Has The Guardian’s Dana Nuccitelli ‘Rolling Stoned’ Christy & Spencer?

rolling-stone1Guest essay by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. (reprinted with permission from his blog)

That tireless ecological zealot over at The Guardian, Dana Nuccitelli, took the opportunity of our 25th anniversary of satellite-based global temperature monitoring to rip us a new one.

Comparing John Christy and me to “scientists who disputed the links between smoking and cancer”, Dana once again demonstrates his dedication to the highest standards of journalism.

Well done, Grauniad.

I prefer to compare us to Barry Marshall and Robin Warren, who rejected the scientific consensus that peptic ulcers were due to too much stress or spicy food. While they eventually received the Nobel Prize after years of ridicule and scorn from the medical research community, we have no illusions that we will ever be credited for our long-standing position that global warming fears have been overblown. I’m sure the UN’s IPCC will find a way to take credit for that, and get another Peace Prize for it.

(I wonder if Marshall and Warren were being paid off by the spicy food lobby?)

The “97% of all climate scientists agree“ meme that Dana bitterly clings to has been thoroughly discredited…. as if scientific consensus on something so poorly understood as climate change (or stomach ulcers 15 years ago?) really means anything, anyway.

To prove that Dana should probably avoid trying to interpret simple graphs, let’s examine this chart he so likes, which allegedly shows that our (UAH) global temperature dataset has been continually adjusted for errors over the years, resulting in an increasing warming trend:

Danas-excellent-chart

Now, setting aside the fact that (1) we actually do adjust for obvious, demonstrable errors as soon as they have been found (unlike the IPCC climate modelers who continue to promote demonstrably wrong models), and (2) RSS gets about the same (relatively benign) warming trend as we do, let’s examine some other popular temperature datasets in the same manner as the above graph:

Accum_Trend

Looks a lot like Dana’s plot, doesn’t it?

Do you want to know why? Is it really because all those other temperature dataset providers were also busily correcting mistakes in their data, too?

No, it’s largely because as the years go by, the global temperature trend changes, silly.

About the only thing Dana got reasonably correct is his article’s tag line, “John Christy and Roy Spencer are pro-fossil fuel and anti-scientific consensus.”

You’re damn right we are. But not because we are paid to say it, which we aren’t. (What are you paid to say for The Guardian, Dana?)

We are pro-fossil fuel because there are no large scale replacements available, wind and solar are too expensive, and you can’t just cut fossil fuel use without causing immense human suffering. Yes, I’ve talked to some of the top economists about it.

And indeed we are “anti-scientific consensus” because the consensus (which mostly just follows the average of the IPCC climate models) has been demonstrated to be wrong.

Finally, if Dana objects to me tiring of being called a “global warming denier” (with the obvious Holocaust connotations) for the last seven eight years and fighting back, read this and then tell me where I am wrong.

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172 thoughts on “Has The Guardian’s Dana Nuccitelli ‘Rolling Stoned’ Christy & Spencer?

  1. Does Diana Nutti Celli work for a fossil fuel company anyway? Poor boy life must be so difficult when you simply do not understand things but cling to beliefs.

    • Beliefs – exactly. Meanwhile, in Nuccitelli’s just-released “Climatology Versus Pseudoscience: Exposing the Failed Predictions of Global Warming Skeptics” book (https://books.google.com/books?id=mKigBgAAQBAJ&pg=PP1 ), on page 54 he cites a variant of the same “reposition global warming as theory rather than fact” ‘leaked memo phrase’ ( http://gelbspanfiles.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Nuccitelli-Gelb.jpg ) that Al Gore spelled out full screen in his 2006 movie, and that Naomi Oreskes cites as smoking gun proof of skeptic scientists’ industry guilt ( http://gelbspanfiles.com/?p=2009 ). But as I’ve described at length in my blog ( http://gelbspanfiles.com/?p=1480 ), nobody who accuses skeptics of being ‘paid industry shills’ has ever proved that the “reposition global warming” phrase or anything else is evidence of an industry / skeptic conspiracy to lie to the public about global warming.

      • Tell me you didn’t buy his book…! Uggggg. Just promise to use it as toilet paper to to soak up oil spills in the future and I’ll be ok….

      • Freeman Dyson recently stated that of course AGW is a fact. But he thinks man-made global warming is not an important fact.

        The important questions are: How much is man warming the climate? (Not much.)

        And is AGW good or bad? (All that extra CO2 in the atmosphere is good for both plants and animals.)

        I would add that mankind benefits enormously from land-use changes that have built cities and increased agricultural production.

        My grandparents were born in Canada during the same decade as the American Civil War. Their generation was privileged to have a huge boost in standard of living compared with their grandparents and compared with people living on other continents. They passed away before 1960 and therefore had no inkling what great improvements in lifestyle would be enjoyed by their grandchildren and now great-great-grandchildren, nor how the health and welfare of people have improved on other continents.

        The puritans in the US, the UK and Europe may well continue to self-flagellate over their good-fortune, but let them not expect the majority of people to accept their efforts to dismantle the modern economies of their countries.

        It’s not going to happen for the reasons Lincoln gave: You cannot fool enough people into believing that a degree or so of warming will harm them more than destruction of their industrial society.

        And too many people still remember that great experiment inspired by Marx to accept that capitalists are worse bogeymen than bureaucrats,

    • He understands. He is paid to denigrate cheap coal so as his employer (an oil company) can boost profits.
      Or maybe he’s a complete idiot.
      Hmm.

      Knave or Nutter?

      To be honest, I shouldn’t have commented. I can’t make that call.

      • ” He is paid to denigrate cheap coal so as his employer (an oil company) can boost profits.
        Or maybe he’s a complete idiot.”

        ^Both

        “Knave or Nutter?”

        ^Both

        There, now you don’t have to make the call.

  2. Time is running out for the global warming alarmists and they know it. I’m afraid they will just get uglier and uglier. It’s really pathetic.

      • Fortunately for the US, Obama, in his arrogance and spite for the US constitution, won’t submit the signed treaty to the US Senate for ratification. Without that, essence it will possibly go the way of Kyoto, the US will not be a party to the final agreement.

  3. Kerpow.

    But, regrefully, being right is no longer relevent. Having facts (RS vs. UVA) does not mean acceptance.

    • This is what bothers me most about the state of modern scientific communities and circles. Gentlemen scientists of prior years didn’t need to fight so furiously over their ideas and pet-hypotheses because most scientists were from reasonably wealthy back-grounds.
      I’m sure the human element has always played a part but it’s very much alive and well. Certain fields of science have become heavily politicized and influenced by ideological lobbies.
      It’s nothing new for a scientist to get too attached to his/her pet ideas but in this day and age political lobbying, funding and career building influence current scientists far too much. It’s WAY too easy to get sucked into the cycle of building up your own career, collecting your own accolades, fighting over and securing funding for yourself. Funding from people with their own ideas about what they think should be scientific truth, rather than simply what is.

      It simply doesn’t promote an environment for the exchange of free ideas, despite the lip-service paid by these very same members of manufactured consensus, like the ‘AGW crowd’.

      It’s ironic that anyone who raises criticism of AGW or whatever it’s being called today gets labelled a corporate/lobbyist shill.
      The ‘pro-AGW’ community for lack of a better word is rife with ugly ad-hominem tactics, of ideological underpinning and fanaticism, but worst of all, genuine worst of all, bad science.
      Bad methods and bad behaviour within the scientific community and towards anyone who has the outrageous gall to promote good science and a healthy environment for it by questioning ideas and knowledge when there is grounds to regard it as mistaken.
      That goes along the spectrum from simply challenging perceived mistakes in the data to outright fighting tooth and nail ugly and outright unacceptable non-scientific personal attack, harassment and censorship.

      As in all things, often our greatest challenge is ourselves. Human nature.
      Perhaps one day, even soon if it can be helped, we can mitigate human vice from the scientific method.

  4. The balloon data supports their satellite data which should go a long way in proving the satellite data is indeed correct in my opinion. This confirmation has been in place for years between the two independent data sources.

    • Judging by a recent issue of National Geographic Magazine; which just might be the most highly respected and read magazine in existence, they too have taken a page out of Scientific American, and have started carrying straw man articles designed to cast catastrophic global warming skeptics, and researchers like Christy and Spencer, as simple inebriates.

      Dr. Roy mentions Nuccitelli’s likening his team to the folks who pooh pooh the linkage of smoking to cancer.

      A behavioral psychologist friend of mine, has said: “There’s a body of evidence linking lung cancer to cigarette smoking. There’s also a body of evidence linking children to sex. The cigarette data is much more robust.”

      But back to Nat Geo. Their recent article likens global warming skeptics to those who claim the “moon landings” were filmed on a sound stage in Hollywood, and also to folks who believe that the earth is a flat square plate, with all we know on one side of it.

      I’ve never met or heard of anybody besides National Geographic, who think the earth is square, let alone flat. Everybody knows it is like a pizza, round and crusty on the other side, where the Australians and Kiwi’s live.

      This penchant for such juvenile ad hominem aspersions on MMGWCCC realists and skeptics, shows just how low the print media have sunk, in trying to maintain their influence in the dead tree media.

      I’ve never subscribed to Nat Geo; only for the reason that I have never been in a position to spend discretionary income on something which ultimately will get thrown away. (yes in the recycle bin).

      But if they are going to follow Sci Am down into the sewers of print media, then I won’t even bother to read it, when I happen on an issue, when I’m in the Dr.’s office.

      For Prof Christy and Dr. Roy, I can only say: you know you are over the target, when you have flak all around you. They don’t waste ammo and tracers on things that are no threat to their propaganda.

      And Just remember the OLD pilot’s mantra:

      Tracers work equally well in both directions.

      Go get ’em John and Roy. We’ve got your back.

      • Nat. Geographic used to be good, but I’d nominate it for the Josef Goebbels Prize, now. It’s become a propaganda organ. I must admit I still buy old issues from the 50’s and hide them among the 6-month old magazines in my dentist’s office.

      • I dropped my Nat Geo subscription over their pseudo-scientific political positions some time ago. Looks like there is no good reason to go back.

      • We have a large collection of Nat Geo’s but most of them are old and all we keep them and share them for is for the excellent photography from those days and some of the supporting texts. But the last ten years or so even the photo’s are more and more political and have very little to do with geography, so we quit buying and collecting them, which in it’s own is a sad statement.

      • I call the natgeo TV channel “the global warming channel 1″… with Discovery being #2. And I really mean number 2.

      • At one point in time the “flat-earthers” represented the scientific consensus. Those who did not “believe” were the deniers and skeptics. Skepticism is the bedrock of science and skeptics are the only true scientists.

      • “””””…..“A long-term cooling trend in the lower stratosphere is one of many signs that increasing levels of greenhouse gases are changing our planet’s climate. ”…..”””””

        IF in fact it IS occurring,….. ‘A long-term cooling trend in the lower stratosphere is one of many signs that there is …..’A long-term cooling trend in the lower stratosphere.’

        There’s no proven science that it is evidence of anything else.

    • Neville, the graph appears to come from NOAA. That’s what my browser says anyway.

      Right from the horse.

      • yeah, the satellite portion of that graph probably comes from RSS.

        while the lower stratosphere is not cooling, it is shown by the AMSU portion (1998 on only) that it is still cooling in the mid and upper stratosphere. but from – http://www.remss.com/measurements/upper-air-temperature

        “The AMSU-only datasets (C10-C14, C25) are relatively early in their development process and should be considered preliminary, or in the case of C13 and C14, experimental.”

        they probably are correct, but it doesnt say much about the troposphere with the lower stratosphere not changing for 20 years. there is no warming in the top of the troposphere (TTS), nor is there warming in the lower troposphere for the last 18 years. this really is all that should be expected from natural warming (surface warming/cooling) with ozone changes.. where is the co2 influence? like magic it bypass the atmosphere an goes straight to the lower oceans?!

  5. Banana Nutty-celli deserves any brickbats thrown at him, he is a thoroughly disreputable and dishonest individual.

  6. Ooh, that’s good. But Nutty will NEVER learn. In my 55 years I have seen it time and again; some people just do not learn.

  7. Yeah, but just as the title suggests, even after the corrections to the false CAGW proclamations are made, it is somewhat too late and the false statements become “truth”.

    Just like “the “97% of all climate scientists agree“ meme that even President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry keep repeating.

  8. Well done, Roy. As soon as I saw Dana’s post at TheGuardian and SkepticalScience about your 25th anniversary, I’ve been waiting for your rebuttal. The obvious has always eluded Dana.

    Cheers.

  9. You should thank him for exposing himself as a complete nutter while exposing you to a larger audience. You’ve been given an unlimited opportunity to educate through solid science those people curious enough to follow up. I wouldn’t worry too much about the incurious who won’t follow up. Nobody can reach them because the truth and the facts require more than 160 characters and that is the limit of their twittering attention span. A lie requires no facts.

  10. You don’t have to look at the GCMs performance out of sample (aka projections) to see their failure. Figure 9.8 of IPCC AR5 conveniently shows the range of absolute temperatures each model produces over the base period 1961-1990. The GCMs range from 12.6 – 15.3 C. HadCRUT4 (est. actual) is shown as 14 C.

    What is happening to phase transitions (eg ice to water, water to steam) on this range of planets?

  11. Does Canada must freeze to the American people understand that we ended up the warming in North America?

    • Ren says —

      “Does Canada must freeze to the American people understand that we ended up the warming in North America?”

      This seems to say —

      Must Canada ice over before the American people understand that warming has ended in North America?

      Eugene WR Gallun

      • As an Immigrant to Canada and having to deal with “translating” concepts in my head from my native language into our new country’s language as I was speaking sometimes there are things that just do not “translate”, I also married a person from another background so I had to then deal with three languages, cultures, humor, religious differences etc . I can tell you there were times I might have agreed with “gun control” when in conversations with the three sides. So I can understand Ren’s occasional “trips” as far as language is concerned, I have had quite a few of my own.

  12. I love it when alarmists compare climatology to medical science, it clearly demonstrates that they don’t have a clue. Climatology as a science is what, 50-60 years old? Medical science is what, about 3,000 years old? I suggest that any warmist using the “you wouldn’t ignore 97% of doctors” meme should try using Sumatran medical practices because after all it only takes a few decades for the science to become settled.

  13. Where do you see global warming?

    Warm (>+0.5oC; red stippled line) and cold (<0.5oC; blue stippled line) episodes for the Oceanic Niño Index (ONI), defined as 3 month running mean of ERSST.v3b SST anomalies in the Niño 3.4 region (5oN-5oS, 120o-170oW)]. Base period: 1971-2000. For historical purposes cold and warm episodes are defined when the threshold is met for a minimum of 5 consecutive over-lapping seasons. The thin line indicates 3 month average values, and the thick line is the simple running 7 year average of these. Last 3 month running mean shown: December 2014 – February 2015. Last diagram update 6 March 2015.

    • ren asks, “Where is the global warming?”. I swear I saw it, years ago, for a while, and then it was gone, and I haven’t seen it anymore – like a bigfoot sighting. Heard it was hiding in the deep ocean, but there’s no evidence for that. Heard it was going to come back and “get” us later on someday, but again no evidence.

      I’ll keep looking for that global warming… it’s supposed to be hiding out there in plain sight- so I hear from the loud shrill voices screaming about it from on high.

      Apologies to you ren, as I didn’t see your article from February at the time you posted it at https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/ren-cosmic-rays-ozone-and-the-polar-vortex/comment-page-1/ until today, so I’m sorry I wasn’t much help to you there then.

  14. I’ve always thought that one of the most amazing aspects of climate science is how it manged to elevate some oil & gas industry consultant into a suppossed expert on the subject matter. Or for that matter a cartoonist.

    Our little Scooter has come a long way.

    • You do not quite understand. It is the internet that has transformed everyone. Nearly everyone is now an expert on practically everything.
      And when the actual trained professionals demonstrate, for all to see, that one can be a well respected and highly paid nincompoop with hardly any effort, well then, why shouldn’t every else who wants to be one as well?

  15. In the case of the Rolling Stone the narrative came before the facts, geez, that can’t happen at the Guardian, can it?

  16. Interesting to watch them now, their religion (of warming) is crumbling, they are spraying venom so mad are they.

  17. Thank you for your scientific integrity, Dr. Spencer and Dr. Christy, and your tireless efforts to maintain rational dialog with others who are not so well grounded. You will win in the end.

    At this point, hacks like Dana are only preaching to the choir, anyway. Don’t let it get under your skin.

    • True.
      Every time I comment on Dana’s delusions the moderators start deleting comments (partially or selectively) to make him look less loony.

      So I don’t go to his columns anymore. The comments are now all a tedious echo chamber.
      And thus nobody now goes there ,except to be suckled in the milk of amnesia and blissfully forget the challenges of the real world.

      • I did make the mistake of going over to read the Guardian piece. He plugs some book he has out and makes many, many references to his own further Guardian pieces as support for dredging Dr. Spencer and Dr. Christy. Circular, for sure, but getting truly desperate if you can only quote yourself.

      • I used to drop by there occasionally for the argument, but I can no longer stand the rabid voices there. It becomes a pointless endeavor to try debate with them. So for my sanity,s sake I will never go there again. I even deleted their link from my computer.

  18. Good job, Dr. Spencer. Dana is a pathetic paid troll. Don’t waste more time on him lest you find yourself pig wrestling.

    • Pathetic is a good descriptor for Scooter. Along with nasty, obnoxious, unpleasant, unqualified, …

  19. “… any warmist using the “you wouldn’t ignore 97% of doctors” meme should … ”

    In reality it’s worse than this: Not long ago, 99% of all doctors claimed that cholesterol-rich diet is very bad for you. And now that former and nearly totally accepted consensus is declared officially to be absolute nonsense…

    But eco-stalinists like Nutty & co will never learn from the history of paradigm shifts in science, unfortunately.

    • Your post reminded me of a story my sister told me. About 10 years ago she drove our 84 year old father to the local Veteran’s Administratioin clinic for a check up. When his doctor advised him to eat more fruis and vegetables, he replied,
      “Look, I’m 84 years old! How much longer do you expect me to live if I start eating that crap?”
      My father is still living 10 years later, still has a drivers license, and as far as I know, hasn’t increased his intake of fruits and vegetables. Heredity plays a much larger part than lifestyle choices like exercise and diet.

      • How right you are. And, a good doctor will know it. There was a nasty cold that went around recently where I live. Because I got it, and I already have a lung condition, I lost 10 pounds which I can’t afford to lose.

        I saw the doctor a week ago. The intern recommended fats and proteins. I told my doctor I love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. He told me, “As your doctor I recommend you eat plenty of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.”

      • I like to remind people that 50% of all doctors graduated in the bottom half of their class. I get the impression that 97% of climate scientists graduated in the bottom half.

    • “Not long ago, 99% of all doctors claimed that cholesterol-rich diet is very bad for you.”

      In a similar vein, several months back I was reading a story about the results of a very large and well designed study that was set up to give a definitive answer to the link between salt and high blood pressure.
      The gist of it was that the study proved conclusively that salt does not raise the blood pressure of anyone, except for a tiny group of people with a very rare condition.
      Amazing news, given that it has been dogma among the medical profession for decades that salt will kill you if you have high blood pressure, and if you do not have HBP, salt will cause you to get it.

      Several interesting points were raised and explored in the article, among them that people with the lowest salt intake actually had more chance of heart disease that those who consumed the most salt, that a low salt diet had never eased blood pressure in a single person, and yet this was never taken to indicate a problem with the supposed link. In fact, the link was so firmly established in many minds that it was not called a theory, or anything like that…it was taken to be a simple fact…like the sky is blue and water is wet.

      The origins of the whole myth were discussed as well. It turns out that there were never any studies, not a single one, that showed a scientific causal link…or any link at all. It all started with someone saying it, and others repeating it, and the idea took on a life of it’s own, and subsequently everyone just pointed to the appeal to authority rationale to perpetuate the myth.

      The important thing to note, in my view anyway, is that this was not a single out of the blue study. There have been many studies done, and each failed to find a link to back up the assertion that salt causes HBP. The most recent study was done to settle the question, once and for all. The result showed that people who eat a lot of salt will drink more water, and the salt is flushed out by the kidneys.

      Then came the real surprise to me (I had always doubted a link, being a salt nut with perfectly normal BP even though I am very nearly over the hill, although not quite back down the other side): After learning of the results of the study, and acknowledging that no link between salt and blood pressure could be established, not one but two major US medical organizations reiterated their recommendation for people to minimize salt intake! And for people with high blood pressure to avoid adding salt to any foods whatsoever!

      So, what does this all say about so called experts, settled science, and cherished advice?

      I leave it for each to decide for themselves., while I stroll over to the kitchen for another bowl of salty nuts.

      Toodles.

      • The latest study I read was just a few days ago. It found that for some people, adhering to the government’s recommendation of daily salt consumption (1500 mg?) was too low, and INCREASED their chances of heart problems.

        I never did cut back on salt (latest BP measurement was this week : 106/68. No medication of any kind, no supplements, 65 years old), but after these latest revelations I’ve added fat and cholesterol back in my diet. I’m just watching total calories to keep my weight where I like it.

      • Indeed. There are a bunch of muppets here in the UK campaigning for a reduction in salt intake. They are on the BBC and in the Guardian a lot (quelle surprise). The main campaigner is a cardiologist…

        Hence the expression (which I first saw on this site) that putting ‘climate’ in front of ‘scientist’ is like putting ‘witch’ in front of ‘doctor’.

        Chris Snowden at http://velvetgloveironfist.blogspot.co.uk/ calls out these people, who have no evidence of their beliefs at all. Sound familiar?

  20. Roy,

    Look at the bright side. Characterizing you as a person denying a link between cigarette smoking and cancer onset is the last refuge of a desperate nazi hack. It is desperate because calling you a “climate denialist” is now harmless, maybe even a compliment considering the latest Gallup polls in the USA.. If this is the state of journalism, “Rolling Stone Fake Rape” du jour amongst the left, I suggest you prepare a defense for more contemporary unfounded social faux pas accusations. The climate nazi’s will likely resort to accusations that you thought the word “n*gg*r”, or you made advances on a child, or you ordered a pizza from Memories Pizza in Indiana.

    Dana Nuccitelli is a goose stepping nazi leftist thug who, like most leftists, will lie about everything to anyone who will listen. She and Sabrina Erdely of UVA Fake Rape fame, are liars pushing politics and YOU are in the way. They will stop at nothing.

    You may need a GoFundMe page.(If you don’t have tenure}

  21. I’ve been following a few stories in the Guardian recently. It all started because I was looking for UK newspapers without annoying pay walls.

    Oh boy. If you think Nuccitelli is a bad actor, he’s nothing compared to the commenters on the Guardian’s various stories relating to Climate Change, Iran and their pet disinvestment campaign.

    If its deniers, nuclear, Republicans, Israel or UK’s Conservatives; the hatred just boils off the screen.

    The only word for so many of their commenters is Rabid.

    One other, rather less immediately obnoxious, issue that so many there experience. I was querying the feasibility of their Keep it in the Ground campaign. [The ‘it’ being fossil fuels]. As an aid to understanding I was quoting energy consumption by fuel source from B.P.’s 2014 Statistical Review of World Energy. The big takeaway being renewables contribution globally is about 2.2% in that report. I suspect that the posts were ignored as soon as some unpalatable numbers appeared in them. I have a growing feeling that even the Guardian’s more measured commenters just don’t like numbers that actually represent reality or maybe just don’t understand numbers in general.

    They are a bizarre crowd.

    • Hello, I’m a Guardian commenter.

      And if you think the righteous anger you’ve witnessed so far is fiery…
      Wait until you see an article on UKIP’s plan to cut foreign aid. I’ll show you righteous anger then.

      We on the left can combine compassion with rage.

      • I am a Guardian reader.
        I also read the Telegraph for balance (it’s free online in the UK).
        But my political bias is to the left. Don’t my numerous comments make that clear?

        It’s not sad to read.

      • I try not to let political bias influence how I read a person’s comments. While I think it isn’t hard to figure out which side of the balance you generally are on, your comments are worth reading.

  22. I am not getting any ploy-lines on the first graph.
    Is there something supposed to on this graph?

  23. “We are pro-fossil fuel because there are no large scale replacements available, wind and solar are too expensive, and you can’t just cut fossil fuel use without causing immense human suffering. Yes, I’ve talked to some of the top economists about it.”
    Thank you for this accurate information. How stupid or misinformed are those who think the 15 century technology will replace 19/20 Century technology (Fossil Fuels) which has dramatically improved the lot of civilization.
    The US spends over $20 Billion dollars annually on climate change with negligible results:
    https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/assets/legislative_reports/fcce-report-to-congress.pdf
    The money is spread everywhere among the Federal agencies and subsidizes university Professors and bundlers as well as well as other faux enterprises like electric cars.

    All this wasted expense to put the fossil fuel companies out of business ignoring the fact that they are major contributors to the US treasury and the green energy contributes little to nothing.
    Is there any other time in history where the US government went all out to shut down profitable enterprise by going backwards?

      • In the current age we are in I wouldn’t be assigning genders to anyone unless they have already professed which one they claim they are.

      • In reply to Martin R- one of my pet peeves is the misuse of the term “gender” when the term “sex” should be used. One should assign the terms “male” and “female” based on sex.
        “;Gender” is , or was before current media began screwing it up, a purely LANGUAGE term.
        Mark Twain wrote a humorous article with the title, “The Awful German Language”. German has more
        “gender ” words than English. “Der: is a masculine term
        Der Mann- the man but also “Der Ofen” the oven, and “Der Montag”- Monday
        “Die” is a feminine term
        Die Frau- the woman but also “Die Steuer”- the steering wheel
        “Das” is a neutral term
        Das Buch- the book, but also “Das Madchen”- the young girl

        As Twain pointed out, it can be very difficult to determine the correct Gender word for a noun. Those learning the language have to learn the gender along with the word-

        So when some media person misuses the word “Gender” because they think sex is a dirty word,
        I think of Mark Twain’s essay, and think of my oven as “he” , my steering wheel as “she” and a young girl as “it”.

      • “””””…..
        Alan McIntire

        April 8, 2015 at 6:10 am

        In reply to Martin R- one of my pet peeves is the misuse of the term “gender” when the term “sex” should be used. One should assign the terms “male” and “female” based on sex. …..”””””

        Well apparently in some parts of the United States; maybe it is at the census bureau, there is a list of some 57 possible genders one may select, and some people think that’s not enough.

        And there are some obvious ones that aren’t even listed; like Hermaphrodite for example

    • I believe he has a position with Tetra Tech and comments on blogs and writes for the Guardian on his own time.

      I’ve always found it interesting how he has managed to be seen as a knowledgeable commentator on climate when he is no more qualified than I am from an educational or profession standpoint.

  24. Nuccitelli is the classic case of a little man made big by lucky chance , but who is at heart still a little man.
    The Guardian has effectively given him the freedom to publish any old rubbish , yes has hard as it is to believe with Nuccitelli they managed to make their coverage of AGW even worse .

    A rather toxic mix of BS and poor science is his norm , we can only hope his last days are spent in some bar boring the hell out of ever one has he tells them ‘he used to be a a somebody ‘ while his ‘work’ is publicly regards has nothing more than a bad joke.

  25. “The “97% of all climate scientists agree“ meme that Dana bitterly clings to has been thoroughly discredited….”

    This 97% consensus is not only oddly precise but has incredible stability for something that should surely change over time, and should be checked and rechecked? It is interesting that if this type of number kept being brought up on a topic such as politics or economics or crime then you would expect some skilled journalist to ask awkward questions which now looks to be the case.

  26. Let’s not the Guardian is chronically in debt, and is only kept afloat by a ‘foundation’.
    So I wonder just who is paying for us to hear Dana’s opinion?

  27. Let’s not forget the Guardian is chronically in debt, and is only kept afloat by a ‘foundation’.
    So I wonder just who is paying for us to hear Dana’s opinion?

  28. I’ll tell ya’, I’m no superbrain. In fact I’m dumb. I’m rather stupid. In fact I’m as dumb as dumb can be. I walk into closed doors. I trip on my feet when I’m laying down. I say ‘duh’ a lot. I’m a blithering idiot. I’m as dumb as a rock. So I can’t fully understand the orangey and bluey chartey thingy. Are the four temperature records for 1995 through 1998 from a time of lower temperatures before the pause set in? Phew. Did I get that out?

  29. All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. (German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, 1818)

    • What I want to know is what happens then? Do the doom-mongers apologize and give the money back? I’m betting No on that one. Accountability for the lead players would be nice too, which is probably another pipedream…

  30. All this shouting simply makes me want to investigate “scientists who disputed the links between smoking and cancer” more thoroughly.

    • It all started with a guy who disputed, correctly it turns out, the connection between second hand smoke and lung cancer.
      Not smoking itself.
      Said fellow said “Climates not a-warmin’!”

      That was all they needed to spin it into “All skeptics doubt cigarettes are dangerous, too”.

  31. In his guest essay Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. said**,

    “About the only thing Dana got reasonably correct is his article’s tag line, ‘John Christy and Roy Spencer are pro-fossil fuel and anti-scientific consensus.’

    You’re damn right we are. But not because we are paid to say it, which we aren’t. (What are you paid to say for The Guardian, Dana?)”

    ** reprinted with permission from his blog

    – – – – – – – –

    Roy Spencer,

    And I am damn well “pro-fossil fuel and anti-scientific consensus” as well; in the same context and for the same reasons.

    May I add that Dana, as a self-nominated spokesperson for the so called climate change consensus, is an anti-asset for the consensus.

    John

  32. Roy,

    You continue to make the claim that the change in trend is due to a longer data set but in fact that is only half the story. The other half of the story is that it is due to changes in the analysis.

    When I looked at it several years back (using whatever version of the UAH was available at that time), I found the following:

    * Your 1998 paper said that, prior to the update in the analysis that was presented in that paper, the trend for January 1979-April 1997 was -0.076 C/decade. [ http://www.homogenisation.org/files/private/WG1/Bibliography/Applications/Applications%20(C-E)/CHRISTY_etal_1998.pdf The relevant sentence is in the conclusions: “The combination of these changes causes the 18+ year trend of T_2LT to be warmer by + 0.03 C /decade (-0.076 to
    -0.046C / decade for January 1979–April 1997).”]

    * I found that the trend in the “current version” (at the time I did the analysis, early 2009) for that same period was +0.029 C / decade.

    * The trend in the “current version” (at the time I did the analysis, early 2009) for the entire period of data through Dec. 2008 was +0.127 C / decade.

    So, to summarize: The best estimate of the trend had changed by +0.203 C/decade. Of that, 0.105 C/decade was due to changes in the analysis and 0.099 C/decade was due to having a longer data set. Or, in other words, the very substantial change in the trend was basically due half to changes in the analysis and half to having a longer data set.

    I am not sure how much this may have changed if you repeated this analysis that I did 6 years ago, but my impression is that any updates that you have made since then have had only a small effect on the trends.

    I think it would be most straightforward if you would acknowledge the fact that corrections to the analysis have in fact made a substantial difference in the changing trend. [By the way, even your own figure here http://www.drroyspencer.com/wp-content/uploads/Accum_Trend.png confirms my analysis. It shows that the trend through 1997 in UAH v.5.6 is around +0.03 C per decade, whereas your paper from 1998 said that before the correction to the trend in that paper, the trend for January 1979 – April 1997 was -0.076 C per decade. That works out to a change due to the analysis of ~0.106 C per decade, which is (within the accuracy I can read the trend off your graph) exactly what I said above.]

    • “…-0.076 to -0.046C / decade for January 1979–April 1997).”

      I.e., it went from -0.076C to -0.046C in a decade, or 0.03C/decade. It appears to me that the abbreviated phrasing threw you off. The slash should be read as “in a”, not “per”.

      • Yes…I agree that this one correction discussed in the 1998 paper just changed things by 0.03 C per decade…but subsequent revisions brought the original -0.076 C per decade up to +0.029 C per decade in the “current” UAH version for a total change of +0.105 C per decade.

    • What you could do is team up with Mikey Mann, co-author a peer-reviewed paper about the discrepancies you outline here, thereby putting yourself in line for a noble prize…

  33. Despite the rather thorough analysis by the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, there is one issue concerning the Rolling Stone scandal that has been totally ignored: the presence on staff (or as contractors) of activists–people with a bias that has become their world view, an outlook which pervades their writing and (insofar as they have any) their thoughts.

    Sabrina Rubin Erdely abandoned traditional journalistic standards and consciously or unconsciously forced the facts (or her version of them) to fit her preconceived notions. In her activist world, the fraternity and its members were guilty, and everything else could go hang–checking, following up, persistence, accuracy, open-mindedness, none of these were as important as the anti-fraternity, anti-male, anti-UVa narrative.

    The identical end-justifies-the-means thinking can be found among journalists who have not just drunk, but gargled, the AGW Kool-Aid. Activists bring their prejudices to their writing. No activist should serve as a journalist; they have an inherent conflict of interest and are not to be trusted.

      • Do you have examples where Delingpole has produced articles as egregiously wrong as Sabrina Rubin Erdely?

      • It seems more reasonable to me to keep the comparison centered on journalists reporting on climate science, like Dana Nuccitelli and James Delingpole. I haven’t been following that Rolling Stone fiasco that carefully, besides which, it is kind of an apples-to-oranges comparison.

    • You should see the non-“apology” she wrote, apologizing to everyone EXCEPT the people she falsely accused of rape. Her perverse world view is screwed in so tight she can’t discern anything.

  34. My favorite comment on these types of things:

    Stupid people believe A. Smart people believe B. Really smart people believe A.

    • The experiment requires the temperature to be at -40 degrees.
      Stupid people would say it doesn’t matter if it’s degrees C or F, do the experiment.
      Smart people would say it definitely matters if it’s C or F, they are different scales. You can’t do the experiment.
      Really smart people would say it doesn’t matter if it’s -40 degrees C or F, do the experiment.

  35. To my mind, it would seem that both of the satellite temperature records have to be more reliable than land based thermometers. In that with the satellites there is only one measuring instrument taking the pulse of the entire globe, one thermometer in essence. Even if there was a slight bias in the system one way or another, the overall picture that is produced will show the exact temperature pattern of the Earth. This can be seen when comparing the RSS and UAH. The trend line between the 2 sets shows the same pattern despite the slight difference in the end result. Whereas GISS shows a very different temp profile over the same time period. Most of that due to the many adjustments made at GISS. If I was seeing the 3 temp sets together for the first time, then my first question would be why is the pattern in GISS so different from the other two sets.

  36. Dana is: consistently inaccurate; unskillful; untrained; minion minded; and lacks circumspectness. Perfect fit for a Guardian environment writer.

    John

  37. The Red Queen asks, “Mirror, Mirror on the wall, why is Dana writing at the Guardian at all?”

    The Mirror on the Wall answers, “Wormtongue recommended him.”

    John

    • Like I thought: You have no objective standard, just your subjective opinion of what the truth is (an opinion that happens to be in disagreement with most of the scientists in the field).

      • I have the impression that Delingpole is a commentator rather than a straight-up journalist. I expect to see his output on the Op-Ed pages, and as he is something of an advocate I would apply a little more skepticism when considering his writing. And let us keep in mind, there’s a big difference between being simply wrong, and being deceptive. If Delingpole offers a fact or graph, suitably attributed, to support his position, and fails to offer contrary evidence, I’m not offended by his lack of even-handedness. It’s what you expect from someone with a partisan view. I would not excuse his failure to vet the information he presents, or worse, the fabrication of evidence.

      • D.J. – Well, I am no expert on either Delingpole or Nuccitelli, but my impressions from a brief web search is that they both play similar roles at their respective newspapers, so it seems reasonable to me to compare them.

        And just to be clear, this is the part of jorgekafkazar’s post that I was originally responding to:

        The identical end-justifies-the-means thinking can be found among journalists who have not just drunk, but gargled, the AGW Kool-Aid. Activists bring their prejudices to their writing. No activist should serve as a journalist; they have an inherent conflict of interest and are not to be trusted.

        (I was not really particularly interested in arguing about the merits of Erdely’s journalism, as it is not a person or story I have followed very closely and is unrelated to the climate issue, other than jorgekafkazar’s attempt to make an analogy.)

      • Your original reply was to jorgekafkazar’s post where he discussed Erdely’s shortcomings as a journalist. You brought up Delingpole in your response (and did not include Nuccitelli), and I think the point to be made is that they are in fact the same sort of creature, but she’s lying about it. So to address your point directly, no, they don’t get judged by the same standard as they are on the surface in two different classes with regard to communication via the written word.

        On to your impressions re Delingpole and Nuccitelli, yes, I would agree they should be weighed with the same scale.

  38. Comparison to Marshall & Warren

    Actually, I would compare you to Thomas More ( I haven’t figured one out for Dr. Christy yet.) You persist in speaking truth to the king (Hussein) who has mobilized all of the government forces at his disposal to sell Gaia worship to the American public, while demanding absolute adherence to the alarmist creed. I hope you don’t lose your head over this.

  39. Joel, if you can’t tell the difference between a liar like Dana and a true scientist like Dr.Roy Spencer, no amount of education will help you. Your comment a disgrace to educated people.

    • Dana’s chart was accurate for what it showed: It showed how the trend claimed by the UAH group has evolved over time. It did not separate out what part of that is due to the longer time series and what part is due to changes in the analysis.

      Roy’s graph was accurate for what it showed: It showed that the trends in a bunch of different data sets have evolved upward over time as the length of the time series has increased. However, it did not show the fact that the actual claimed trend by UAH has changed by about double this, because the UAH analysis has also changed over time. (I.e., it just showed how the trend changed using v5.6 of the analysis.) In this sense, it really avoided the fundamental issue and that fact seems to have been lost of much of the readership here.

      So, neither Dana nor Roy gave you the complete picture. I am the only one who has given a complete picture by explicitly determining what part of the total difference in the claimed trend is due to the longer time series and what part is due to changes in the analysis. If that makes my comments “a disgrace to educated people” in your mind, I think that says more about you than about Roy, Dana, or myself.

      • So Joel, I presume that you must have a peer reviewed paper in which you alone have shown the errors in the Spencer Christy paper.

        After all, that would be the normal procedure for refuting what you believe to be erroneous information. And you have made quite a point in bringing your evaluation of their mistakes to our attention.

        So where can we read your paper ??

        Or are you just piggy backing on top of their often cited work ??

  40. how come an honest person can prefer temperatures you can cross check to a temperature from stations and bucket of water????

  41. Politicians are very adept at moving the goal posts so that there opponents end up arguing in an area that they have defined.
    The original argument was about CATASTROPHIC AGW that model were predicting – up to 6 degrees C per Century.
    When this did not occur the debate changed from Catastrophic Global Warming to “ANY WARMING AT ALL”, no matter how small. Needless to say, all of this warming is attributed to burning fossil fuels. If ice is melting due to geothermal activity, the innuendo is always that this is due to CO2.
    Now that it is pretty obvious that the climate models are all broken and that CAGW is not taken place, the Global Warming Oriental Carpet Store has gone out of business and has reopened under a new name – the Catastrophic Climate Change Oriental Carpet Store.
    Not having any scientific arguments to back up their claims, they have now upped the ante on their masterful use of fallacious arguments.
    In this case Roy Spencer is attacked for his opinions in a totally unrelated area. (Previously, he has been attacked because he is a Christian.)
    Unfortunately, most scientists do not have the most effective comebacks at their fingertips – (politicians preparing for debates are trained and coached in this respect).

    WUWT should start a section on best retorts to fallacious arguments – which seem to be rampant.

    Here are a few examples – I’m sure someone else can come up with better arguments.
    Attack: Scientist John Doe believes in God.
    Reply: When Isaac Newton developed the laws of motion he wrote that he was “trying to understand the mind of God”. Does this invalidate the laws of motion?
    Attack; Scientist John Doe has unorthodox or even crackpot scientific beliefs. (Does not believe in Darwin’s Theory of Evolution).
    Answer: Sir Isaac Newton was a great proponent of Alchemy. Does this have any bearing on the validity of the laws of motion. Sir Isaac Newton proposed the corpuscular theory of light which turns out to be wrong. Does this have any bearing on the validity of the law of gravity? We can also add the views of Albert Einstein on certain aspects of Quantum Mechanics.

  42. “Comparing John Christy and me to “scientists who disputed the links between smoking and cancer”,

    I always get in trouble at this point because I am quick to point out I haven’t seen studies on tobacco use itself, rather the studies we have are on cigarettes the tobacco in which is often not tobacco at all but a heavily processed item with even up to 100s of carcinogens on it. We don’t have the data as far as Ive ever seen and I looked but this is potentially as drastic as comparing coca leaves to cocaine. Heck we even have entire nations of heavy smokers who use tobacco not cigarettes who do not have the expected lung and heart issues. Trust me, this is VERY unpopular to bring up. Close to 100% of those I mentioned it to as best I can tell think it is an insane point yet we literally studied cigarettes not tobacco and as I said have examples, large numbers in fact of people without the expected issues. Science used to have things like control groups, and reproducibility of results. Apparently that is out dated.

    • Randy:

      My father was a heavy smoker and I grew up in a house with a visible inversion layer a few feet above the floor. He died in his 70s of cancer-of-the-everything. His PET scan lit up like a christmas tree. However, they detected no cancer in his lungs. My father’s explanation was that nicotine provided a “protective coating” in his lungs. I think he would have made an excellent climatologist.

      That being said, the correlation of smoking (and dipping) to lung cancer (oral cancers) is extremely strong. Nevertheless, despite the strong correlations, most smokers do not get lung cancer (although many more suffer from other smoking-related health problems). In my opinion this is due to the remarkable “repair” capabilities of the human body and not the benign nature of tobacco.

      On the other hand, EPA (and others) use much weaker correlations to justify campaigns against second-hand smoke, radon, etc. Their statistical manipulations are accepted by the media and “public health” advocates as unassailable truth. Perhaps advances in medical treatment will provide a “pause” (analogous to the climate debate) in the public fear of cancer sufficient to allow for more reasoned discussion of the costs and benefits of such regulatory overreach.

      • Add in the EPA’s statistical masturbations for determining what are harmful exposure levels to mercury.

  43. Why should skeptical scientists be used as clickbait by the Guardian/

    For the same reason that every person who is not a climate toady is banned from commenting on their site. So much for free speech by this neo Nazi load of brainwashers who you cannot even complain about as they refuse to join the press standards association and are not even bound to try and be honest in their reporting. At least that is what the press standards people told me about both these papers when I tried to refer an article in that and another in the Independent.

    • In fairness to the Guardian, I am not banned there any longer.
      I sent them an email requesting to know which rule I’d broken and to show me the offending comment. They decided that my ban was over.

      And I am not a climate toady.

  44. At a higher altitude even more you will see that is repeated in the south polar vortex pattern of the previous year. Will be inhibited south of Australia.

  45. From the article/Blog Post…

    “About the only thing Dana got reasonably correct is his article’s tag line, “John Christy and Roy Spencer are pro-fossil fuel and anti-scientific consensus.”

    “You’re damn right we are. But not because we are paid to say it, which we aren’t. (What are you paid to say for The Guardian, Dana?)

    “We are pro-fossil fuel because there are no large scale replacements available, wind and solar are too expensive, and you can’t just cut fossil fuel use without causing immense human suffering…”

    Not to be splitting hairs or being too nit-picky, but I’ve never really ‘bought in’ to the term “fossil fuel”. I’m more of a “hydrocarbon” kind of guy.

    From my understanding, coal may be the closest to being fossil origined but it, along with all the different oils, methanes, etc are hydrocarbon in their molecular structure and is a more accurate term, IMHO.

    I think the fossil-based theories are in the same group of science as the medical-oriented salt, cholesterol, trans-fat, carbohydrates issues and the climate issues & was theorized back in the 70’s (if I recall) to communicate how ‘limited’ the supply was so we had to ‘conserve’ it’s use. However, in relation to this article, it’s terminology not that big of a deal. I would just hope the good Drs. Spencer & Christy would be more up-to-speed on that.

    …just my $.02

  46. For all of you that are interested….

    I posted some comments on skeptical science.com about how I felt that the climates models are unreliable….go to the site and at the left under most used climate myths then climate models are unreliable…the so to the last page of the comments.

    I presented a strong case that the models are unreliable. Then I got a barrage of comments from the climate scientists contributors. They started quoting this and that but none of dealt with my assertions why the models don’t work….

    I didn’t question the input….I dont have the technical expertise to question that….just the results… Which I do have the technical expertise. All these scientist could not put one argument together why I was wrong. Eventually the resorted to censoring comments that I was making….

    They’re so hung up on being correct that their not even willing to listen to opposing arguments

    • Jamie: I think that sooner or later everyone discovers the truth about the ‘Skeptical Science’ website. I found that they selectively ignore points which they don’t wish to discuss, and certainly aren’t as ‘scientific’ as they claim.
      Their style is arrogant and obnoxious. I haven’t bothered going to read anything on their website for a long time.

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