Monday, November 28, 2011

"Climategate 2.0" or more Pseudo-climate Codswallop?

According to James Delingspole, writing in today's WSJ ('Climategate 2.0", p. A13), a new release of hacked emails has shown "top scientists in the field fudging data, conspiring to bully, and silence opponents and displaying far less certainty about the reliabiity of anthropogenic global warming theory than they ever admit in public"

Delingspole, who is as bad at propaganda as the Nat Geo bumpkins trying to pass Lee Harvey Oswald off as JFK's assassin, then names the "usual suspects": Phil Jones of the University of East Anglia, and Michael Mann of Penn State University.

Isn't this shit getting old (almost as old as the Oswald lone nut recycling)? Must we keep skewering this crap over and over? Will the propagandists never give it a rest and move on? Evidently not! They are as determined to have us neglect or ignore the evidence for anthropogenic global warming, as the evidence that Lee Oswald could not have killed Kennedy!

Like the Oswald did it bunkum - always timed to coincide with one or other anniversary of the JFK assassination (I can't wait to see what the 50th holds in store when all the talking rats, corporate-owned networks and their TV specials will come out at once to try to drumbeat the undecided into the nutter fold), these terrorist hackings of emails (and subsequent releases of them) appear to coincide with one climate conference or other. In this case, the just hacked emails are obviously intended to coincide with the upcoming United Nations climate summit in Durban, South Africa.

These terrorists, who hack into proprietary academic systems - and their enablers and cheerleaders - are in their own way no different in doing the "unspeakable" as the filth and vermin that perpetuate the lie that Oswald killed Kennedy - thereby covering the tracks of the real perpetrators and architects. Obviously, their egos must be enormous, to believe that they are doing some good when the cumulative facts show they're sustaining massive evil which ultimately will threaten the welfare of everyone on this planet.

In this sense, Rep. Edward Markey (D, MA) is correct in seeking justice meted out to the leaker or leakers (again, I call them information terrorists) who have attempted to "sabotage the climate talks". He wants them "brought to justice" and I even argue that may be too good for the scum: maybe what they need is to face the justice stipulated in the Patriot Act, given the calamity the planet faces if action is delayed much longer because of planned agnotology and obscurantism.

In an earlier blog, I noted that a premier climate change skeptic – Richard Muller- finally conceded that the mainstream scientific professional organizations - such as the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NASA and the American Geophysical Union - are correct, and the global temperatures really are "rising rapidly".

See, e.g. :

This according to a report appearing in today's Denver Post ('Skeptic No Longer Cool to Warming', p. 9A).

Muller, an atmospheric physicist who is based at the University of California-Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, has completed an extensive study - partly funded by the global warming denier Koch Brothers - which showed land temperatures were now 1.6 F degrees warmer than in the 1950s, even taking into account the "heat island" effects near cities (wherein dark asphalt surfaces generate additional heat which had been thought to skew temperature results by the skeptic brigade.)

Muller was apparently motivated by the original so-called "Climategate" scandal where hacked emails from a British university (Univ. of East Anglia)apparently disclosed that critical information, data was being deliberately withheld from skeptics that requeste it. This, despite the fact that three separate independent investigations found the researchers at East Anglia to be guilty of nothing more aberrant than academic hubris, some mild snark and poor decision making. Certainly nothing to merit expulsion from any professional organizations or dismissal from their university positions!

But propelled by this incident, Muller proceeded to plumb a range of data, and went all the way back to the era of Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson for readings in the 18th century. The accumulated evidence from all his data showed agreement with the mainstream global warming research community, that Earth's land temperatures are increasing and more rapidly than ever. Muller, who present his results at a conference two weeks ago, reinforced this by asserting (ibid.):

"Greenhouse gases could have a disastrous impact on the world"

That a front and center climate skeptic could utter these words discloses that the claim of "fudging data" is total horse shit. The data are for REAL, Muller finally became convinced of its validity, and it's time now for these economically-motivated asswipes to fall in line.

Even before this, late last summer, Susan Solomon - senior scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - warned that because CO2 is so long-lived in the atmosphere (~ 100 years for each molecule from the time deposited) and so much has been injected by humans, "it could effectively lock the Earth and future generations into warming not just for decades or centuries but literally for thousands of years.". This was reported in EOS Transactions of the American Geophysical Union (Vol. 91, No. 30, 27 July, 2010)

This came on the heels of an earlier report by the U.S. National Research Council to the effect that Earth is evidently now entering a new "geological era" which they have dubbed the "Anthropocene" (i.e. human-originated) during which "the planet's environment will largely be controlled by the effects of human activities."

Most of these uninformed doubters cite percentage proportions of CO2 in the atmosphere (e.g. 0.03 % or less), as if a piddling percentage confirms their view that CO2 can't be a major player. They seem to ignore, or discount, that even small differential concentrations can majorly impact projections. For example, we are now just passing 390 parts per million of CO2 in the atmosphere, and most climate dynamics models suggest a runaway Greenhouse Effect if that surpasses 450-475 ppm.

Indeed, a National Research Council document issued in 2000, showed CO2 with the highest forcing component of all greenhouse gases, at 1.3 to 1.5 W/m^2 . Methane came next at 0.5 to 0.7 W/m^2 , then tropospheric ozone at , 0.25 to 0.75 W/m^2 . DO any of the "man can't change things" brigade even glance at these reports? Are they even aware they exist? One wonders!

The warp and woof the trends disclosed in the data (including since then, which I've referenced in numerous blogs) enticed Myles Allen of Oxford University to publicly comment (Financial Times, July 29, 2010) that it was clear from the accumulated work of climate scientists that human-engendered greenhouse gases were the problem. In his words (ibid.):

"Climategate never really brought climate science into question at all."

And I would add neither have the further leaked emails from "Climategate 2" - so called. Interestingly, even as the hype has been stirred up over these criminally leaked emails, African nations that will be attending the Durban conference have expressed alarm at the degreee of climate change compromising their own states. According to Prof. Paramu Mafongoya of the University of Zimbabwe, the millions across Africa now worried over altered rain season cycles "are a clear sign of the impact of climate change on a continent already struggling to feed itself" (AP Report, 'Climate Change Intensifies Struggles of African Farmers', in The Denver Post, Nov. 28, p. 16A)

The implication is that further postponement of necessary changes in behavior will lead to even greater catastrophe.

Meanwhile, the self-righteous coward and scoundrel nicknamed "FOIA" - who violated laws across the globe in leaking the emails, has written (WSJ, ibid.):

"Over 2.5 billion people live on less than $2 a day. Every day nearly 16,000 children die from hunger and related dollar can save a life...poverty is a death sentence.. Nations must invest $37 trillion in energy technologies by 2030 to stabilize greenhouse gas emissions at sustainable levels. Today's decisions should be based on all the information we can get, not on hiding the decline."

The problem for this ignorant, cowardly fool and his shameless enablers, is there is NO "decline"! All the evidence, amassed by meticulous research published in more than 15,000 peer reviewed papers since the 1980s, shows we are on the cusp of a global catastrophe of epic proportions which rivals a Torino scale 9 asteroid impact.

Therefore, anyone who delays needed action, especially by citing phony economics numbers and stats, is no better than the worst terrorist vermin of Al Qaeda. And...if they believe they are sparing millions of poverty-stricken children from hunger, they better damned well think again - and consult the African farmers losing millions of hectares in crop land each year to climate change.

They'd be better advised to do that with their time, than raiding and hacking email servers of those who are desperately trying to show we're nearly out of time!

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