facility in jumping on his high horse to claim that he did not say what he did when … well … he did! (For details, pls. see: The ineffable meaning of “conflicts” in climate science)

John West
June 10, 2014 5:06 am

Congratulations, Gavin.

gallopingcamel
June 10, 2014 5:56 am

NASA may have given up on leading the “Space Race” but it still leads in “Carbocentrisme”.

DayHay
June 10, 2014 7:26 am

I commented on how these warmist folks are basically bat s**t crazy some time ago.
They are doubling down on all fronts, our wallets will be gone. Australia is looking pretty good these days.

Martin Lewitt
June 10, 2014 10:29 am

Those climate models are paper mills. Even though each new generation and a wealth of model diagnostic literature prove the prior models wrong, the model based papers never have to be retracted. Nice gig while it lasts.

Vince Causey
June 10, 2014 10:58 am

The king is dead. Long live the king.

Jason Calley
June 10, 2014 12:26 pm

Schmidt happens… 🙁

TimTheToolMan
June 10, 2014 8:32 pm

So Gavin’s journey to the dark side is now complete. What with increased budget concerns and responsibility for the welfare of his minions, he’ll have little time for scepticism. Its a pity really because despite his seemingly unshakable faith in models, I thought he showed occasional glimmers of hope.
Oh and Tamino has a new master.

Bulldust
June 10, 2014 10:44 pm

The man whole broke the Peter Principle … to incompetence and beyond!

Jimbo
June 11, 2014 5:35 pm

You go Gavin.

Warm Winters Result From Greenhouse Effect, Columbia Scientists Find, Using NASA Model
Date: June 4, 1999
Source: Columbia University
Summary:
A team of scientists from Columbia University has shown that warm winters in the northern hemisphere likely can be explained by the action of upper-atmosphere winds that are closely linked to global warming.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/06/990604081638.htm

Gavin Schmidt was one of the authors.
Now what did Dr. Hodren say? Colder winters in the USA as a result of man’s greenhouse gases. What is a sane mane to do?

Jimbo
June 11, 2014 5:38 pm

CORRECTION
What is a sane mane to do?
What is a sane man to do?

Jimbo
June 11, 2014 5:41 pm

Is Gavin a climate scientist?

June 13, 2014 1:00 pm

I’m open minded about Gavin Schmidt, for some reason he strikes me as an exception, don’t ask me why, there’s something about his character I like, so I won’t be judging him just yet. We’ll see… 🙂

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