Alarmists Attack Scientists to Salvage Mythical Consensus

Alarmists Attack Scientists to Salvage Mythical Consensus
February 22, 2013

James M. Taylor

James M. Taylor is senior fellow for environment and energy policy at The Heartland Institute, and... (read full bio)

Climate Change Weekly #81

Global warming alarmists are desperately seeking to minimize the damage presented by a recent survey of geoscientists and engineers regarding global warming.

A recent survey of more than 1,000 geoscientists and engineers reported in the peer-reviewed Organization Studies found only 36 percent agree with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assertion that humans are causing a serious global warming problem. By contrast, a majority of scientists in the survey say they believe nature is the primary cause of recent global warming and/or that future global warming will not be a very serious problem.

Global warming alarmists, desperate to restore the shattered remains of their fictitious global warming consensus, spent the past week in overdrive expressing outrage and attacking the scientists participating in the survey. The alarmists claimed the scientists were biased based on their career path and unqualified to give a knowledgeable assessment of global warming.

These arguments would be plausible, and perhaps might even be persuasive, except that alarmists have been saying exactly the opposite for decades. When alarmists say scientists can be biased based on their career path, and that only atmospheric scientists are qualified to give informed opinions on global warming, they are engaging in the most laughable form of hypocrisy.

Skeptics frequently point out that claims of an alarmist global warming consensus rely on tainted, biased participant pools. Investigative journalist Donna Laframboise, for example, has documented absurd bias and activism within the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), where environmental activists drive the findings in their roles as lead authors. Similarly, skeptics point out that environmental activists directed the findings of a recent National Academy of Sciences (NAS) global warming report, with nearly all of the 23 NAS authors previously on the record as global warming alarmists before being chosen to write the report.

Additionally, an often misrepresented survey claiming 97 percent of scientists agree that humans are causing a global warming crisis (actually, the survey asked merely whether some warming has occurred and whether humans are playing at least a partial role – two questions to which I would answer yes) restricted its participant pool to government scientists and scientists working for institutions dependent on government grants. Scientists who work for – or are funded by – government institutions know their funding will dry up and their jobs will disappear if and when global warming stops being an asserted crisis.

Alarmists can’t have it both ways. Scientists’ career choice, salary dependency, and preexisting sociopolitical points of view either taint their objectivity or do not taint their objectivity. They do not taint skeptics’ objectivity while failing to taint alarmists’ objectivity.

SOURCE: Forbes.com


IN THIS ISSUE

Antarctic ice cap is not shrinking … Archived data show U.S. was warmer in 1934 than 2012 … Texas state climatologist says no link between drought, warming … Meteorologist Keen rips Associated Press blizzard claims … Glacier National Park record shows natural fluctuations … Gore effect strikes Washington DC protest


ANTARCTIC ICE CAP IS NOT SHRINKING

The Antarctic ice cap is not shrinking despite alarmist claims to the contrary, scientists report in the peer-reviewed journal The Cryosphere. Moreover, the scientists report “a clear increase in accumulation of more than 10% has occurred in high SMB (surface mass balance) coastal regions and over the highest part of the East Antarctic ice divide since the 1960s.” Importantly, the scientists report a clear correlation between variations in solar irradiance and variations in Antarctic ice balance.

SOURCE: The Cryosphere


ARCHIVED DATA SHOW U.S. WAS WARMER IN 1934 THAN 2012

Raw temperature data archived by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show U.S. temperatures in 1934 were warmer than those of 2012 despite NOAA claims to the contrary. NOAA appears to be doctoring the 1934 data to reduce temperatures more than a full degree Fahrenheit below what temperature stations actually recorded.

SOURCE: Not a Lot of People Know That


TEXAS STATE CLIMATOLOGIST: NO LINK BETWEEN DROUGHT, WARMING

Texas state climatologist John Nielson-Gammon declined to assert a link between last year’s drought in his state and climate change. Nielson-Gammon pointed out there has been a 10 percent increase in rainfall in Texas during the past century. “Changing climate has not contributed to the lack of rainfall over the long term, as of yet,” said Nielson-Gammon.

SOURCE: Scientific American


METEOROLOGIST KEEN RIPS ASSOCIATED PRESS BLIZZARD CLAIMS

Meteorologist Richard Keen ripped the Associated Press for claiming warmer temperatures produce more blizzards. In addition to debunking the Associated Press claims, Keen showed the ‘A-list’ of global warming alarmists who so eagerly comment for media articles don’t have the first clue about the physics regarding atmospheric temperatures and snowfall. Such lack of knowledge did not prevent the high-profile alarmists from embarrassing themselves in quotes for the Associated Press article, however.

SOURCE: Watts Up With That?


GLACIER NATIONAL PARK RECORD SHOWS NATURAL FLUCTUATIONS

Glaciers frequently advanced and receded during the past several millennia in Glacier National Park, with Little Ice Age advances being the most extensive during the past several thousand years, a team of scientists reports in the peer-reviewed Quaternary Science Reviews. The current glacial retreat has finally restored glaciers to more normal extent.

SOURCE: NIPCC Report


GORE EFFECT STRIKES WASHINGTON DC PROTEST

Unusually cold temperatures afflicted protesters last weekend at a global warming rally sponsored by the Sierra Club and 350.org. As Climate Depot’s Marc Morano pointed out, “This is another good example of the hallowed tradition of the so-called ‘Gore Effect,’ where every time there is a global warming event or rally attended by Gore or global warming activists, the temperatures seem to take a nose dive and snow is not usually far behind.”

SOURCE: CFACT

James M. Taylor

James M. Taylor is senior fellow for environment and energy policy at The Heartland Institute, and... (read full bio)