What a stellar line-up. Remember this headline next time you read someone wondering why people are not convinced about global warming, or why skeptics have such an easy time getting traction for their ideas.
Message to the community of scientists and activists concerned with climate change: If you do not explicitly condemn the actions of scientists like Michael Mann and Phil Jones and political leaders such as Rajendra Pachauri, you accept them. This will be portrayed as endorsing them. Their level of accuracy and due diligence will be what is assumed to be the norm for climate science.
Michael Mann and Phil Jones evidently conspired to misrepresent the temperature record for the past 1,000 years to make global warming look worse. They tried to cover their tracks by hiding their data. And the scientific community has said nothing. As far as I know, no climate scientist, including skeptics such as Lindzen, Singer or Christy, has condemned their action.
Rajendra Pachauri has deep conflicts of interest due to his leadership of an environmental consultancy which benefits financially from contracts with the IPCC, which he also leads. This evidently caused him to ignore evidence for year that Himalayan glaciers were not melting as the IPCC had predicted, and to both slander and libel a climate scientist who stood up to him. As far as I know, exactly one Canadian scientist has called for his resignation. One.
The actions of the people cited above are defended daily, if monotonously, by panicked hyper-freaks like Joe Romm, who is willing to write 4,000 word diatribes against peer-reviewed scientists because they don’t fall into line behind Mann, Jones and Pachauri, and apparently because another journalist from the NY Times thinks this scientist should help the IPCC. And yet Romm refuses to debate this scientist, who is by no means a skeptic, because he doesn’t want to give any non-establishment opinion ‘air time.’
These are not freakish outliers of a conventional scientific program and strategic messaging campaign. These are the poster boys. They are the leaders, the go-to guys. This is their A Team.
The next time a politician says ‘the science is settled,’ remember it is the science as distorted by Phil Jones and Michael Mann. The next time a scientist tells you of the consensus of the community, remember that they said nothing about what has happened. The next time a journalist complains about the poisoned quality of the debate, remember the vicious writing of Joe Romm.
And the next time someone talks about the well-funded skeptical media machine, remember that it is independent unpaid bloggers like Steve McIntyre and Anthony Watts that exposed Mann and Jones, while it is the well-funded Center of American Progress that pays Joe Romm to insult them.
Steve Mosher and I have written a book about the leaked emails that have caused so much controversy. The title is Climategate: The CRUtape Letters. It is available on Create Space here, Amazon here, Kindle here and Lulu here. One Amazon reviewer wrote, “Mosher and Fuller do a good job putting the ClimateGate documents in context, and the book is a riveting read. I received my copy yesterday, and find the book to be faithful to the climate war events that I have followed over a period of years. It reports actual email communications of a small group of paleoclimatologists and their roles in perhaps the biggest scientific hoax since Piltdown Man.”