Ben Santer Protests Canadian Climate Budget Cut

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his wife Sophie Gregoire, and daughter Ella-Grace wave as they board a government plane in Ottawa, Monday August 29, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
No kids,

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

According to climate scientist Ben Santer, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has so far not renewed “The only dedicated program funding climate and atmospheric research in Canada”.

Climate researchers press Trudeau to renew Canadian Arctic research program

By Brian Owens Jan. 22, 2018 , 11:45 AM

The Canadian government should renew funding for a soon-to-end Arctic climate and atmospheric research program, a group of more than 250 international climate scientists is arguing in an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

“There is a crisis looming for Canadian climate and atmospheric research that will be felt far beyond Canada’s borders,” the letter states. Extending funding for the 6-year-old Climate Change and Atmospheric Research (CCAR) program, which is set to end this year, would help maintain the country’s scientific and political leadership in the field, the authors say.

CCAR, launched in 2012, provides CA$7 million per year for seven research networks studying the physical processes underlying climate and atmospheric behavior. Among other activities, the networks monitor and model tiny particles known as aerosols, biogeochemical trace elements in the Arctic Ocean, and atmospheric temperatures in the high Arctic.

So far, the Trudeau government has been mostly silent on CCAR’s future, frustrating scientists concerned about the program’s fate. It has given one part of the program a temporary reprieve; In November 2017, the government announced CA$1.6 million in funding for the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory, located on the remote Ellesmere Island in Canada, to keep it running until 2019.

Santer says international climate researchers are looking to Canada to provide leadership as climate science is sidelined in the United States. “The scientific understanding of the nature and causes of climate change are under concerted attack [in the United States], and our work is being dismissed as a hoax and conspiracy,” he says. “So we look to other countries like Canada for leadership—both political leadership, which Trudeau has said he will provide in this leadership vacuum, and scientific leadership.”

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The following is the open letter sent by Ben Santer and the other climate scientists.

Given grossly wrong climate science predictions that this winter would be warmer than normal, perhaps even Prime Minister Trudeau has had enough.

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January 23, 2018 3:00 pm

All future Canadian climate legislation should contain a Santer Claus.e

Reply to  ClimateOtter
January 23, 2018 3:42 pm

Maybe Ben Santer should raise the money himself instead of ripping off Canadian tax payers.

J Mac
Reply to  ClimateOtter
January 23, 2018 4:09 pm

Oh Canada!
Santer Claus.e Is Coming To Town
He’s making a list and checking it twice.
Gonna find out who’s ‘naughty’ or ‘nice’!
Santer Claus.e is coming to town!

Mike McMillan
Reply to  J Mac
January 23, 2018 11:02 pm

Reply to  ClimateOtter
January 23, 2018 9:43 pm


Reply to  ClimateOtter
January 24, 2018 12:39 am

Santer Clause should be confined to the North Pole with his reindeer.

R.S. Brown
Reply to  vuurklip
January 24, 2018 1:18 am

Chico: “You can’t fool me. There ain’t no Sanity Clause”.

Reply to  ClimateOtter
January 24, 2018 4:07 am

The new program should be named the Climate Researchers Aid Program.
Think about it a bit.

Reply to  Hivemind
January 24, 2018 4:44 pm

The Star, Toronto, January 22, 2018
Re: support for climate change
‘Canadians back shift to renewable energy: poll’
Poll conducted June 2017 and released last week.
Support for renewable energy:
Solar, 93%
Hydro, 91%
Wind, 86%
More at:

Reply to  Hivemind
January 27, 2018 3:23 pm

Ontario Newsroom
Press Release: December 15, 2016
Climate change
Low-carbon economy
Ontario – Quebec hydro-power agreement 2016

January 23, 2018 3:03 pm

Maybe Tides Foundation should divert funding used to interfere in Canadian elections towards funding the collection of climate data.

Reply to  Steve McIntyre
January 23, 2018 3:22 pm

I suspect Tides F. would manipulate it all and any which-way to suit their tendentious cause.

Reply to  Ross King
January 23, 2018 3:27 pm

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January 23, 2018 3:06 pm

Poor Ben, I hear that there is some Macaroon powered funding available in France. !

January 23, 2018 3:06 pm

Predictions Of Snowless Winters Go Down In Flames As Northern Hemisphere Gets Buried Under Ice
By P Gosselin on 23. January 2018

January 23, 2018 3:07 pm

“and scientific leadership.””
Ben has yet to find any, that is obvious. !!

January 23, 2018 3:10 pm

Free money from the US has been turned off. There are huge number of “scientists” who do nothing. They are going to find out what the unemployment line looks like.
The destroy Trump media is going to go ballistic. Expect more smears.
The US economy is at the beginning of a huge boom.
The US Democrats are being destroyed, not by Trump, but by the expectations of their pressure group support base. As the US economy improves their base will disappear.
Liberal governments everywhere are in electoral trouble. As funds disappear from their banks (on the way back to the US) debt will bite their false economies.
US financed countries, pressure groups and dictatorships are going to run out of free money.
The prospect of war with North Korea grows daily.

Reply to  Geoff
January 23, 2018 3:17 pm

Geoff…have you seen this? Listen to what he predicts when we finally get to see the FISA memo…

J Mac
Reply to  Latitude
January 23, 2018 10:21 pm

Very interesting analysis from a seasoned federal prosecutor.
Many seemingly ‘loose ends’ are tied together……
Thank you!

Reply to  Latitude
January 23, 2018 11:57 pm

Surely – not ‘Straight’ Hillary

Reply to  Geoff
January 23, 2018 5:16 pm

“The US economy is at the beginning of a huge boom.”
It seems the Tump tax cuts in for the U.S. will also spur economic growth for the Global Community.
IMF: Trump tax cuts will boost global economy
” The International Monetary Fund said Monday that it expects global growth of 3.9% this year and in 2019, an increase of 0.2 percentage points over the rates it predicted in October. It would be the quickest expansion since 2011.
The fund said that changes to the U.S. tax code approved in December were responsible for roughly half of the boost to growth.
“The revision reflects increased global growth momentum and the expected impact of the recently approved U.S. tax policy changes,” the group said in a report published ahead of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.”
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Crispin in Waterloo but really in Ulaanbaatar
Reply to  TA
January 24, 2018 3:43 am

Calm before the storm. When it goes down this time it will be much harder to pick it up. Cause? Repackaged bad debt, again. The banks are out of control and above national policy control.
Global economy means global rules, which requires global rulers working in the public interest, which requires a global federation of some sort. Obviously the UN is not that. Everyone wants the benefits of working in a global culture and economy but is afraid of implementing the controls necessary to discipline it. The banks are miles ahead of the public in this awareness. In the absence of a global currency, the money changers rule the world. They are the last on Earth to let go of that influence. Politicians think they ‘are clevah’ and are going to ‘win’ at the expense of others. Yeah, right. Everyone can’t deflate against everyone else. That’s a race to the bottom. Four % growth? Meh. It can just as easily be a forty % contraction once the defaults start (again).

January 23, 2018 3:11 pm

The science is settled! (sarc) No more research needed.

Reply to  Cam_S
January 23, 2018 3:18 pm

Yes, you’re right. Why waste energy characterizing a static system… hypothesis. Illogical.

Extreme Hiatus
January 23, 2018 3:13 pm

Learn something everyday. I did not know that “leadership” actually meant money.

January 23, 2018 3:14 pm

Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Budget Change

January 23, 2018 3:17 pm

Simple strategy, create a huge cost/commitment to a project which helps friends and family, reduce it by a small % and have a buddy complain that its terrible to reduce the cost. Makes it look like its a balanced cost/commitment, which in reality is highway robbery.

Alan Tomalty
January 23, 2018 3:18 pm

What right does Ben Santer have to put pressure on my Prime Minister?. Santer is an American citizen appealing to a foreign government. The US should try him for treason. We have enough trouble in Canada trying to convince Trudeau that climate science is a joke. We dont need fake scientists like Santer and the rest of the fake climate PHds he represents trying to convince Trudeau to spend more of my tax money by throwing it into a black climate hole.

Reply to  Alan Tomalty
January 23, 2018 5:10 pm

“The US should try him for treason. “
A Canadian appealing to a foreign government?

Reply to  Nick Stokes
January 23, 2018 9:12 pm

The leader of the Canadian federal New Democratic Party, Tom Mulcair voted for Macron in their France election.

Extreme Hiatus
January 23, 2018 3:19 pm

Ha ha. Funny.
“The only dedicated program funding climate and atmospheric research in Canada is disappearing.”
Yes. Just as Climate Change is said to be causing the Arctic ice to disappear, Political Change is actually causing this funding to disappear… I hope.

Bruce Cobb
January 23, 2018 3:28 pm

Wait, what? I thought China was the new “climate leader”. I’m so confused!

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
January 23, 2018 3:41 pm

Anyone who wants to put up money is the new “climate leader”, you buy the position.

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  LdB
January 23, 2018 4:15 pm

Well damn! Money just ruins everything.

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
January 23, 2018 4:01 pm

Dr. Lindzen has it right that climate science funding needs a 90% reduction to clean out the field and stop the bad science it is producing.

Terry Harnden
January 23, 2018 3:54 pm

There has been little or no real climate research done since Tim Ball retired from U of W.
And since the Rhoschilds took over our weather his Hudsons Bay weather records have likely been “adjusted”.

January 23, 2018 3:58 pm

CA$7 million is chump change in the scientific research world. Especially in a world where supercomputer run-time for a GCM can run into the $200,000 range for a single large 6-8 week run. Or an Arctic field expedition to set up and supply a summer camp can run $500,000 or more.
So, funding 7 research networks, that much doesn’t go very far. And it’s not enough to get anyone worked up over, unless it is the start of larger downward trend in funding.

Michael Jankowski
Reply to  joelobryan
January 23, 2018 4:10 pm

Grants between $500k and $1M per year for up to 5 years…it’s not chump change if you can get it!
List here
Some of it involves measurement and monitoring…others are modeling.
$200,000 for a 6-8 week run? Where do I sign up?

Reply to  Michael Jankowski
January 23, 2018 7:18 pm

Supercomputer time is expensive. And they require a small team of specialist IT staff. Most researchers have to pay for the supercomputer time from their grant even if it is in the institution. No free lunch when the electric bill comes in. The contractor is called in to replace boards and support equipment.

Rick C PE
Reply to  joelobryan
January 23, 2018 8:24 pm

$7 million (CAD) for 251 researches is about $27K per ($23K in USD). Not enough to cover travel and living expenses to Ellsmere Island for one I would think. Surely they meant to ask for $7 Billion. Can’t imagine that anyone who signed the letter doesn’t expect to get a piece of the action.

Reply to  joelobryan
January 24, 2018 6:32 am

I am pretty certain that you can model the same linear CO2 response and get the same answers from an Excel spreadsheet as you can from a supercomputer running a GCM. The same answers that still don’t agree with actual observations.
Its clearly not a problem of computing power but of wrong model.

Michael Jankowski
January 23, 2018 4:03 pm

“…Extending funding for the 6-year-old Climate Change and Atmospheric Research (CCAR) program, which is set to end this year, would help maintain the country’s scientific and political leadership in the field…”
Political leadership in a scientific field? Lol.

J Mac
Reply to  Michael Jankowski
January 23, 2018 4:17 pm


DeLoss McKnight
January 23, 2018 4:06 pm

I was surprised when I read about this letter. I thought Trudeau was serious about cultivating the image of a progressive leader. Funding climate research is an important hallmark of such an identity. I guess when you are up to your a** in ice, you forget that your initial objective was to keep ice from melting.

Reply to  DeLoss McKnight
January 23, 2018 4:15 pm

Prog values as a positional good.
“Leftism is a status machine. A very, very successful status machine.”

Crispin in Waterloo but really in Ulaanbaatar
Reply to  DeLoss McKnight
January 24, 2018 3:31 am

“I guess when you are up to your a** in ice, you forget that your initial objective was to keep ice from melting.”
Whose objective? Yours? Well, you carry on. We will be happy to see the backside of at least 75% of summer ice the rest of which should be constrained to a few remote glaciers on uninhabitable islands. Good riddance.
I hereby announce my ‘War on Cold’. I am weary of the suffering of the poor and remote populations of the Northern Hemisphere and the hardship heaped upon them by the politically effete and their running-dog troughers. For a load of Yank scientists to demand the Canuks spend more millions chasing uni-horn caribou while simultaneously blocking our pipelines, wood exports and dumping NAFTA is beyond the pale. Pale, as in the cheeks of the children of single mothers trying to pay $500 a month electricity bills inflated by loony ‘renewable’ targets written into law by sycophantic virtue signalers. May Trudeau abandon all thoughts of becoming one.
If Santer wants to save the Canadian Arctic, send money. Lots of it. For $50,000 he can shoot a polar bear and take the skin home. We have lots of them.

Reply to  Crispin in Waterloo but really in Ulaanbaatar
January 24, 2018 8:07 am

Thanks for your well-directed comments. Attended a presentation by Dr. Susan Crockford this week – a refreshing mix of straight-shooting and bare facts. Little wonder that the ‘establishment’ want to take her down. Made me think about who I’d like to have for a neighbor, and it ain’t Ben Santer!

J Mac
January 23, 2018 4:15 pm

Ben Santer inadvertently speaks the truth. Budget cuts to the AGW industry are ‘catastrophic’.
It’s all about the money…..

January 23, 2018 4:37 pm

Among other activities, the networks monitor and model tiny particles known as aerosols, biogeochemical trace elements in the Arctic Ocean, and atmospheric temperatures in the high Arctic
This sounds like a worthwhile endeavour, actually. Too bad the tendency is to homogenize the data for political leadership purposes.

January 23, 2018 5:01 pm

Hahaha. Americans are going to feel pretty stupid when, because they failed to fund climate studies, they lose their climate and we (Canada) still have ours!

J Mac
Reply to  BallBounces
January 23, 2018 5:31 pm

And y’all will still have the Trudeaus… but that the way the ballbounces, eh?

Reply to  J Mac
January 23, 2018 10:14 pm

True Dough for better baking.

Alan Tomalty
Reply to  BallBounces
January 23, 2018 9:34 pm

/BallBounces January 23, 2018 at 5:01 pm
Hahaha. Americans are going to feel pretty stupid when, because they failed to fund climate studies, they lose their climate and we (Canada) still have ours!\
You forgot to include your sarcasm symbol and if not your comment is just stupid.

Dave Yaussy
Reply to  Alan Tomalty
January 24, 2018 9:24 am

Some comments are so obviously funny that a sarc tag really isn’t needed.

Chuck in Houston
Reply to  BallBounces
January 25, 2018 11:57 am

Yeah, I laughed at BallBounces’ post. It was a good comment. “…lose their climate.” That’s funny.

John MacDonald
January 23, 2018 5:06 pm

I note that of the 251 singers to Santer’s letter, I couldn’t find a single Canadian.
I can agree with continuous measurements and other data collection. But, how about a few hundred thousand for an independent audit of the impartiality of the collection and the belief systems being employed.

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  John MacDonald
January 23, 2018 6:32 pm

Well they do all sing from the same globalist warming hymn book.

Reply to  John MacDonald
January 23, 2018 8:34 pm

That was the first thing I checked. You would think that if Santer et al wanted to snack on the Canadian beaver that they would have recruited some home grown game keepers.

Rick C PE
Reply to  brianjohn
January 23, 2018 9:19 pm

Suspect Canada has some law that prohibits recipients of government funding from lobbying for funds. Thus, they enlist the support on non-Canadians. Just a hypothesis, but one that can be falsified. 😉

January 23, 2018 5:39 pm

And every mention of Ben Santer should come with a little history on this fellow. He’s the one who, all on his own, changed the IPCC report into claiming humans were responsible for the climate changing. He used the IPCC report to lie to people about CAGW.
Climate change: this is the worst scientific scandal of our generation
“Ben Santer, responsible for a highly controversial rewriting of key passages in the IPCC’s 1995 report”
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The referenced article above is a good history lesson on the Climategate scandals.

Pat Frank
January 23, 2018 5:45 pm

The first mistake in the letter is Ben Santer describing himself as a scientist.

January 23, 2018 5:54 pm

According to Al Gore, the science is settled so no more research is required and hence the world does not need to spend any more money on climate research because the science is settled. There is nothing new to be learned. The IPCC has been suporting the study of climate change for more than two decades and in all that them they have learned nothing that would allow then to narrow the range of their guesses as to the climate sensivity of CO2 one IOTA.

January 23, 2018 5:56 pm

Guys, it probably only slipped Trudeau-the-younger’s mind that the funding needs renewal and Santer’s pitch will serve to remind our Canadian Prime Minister that he is missing out on another vanity gesture.

John in Oz
January 23, 2018 6:21 pm

What is there to research in a field where the science is settled?

January 23, 2018 9:19 pm

The arctic research was a Stephen Harper, former Prime Minister, program, so it had to go.
Also, there are no votes for Justin there and the money had to be redirected to Vancouver where the votes are:

January 23, 2018 10:41 pm

Here’s a correction to your lead sentence.
“According to climate pseudo-scientist Ben Santer,….”

January 23, 2018 10:45 pm

Why are more than 250 international “climate scientists” getting involved in politics? Rhetorical question – follow the money.

Reply to  Phillip Bratby
January 23, 2018 11:30 pm

it was noted that there are zero Canadian researchers as signatories.
Possibly some prohibition in acanadian law or funding rules that prevents scientists from political lobbying for more money.
So this is likely being done on their behalf by international scientists.

January 24, 2018 1:06 am

Trudeau is losing interest? Wow!

El Duchy
January 24, 2018 1:08 am

They shouldn’t get the money unless they promise to do honest research and quit pushing the ‘Climate Change’ hoax. But Trudeau, being signatory of the Paris Accord, is probably withholding the money because Canada needs to borrow it from China.

Crispin in Waterloo but really in Ulaanbaatar
January 24, 2018 3:06 am

The appeal to Trudeau to think of himself as a ‘scientific leader is probably not very impressive. He has better prospects. Canada leads in all sorts of things scientifically including theoretical physics, four wheel drive systems, avionics, industrial hydraulics, snow transport, subway cars and so on and on. Why would we worry about some piss-ant climate alarmists trying yet again to feather their nests by producing another tranche of goggle-eyed narratives about how the tree line will move all the way to the Arctic Ocean, where it used to be?
What does Santer think is frozen in the permafrost? Twinkies?
If there is one thing Canada can use it is a few million farmers working newly available acreage unlocked from the vast frozen wilderness blighting so much of the country.
Oranges will one day grow in Canada. I look forward to that day. When they do, it won’t be because of cleaning up the Athabaska Oil Spill.
I am all for funding great scientists to do great things. Subsidizing the climate equivalent of rum-runners is not on my short list. Rather fund the next IMAX or Canadarm. (For those who don’t know, IMAX cinematic equipment, at the time the greatest advance in film in half a century, originated in Galt Ontario, just a hop down the road from Waterloo.)

January 24, 2018 3:24 am

Mr Santer should show his anger by thretening to boycot Canadain goods and services. If he believes that adding greenhouse gases to the atmosphere by the burning of fossil fuels then he should stop making use of goods and services that make use of fossil fuels. After all, it is his money that keeps the fossil fuel companies in business.

January 24, 2018 6:34 am

This is the same Ben Santer of:
•University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit
•“tempted, very tempted, to beat the crap” out of former Virginia state climatologist and AGW skeptic Pat Michaels
Ben Santer = AGW shill

January 24, 2018 8:01 am

Trudeau’s BFF and top advisor, Gerald Butts, was Pres and CEO of WWF-Canada from 2009-2012. Before that, Butts helped write Ontario’s execrable Green Energy Act which has more than doubled electricity prices and damaged the competitiveness of the manufacturing sector. Trudeau fancies himself as an international green hero, so this letter will fall on welcome ears. Trudeau loves spending our money to burnish his green bona fides before the international eco-elites.

January 24, 2018 10:17 am

We can expect the most alarmist articles from the names listed in that letter. Chances are they’ll peer review each others… Publishing lists always holds its risk, that is revealing a network. Thanks Ben.

January 24, 2018 10:20 am

Simple question, how does a (successful) Ph.D. or Masters candidate have time for politics? Not in my day. But that was back in the day when titles of departments, institutes, authorities, etc. did not have to be that long. Those that signed it may not be, but some are activists.
This bears examination, especially to see which ones are real. Innocents may well get hurt.

January 24, 2018 3:14 pm

Of course it won’t be renewed, like the Arctic sea ice webcam programme and many others. The paymasters got what they wanted in Paris in 2015, so they’re directing their funds less towards scientific endeavours and more towards pure politicking.

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