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Thursday, April 1, 2010

A Bad Month for Deniers

At the beginning of March, the Climate Change Deniers were feeling they had Science on the run...

1) The hack of the Climate Research Unit had started investigations into several scientists, particularly (a) Phil Jones and (b) Michael Mann.

2) The IPCC report was found to have a serious error in how long it would take to melt the glaciers in the Himalayas, and it seemed there was a major flaw in the claims of deforestation in the Amazon.

3) Dr Pachauri, head of the IPCC, had been accused of financial misdeeds

4) Some Chinese records, which would have shown that the increase in heat came from increasing urbanization, were supposedly lost.

5) 2009 had been a relatively cool year (Still warmer than almost anything before 1998, but cooler than the last few) so the Deniers were in full cry that Global Cooling was underway...

6) More and more Denier groups were springing up, seemingly from nowhere, all casting doubt on the science...

But it’s been a bad month...

1a) Phil Jones has been exonerated by the British House of Commons:

We believe that the focus on CRU and Professor Phil Jones, Director of CRU, in particular, has largely been misplaced….

In the context of the sharing of data and methodologies, we consider that Professor Jones’s actions were in line with common practice in the climate science community. The evidence that we have seen does not suggest that Professor Jones was trying to subvert the peer review process. Academics should not be criticised for making informal comments on academic papers.

We do believe that Prof Jones has in many ways been scapegoated as a result of what really was a frustration on his part that people were asking for information purely to undermine his research.

Scientists are also, under Freedom of Information laws and under the rules of normal scientific conduct, entitled to withhold data which is due to be published under the peer-review process

Even if the data that CRU used were not publicly available—which they mostly are—or the methods not published—which they have been—its published results would still be credible: the results from CRU agree with those drawn from other international data sets; in other words, the analyses have been repeated and the conclusions have been verified.”

The Entire Article

1b) Michael Mann was cleared of misconduct by Pennsylvania State University:

The board of inquiry at Pennsylvania State University said it found no evidence that Michael Mann, a leading climatologist, had suppressed or falsified data, tried to destroy data or emails, or misused information. It will convene a second panel to investigate whether he had violated academic practices, including those governing exchanges between scholars.

The panel dismissed the charge. "The so-called 'trick' was nothing more than a statistical method used to bring two or more different kinds of data sets together in a legitimate fashion by a technique that has been reviewed by a broad array of peers in the field," the panel said.

It also cleared Mann of purposely hiding or destroying email relating to an IPCC climate change report.

It said it found nothing to support the charge that Mann had conspired with like-minded scholars to block competing scholars.

The Entire Article

2) The IPCC proved that most “Errors” were in the Denier camp.

The Himalayan glacier melting error as well as the Dutch flooding error were both proven to be typos in the original documents supplied to IPCC, not IPCC itself.

The supposed error in reporting the destruction of Amazon rainforests has been proven to be a Denier error. The Denier in question, Jonathan Leake, has refused to retract his statements, so the scientist he misquoted has registered an official complaint to the Press Complaints Commission (Late breaking news: Leake is now being sued as well.)

Supporting Article

3) Dr Pachauri has been found innocent of financial misdealings:

The embattled head of the United Nations’ scientific panel on climate change has been cleared of allegations of financial irregularity by an independently conducted review.

KPMG, the professional services company, examined the personal finances of Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, after media suggested late last year that he received money for advising several private sector companies, including Toyota and Credit Suisse. The review found these were all paid to Mr Pachauri’s non-profit organisation TERI.

The Report

4) The lost Chinese “Heat Island” Records were irrelevant.

It turns out that the records were lost by the Communist Chinese government, not any Climate group. But in any case, further research has shown that the total effect of Heat Islands is less than a tenth of a percent, so losing that site data is irrelevant.

Urban Heat Island Details

5) “Global Cooling” was short lived – 2010 is on its way to being the hottest ever:

As I reported earlier, satellite records showed that last January was the hottest ever, February the second hottest, and March is simply blowing the charts away, with EVERY SINGLE DAY the hottest on record. Totally beyond anything ever seen!

I posted a Graph on this a couple of weeks ago:

6) Greenpeace issued documentation showing “Deniers” are funded by Big Oil

I’m sure several people will say “Oh, well, that’s just Greenpeace, but if you click on the groups on the map, you will find solid PROOF, not Greenpeace’s opinions:

Here is a repost of the “map” showing how Exxonmobil has quietly funded money out to Denier groups:

Exxonmobil Map

Koch Industries has spent even MORE money than Exxonmobil!

Koch Industries

But never fear, the Deniers haven’t given up – they’re busy calling everything a coverup:

Denier Formula:

If an Error is found, claim it disproves the entire of Climate Science.

If no Error is found, claim a coverup.

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