Skip to comments.Selected CRU Emails (h/t to boy-on-a-bike and to Darwin Central)
Posted on 11/24/2009 6:55:50 PM PST by grey_whiskers
Full Disclosure: Any typos below are most likely MINE from bad cut-n-pasting.
Everyone in the blogosphere is talking about the release of the internal Hadley Climate Research Unit (CRU) emails.
Most of the talk so far has focused on a couple of emails, nost notably the one from Phil Jones:
From: Phil Jones
To: ray bradley ,email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Diagram for WMO Statement
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 13:31:15 +0000 Cc: email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Ray, Mike and Malcolm,
Once Tims got a diagram here well send that either later today or first thing tomorrow.
Ive just completed Mikes Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (ie from 1981 onwards) amd from 1961 for Keiths to hide the decline.
Mikes series got the annual land and marine values while the other two got April-Sept for NH land N of 20N. The latter two are real for 1999, while the estimate for 1999 for NH combined is +0.44C wrt 61-90. The Global estimate for 1999 with data through Oct is +0.35C cf. 0.57 for 1998.
Thanks for the comments, Ray.
Most people start -- and stop -- there. Detractors say "a TRICK. to HIDE!!" (Double-GOTCHA bonus!) but defenders say "A trick means a mathematical shortcut, and hiding means..." (*cough* *cough*)
But there are a number of other emails of importance.
Boy-on-a-bike-blogspot has come up with a number of them, including this doozy.
Remember that the mantra from the left is that this is all "about the consensus of SCIENCETM" No agenda here, eh?.
Note the date, by the way. This is when almost nobody but Rush Limbaugh was calling attention to the fraud that was Global Warming (his Limbaugh letter of December 1997, when he interivewed Dr. Fred Singer):
From: Joseph Alcamo
To: email@example.com, Rob.Swart@xxxxxxxxx.xxx
Subject: Timing, Distribution of the Statement
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 1997 18:52:33 0100
Sounds like you guys have been busy doing good things for the cause.
I would like to weigh in on two important questions --
Distribution for Endorsements --
I am very strongly in favor of as wide and rapid a distribution as possible for endorsements.
I think the only thing that counts is numbers. The media is going to say "1000 scientists signed" or "1500 signed". No one is going to check if it is 600 with PhDs versus 2000 without.
They will mention the prominent ones, but that is a different story.
Conclusion -- Forget the screening, forget asking them about their last publication (most will ignore you.) Get those names!
Not content to shoehorn scientists in (regardless of expertise), they wish to corral the newspapers in too...
The below appears to be a chain mail with suggested text for (no doubt spontaneous, har!) letters-to-the-editor to be written in the wake of Global Warming stories:
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: SSI Alert: IPCC Chair Vote
Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2002 18:00:59 -0400
From: "SSI Mailbox"
******************* EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
ISSUE: Today - April 19, 2002, the Intergovernmental for Dr.
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) plenary voted
Rajendra Pachauri as the sole chair of the IPCC. Dr.
Pachauri, an economist and engineer, will replace Dr.
Robert Watson, an atmospheric chemist, as chair of
the IPCC. This outcome was actively sought by the
Bush Administration at the behest of the most
conservative elements of the fossil fuel industry.
This development threatens to undermine the
scientific credibility and integrity of the IPCC and
may weaken the job this extraordinary body has done
to bring the world's attention to one of the most
pressing environmental problems.
ACTION: Monitor your local paper and respond to news
stories with a letter-to-the-editor.
MAIN MESSAGE: Given the Bush Administration's
consistent opposition to climate change mitigation,
it is especially imperative at this time that the
scientific community and Dr. Pachauri work together
to ensure that the IPCC remains a strong and credible
DEADLINE: As soon as possible after the story runs in
your paper -- preferably the same day but no later
than a day or two after.
*** SUPPORTING MESSAGES ***
-- [Be sure to include a description of your
scientific expertise, your involvement with the IPCC
process, or the importance of the climate issue to
-- For the past 10 years, the IPCC's science has been
the foundation for sound policymaking on the climate
issue. The IPCC's unique intergovernmental approach to scientific consensus has worked amazingly well but is now threatened.
-- It is disturbing that the Bush Administration
sought and received advice from the fossil fuel
industry on the leadership of an important scientific
body such as the IPCC. A politicized IPCC threatens the integrity and credibility of the scientific process.
Grey_whiskers' editorial note: liberals sure love to engage in projection, don't they?
-- There are fears that it will now be easier for the
US to distance itself from the IPCC process. You may
point out that the US already rejected the Kyoto
protocol last year.
-- It is vital that the scientific process for the
next Assessment Report (due out in another five
years) not be compromised so that the IPCC continues
to produce sound science on climate change.
-- The credibility of the IPCC's Third Assessment
Report (TAR) findings were strongly affirmed by the
US National Academy of Sciences (NAS), which
published its supportive report in response to
President Bush's request for an independent
assessment on the state of climate science.
*** SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION ***
-- Dr Rajendra K. Pachauri is an Indian engineer and
economist. Pachauri, formerly one of the five vice
chairs of the IPCC, is highly regarded but will be
the first non- atmospheric chemist as chair of the IPCC.
-- For more information on the ExxonMobil memo urging
the Bush Administration to remove Dr. Watson from his
position as IPCC Chair, please see http://www.nrdc.org/media/docs/020403.pdf
-- For information on the Saudi/Pearlman connection,
see the summary by Jeremy Leggett, author of "The
Carbon War", at http://www.carbonwar.com/ccchrono.html >.
Note in the letter above, they want to go after the political appointees for their views!
And don't you like how they say the writer should emphasize their own credentials, write in "on the day of the story", and mention the importance to the community if there IS no story?
So, what's all the fuss about? Remember the old musical Cabaret; "Money Makes the World Go 'Round". It sounds like it, from this email (1211491089.txt, excerpted):
Do you have any preference for the allocation of days between you, Clare and Tim? Also, do you want to revise your rates (for reference Jim Hall is in at £950, Chris Kilsby at £750)? They should apply until the end of the contract i.e. December 2009 and we are asked whether any discounts are available e.g. over and above a certain number of days, which could be worked in if you increased your rates. However, this is entirely up to you!
750 pounds a day? That's a lot, whatever the exchange rate!
Speaking of money, it's time for the hat tip to Darwin Central -- RWP, who (alas!) has been banned from this site-- *is* a practicing scientist-- and quite insistent on sound practice, keeping one's data straight, and checking for errors generally -- made a disparaging reference to some unsavory monetary goings-on. This is like what Dave Barry refers to as that desperate rattling sound a toaster makes, when it is trying to warn the rest of the toasters in the herd of imminent danger. Hats off to him all the more in that, from the little I have been able to gather, he is mildly in *favor* of the anthropogenic global warming hypothesis, tho' apparently unconvinced as to its extent. Here's his quote:
Information wants to be free! This stuff looks really bad. There's a discussion of laundering money from various government programs and transferring it to Russia in ways that would evade Russian taxes. This was to avoid the horrendous Russian bureaucracy and be able to spend the money on research, but still...cash transfers, all of under $10,000, with US govt. funds? Unreal.
This piqued my interest, as I happened to work with someone who knew about money laundering regulations--and this set off their red flags.
Searching on the climate emails, I found the following (826209667.txt):
From: "Tatiana M. Dedkova"
Date: Thu, 7 Mar 96 09:41:07 +0500
Dear Keith, March 6, 1996
I and Eugene received your E-mail of 04.03.1996. This day I talked over the telephone with Eugene and he asked me to send an answer from both of us.
Thank you for the information concerning proposals to the INCO/COPERNICUS. We agree with your strategy used and we hope that this proposal will not be rejected.
The results of INTAS-RFBR proposal will be known at the beginning of May. We know that they received many proposals and a competition is high (only 1 in 10 proposals might get money). Of course, you included in as a participant. Fritz is a coordinator from the INTAS countries.
This year our laboratory received two small grants (approximately 8,000-10,000 USD per year) from the Russian Foundation of Basic Researches (RFBR) for the next three years: the first one for developing the Yamal supra-long chronology and the second one for developing tree-ring chronologies from living trees growing at the polar timberline in Siberia (together with Vaganov's laboratory). These money are very important for us as they will allow to maintain the staff of our laboratories.
I and Valery Mazepa were in Krasnoyarsk during one month and together with E.Vaganov wrote the manuscript of book "Dendroclimatic Studies in the Ural-Siberian Subarctic". The problem now is to find money for its publication. If we find enough money soon (20 million roubles), the book will be published this autumn. We analysed 61 mean ring-width and 6 cell chronologies which we intend to publish in form of tables in the Appendix. We can send to you all raw measurements which were used for developing these chronologies.
Of course, we are in need of additional money, especially for collecting wood samples at high latitudes and in remote regions. The cost of field works in these areas is increased many times during the last some years. That is why it is important for us to get money from additional sources, in particular from the ADVANCE and INTAS ones. Also, it is important for us if you can transfer the ADVANCE money on the personal accounts which we gave you earlier and the sum for one occasion transfer (for example, during one day) will not be more than 10,000 USD. Only in this case we can avoid big taxes and use money for our work as much as possible. Please, inform us what kind of documents and financial reports we must represent you and your administration for these money.
I and Eugene have a possibility to participate in the Cambridge meeteng in July, but we need extra many and special invitations. If you do not have enough money to invite both of us, Eugene does not insist upon this visit.
The best wishes to you and Phil.
Looking further in the archives, especially for the name Dedkova, I found other emails. This one in particular (865941506.txt) looked interesting in light of the previous one.
From: "Isaak M. Khalatnikov"
Subject: Keith Briffa
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 97 07:18:26 +0400 (MSD)
Thank you for the message of 5 June, 1997.
I am anderstanding your difficulties with transfering money and I think the best way for us if you will bring money to Krasnoyarsk and I give you a receipt.
Rashit will go to Yamal at the end of June and I go to the Polar Urals at the beginnind of July. We can find money temporary at our Institute and other sources for three months to fulfill our fieldworks. Now I am at two weeks holiday with my wife and granddother near Moscow after the meeting of Russian Academy of Sciences where E.Vaganov was elected as the Academician. It is important for dendrochronological srudies at our country and international collaboration.
Sincerely yours Stepan Shiyatov
So it looks like, when it comes to science, these guys are as non-partisan as ACORN.
And just maybe, their money-handling practices are as shady as ...(insert the name of your own city or state's favorite sleazebag here).
Maybe ACORN really stands for "Anglian Climatogists Organizing to Rob Nations"...?
Carbon-neutral birdcage liner.
Many electrons were likely phase-shifted or worse during the making of this message.
The great global warming hoax. These people are just the lowest.
Have a good one.
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Belated *PING*, and *PING* to Selected CRU Emails, Part II: Independence of the Press? as well.
Its ok, clean-up in aisle 3.
I got my mop and bucket.