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  • Citizens not pushing hard for climate deal: U.N. chief

    03/09/2012 5:08:42 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 9, 2012 | By Nina Chestney
    Ordinary people are not putting enough pressure on governments to deliver a legally binding deal on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, the U.N.'s climate chief said. "There is not enough well up from the bottom up. I don't see millions of citizens demanding climate action," Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, said at a lecture on Friday. "The reality we have to deal with is the process is very slow and the urgency is every day growing. The only way out is to continue to push on the government side but we can't depend 100...
  • Climate change research is costing Australian taxpayers $300 million

    03/04/2012 8:20:08 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | March 4, 2012 | by Gemma Jones
    MILLIONS of dollars in government research funding is being ploughed into studies of emotion in climate change messages, ancient economic life in Italy and the history of the moon. Studies of sleeping snails and determining if Australian birds are getting smaller because of climate change have also been allocated funding in the latest round of grants totalling $300 million by the Australian Research Council. Another project titled "Sending and responding to messages about climate change: the role of emotion and morality" by a Queensland university secured $197,302. The council said it was an important psychology project. The study to determine...
  • Cigarettes' lessons for climate change

    03/04/2012 6:29:39 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 4, 2012 | By Auden Schendler
    In the 1970s it seemed like we had problems we could never fix — and I'm not talking about white polyester disco suits and the band Air Supply. To punctuate the dismal vibe, everybody smoked, or so it seemed if you were sitting on an airplane at the edge of the DMZ between the smoking and nonsmoking sections. But then something funny happened. We tackled those problems. A move toward more fuel-efficient vehicles, plus Alaskan oil and geopolitical changes, gave us a breather from the tyranny of oil. How'd we do it? The answer is worth considering as we struggle...
  • Va. AG Cuccinelli: 'Rogue' EPA Must Be Corralled

    03/01/2012 12:52:01 PM PST · by Gopher Broke · 5 replies · 1+ views
    The Environmental Protection Agency is so out of control that it needs a major fix, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli tells Newsmax.TV. And a court case challenging the agency’s powers to limit greenhouse gases now before a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., could be just the remedy the agency needs, he said. “I am cautiously optimistic that the court will send this back to the EPA to be fixed,” Cuccinelli said. “I hope to fix it like a dog — snip — but that’s going to require a new president as well, so I hope the timing will work...
  • Lying and deception can be justified, says climate change ethics expert ( Need the $$$)

    02/27/2012 12:06:04 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 24 replies
    Bishop Hill blog ^ | Feb 27, 2012 | Bishop Hill
    James Garvey, a philosopher and the author of The Ethics of Climate Change has written a defence of Peter Gleick at the Guardian:What Heartland is doing is harmful, because it gets in the way of public consensus and action. Was Gleick right to lie to expose Heartland and maybe stop it from causing further delay to action on climate change? If his lie has good effects overall – if those who take Heartland's money to push scepticism are dismissed as shills, if donors pull funding after being exposed in the press – then perhaps on balance he did the right...
  • Gleick declares in Mann’s book review (after phishing Heartland) – “there IS a war on”

    02/26/2012 10:00:18 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies · 5+ views
    watts up with that? ^ | February 25, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    From Amazon’s list of Gleick book reviews hereMust read — for the real history of the climate debate and the war by deniers,February 8, 2012 This review is from: The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines (Hardcover) Michael Mann — a world class scientist and communicator about the seriousness of climate change — has finally put all of the recent history (sordid, indeed) about climate denial, attacks on climate scientists, and serial and intentional efforts by climate “skeptics” and “deniers” (a word many of them self-apply) into a book. As the title suggests, there IS...
  • Peter Gleick Admits to Deception in Obtaining Heartland Climate Files (More Globo-Warmin' Fraud!)

    02/21/2012 8:56:15 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 20 replies · 1+ views
    NYTimes ^ | 2-20-12 | Andrew Revkin
    Peter H. Gleick, a water and climate analyst who has been studying aspects of global warming for more than two decades, in recent years became an aggressive critic of organizations and individuals casting doubt on the seriousness of greenhouse-driven climate change. He used blogs, congressional testimony, group letters and other means to make his case. Now, Gleick has admitted to an act that leaves his reputation in ruins and threatens to undercut the cause he spent so much time pursuing. His summary, just published on his blog at Huffington Post, speaks for itself. SNIP---- The Heartland Institute had already signaled...
  • The Funding Imbalance ( AGW Cult vs the Skeptic's Heartland Institute)

    02/26/2012 9:41:45 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    Mr Worthing (Blog) ^ | Sunday, 26 February 2012 | Malcolm
    Richard North at the EU Referendum blog provides some interesting comment regarding funding. While the warmists are successfully focusing attention on the minor-league operations of the Heartland Institute, with a total budget for all its issues, which include health care, education, and technology policy, of around $4.4 million, their own funding arrangements, amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars, are largely evading scrutiny. .... The Climate Works Foundation, though, is of special interest as it was in 2008, awarded $460,800,000 from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, a grant-making organisation with assets of $7.2 billion, which disbursed $353,400,000 in grants...
  • Little People: Will Climate Change Shrink the Species?

    02/26/2012 9:27:36 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies · 2+ views
    TIME ^ | February 24, 2012 | By JEFFREY KLUGER
    If you think there are no new reasons to get freaked out by climate change, try this: There’s at least a theoretical possibility that a warmer and warmer world could lead to tinier and tinier humans. That’s the inevitable conclusion of a just-published study of Siferhippus sandae, the littlest horse that ever lived. The Siferhippus sandae first appeared about 56 million years ago, and it was never a terribly prepossessing creature, weighing no more than 12 lbs. (5.5 kg). While it was not exactly built for steeplechase running, its skeletal architecture — not to mention its unmistakably equine face —...
  • The Gleick affair is further proof of the warmists' endless credulity ( But UK funding continues)

    02/25/2012 9:25:26 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | Sunday 26 February 2012 | Christopher Booker
    Dr Peter Gleick provides more evidence that the supporters of the Cause will stop at nothing. Magical thinking: a rainmaker in Kenya, whose credibility is being funded by British taxpayers Photo: DFID/International Development Research Centre/Thomas Omondi What a very odd situation we find ourselves in, due to the extraordinary transformation in recent years of the so-called debate over global warming. Last week, The Sunday Telegraph reported that, as part of Britain’s overseas aid budget, the Department for International Development is well on the way to spending Ł1.5 billion on a mass of climate-related projects across the world. These range from...
  • Climate madness - Skulduggery undermines the case for global warming

    02/25/2012 7:20:55 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies · 2+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 25, 2012 | Masthead Editorial
    Earlier this month, the Internet lit up with a tantalizing whodunit. Someone had leaked to bloggers confidential internal fundraising and strategic documents from the Heartland Institute, a Chicago-based think-tank that questions global warming orthodoxy. The apparent goal: to discredit and embarrass those who raise doubts about the science behind climate change. Heartland officials cried foul, asserting that at least one of the documents was forged. They vowed to track down the leaker and pursue charges. This week, Peter Gleick saved them the trouble of a search. He confessed that he had assumed a false identity to obtain some of the...
  • Inhofe writes book on 'hoax' of global warming

    02/25/2012 8:06:48 PM PST · by Innovative · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Tulsa World ^ | Feb 25, 2012 | Jim Myers
    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe years ago declared man-made global warming a hoax and more recently declared victory over his opponents in that long-running debate. Still, the Oklahoma Republican believes his work is not done. Next week, the senator said his plans for the book's introduction include interviews with several broadcast personalities known for being on the other side of the debate. Published by WND Books, which described it as a coup de grace to the global-warming movement, the book is titled "The Greatest Hoax," with the subtitle "How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future." Next week, the senator said,...
  • EPA Budget Judgment Day Coming Up

    02/25/2012 3:42:23 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies · 2+ views
    watts up with that? ^ | February 25, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    I’d ask EPA’s Lisa Jackson about the legality of “disappearing” the over $468,000 dollars in grants to Peter Gleick’s Pacific Institute from the EPA grants database, then putting them back, all without any public notice. Since 2007, Gleick’s PI has received over 1 million in taxpayer’s money. In 2007 they got $647,000 dollars in two grants from the EPA, which also “disappeared” this week. When an FOIA request was made to the EPA, they mysteriously returned. Showdown at the EPA corralSource: Junk Science By Steve MilloyMarch 2 should be a date that lives in infamy for the Obama Environmental Protection...
  • Peter Gleick lecturing the U.S. Senate on “deceitful tactics” (February 7, 2007 )

    02/25/2012 3:29:52 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | February 25, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    “Copner” alerts us in comments to this public document:Testimony of Dr. Peter Gleick, February 7, 2007 Senate Commerce, Science, and TransportationTable 1 Categories of Deceitful Tactics and Abuse of the Scientific Process (source: P.H. Gleick, Pacific Institute, 2007)There are many tactics used to argue for or against scientific conclusions that are inappropriate, involve deceit, or directly abuse the scientific process.Personal (“Ad Hominem”) Attacks This approach uses attacks against the character, circumstances, or motives of a person in order to discredit their argument or claim, independent of the scientific evidence. Demonization Guilt by Association Challenge to Motive (such as greed or...
  • Why the Climate Skeptics Are Winning ( Too many of their opponents are intellectual thugs.)

    02/25/2012 2:24:17 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies · 2+ views
    weeklystandard.com ^ | March 5, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 24 | STEVEN F. HAYWARD
    Too many of their opponents are intellectual thugs. Steven F. Hayward March 5, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 24 The forlorn and increasingly desperate climate campaign achieved a new level of ineptitude last week when what had looked like a minor embarrassment for one of its critics​—​the Chicago-based Heartland Institute​—​turned out to be a full-fledged catastrophe for itself. A moment’s reflection on the root of this episode points to why the climate campaign is out of (greenhouse) gas.In an obvious attempt to inflict a symmetrical Climategate-style scandal on the skeptic community, someone representing himself as a Heartland Institute insider “leaked” internal...
  • FakeGate: The sound of a meme collapsing ( An Overview )

    02/25/2012 12:34:47 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    JoNova ^ | February 25th, 2012 | Joanne
    Heartland have released both emails that Peter Gleick wrote under his name (below) as well as under a false name. The deceit is there for all to see. Heartland have at all times behaved impeccably. — Jo From James Taylor at Forbes.com The real story in this Fakegate scandal is how the global warming movement is desperate, delusional, and collapsing as global warming fails to live up to alarmist predictions. People with sound science on their side do not need to forge documents to validate their arguments or make the other side look bad. Also, people who are so desperate...
  • Politicians notice Fakegate

    02/24/2012 3:07:03 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    bishop-hill.net ^ | Feb 24, 2012 | bishop-hill
    Rep Edward Markey of Massachusetts has written to Heartland asking for them to document the inaccuracies in the Fakegate documents and asking for originals. In a letter to Heartland Institute President Joseph Bast, Markey asked the group for an explanation of any inaccuracies in the leaked documents as well as accurate versions of those documents. “These documents appear to indicate that the Heartland Institute is receiving large donations from corporations for the direct purpose of discrediting the mainstream science of climate change and has planned to engage in a campaign to undermine the teaching of well-established science at our public...
  • More grants to Gleick scrubbed from EPA Grants Database

    02/24/2012 1:11:40 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    junkscience.com ^ | February 24, 2012 | Steve Milloy
    EPA, do you know where your grants are?Additional grants (possibly as much $647,000) to Peter Gleick’s Pacific Institute seem to have disappeared from the EPA Grants Database.A source tells us: I do government work as you probably know. That means I know how to search the system.I followed your link to his article on the EPA scrubbing its website of his grants. Since he got a screenshot I was able to look at it and then do some sleuthing. Here is what I found.I did a search on their Dun and Bradstreet Number (DUNS), which is a requirement for them...
  • FBI called in over climate change mole ( Fakegate...)

    02/24/2012 11:17:40 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 21 hours 6 min ago | Paul Bedard
    The Chicago-based free market Heartland Institute has called in the FBI and threatened other legal action against a global warming proponent who has admitted stealing emails from the institute in a bid to embarrass and discredit the group’s questioning of climate change. Heartland officials tell Washington Secrets that they have been in talks with the FBI over the case against prominent global warming proponent Peter Gleick, co-founder of the respected Pacific Institute. Heartland is getting ready to reveal their probe of the affair, which they hope the FBI will act on.
  • Dr. Peter Gleick may have run afoul of a new cyber-impersonation law in California

    02/24/2012 11:03:52 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | February 23, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    WUWT commenter “The Duke” writes:I just sent the following letter to Senator Joe Simitian (D- Palo Alto) regarding Dr. Gleick’s apparent violation of SB 1411 which went into effect January 1st, 2011. Dear Senator Simitian:I am writing to you regarding possible violations of the impersonations law (SB 1411) you authored and successfully guided through the California legislature into law. It appears that Bay Area Scientist Dr. Peter Gleick has violated the law you wrote by impersonating a member of the Board of Directors at the Heartland Institute in Chicago in order to obtain privileged information from that private organization. Mr....
  • Green Germany: Half A Million Families Sitting In The Dark [translation]

    02/23/2012 7:09:16 AM PST · by AFPhys · 75 replies
    Die Welt ^ | 21 Feb 2012 | Philipp Mueller (tran.)
    Many households in Germany are no longer able to pay their electricity bills. As a result, around half a million households are sitting in the dark. The sharp price increases for electricity and gas is leading to serious payment problems for more and more consumers – even to dark apartments. Because of unpaid bills an estimated 600,000 households in Germany had their power cut off in 2010, said the consumer watch dog Verbraucherzentrale Nordrhein-Westfalen which is based in Düsseldorf. This estimate is based on a survey of local energy providers in Germany’s most populous state. "Price increases of around 15...
  • Concerned Scientists Reply on Global Warming

    02/23/2012 9:58:59 PM PST · by Rocky · 25 replies
    Wall Street Journal online ^ | Feb 21, 2012 | Claude Allegre, et al
    Editor's Note: The authors of the following letter, listed below, are also the signatories of "No Need to Panic About Global Warming," an op-ed that appeared in the Journal on January 27. This letter responds to criticisms of the op-ed made by Kevin Trenberth and 37 others in a letter published Feb. 1, and by Robert Byer of the American Physical Society in a letter published Feb. 6. --------- We agree with Mr. Trenberth et al. that expertise is important in medical care, as it is in any matter of importance to humans or our environment. Consider then that by...
  • Fakegate: Global Warmists Try to Hide Their Decline

    02/23/2012 5:24:28 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | February 23, 2012 | Robert Tracinski
    The promoters of the global warming hysteria never really recovered from Climategate, the release of e-mails and data which demonstrated that climate insiders were using questionable data, promoting misleading arguments, and conspiring to block dissenting views from the scientific literature. It... --snip-- This is the dead giveaway that the "confidential strategy memo" is a fake, and that is what the real scandal has become. The Atlantic blogger Megan McArdle helped break this open with an initial post raising questions, as well as a detailed follow-up. McArdle gets a little too far into the weeds of information technology, not to mention...
  • Fakegate: why the perps should be prosecuted (Guest post by Christopher Monckton of Brenchley)

    02/23/2012 10:31:53 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies · 26+ views
    watts up with that? ^ | February 23, 2012 | Christopher Monckton of Brenchley
    Yesterday I had the pleasure of chairing a packed meeting in the Palace of Westminster (don’t tell the Clerk of the Parliaments), at which Professor Richard Lindzen of MIT spoke even more brilliantly than usual on “global warming”, and engagingly answered many questions from Parliamentarians and the public. Afterwards, Dick went to brief a Cabinet Minister (who shall be nameless, but he is a good egg, and privately regards catastrophic manmade “global warming” as nonsense). The Minister indicated – in effect, and with scarcely-concealed regret – that the party line set by David Cameron in response to various opinion polls,...
  • “AGU is disappointed that Dr. Gleick acted in a way that is inconsistent with.... values.”

    02/22/2012 11:49:55 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | February 21, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    AGU weighs in on Gleick: “AGU is disappointed that Dr. Gleick acted in a way that is inconsistent with our organization’s values.” AGU Encourages Integrity in all Aspects of Climate Change Discourse Scholarly Society Rejects Deception Regarding Heartland Institute Documents February 21, 2012AGU Release No. 12-11For Immediate Release In response to a blog post late yesterday, 20 February 2012, by Dr. Peter Gleick regarding documents purportedly from the Heartland Institute which he disseminated, AGU President Michael McPhaden issued the following statement: “AGU is disappointed that Dr. Gleick acted in a way that is inconsistent with our organization’s values. AGU expects...
  • Ethicists blast chair of science ethics panel for taking global warming skeptic group’s papers

    02/22/2012 11:07:29 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Wednesday, February 22, 12:08 PM
    WASHINGTON — In the field of climate science, when someone — especially skeptics — did something ethically questionable or misrepresented facts, scientist Peter Gleick was usually among the first and loudest to cry foul. He chaired a prominent scientific society’s ethics committee. He created an award for what he considered lies about global warming.Now Gleick admits that he posed as a board member to get and then distribute to the media sensitive documents from a conservative think tank that is a leader in denying mainstream climate change science.
  • Breaking: Eminent Scientist May be Jailed for Faking Climate Emails

    02/22/2012 4:06:31 PM PST · by Twotone · 46 replies · 1+ views
    Climate Change Dispatch ^ | February 21, 2012 | John O'Sullivan
    In a sensational public confession a leading climatologist, Peter Gleick has admitted to taking part in a high-profile climate emails forgery that has backfired; says it was done to intentionally injure skeptic foundation. Britain’s pro-green national daily, ‘The Guardian’ was the first major newspaper to break the news that Dr. Peter Gleick had confessed to unlawfully libeling the prominent climate skeptic supporter, the Heartland Institute (HI). Heartland is a 28-year-old national nonprofit organization with offices in Chicago, Illinois and Washington, DC. Its mission is “to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems.”
  • Lying, stealing and maybe forging, just another day in the global warmist campaign to persuade you

    02/22/2012 5:00:54 PM PST · by landsbaum · 3 replies
    We haven’t written on this item yet because, well, it’s so easy to kick ‘em when they are down. But we’ll deign to indulge just this once: The global warmists are at it again. Remember ClimateGate? They call this one FakeGate. James Taylor at Forbes sums it up nicely today: . . .
  • Newt for Energy --- would remove CAFE Standards on Autos; more (Nt Ttle --Video)

    02/22/2012 3:00:21 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    Newt Gingrich ^ | 2012 | Newt Gingrich
    This is a winner Video...apeaks to making America Independand of the OPEC war lords.Newt talking for 30 minutes with no visible notes.
  • Climate scientist admits duping skeptic group to obtain documents ( Plans to use "Discovery" )

    02/22/2012 12:52:36 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 21, 2012 | By Juliet Eilperin,
    Legislation to fight global warming has disappeared from Washington’s policy agenda, but the battle over climate science continues to escalate. The latest skirmish culminated in the admission Monday night by Peter Gleick, a climate scientist and author, that he assumed a fake identity to obtain documents that would expose the inner workings of a climate skeptic group. “My judgment was blinded by my frustration with the ongoing efforts — often anonymous, well-funded and coordinated — to attack climate science and scientists and prevent this debate, and by the lack of transparency of the organizations involved,” Gleick wrote in a post...
  • Is stealing OK? Alarmist climate scientists don’t know – “in tumult!”

    02/22/2012 12:17:55 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    JoNova ^ | February 23rd, 2012 | Joanne
    The Guardian: Gleick apology over Heartland leak stirs ethics debate among climate scientistsWhoops. Suzanne Goldenberg unwittingly exposes how empty the Ethics Vault is in establishment climate science. Peter Gleick used a false identity to steal documents, and released them without permission and without an effort to redact private irrelevant details. So let’s ask climate scientists if stealing, deception and breaching privacy is OK. It’s a yes or no choice, is it a/ heroic, or b/ misguided? We’d hope a ten year old could get this one, but Goldenberg tells us that its thrown “the scientific community into tumult, with fierce...
  • Climate scientists not cowed by relentless climate change deniers

    02/19/2012 8:59:22 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 39 replies
    Physics Today ^ | February 2012 | Toni Feder
    Receiving an email with a statement like “You should resign, and if you don’t, I’ll work to see that you are fired” or “I know where your kids go to school” would be unsettling enough. But they “pale compared to what other climate scientists are getting,” says Raymond Orbach, director of the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin, at whom the first threat above was aimed. Now climate scientists—in atmospheric physics and chemistry, geophysics, meteorology, hydrology, and oceanography, among other disciplines—have begun to fight back. “I think the community is finding a voice,” says Ben Santer of...
  • WSJ: Opinion: The Purloined Climate Papers - Video interview of Joe Bast Heartland Institute

    02/21/2012 9:40:50 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    WSJ ^ | 2/21/2012 6:48:27 PM
    Heartland Institute President Joe Bast on why global warming activist Peter Gleick stole and forged documents from his organization.
  • Lowering clouds to combat global warming

    02/21/2012 6:55:28 PM PST · by Paul Pierett · 27 replies
    Sky News ^ | Feb. 22, 2012 | AAP
    Clouds around the world may be falling in response to rising global temperatures and having a cooling effect on global warming, according to analysis of satellite data by Auckland University scientists. The first 10 years of data from the NASA Terra satellite, which uses nine cameras at different angles to produce a stereo image of the world's clouds, shows their average height has lowered by about 1 per cent, or 30 to 40 metres. Most of the reduction was due to fewer clouds occurring at very high altitudes, says the study, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.
  • "Fakegate" Blows Up in Warmist Faces

    02/21/2012 6:34:19 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    Warning Signs ^ | Tuesday, February 21, 2012 | Alan Caruba
    On February 16, I published “Anatomy of a Global Warming Hoax” concerning the theft of the private records of The Heartland Institute’s board meeting and the creation of an alleged forged document intended to harm its reputation as a long time advocate of the real, not fake, science that has been the basis of the global warming—now called “climate change”—hoax. The Feb 21 issue of The Wall Street Journal published an editorial, “The Not-So-Vast Conspiracy” noting that “As for ‘the largest international science conference of skeptics’ Heartland will, according to the documents, spend all of $380,000 this year on the...
  • Climate scientist admits stealing docs from conservative think tank

    02/21/2012 4:30:53 PM PST · by presidio9 · 35 replies · 1+ views
    FOX News ^ | February 21, 2012
    Theft, deceit and outright lies: How ugly can climate science get? Prominent climate scientist Peter H. Gleick relied on deceit and subterfuge to solicit a cache of sensitive internal documents from conservative think tank The Heartland Institute before leaking them to the press -- a fresh scandal that further darkens the highly charged debate on planetary climate change. Gleick -- an internationally recognized hydroclimatologist and author of the respected annual report “The World’s Water” -- said he received an anonymous document in the mail that tipped him off to what he described as Heartland’s efforts to muddy public understanding of...
  • All fossil fuels must be cut to avoid global warming, (two) scientists say

    02/21/2012 4:38:32 PM PST · by Libloather · 39 replies · 2+ views
    Canada ^ | 2/21/12 | Mike De Souza
    All fossil fuels must be cut to avoid global warming, scientists sayBy Mike De Souza, Postmedia News February 21, 2012 6:10 PM OTTAWA — Two Canadian climate change scientists from the University of Victoria say the public reaction to their recently published commentary has missed their key message: that all forms of fossil fuels, including the oilsands and coal, must be regulated for the world to avoid dangerous global warming. "Much of the way this has been reported is (through) a type of view that oilsands are good and coal is bad," said climate scientist Neil Swart, who co-authored the...
  • Hero Scientist responsible for Heartland Expose ( Daily Kos ---Barf Alert of course)

    02/21/2012 1:14:35 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    Anthony Watts Update ^ | Tue Feb 21, 2012 at 05:00 AM PST
    The Headline at WUWT is: BREAKING: Gleick Confesses*****************************EXCERPT*************************************Posted on February 20, 2012 by Anthony Watts Since I have started updates here, I’ll keep this post as a “sticky” – new content will follow below it and linked within updates. – AnthonyUPDATE15: 11:08AM 2/21 Unbelievable. Daily Kos elevates Gleick to hero status (via Tom Nelson):Daily Kos: Hero Scientist responsible for Heartland Expose Hero scientist, Peter Gleick, a water and climate analyst is the one responsible for exposing the Heartland agenda to spread misinformation and lies and subvert any real action for the climate change crisis. He did so at considerable risk...
  • Gleick removed from AGU Task Force on Scientific Ethics page (FakeGate & AGW)

    02/21/2012 12:38:57 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | February 21, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    Commenter FP writes: Hmm, they’ve removed Peter Gleick’s name from this page:http://www.agu.org/about/governance/committees_boards/scientific_ethics.shtmlIt was there four days ago, according to google’s cache. Has he resigned/been fired already? It had read as the page screencap shows: (from Google cache here) Chair Peter Gleick, Pacific Institute, Oakland, CaliforniaNow reads:
  • The Origin of the Heartland Documents

    02/20/2012 7:18:43 PM PST · by palmer · 27 replies
    Huffpost via Climate Audit ^ | Feb 20, 2012 | Peter H. Gleick
    From Gleick's Huffington Post confession: Given the potential impact however, I attempted to confirm the accuracy of the information in this document. In an effort to do so, and in a serious lapse of my own and professional judgment and ethics, I solicited and received additional materials directly from the Heartland Institute under someone else's name. The materials the Heartland Institute sent to me confirmed many of the facts in the original document, including especially their 2012 fundraising strategy and budget. I forwarded, anonymously, the documents I had received to a set of journalists and experts working on climate issues....
  • The World won’t stop having climate cycles just because they are inconvenient.

    02/18/2012 7:16:06 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    Whats up With That? ^ | February 18, 2012 | Guest post by David Archibald
    Guest post by David ArchibaldThe most skillful climatologist the World has seen was Hubert Lamb (1913 – 1997). He can be credited with making the first prediction of the current solar minimum. This was in 1970 in a report (Weiss and Lamb) for the German Navy.He did it by making a reconstructed record of the average frequency of southwesterly surface winds in England since 1340. Quoting Lamb “We sense a cycle or periodicity of close to 200 years in length.” and “There may be a valuable indication of the origin of this apparent 200 year recurrence tendency, in that the...
  • Obama bypasses Congress again on climate change

    02/17/2012 9:37:11 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    USA Today | February 17, 2012 | By Wendy Koch
    Link only per posting rules: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/greenhouse/post/2012/02/obama-bypasses-congress-on-climate-change/1#.Tz6MF8mF_9I
  • Not quite Friday Funny– “Fakegate” (AGW Cult attempts attack on AGW Skeptics)

    02/17/2012 9:49:04 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | February 16, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    Josh from CartoonsbyJosh.com writes: Another ‘Gate’ – but this one turned round and bit the owner.Leo Hickman and co at the Guardian thought they had a bona fide leak of incriminating information on the funding of climate skeptics by the Heartland Institute.Two problems, the funding turns out to be rather small beer, especially in comparison to the vast sums of money paid to promote Climate Change Alarmism. Secondly it looked like the funds were going to fund scientists and with another trenche for a website to explain climate science research.Hardly a surprise, and not exactly incriminating. It is what the...
  • Heartland Institute Responds to Stolen and Fake Documents (AGW Cult Attacks )

    02/16/2012 11:24:27 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    Heartland Institute ^ | February 15, 2012 | Jim Lakely
    Yesterday afternoon, two advocacy groups posted online several documents they claimed were The Heartland Institute’s 2012 budget, fundraising, and strategy plans. Some of these documents were stolen, at least one is a fake, and some may have been altered.The stolen documents appear to have been written by Heartland’s president for a board meeting that took place on January 17. He was traveling at the time this story broke yesterday afternoon and still has not had the opportunity to read them all to see if they were altered. Therefore, the authenticity of those documents has not been confirmed.Since then, the documents...
  • UPDATE: Heartland Documents Stolen and key one is Fake. No “insider” leak. (AGW Cult attacks)

    02/16/2012 11:07:25 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    JoNova ^ | February 16th, 2012 | Joanne
    Major embarrassment for Joe Romm, and DeSmog and their unthinking fans.In the hours after the ClimateGate emails were released, skeptics asked about their authenticity (as we are want to do). In the hours after the Heartland Documents (including at least one complete fake) were released, the commentators on the other side did not even ask (just as they uncritically accept any weak report in favour of their pet theory).They leapt to their defamatory conclusions in a smear-fest. At least one person out there has probably committed a criminal act. The rest are guilty of small brained unskeptical blind hatred, defamation,...
  • An extensive database of individuals involved in the global warming denial industry. (AGW Cult )

    02/16/2012 10:05:05 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    desmogblog.com ^ | unk | Staff
    DeSmogBlog thoroughly investigates the academic and industry backgrounds of those involved in the PR spin campaigns that are confusing the public and stalling action on global warming. If there's anyone or any organization, ( i.e. scientist, self-professed "expert," think tank, industry association, company) that you would like to see researched and reported on DeSmogBlog, please contact us here.
  • Climate Action: Stopping Global Warming Through the Back Door

    02/16/2012 9:54:00 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    TIME blog ^ | February 16, 2012 | By BRYAN WALSH
    When it comes to dealing with climate change—and reducing carbon emissions, the top man-made cause of warming—the international community is doing a crap job. The U.N. process is bogged down, with ambitions that seem to shrink each year even as the summits themselves grow longer and longer. So with the front door locked on climate action, it might be time to try the back. That’s why the U.S.—as well as representatives from the U.N. and several other countries—is getting behind a new initiative to reduce black carbon, methane and other “short-lived” greenhouse gases, so called because they remain in the...
  • U.S. Joins Effort to Fight Climate Change

    02/16/2012 9:48:05 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 16, 2012 | By TENNILLE TRACY
    WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Thursday the formation of a new global coalition to fight emissions other than carbon dioxide that contribute to climate change. The coalition—which includes Sweden, Mexico, Canada, Bangladesh and the U.S. will be funded with $15 million, mostly from the U.S. It hasn't yet determined which actions it will take to reduce the emissions, nor has it identified specific reduction targets. The administration is also putting up federal dollars for clean-energy investments, unveiling a 2013 budget plan this week that sets aside hundreds of millions of dollars for wind, solar and other clean-energy...
  • An Unsettling Week For Global Warming's 'Settled Science'

    02/13/2012 1:35:18 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2/10/2012 @ 5:16PM | Patrick Michaels, Contributor
    People who claim that “the science is settled” on global warming have to be pretty unsettled by the science news in the last week.“Setttled science”, of course, means that we are inevitably headed toward a disastrous warming of surface temperatures as forecast by some computer models, and we therefore need an international carbon tax or cap-and-trade system, pronto.Settled science would know all of the important “forcings” and “feedbacks” in the climate system, such as the sensitivity of surface temperature to changes in carbon dioxide (a forcing) and the behavior of clouds, which could either enhance or counter warming (a feedback).Now...
  • New Study: Russian Astrophysicist Predicts Global Cooling

    02/12/2012 7:55:22 PM PST · by Paul Pierett · 22 replies
    Junk Science . Com ^ | Feb. 1, 2012 | Habibullo I. Abdussamatov, Pulkovo Observatory of the Russian Academy of Science, St. Petersburg, 19
    “We can expect the onset of a deep bicentennial minimum of total solar irradiance (TSI) in approximately 2042±11 and the 19th deep minimum of global temperature in the past 7500 years – in 2055±11. After the maximum of solar cycle 24, from approximately 2014 we can expect the start of deep cooling with a Little Ice Age in 2055±11.” –Habibullo I. Abdussamatov, Russian Academy of Science, 1 February 2012