Fake News: “Top American Diplomat in China Resigns Over Trump’s Paris Climate Agreement Pull-Out”

Guest post by David Middleton

My first thought up reading this headline was that Ambassador Terry Brandstad had resigned… Which would be odd because he is a Republican, Trump nominee and was just confirmed by the Senate last month…

by ABIGAIL WILLIAMS and TIM STELLOH

JUN 6 2017

America’s top diplomat in China has resigned over President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from a landmark climate change agreement, two sources told NBC News Monday.

Charge d’affaires David Rank was set to be replaced by former Iowa Gov. Terry Brandstad, who was confirmed as ambassador to China on May 22 but hadn’t yet arrived to the post.

Rank, citing the Paris climate agreement, announced the resignation during a town hall meeting on Monday with embassy employees.

[…]

NBC (Second only to CNN for fake TV news)

Resigning in protest shortly before you were going to be replaced… Strong move.  

According to the State Department, Mr. Rank retired…

A State Department spokesperson confirmed Rank’s departure to NBC News, but said he was “retiring,” adding: “Mr. Rank has made a personal decision. We appreciate his years of dedicated service to the State Department.”

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177 thoughts on “Fake News: “Top American Diplomat in China Resigns Over Trump’s Paris Climate Agreement Pull-Out”

  1. To paraphrase Rham Emmanuel, never lit a good retirement go to waste. The news media has gone beyond. Truth to them is any thing with a inkling of reality mixed with a lot of partisan spin.

  2. Chargé d’affaires: a person who takes the place of an ambassador when the ambassador is away. Merriam-Webster

      • It’s more like when grad student, working on its PhD, tries its hand at teaching classes to unsuspecting paid up Students, who thought that Professors actually taught classes at Universities.

        G

      • george e. smith,
        The absolute worst teacher I’ve ever had was a grad student whose focus seemed be to impressing us with what he knows rather than teaching us what he knows.

      • Gunga Din June 26, 2017 at 4:19 pm

        The absolute worst teacher I’ve ever had was a grad student …

        Dumping unprepared grad students into the classroom does nobody any favors. The University of Toronto actually has a training program for teaching assistants and grad students. link I wish that had been the case when I was a student shortly after the invention of the blackboard.

      • The worst teacher I ever had was a barely English-literate professor teaching the barely-comprehensible course in Federal Procedure.

      • When I was in grad school and taught a lab, all the undergraduate students wanted to be in my lab section because I was the only grad student who spoke understandable English.

    • Or, per Black’s Law Review: “CHARGE D’AFFAIRES: The title of a diplomatic representative of inferior rank. He has not the title or dignity of a minister, though he may be charged with the functions and offices of the latter, either as a temporary substitute for a minister or at a court to which his government does not accredit a minister.”

      Doesn’t sound like much of a loss. Except for his hard drives, of course.

    • Yes, David Rank has just been filling in for the last Ambassador, Max Baucus, since Jan 20, 2017. He’s just a temporary substitute and has never been confirmed by the Senate, so his resignation means nothing. Like many in government, he’s engaging in virtue signalling at a time when he has nothing to lose.

      • Speculation: he resigned because he realized he’d never make it to full ambassador. So he quit, heftily slamming the door?

      • The Charges d’Affair is the State Department’s babysitter for the ambassador. The career people at State don’t trust the political appointees to not embarrass us so there is a senior career diplomat in every embassy that the State Department careerists turn to when they want to know what is really happening in a country’s political situation. Some of them are very good, but most are expounders on one-world socialism and can’t be trusted to not spin the information as badly as MSNBC (which most look at as gospel!)

        This really was extreme bravery for a civil servant – quit in protest of policies you don’t agree with; take a strong stand – AFTER QUALIFYING FOR FEDERAL RETIREMENT!!!!

  3. MSM does not realize how discredited it has become. Continuing to pile on obvious fake news examples is not the smartest move. It seems they cannot help themselves. NYT, WaPo, CNN, NBC…

      • Good point. CNN retracted the Scaramuzzi story today. WaPo ate crow when Comey confirmed that he indeed had told Trump three times that he was not under investigation.

    • There is a big difference between putting a slant on the news, which they all do, and producing fake news. CNN has been guilty of the latter a number of times since making it their mission to destroy Trump. They were absolutely certain that Comey would refute Trump’s claim that he wasn’t under investigation. They got that 100 percent wrong. When have Fox or the WSJ been that wrong on a report they originated?

    • Don’t do Breitbart or Limbaugh. Do Fox, WSJ, WaPo, and Goodle News. Always with the many lessons and examples from my ebook The Arts of Truth in mind.

    • Indur, There isn’t that much true ‘news’ worth sorting out day to day. At least to me. My horizons are broad enough. Two private companies, a decent dairy farm, 13 US patents in 4 subject matters, three books, four hobbies (skiing, fly fishing, sailing, hunting), and commenting on climate blogs.
      Todays news mainly Scotus decision on Trump exec order, and the UK cladding report (75/75 failures) pointing out a systemic UK code problem underlying Grenfell. Most ‘news’ is irrelevant to my short and long term affairs, or just a tidbit in a much bigger but longer developing story like Russian meddling in US elections, where the most recent installment of the saga is Obama knew from CIA Kremlin humint and did basically nothing, which three Dems including Schiff have now said was not smart. The Russia meddling news thing is in the end going to bite the Dems hard, in my opinion. But the story will take another year to fully develop.

    • I watched a talking head on CNN actually create fake news out of thin air, while he was interviewing the former Green Party candidate for President, who also did not win. The CoNN man listed how many votes the lady had obtained in a handful of traditionally Democrat States, and then recited how many votes Trump won by in those States, which was always less than the total number of votes the Green Candidate got.

      So the bobble head concocted before our eyes a story about how all those Trump winning margin votes would have gone to the Hill mob; absent the Green Candidate.

      The lady then told him in no uncertain terms, that the persons who voted for her, would never in a million years vote for either Clinton or Trump; and their plan B would be to stay home, and sit out the Presidential election.

      Made NO impression whatsoever on the star of the show. He simply went on a trip of phantasy adding layer upon layer of total fiction to his thesis of Greens Trumping Hillary.

      Amazing !

      G

    • Indur Goklany, Why would you provide a link to a site that devotes itself to attacking Fox News as proof that Fox reports fake news? That shows your bias. Their main point is that Fox should have been reporting on the fake Trump-Russian conspiracy theory like all the other networks instead of reporting on the fake Seth Rich conspiracy theory. How convoluted is that? Why is one conspiracy theory better than another? Even Comey admitted they have found no evidence that Trump conspired with the Russians. Yet CNN and the MSM have been reporting on it nonstop since Trump’s election.

      Just because they say the Seth Rich story “has been debunked by the police, the media, and Rich’s own family”, doesn’t make it true. The media and Family don’t know what happened, and the police have been tight-lipped on what they know. Besides, Hannity is not part of the news wing of Fox News. He’s a talk-show host whose job is to express his opinion. All he did was point out the suspicious nature of Seth Rich’s death. Doesn’t the fact that the killer had time to pick up his casings but not time to steal Seth’s wallet or watch sound suspicious to you if it was supposed to be a robbery?

      The police will not reveal what was on Seth’s laptop. Until they do, it is still an open case as to whether he was or was not a Wiki-Leaks leaker. You can’t count it as fake news until it has been shown to be fake. And even if Seth turns out not to be the leaker, it still doesn’t show that his death was not suspicious. So what is fake about reporting the suspicious nature of his death?

    • @indur Goklany: “are no different”
      Like I am going to take your word for it? How about backing it up with a little data to counter my 44 years of experience (counting only the years since high school).

      Your argument is quite insubstantial as well as fallacious. You didn’t say: “they all do it” implying they are equally fallacious without committing yourself. No, you wrote, they “are no different”. The differences are immense in uncountable dimensions. They have different editorial staffs, for one, making different decisions on different reporters and their stories (for three more). They have different relatives in present and past administrations. (That’s an eye-opener!) Therefore I can say they ARE differences without even attempting to count and measure the degree of fakeness.

      “They all do it.” is an argument that doesn’t work for me as it deflects from a measure of degree and tries to equivocate.
      “There ‘are no differences;” is an argument blind to any objective measure and deserves to be laughed out of the room. It belittles only the person who utters it.

    • Indur: your cited article on “Fake News” regarding Seth Rich is dated. New info from an independent academic panel states, ‘“death was more likely committed by a hired killer or serial murderer,” and that the killer is likely still at large.”‘ Of course the MSM headline is “Serial Killer”, but “hitman” is completely consistent with supposed conspiracy theories that have been floated. Let’s not assume that the Democrats are behind it or that Rich was the Wikipedia source, but the murder of Seth Rich is not resolved, and thus speculations are still alive and well. People are still debating whether OJ killed his ex-wife, and trying to divine the identity of Jack the Ripper, so this type of idle speculation will continue forever until more concrete evidence is discovered.

      http://www.newsweek.com/seth-rich-murder-report-profiling-project-627634

    • Indur Goklany June 26, 2017 at 2:24 pm

      Louis: “When have Fox or the WSJ been that wrong?” … http://www.thedailybeast.com/foxs-fake-news-mess

      It’s the Daily Beast! It’s an opinion piece! I don’t even know why they included Limbaugh in there. Limbaugh was discussing it as a ‘conspiracy theory that won’t die.’ He found it interesting that the story was ‘growing legs’ … not that he considered it a serious piece of news.
      As far as I know, nobody on Fox was pushing that story except Hannity … who finally dropped it after the Rich family begged him to. Well, him and Rod Wheeler, who is not a Fox News host … he only appears occasionally to give his take on ‘law & order’ issues, I guess. (I’m not really sure what his expertise is.)

    • Hence the drive to “regulate” what is allowed on the internet. (And search engines companies … “directing”,
      “sorting”, “censoring”(?) … the hits.

      At the time “Freedom of the Press” was written, it was to protect small publishers (such as those who dared to publish the writings of Thomas Paine). The MSM media is no longer small.
      The internet bloggers are the present day “small publishers”. Some are rubbish. (I’ll refrain from naming a few obvious ones in the context of CAGW.)
      But all have the Right to say what they want to say.

      • Thomas Jefferson warned of fake news to fool the public to serve their own purposes.

        “”The most effectual engines for [pacifying a nation] are the public papers… [A despotic] government always [keeps] a kind of standing army of newswriters who, without any regard to truth or to what should be like truth, [invent] and put into the papers whatever might serve the ministers. This suffices with the mass of the people who have no means of distinguishing the false from the true paragraphs of a newspaper.” –Thomas Jefferson to G. K. van Hogendorp, Oct. 13, 1785. (*) ME 5:181, Papers 8:632 ”

        Freedom of the press was an ideal that supposed the public could read and comprehend what they were reading. But in reality there has always been false news used for political reasons. Jefferson himself admitted to using such to defeat a political opponent. But freedom of the press surely overrides any restrictions that could be placed by government on reporting even if false news remains a problem.

    • One day, one of my more sensible work colleagues reaches for something and says “you have got to read this book – its by Indur Goklany”. I smiled and thought to myself, I read his stuff all the time.

      I’ve always hated fake news and fake science, that is why I am here.

    • So lndur, which news chroniclers are your fountains of truth. It seems a rude trashing of ristvan over his criticism of cnn and the like as purveyors of FN. Non of them are perfect but we’re not talking about whether they are simply left or right leaning. We are talking about knowingly inventing news.

      You gave us a list of sources you DON’T admire and you defended cnn galantly by inference. What’s your take on NYT, WAPO, HUFFPO, LAT, BBC Guardian, Der Spiegel,…?

    • Seems that O’Keefe has caught the head producer at CNN, John Bonifield, admitting that the Trump Russia controversy is total BS.

  4. I finished eating dinner around 9 PM last night. I slept through the night, awaking at 6:30 PM.

    Fake News Angle: Robert Kernodle Stopped Eating At 9 PM Sunday Night

      • RK

        Good post, even with flub (I might have one in this post, but won’t know until after I “post”)…

      • Or Robert K:

        On the evening of the longest day in eastern Ontario, the temperature dropped to 7C. Pearse turned the heat back on. He doesn’t think he could have lasted the night without it.

        “Breaking”… Pearse doesn’t think!

    • Latitude June 26, 2017 at 2:17 pm
      …don’t sweat it…we all know what we mean…and we all screw it up!

      And some of us admit it and, golly!, even point it.
      (Mann, are you reading this?)

  5. Can’t wait to do it right….abandons his post….uses it to make some liberal statement

    Typical liberal…..and this is who’s been the ambassador to China all this time

      • Japan. Don’t know when/if Trump will replace, since now has close personal connection to Abe. Lots of more important unfilled positions he is behind on.

    • Only since January 20 this year. Max Baucus was the ambassador until then. This idiot, of course, hasn’t even been “interim” ambassador since May 24, when Branstad was sworn in. After accepting the nomination on December 8 – over six months to fill what is arguably one of the most important posts – do you see the fine hand of Senate Democrat obstructionism?

  6. “Resigning in protest shortly before you were going to be replaced… Strong move.”

    LMFAOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

    Talk about virtue signaling! Good God that is hilarious!!!!

  7. Nothing wrong with Middleton’s post; a lot wrong with Charge d’affaires David Rank.

    If you don’t understand that, we probably can’tt explain it to you.

  8. Because it was reported that the soon to be replaced charge d’affaires was leaving in protest over the withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement.
    Hmmm… sort of like the out-going president resigning just as the incoming president is inaugurated.
    “…don’t let the doorknob hit you in the bum on the way out.”

  9. Indur, old chap – if you do not understand that the politics of catastrophic anthropogenic global warming is a Right vs. Left redistribution of wealth issue then I am afraid that there is no hope for you…..

    • It was supposed to be. But the climate science got hijacked by progressive politics. So it has not been about climate science per se for a long time. Climategate made that apparent to any that hd previously doubted. Karlization drove the point home in 2015. The very recent Santer/Oreskes NYT op-ed directly contradicted by Santer’s most recent paper on the pause is the current politicization example.

    • I wholeheartedly agree that there is no “catastrophic” in the science of AGW… But the science journalism, including academic press releases, is filled with tales of catastrophic AGW. These stories are what get reported by the mainstream news media as fake news.

    • I would generally agree with this… The media, including Bill Nye, would be doing a worse job on the science.

      Although, in the case of Michael Mann, I’d have to rely on a coin toss.

    • Indur

      Don’t know (or care) if you’re congenitally or willfully ignorant, so I’ll i only give this one shot: politics has everything to do with CAGW climate science.

      Now go pretend to harp on some other tivial matter.

  10. Ask the Fake News source of this title: “Top American Diplomat in China Resigns Over Trump’s Paris Climate Agreement Pull-Out”
    If you can’t see some relevance with that then you’ve got good binders on, they work well for you.

    • Got to watch those binders- could be full of non-male gendered persons so as you might have acted like you had your blinders on to not see the pitfalls making binder references can lead to in this best of all possible worlds.

  11. Indur Goklany June 26, 2017 at 2:17 pm
    Middleton, can you explain what relevance this article has to climate science?

    It’s every bit as relevant to climate science as the Paris climate accord is relevant to climate science… ;)

    It is relevant to the broader issue of climate change policy and politics, which are fairly common topics here and doesn’t fall under the list of prohibited topics…

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    • Technically, he was a career diplomat. I found “the bottom of the barrel” when I clicked a link in this article:

      The Fallout from Trump’s Paris Accord Withdrawal
      BU experts analyze decision to leave climate change accord

      The resignation of the US lead diplomat in China Monday over President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate change accord threw added gas on the political fire Trump’s decision has ignited.

      Critics condemned the June 1 announcement as a threat to the planet’s ecology and abandonment by the United States of global leadership in climate change; climate change skeptics shrugged, noting the agreement’s greenhouse gas limits were voluntary on signatories. As for David Rank, US chargé d’affaires in China, he said that having to defend the withdrawal violated what he called his duty as a “parent, patriot, and a Christian.” (His replacement, Ambassador Terry Brandstad, was confirmed in May, but had not yet been posted to Beijing.)

      […]

      http://www.bu.edu/today/2017/trump-paris-withdrawal-fallout/

      I found the story to be hilarious for its fake news content and for the fact that it captured the media meltdown over President Trump’s decision to 86 Paris.

    • I never asserted that it was relevant to the science. I posted this under the “Paris climate accord” category.

    • IG, the media deserves all the ‘smearing’ (your term) or hard fact comeuppance (my term) we can lay on them. I cancelled my Scientific American decades long subscription because it was no longer either Scientific or American.

      • Nothing fake here…

        Goklany has spoken against the use of biofuels and ethanol as he believes it drives the price of food beyond the reach of the poor. In an op-ed for The New York Times, he wrote, “Ironically, much of the hysteria over global warming is itself fueled by concerns that it may drive numerous species to extinction and increase hunger worldwide, especially in developing countries. Yet the biofuel solution would only make bad matters worse on both counts”.[4]

        He took part in the making of Policy Peril: Why Global Warming Policies are More Dangerous than Global Warming Itself, a film created by the Competitive Enterprise Institute.[5]

        He has also been critical of the Worldwide Fund for Nature and the United Nations Population Fund over their stance on population growth saying, “For many groups like the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), World Population Day, which fell on July 11, is another chance to bemoan ‘the relentless growth in human population,’ while the United Nations Population Fund says ‘stabilizing population would help sustain the planet.’ The problem, however, is not population but poverty.”[6]

        Dr. Golkany’s views on climate change and environmental policy appear to be very similar to my own. Our differences seem to revolve around my sense of humor and affinity for irony & sarcasm.

    • “So, from that statement, please tell me what relevance it has on climate science?”

      Anthony Watts et al pick topics on this website. You don’t. If they wish to post something that isn’t relevant to “climate science,” so what? Start your own website if you want to control the topics, or insist they be relevant to “climate science.”

      • It seems the “Indur Goklany” commenting here is not THE Indur Goklany…it’s another David shape-shifter using a proxy. Comments will be deleted, sorry for the trouble.

      • I was convinced I had offended someone I sincerely respected. Is there any way to track the “shape-shifter” down?

      • He thinks I went on vacation…so he’s back to his old tricks. Fortunately I have shared the formula.

        Someday I may show up at his front door with a printout, and a cease and desist order.

  12. Fake news? It’s simply correct. He is the current top ranking diplomat, and he is resigning to make a point about Paris
    “n his speech to embassy staff, Rank explained his resignation saying he was asked to do something in support of a policy this past weekend that as a “parent, patriot and a Christian” he simply could not do in good conscience.”

    It’s true that he is only acting as head of mission. But he is a career diplomat; he would have continued as such. He resigned, and said why. The State dept chose to spin it as just a retirement, but he made it vary clear that it wasn’t.

    • NS, you miss the point. Its fake because it isn’t news. There is more than one flavor of fake. Its just another virtue display like Sally Yates at State.

    • Fake News doesn’t have to be lies.
      Lies don’t have to contain untruths.

      “It’s not enough to be able to lie with a straight face; anybody with enough gall to raise on a busted flush can do that. The first way to lie artistically is to tell the truth — but not all of it. The second way involves telling the truth, too, but is harder: Tell the exact truth and maybe all of it…but tell it so unconvincingly that your listener is sure you are lying.”

      ― Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

      The biggest source of fake news is to “Make mountains out of molehills” while simultaneously turning a blind eye to the mountain behind you.

    • Wait a second. This guy was a career diplomat, so I imagine his ‘career’ lasted for decades. During those decades, the US has been involved in many questionable things, including torture, the bombing of innocents, inciting wars that killed thousands, Elian Gonzalez, the slaughter at Waco, and so on. Does Mr. Rank really want me to believe that all the US has done for the last several decades was just fine with him, but withdrawing from the Paris agreement crossed some line?

      Mr. Rank: “As a parent, patriot and a Christian I want to say that killing children, trashing the Constitution and breaking all of God’s laws that a government can possible break has been fine with me for decades, but withdrawing from an expensive, yet completely ineffective agreement concerning climate 100 years from now is reprehensible and I must resign from my post!”

      Give me a break. That is fake!

    • Diplomatic staff are representatives of the government of the day. If a member of staff is unwilling to fulfill the duties of the post they should be removed. Diplomatic staff don’t have the privilege of personal opinions. They are functionnaires of the State Department.

      This ‘resignation’ is nothing more than a revelation that the staffer was not a fit to hold the post. I don’t mean ‘unqualified’ I mean ‘unfit’. Why was an person unfit for the post doing temporarily holding it?

    • Nick,

      It seems to me you (NBC, and Mr Rank) are engaging in a tad bit of ‘spinning’ yourself. He retired, that is far different from resigning, I don’t care how you spin it. If he resigned, he would not receive retirement benefits. He retired, i.e., he filled out the necessary paperwork to begin his retirement annuity, he did not submit a letter of resignation. I’m a retired Federal worker, I know how this sort of thing works. To claim he ‘resigned’ rather than what it actually was, a ‘retirement’, was framed solely for the impact. For a career diplomat to stand up at a meeting of fellow staffers and say ‘I’m retiring in protest of the pull out’ has far less impact than saying I’m ‘resigning in protest’ spin.

      Of course, you might say, “Well, he resigned his post in protest, not from the diplomatic service itself.” But that take doesn’t account for his actual retirement from the diplomatic service, not to mention he didn’t really have a post after the new Ambassador was confirmed.”

      As one poster below pointed out, of all the things he has knowledge of the government doing over the years, pulling out of the Paris Agreement seems an odd event to terminate your career over.

      • Yep.

        27 years of diplomatic service “down the drain.” He rose to the rank of Deputy Chief of Mission and was unlikely to be selected for an ambassador’s post.

        Fake news writ large…

        A State Department spokeswoman confirmed Rank’s departure, but said she was unable to verify Twitter posts that said he resigned as he felt unable to deliver a formal notification to China of the U.S. decision last week to quit the agreement.
        “He has retired from the foreign service,” said Anna Richey-Allen, a spokeswoman for the department’s East Asia Bureau.

        […]

        A tweet from China expert John Pomfret quoted unnamed sources as saying that Rank had resigned as he could not support Trump’s decision last week to withdraw from the Paris agreement.
        Another tweet from Pomfret said Rank called a town hall meeting to announce his decision to embassy staff and explained that he could not deliver a diplomatic note informing the Chinese government of the U.S. decision.
        A senior U.S. official confirmed the account given in the tweets but added that after Rank announced his intention to retire on Monday in Beijing, he was told by the State Department to leave his post immediately. The official spoke on condition of anonymity.

        http://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/05/top-u-s-diplomat-in-china-quits-over-trump-climate-policy.html

        The story is based on a Tweet from someone who wasn’t there, who cited unnamed sources and supposedly was confirmed by an anonymous source.

        The only aspects of the story that can be confirmed are that Rank was the interim acting ambassador (Deputy Chief of Mission) between the Obama and Trump appointees, he was about to be replaced as the “Top American Diplomat in China” and that he retired.

        If he actually did call a “town hall meeting” of State Department employees for the purpose of undermining US policy, he should have been fired on the spot.

        https://www.linkedin.com/in/dave-rank-b8440b9/

        Q-fracking-ED

      • “explained that he could not deliver a diplomatic note informing the Chinese government of the U.S. decision.”

        So he refused to DELIVER A MESSAGE? That’s taking a stand? It changes nothing, other than show that you refuse to do your job. non-delivery of the message isn’t going to change anything. He’s not “saving the world” by China not being personally notified. Policies aren’t going to change because some schmoe in the State Department decided that China shouldn’t be told (as if they didn’t already know?? :)

    • Nick

      Would it be reported if he had quit the Obama addministration for a similar reason?

      It’s slightly accurate information but it’s not news. Let’s hope more carrier partisans decide to follow suit.

  13. One should be skeptical of all the mainstream media, and of the alternative media also. But it is possible to glean information from the liars just by what stories they think I should hear. This is similar to the Russians back in the days of the USSR who claimed that Pravda provided good information if you knew how to read between the lines.

    Over the years I have found some web sites to be generally reliable. For example http://www.zerohedge.com/ always seems to get the story correct. It is not a general news site, but what they do carry is reliable. I have come to rely on these finds that over the years that I have found very useful. I also note that the comments section of many sites are as valuable (or more so) than the stories themselves. This site is an example of that.

    Thanks to all the commenters who have made this a robust place to read. :-)

  14. Dr. IMG ,weren’t you a US delegate to the UNFCCC ?
    If so , how can you not recognize the obvious political biases there ?
    Methinks you are having a bit of fun with us …

  15. “Climate Science” as practiced today by the main stream science community is both left wing politics and a great deal of fake news. Pointing this out is very cogent to the discussion on this site. The goal is more grant funding and the transfer of wealth. Anyone who cannot see these facts is blind to reality. As was said once of a great baseball pitcher, “even blind people went to his games just to hear him pitch”. Listen to this blog even if you’re blind and you will learn something. Put your ear real close to your computer screen and concentrate.

      • I saw him pitch at Shea Stadium back in the early 1970’s and watched just about every Mets game broadcast on WOR channel 9 from 1969-1980.

        Seaver, Ryan, Gibson, Drysdale, etc. were all cut from the same material… baseball was so much better back then.

      • I went to Kansas City on vacation once when I was young (my aunt and uncle lived there), and watched the 1961 Kansas City baseball team play the New York Yankees.

        Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris were in a homerun race at the time, trying to beat Babe Ruth’s record of 60 homeruns in a season, and it was late in the season and Mantle and Maris were tied at about 58 homeruns each, and they batted one right after the other, Mantel, and then right after him came Maris.

        And I watched them that night and Mantle stepped to the plate and blasted a long homerun ball over the fence and the crowd went crazy, and then Maris came up to the plate next and he blasted an even longer homerun ball right out of the park, and the crowd went even crazier! That was fun to watch. Maris went on to win the homerun race with 61 homeruns and Mantel had 60 (if memory serves).

        During the game, my little brother got his hand on a Yogi Berra foul ball, but he couldn’t hang on to it, and lost it in the crowd. :)

        A long time ago.

  16. IG,

    I take it that in your speed reading of the article you missed the point about the ‘resignation’ being a protest over the withdrawal from the Paris ‘treaty’ that wasn’t a treaty. You need to try a little harder if you want to be promoted to Troll First Class.

    • NBC did correct one out of two refernces to it being a treaty…

      CORRECTION (June 6, 2017, 10:54 a.m.): A previous version of this article referred incorrectly to the Paris climate pact. It is an agreement, not a treaty.

  17. I was at Jarry Park, Montreal in the 1970’s to see my first Major League baseball game. Expos vs Dodgers.

    My goodness what howitzers for arms those guys had and that was only during pre-game warm up.

      • My favorite ballplayer of all time! Daniel “Rusty” Staub! Hit something like 0.455, 3 hr and 11 rbi in the ’73 series… should have been the MVP even though the A’s won 4 games to 3.

    • Steve Rogers… ’nuff said.

      I loved how the Jarry Park PA announcer pronounced the Expos’ catcher’s name… John Boc’-a-bella!

      Speaking of great Expos catchers… I got to shake hands with Gary Carter outside the Astrodome in ’86, when he was with the Mets.

  18. Are you implying that this or any other blog should confine itself to climate “science” only?

    When we know from the guy who started it all [ Maurice Strong at RIO in1992] through IPCC cardinals like Ottmar Edenhofer [in 2010] and UNEP head Christine Figueras in 2015, who all said one way or the other that the “science” is only a means to an end to effect economic and social engineering outcomes through climate policies? Who cares if the science is hijacked and GIGO, as long as it serves to policy purposes.

    And that manipulating pliant MSM with alarmist headline grabbing cut-and-paste news releases of often unadulterated junk “climate science” is part and parcel of the modus operandi?

    If you are the real Indur Goklany and not a troll impersonating him, you should know first hand how the game is played from your days inside the IPCC. Cherry picking “science” with predetermined headline grabbing “findings” [Hockey Shtick, anyone…] as means to an end…

    One of WUWT’s redeeming features is that it is one of the few venues that actually spends time exposing the fake news that passes for MSM reporting on climate related matters. NBC depicting a lackey charge d’affaires as the US top diplomat in China and then pinning his resignation on the US leaving Paris is about as low brow muck raking as it gets. Text book case of unadulterated targeted fake news.

    So who are you? The real Goklany or a troll?

    • Tetris I doubt you will get an answer to your last question. I followed this thread to the end Goklany or whoever seemed to disappear. As for the CAGW crowd using science only as a means to an end is quite true has been since early days. I had friends in the climate science game back when AGW was just raising its head in the media.. Several took early retirement, others changed their field of study, still others moved to positions where they were not going to be dependent of federal grants. Each warned me of what was coming and that I, a stickler for good Scientific Method, was not going to like it. Their concern was that it was all about politics and money which were going to pervert the science. When I have argued that it is about the money people thing I am talking about big fossil fuel. Nope, it is about the money going down as research grants. Remember prior to the ‘rebranding” of the Soviet Union, the end of the Cold War, we spent billions on climate and oceanographic research and had since WWII in support of DOD. The Cold War ended and suddenly the loss of funding was on the horizon. That was true also in the United Kingdom.

  19. One of the biggest fake news when Trump withdrew from the Paris Agreement is that US is the third country in the world with Syria and Nicaragua being the two other countries that is not part of the agreement. This fake news is repeated around the world and after so many repetitions, it has become an accepted and unchallenged truth. A check of the official UNFCC website will show that of the 197 member countries on 144 (today 149) have ratified the Paris Agreement and a large number of the 144 ( as the time of Trump withdrawal) are small island countries that have one vote in the UN general assembly and at COP and MOP of the UNFCCC just like India.

  20. So?
    Is that the real Dr. Indur Goklany – who I have no recollection seeing at WUWT before but whose views on the CAGW/CACC bandwagon I can relate to – piling in, shooting from the hip,or are the Mods faced with a clever troll?

    • David Middleton reckons it is the real McCoy (see David’s comment to me above) but his commenting style is straight out of trolling 101. Perhaps it is the real Dr Goklany and he just trolls in his spare time.

      Maybe David has direct contact with Dr Goklany and can confirm that he has some means of verification.

      • I think Dr. Golkany objects to posts he views as being purely political. And I don’t think he gets my sense of humor.

      • I’m reasonably confident that this is the real Dr. Golkany.

        Dr. Golkany has been a frequent contributor to WUWT. I think he simply doesn’t like posts of an overtly political nature in general and doesn’t like my “style” in particular.

    • David M

      If so, at whatever his age, IG needs to make an effort to grow up – and fast.

      With his accomplishments, including a good stint at the IPCC, he cannot – based on what is unfolding in terms of best available science and the socio-economic evidence, pretend that the climate “establishment” CAGW/CACC meme is nothing more than socio-political ideology “pure et simple”, and insist it belongs in the realm of science as we have understood this since the Enlightenment [modern day Popper included].

      Said with a PhD plus many years of learning in subject matters at the core to the issue set, the sooner IG accepts that the CAGW/CACC is about politics and not about [pseudo] science, the better for his credibility.

      • tetris, you evidently missed upthread that the “Indur Goklany” posting was not the actual person, but an imposter.

      • The Indur Golkany who posted in this thread was not the real Indur Golkany. Anthony discovered the fraud and deleted his fake comments.

  21. In keeping with his proclamation, David Rank should refuse to accept all related government retirement benefits.

    • I have no doubt he will be collecting his pension by the time he returns to CONUS.

  22. For Indur Goklany

    Note that if you click on the header of his posts it takes you to his site:

    http://goklany.org/

    Seems he is real and worth reading even if you disagree with him. He is a contemporary of many of us who read here. It doesn’t make him or any of us right – per the oft referred to Einstein quote. My guess is that this whole AGW and attendant issues will not be resolved in our lifetimes.

    But in case Dr. Goklany missed my comment upthread, there is a good reason to be skeptical of a lot of things. I would bet Dr. Goklany has run into this sort of thing himself:

    http://issues.org/33-4/the-science-police/

  23. Fake science came first. Pushing the 1930s record heat down below the 1998 temperatures by Hansen in 2007, was the big bold step inspired by the late Stephen Schneider ‘s statement about choosing to lie and cook the books (oh he used a lot more wheedley words than this). Then climategate and fake investigations, fake consensus, then fake Karlization of the Pause. The lying and manipulation of data and fantasy statistics, fake education…. I can almost excuse the press for fake news, making up or distorting facts. It does away with the need to do expensive investigative reporting. Even the polifact checkers couldn’t resist the temptation.

    • Have you heard that the CNN exec are so embarrassed by the three news staffers and the fake story they have to retract, that they have created a new rule.

      All stories, fake and real, about Russia now have to be approved by the execs themselves.

      I tried to watch CNN this afternoon as a break from the BilgeBC but it was so much constant whining it was unbearable. There was no news! It was just a long litany of Trump Russia Whine Trump Russia Whine. Oh, and ‘turn the cameras back on!’

      Message to CNN: Congress under Trump has already passed more Bills than Obama and Bush put together (if I got the count right). How about letting the public know a little something on the actual governance of the country?

      • “Message to CNN: Congress under Trump has already passed more Bills than Obama and Bush put together (if I got the count right). How about letting the public know a little something on the actual governance of the country?”

        You got the numbers right. I think Trump signed his 40th legislative bill yesterday, which is more than prior presidents have done, and no president has had the opposition Trump has had to put up with.

        The MSM isn’t interested in reporting on anything positive about Trump. Their agenda is to destroy Trump and conservatives and promote the socialist lifestye.

        This has been their objective since the Vietnam war. The only difference between then and now is there are many more Leftwing media outlets today than then, and there are a few conservative media outlets now, when there were none back then.

        The Leftstream Media is one of the most serious threats to individual freedoms that exist. People cannot govern themselves properly if they are fed a bunch of lies, and that’s what the MSM is giving them today. Lies that are crippling our society’s ability to function properly by leading us astray on politics and climate change and everything else. Everything they do has a negative impact.

  24. This man is a career diplomat and he seems to have resigned from the service over Trump’s decision….

    He was not being replaced by Brandstad.

    “A tweet from the China expert John Pomfret quoted unnamed sources as saying that Rank had resigned as he could not support Trump’s decision last week to withdraw from the Paris agreement.

    In another tweet, Pomfret said Rank called a town hall meeting to announce his decision to embassy staff and explained that he could not deliver a diplomatic note informing the Chinese government of the US decision.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/05/us-diplomat-china-quits-trump-paris-climate-deal

    • Fake news writ large…

      A State Department spokeswoman confirmed Rank’s departure, but said she was unable to verify Twitter posts that said he resigned as he felt unable to deliver a formal notification to China of the U.S. decision last week to quit the agreement.
      “He has retired from the foreign service,” said Anna Richey-Allen, a spokeswoman for the department’s East Asia Bureau.

      […]

      A tweet from China expert John Pomfret quoted unnamed sources as saying that Rank had resigned as he could not support Trump’s decision last week to withdraw from the Paris agreement.
      Another tweet from Pomfret said Rank called a town hall meeting to announce his decision to embassy staff and explained that he could not deliver a diplomatic note informing the Chinese government of the U.S. decision.
      A senior U.S. official confirmed the account given in the tweets but added that after Rank announced his intention to retire on Monday in Beijing, he was told by the State Department to leave his post immediately. The official spoke on condition of anonymity.

      http://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/05/top-u-s-diplomat-in-china-quits-over-trump-climate-policy.html

      The story is based on a Tweet from someone who wasn’t there, who cited unnamed sources and supposedly was confirmed by an anonymous source.

      The only aspects of the story that can be confirmed are that Rank was the interim acting ambassador (Deputy Chief of Mission) between the Obama and Trump appointees, he was about to be replaced as the “Top American Diplomat in China” and that he retired.

      If he actually did call a “town hall meeting” of State Department employees for the purpose of undermining US policy, he should have been fired on the spot.

      • To be honest that at least would make it based on a tweet from possibly a real person, rather than around the lunchroom in the studio. We have all seen news articles based on less. The news industry has now got to a point very few trust them and they seem to struggle to understand why.

  25. I like Trump’s email today. After the resignations from CNN, he calls the network FNN, as in Fake News Network.

  26. I like how the MSM are so outraged when they claim Trump says the Media is unAmerican. The only thing is Trump isn’t saying the Media is unAmerican, he is saying the LYING Media is unAmerican. If you are not lying, then you have no reason to be outraged at Trump’s statement. If you are, he is right, and you *are* unAmerican.

    No, Trump isn’t saying all Media is unAmerican, just the parts of the media that lie and mislead the American people. Of course, you can expect the MSM will misinterpret everything Trump says, and that is the case here.

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