CLimate Change Weekly #78
A majority of the senior scientists responsible for producing the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s draft report are affiliated with environmental activist groups, investigative journalist Donna Laframboise reports. Of the 13 senior scientists who put together USGCRP’s January 2013 draft report, seven have ties to such groups as the Union of Concerned Scientists and the World Wildlife Fund.
- Chair Jerry Melillo is a contributing author for the Union of Concerned Scientists.
- Vice Chair Gary Yohe is part of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Climate Witness Program.
- Richard Moss is a former vice president for WWF.
- James Buizer is on the board of directors of the environmental activist group Second Nature.
- Susanne Moser is a former staff scientist for the Union of Concerned Scientists.
- Andrew Rosenberg is a director for the Union of Concerned Scientists.
- Donald Weubbles is an author for the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Eight of the 13 senior scientists also participate in the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
“Inspires confidence all around, don’t you think?” Laframboise observed.
SOURCE: No Frakking Consensus 
IN THIS ISSUE
Pielke Jr. says USGCRP engaged in ‘extreme misrepresentation’ … Former NASA scientists say evidence does not support alarmism … Overwhelming judgment of science rejects Obama’s climate claims … Study shows low climate sensitivity to CO2 … Sea level data appear doctored to show faster rise
PIELKE JR. SAYS USGCRP ENGAGED IN ‘EXTREME MISREPRESENTATION’
The authors of the just-released U.S. Global Change Research Program’s draft report are “playing games” with the science and engaging in “extreme misrepresentation” of scientific studies to support their assertion that global warming is causing an increase in floods, climate scientist Roger Pielke Jr. observed. “Given the strength of the science on this subject, the USGCRP must have gone to some effort to mischaracterize it by 180 degrees,” Pielke explained.
SOURCE: Roger Pielke Jr.’s Blog 
FORMER NASA SCIENTISTS SAY EVIDENCE DOES NOT SUPPORT ALARMISM
A group of 20 former NASA scientists released a report explaining why the scientific evidence does not support global warming alarmism. The NASA scientists, who have expertise in engineering, physics, chemistry, astrophysics, geophysics, geology, and meteorology, report, “The science of what is causing global climate change or warming is clearly not settled and never has been.”
SOURCE: The Right Climate Stuff 
OVERWHELMING JUDGMENT OF SCIENCE REJECTS OBAMA’S CLIMATE CLAIMS
President Barack Obama in his second inauguration address claimed “the overwhelming judgment of science” supports the notion of a severe human-induced global warming threat. Obama supported the assertion by saying, “none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms.” A review of the scientific facts regarding wildfires, drought, and powerful storms, however, shows each asserted threat is becoming more moderate as global temperatures warm.
SOURCE: Forbes.com 
STUDY SHOWS LOW CLIMATE SENSITIVITY TO CO2
Norwegian climate researchers report that a new model replicating factors involved in global warming since 1750 show global temperatures are less sensitive to carbon dioxide than is asserted by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Although humans are causing some global warming, natural factors are causing the IPCC to overestimate the role of carbon dioxide, according to project manager Terje Berntsen, professor at the University of Oslo’s Department of Geosciences and a senior research fellow at the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research – Oslo.
SOURCE: Watts Up With That? 
SEA LEVEL DATA APPEAR DOCTORED TO SHOW FASTER RISE
Sea level data compiled by the University of Colorado’s Sea Level Research Group appear to have been doctored twice since 2011 to show higher sea level rise than previously reported. The University of Colorado dataset is one of the most frequently cited sources for sea level data.
SOURCE: Watts Up With That?