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Shallow Science Criticized by Global Warming Experts
Environment & Climate News ^ | 05/01/2009 | Dan Miller

Posted on 04/14/2009 9:14:48 PM PDT by neverdem

Willie Soon, a Harvard University astrophysicist and geophysicist with scores of peer-reviewed papers and books to his credit, said he is “embarrassed and puzzled” by the shallow science in papers asserting the Earth faces a climate crisis caused by global warming.

Soon told the second International Conference on Climate Change on March in New York City, “We have a system [of peer reviewing scientific literature] that is truly, truly appalling.”

Soon’s criticisms echoed an earlier presentation at the 2-1/2-day conference that was attended by about 700 scientists, economists, and policymakers considering the issue of “Global Warming: Was it ever really a crisis?”

John Sununu, former governor of New Hampshire, former chief of staff to President George H.W. Bush, and holder of a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, had lamented what he called the “restrictive distribution of research funds” through government channels.

Funding Fairness Needed

Sununu called for a “fairness doctrine” to be “applied to the funding of research and to the journal review and publishing of papers.”

Sununu and Soon both said global warming alarmists, particularly the politicians and the few scientists who wrote the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports, have captured the scientific paper process, and in Sununu’s words, have been successful in “taking control of who gets funding, who gets published, who gets acclaimed, and who gets demonized.”

“What happened to the peer-review process?” Soon asked rhetorically while reviewing egregious and complex examples of doctored data and sloppy scholarship in global warming alarmist literature.

Alarmists Fighting Growth, Development

Sununu warned the attendees the climate change debate will never be settled, no matter how persuasive sound science is. He accused alarmists of using global warming as a decoy to provide cover for anti-growth and anti-development activists.

Sununu noted these same anti-growth activists in the 1960s alleged a population crisis to justify restrictive command-and-control regulations, and then turned to global cooling as the alarm-of-the-decade in the 1970s. Climate cooling mutated into the dangerous warming cult of the 1990s and today.

Hansen Soundly Rebuked

In a separate presentation, John Theon, retired senior atmospheric scientist at NASA, accused his former underling, James Hansen, of embarrassing NASA with his increasingly strident claims of imminent death and destruction from global warming. Among other charges, Hansen has asked for a Nuremberg-style trial of climate realists who disagree with his predictions of upcoming global warming catastrophes.

Theon said some 300 scientists, including Hansen, reported to him when he was at NASA, “but [Hansen] didn’t receive the attention from me that he should have.”

Theon noted, for instance, that Hansen, a NASA astronomer, received a six-figure grant from the Heinz Foundation, run by the wealthy wife of U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), and afterwards, endorsed Kerry for the presidency. Theon said Hansen’s endorsement violated the federal Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from endorsing candidates. But Hansen, Theon said, had “too many powerful friends” in Washington, and so far has escaped discipline.

Theon added that since Hansen has engaged in many hundreds of interviews in recent years, he clearly has not been muzzled, as he claims.

Warming Myths Debunked

Lord Christopher Monckton, former science advisor to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, brought the conference to a close with a standing ovation as he identified many of the deliberately misleading myths about climate change propagated by warming alarmists:

* “Global warming is happening now”—it’s actually cooling.

* “Global warming is getting worse”—it’s actually getting better.

* “Arctic sea ice is disappearing”—in fact there is no discernible trend in winter sea ice area over the past 30 years.

* “Antarctic sea ice is disappearing”—in fact the area of sea ice around Antarctica reached a 30-year record high in 2007.

* “The Great Barrier Reef is being damaged by global warming”—actually there is no trend in the sea surface temperature of the reef over the past 40 years.

* “Hurricanes are being made worse by global warming”—on the contrary, the accumulated cyclone energy index in October 2008 was at its lowest recorded value in the past 30 years.

‘Forces of Darkness’

Monckton closed the conference with ringing words of praise for the 700-plus who attended over 2-1/2 days.

“You, in this room, have bravely upheld the truth and the scientific method against all manner of lies, threats, sanctions, personal attacks, and entertaining revisions to your CreepyMedia biographies,” Monckton said. “Because you have not failed or faltered, the Forces of Darkness are now scuttling back into their lairs, there to snivel in the eternal darkness of utter oblivion and CNN.”

Dan Miller (dmiller@heartland.org) is executive vice president and publisher for The Heartland Institute.


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1 posted on 04/14/2009 9:14:48 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Poor Algore...the earth simply isn’t cooperating with his crap science theories.

How inconvenient!


2 posted on 04/14/2009 9:21:10 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: neverdem
scuttling back into their lairs, there to snivel in the eternal darkness of utter oblivion and CNN.

What about the Weather Channel whores; or the National Geographic? Those people have prostituted themselves beyond repair.

3 posted on 04/14/2009 9:22:36 PM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great... ...until it happens to YOU.)
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To: neverdem

I love science but I have learned that this concept of scientists being objective is total hogwash. Ideally, they would be, but in practice they are not. “Science” is objective, “scientists” aren’t.


4 posted on 04/14/2009 9:28:02 PM PDT by LifeComesFirst (Until the unborn are free, nobody is free)
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To: neverdem

Thanks. Good find.


5 posted on 04/14/2009 9:28:55 PM PDT by Bhoy (TEA PARTY ON!)
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To: neverdem

Thanks for posting.


6 posted on 04/14/2009 9:35:41 PM PDT by Richard from IL
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To: neverdem

Somebody send this article to Sarah Palin.


7 posted on 04/14/2009 9:37:04 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (Somebody stole my tagline)
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To: neverdem

Its been quite cold this spring, and winter wasn’t much better. Thanks Al Gore and the left for nothing.


8 posted on 04/14/2009 9:45:46 PM PDT by eyedigress ( Woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place.)
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To: neverdem; rdl6989; Little Bill; IrishCatholic; Normandy; According2RecentPollsAirIsGood; ...
 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

9 posted on 04/14/2009 10:28:53 PM PDT by steelyourfaith (What new from the Thief-in-Chief?)
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To: neverdem

Excellent post. Thanks.


10 posted on 04/14/2009 10:53:21 PM PDT by Falconspeed ("Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others." Robert Louis Stevenson)
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To: Falconspeed; All

Global warming is nothing but an excuse for this administration to create dependency on foreign energy sources in payback for campaign contributions,
http://www.theusmat.com


11 posted on 04/14/2009 11:46:01 PM PDT by mosesdapoet (2010 One year to a new census and congressional redistricting, we need a strong hand in the House)
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To: neverdem

Very interesting; thanks for posting it!


12 posted on 04/15/2009 12:37:42 AM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert (Q: How many Obamas does it take to change a light bulb? A: THAT'S NOT FUNNY!)
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To: LifeComesFirst

“Science” is objective. Scientists practice science. Therefore scientists are objective. Isn’t that something like a syllogism?

There are good scientists and bad scientists. So, how about “Science” is objective, “scientists” who are politicized aren’t.

Once politics gets its claws into “Science”, the inmates have taken over the asylum.


13 posted on 04/15/2009 12:38:48 AM PDT by haroldeveryman
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To: neverdem

Talk about shallow sciene — “global warming” has not been disproved. In fact, I would say that “global warming” is a pretty well-established scientific fact. And so is global cooling a pretty well-established scientific fact.

What is *not* an established scientific fact and is, in fact, scientifically proven to be *wrong* — is — “Anthropogenic Global Warming”...

*Very obligatory* AGW (Anthropogenic Global Warming) post..., and yes..., we can make the quips, cracks, snide remarks, obvious statements, statements of protest, of common sense and so on — but — they’ll never convince anyone else..., like our neighbors and friends and relatives.

BUT, folks..., this is the *one* to see.., you can forget about all the other books, all the other articles, all the other movies... just see this one... LOL...

It’s one thing to gripe and complain about these things and disagree with it, but it’s quite *another* to convince your friends and neighbors and relatives and coworkers...

THEREFORE..., it’s also absolutely necessary for people to know the information in the following documentary. If there were simply *one* video that you could see and/or show people you know... this would be the *one*...

The following is an *excellent* video documentary on the so-called “Global Warming” I would recommend it to all FReepers. It’s a very well-made documentary.

“The Great Global Warming Swindle”

If you want to download it, via a BitTorrent site (using a BitTorrent client), you can get it at the following link.
http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/3635222/The_Great_Global_Warming_Swindle
[this is a high-quality copy, of about a gigabyte in size...]

It’s worth seeing and having for relatives, friends, neighbors and coworkers to see.

Also, see it online here...
http://www.moviesfoundonline.com/great_global_warming_swindle.php
[this one is considerably lower quality, is a flash video and viewable online, of course...]

Buy it here...
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000WLUXZE
[this one would be the very highest quality version, on a DVD disk, of several gigabytes in size...]


14 posted on 04/15/2009 2:54:31 AM PDT by Star Traveler
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To: neverdem
Willie Soon should not be surprised at all by what he has found unless he actually believes that global warming alarmism has something to do with scientific inquiry.
15 posted on 04/15/2009 3:34:29 AM PDT by saneright
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To: neverdem
He accused alarmists of using global warming as a decoy to provide cover for anti-growth and anti-development activists.

Anti-development ideology is also another candy wrapper for the source of the problem: envy. They aren't just against development, they want to destroy and take things away, especially the visibly large looking things. Leftism is envy, and most of it is size envy.

16 posted on 04/15/2009 4:09:28 AM PDT by Reeses (Leftism is powered by the evil force of envy.)
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To: bigbob

If it only stopped snowing, Algore might be able to make it to a vacant microphone in order to declare how hot the earth is becoming.


17 posted on 04/15/2009 4:44:24 AM PDT by ripley
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To: neverdem
[“You, in this room, have bravely upheld the truth and the scientific method against all manner of lies, threats, sanctions, personal attacks, and entertaining revisions to your CreepyMedia biographies,” Monckton said. “Because you have not failed or faltered, the Forces of Darkness are now scuttling back into their lairs, there to snivel in the eternal darkness of utter oblivion and CNN.”]

The global warming cult, the evolution cult, the one world government cult, the fools who profess themselves to be wise and the fools who believe them, the democrat darkness cult, the “I can do it by myself because I am a great thinker cult; their madness is beyond all control and all these cults should be totally disregarded as human beings and should be mocked, scorned, and ostracized for the useful idiots of the corrupt political and spiritual powers they follow. Satan is their leader.

18 posted on 04/15/2009 5:00:29 AM PDT by kindred (Conservatives have 4 years to start a new conservative party or lose more elections.)
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To: Star Traveler
In fact, I would say that “global warming” is a pretty well-established scientific fact

Global warming, as in any long term trend toward warming that is outside of the limits of the historical record for ups and downs is not proven. Nor is the recent (until 1999 or so) uptrend out of the historical range as far as the rate of warming. And since 1999, we've been cooling off.

Start Here for a lecture on AGW that starts with an investigation of the ice core data shows a long term cooling trend.

19 posted on 04/15/2009 7:43:53 AM PDT by slowhandluke (It's hard work to be cynical enough in this age)
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To: slowhandluke

You said — “Start Here ... “

Actually, I prefer to “start here...”... LOL...


“The Great Global Warming Swindle”

If you want to download it, via a BitTorrent site (using a BitTorrent client), you can get it at the following link.
http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/3635222/The_Great_Global_Warming_Swindle
[this is a high-quality copy, of about a gigabyte in size...]

It’s worth seeing and having for relatives, friends, neighbors and coworkers to see.

Also, see it online here...
http://www.moviesfoundonline.com/great_global_warming_swindle.php
[this one is considerably lower quality, is a flash video and viewable online, of course...]

Buy it here...
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000WLUXZE
[this one would be the very highest quality version, on a DVD disk, of several gigabytes in size...]


It’s a much better place to start — and — to end... :-)


20 posted on 04/15/2009 8:05:20 AM PDT by Star Traveler
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To: P-Marlowe

You said — Somebody send this article to Sarah Palin.

I think Sarah Palin knows more than even this article states... :-)


21 posted on 04/15/2009 8:13:23 AM PDT by Star Traveler
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To: Star Traveler
I think Sarah Palin knows more than even this article states... :-)

Perhaps not.

It seems that she has joined with the dark side on this issue

22 posted on 04/15/2009 11:49:19 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (Somebody stole my tagline)
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To: P-Marlowe

You’re confusing “Global Warming” for “Anthropogenic Global Warming” (AGW). They are two different things and you can bet that Sarah Palin knows the difference, too... :-)

I always make the distinction, in order to clarify the issue and narrow it down to the relevant point

See a post that I always follow up with on it...


It’s one thing to gripe and complain about these things and disagree with it, but it’s quite *another* to convince your friends and neighbors and relatives and coworkers...

THEREFORE..., it’s also absolutely necessary for people to know the information in the following documentary. If there were simply *one* video that you could see and/or show people you know... this would be the *one*...


The following is an *excellent* video documentary on the so-called “Global Warming” I would recommend it to all FReepers. It’s a very well-made documentary.

“The Great Global Warming Swindle”

If you want to download it, via a BitTorrent site (using a BitTorrent client), you can get it at the following link.
http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/3635222/The_Great_Global_Warming_Swindle
[this is a high-quality copy, of about a gigabyte in size...]

It’s worth seeing and having for relatives, friends, neighbors and coworkers to see.

Also, see it online here...
http://www.moviesfoundonline.com/great_global_warming_swindle.php
[this one is considerably lower quality, is a flash video and viewable online, of course...]

Buy it here...
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000WLUXZE
[this one would be the very highest quality version, on a DVD disk, of several gigabytes in size...]


23 posted on 04/15/2009 11:52:57 AM PDT by Star Traveler
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To: neverdem; AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...
Sununu and Soon both said global warming alarmists, particularly the politicians and the few scientists who wrote the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports, have captured the scientific paper process, and in Sununu's words, have been successful in "taking control of who gets funding, who gets published, who gets acclaimed, and who gets demonized." "What happened to the peer-review process?" Soon asked rhetorically while reviewing egregious and complex examples of doctored data and sloppy scholarship in global warming alarmist literature.
thanks neverdem.
I must reiterate my feeling that experimentalists always welcome the suggestions of the theorists. But the present situation is ridiculous... In my considered opinion the peer review system, in which proposals rather than proposers are reviewed, is the greatest disaster to be visited upon the scientific community in this century. No group of peers would have approved my building the 72-inch bubble chamber. Even Ernest Lawrence told me that he thought I was making a big mistake. He supported me because my track record was good. I believe U.S. science could recover from the stultifying effects of decades of misguided peer reviewing if we returned to the tried-and-true method of evaluating experimenters rather than experimental proposals. Many people will say that my ideas are elitist, and I certainly agree. The alternative is the egalitarianism that we now practice and that I've seen nearly kill basic science in the USSR and in the People's Republic of China. -- Alvarez by Luis Alvarez (pp 200-201)

24 posted on 04/15/2009 5:55:53 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: haroldeveryman

It doesn’t have to be politics, it can be any kind of bias.


25 posted on 04/15/2009 8:45:08 PM PDT by LifeComesFirst (Until the unborn are free, nobody is free)
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