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December 08, 2009

The state of ClimateGate today, Dec 8 2009. [krakatoa]

(A series of daily-ish roundups of the day's Climate news and commentary.)

This is by no means a comprehensive recap. The stories come from a variety of sources, and I highly recommend exploring the linked sites for more breaking news.

(after the break...)

Poll news:

After the scandal in NZ's AGW camp, a new poll shows 77% of the public don't believe global warming is man-made.

Here in the U.S, for some reason, the scandal hasn't quite received the attention from the press, but the numbers have been moving pretty steadily away from the AGW camp, and now a majority doubt the Chicken Littles.

Hard Scientists are on the prowl. Princeton Prof William Happer and fellow phyicists are demanding the American Physical Society rescind its 2007 statement of support of the AGW alarmists, pending an independent analysis.

"By now everyone has heard of what has come to be known as ClimateGate, which was and is an international scientific fraud, the worst any of us have seen... We have asked the APS management to put the 2007 statement on ice until the extent to which it is tainted can be determined, but that has not been done. We have also asked that the membership be consulted on this point, but that too has not been done."

Happer and his fellow "Flat-earthers" are putting together a petition which they claim has garnered about half of the APS members they've contacted so far.

Of the signatories so far, Happer says, 77 are fellows of major scientific societies, 14 members of the National Academies, one is a Nobel laureate, and there is a large number of authors of major scientific books and recipients of prizes and awards for scientific research. He adds: "Some have accepted a career risk by signing the petition. The 230 odd signatories can hardly be dismissed as lightweights compared to those who spread the message of impending climate disaster."

Letters from some of the signatories are at the link. The one from UC Santa Barbara Physicist Hal Lewis pretty well sums up my long-standing take on the subject. I wanted to quote them in length, but Ace charges a lot for his ink.

WUWT has some really big stories today.

One on more leaks from the Inner AGW Sanctum that suggest some rather secretive planning.

“It is being done in secret. Clearly the intention is to get [Barack] Obama and the leaders of other rich countries to muscle it through when they arrive next week. It effectively is the end of the UN process,” said one diplomat, who asked to remain nameless.

More interesting to me is another Watts' other headliner of the day, which he believes is big enough to be worth a sticky to keep it at the top of his blog.

Anthony looks at raw data in Australia, and finds a huge disparity between that data and the "smoothed" data issued by the Global Historical Climate Network (GHCN). This is important, as we learn from the leaked ClimateGate emails that CRU used GHCN for much of its raw data.

His investigation leads him to some very questionable manipulations of the Darwin Airport data that cast into serious doubt the assertions by the AGW crowd that those small details are unimportant.

Steve Mcintyre was part of a CNN panel discussion. He doesn't get the link, because he didn't post the video on his site. He says he was treated fairly.

Also on CNN, Inhofe tells Sen Markey "All your ClimateGate belong to us!"

Markey responds woefully: "Someone set us up the hackz."

Dr. Bill Gray, the Godfather of Hurricane studies, opines on ClimateGate as it pertains to his area of expertise, and then drops the C-bomb:

The recent 'ClimateGate' revelations coming out of the UK University of East Anglia are but the tip of a giant iceberg of a well organized international climate warming conspiracy that has been gathering momentum for the last 25 years. This conspiracy would become much more manifest if all the e-mails of the publically funded climate research groups of the US and of foreign governments were ever made public.
(emphasis mine)

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