Boulton’s Climategate Associates

Two of Boulton’s close associates at the University of Edinburgh (see Bishop Hill here – scientists hired as professors in 2007 while Boulton was a very senior professor in the same department – are Climategate correspondents.

In the searchable anelegantchaos version, Hegerl gets 41 hits; Gabi 29 hits and Crowley (her husband, also an Edinburgh professor) gets 125 hits. Both are coauthors of the hockey stick used in the Royal Society of Edinburgh Policy Paper of Dec 2009 (the “Boulton Hockey Stick”).

In light of Boulton’s apparent resolve to flout Russell’s desire to avoid even an appearance of prejudice, the roles of Hegerl and Crowley in Climategate correspondence assume additional interest. Today I’ll report on one such incident – one that directly concerns M&M participation at the NAS panel in 2006, one that involves the IPCC and one that illustrates Team attitudes to data archiving.

The data issues are sharpened by the fact that until a few days ago Hegerl hadn’t archived the proxies used in the Hegerl reconstruction – the reconstruction used in the Royal Society of Edinburgh Dec 2009 briefing paper on Copenhagen.

This incident starts in fall 2005, beginning with my peer review of the AR4 First Order Draft. Briffa, as IPCC Lead Author, included a discussion of the Hegerl reconstruction, citing “Hegerl et al, submitted”. This was an early version of what later became their Journal of Climate paper (now shown as submitted in January 2006, rather than fall 2005 as stated in the IPCC draft.) The First Draft stated:

The reconstruction is based on 12 proxy records, some of which are area averages of multiple records (Figure 1, data sources see Supplementary Information).

This being the Team, needless to say, no Supplementary Information was available at the IPCC website where the unpublished article was online. In my capacity of IPCC peer reviewer, I asked IPCC to provide supporting data for the Hegerl reconstruction. Subsequent events are a long story, which I’ve told elsewhere. To shorten a long story, the IPCC refused to obtain the supporting data and referred me to Hegerl. I asked Hegerl; she refused. This attempt to obtain data, together with a related inquiry to Rosanne D’Arrigo (see prior accounts for details) resulted in complaints from the authors to IPCC and Susan Solomon, WG1 Chair, warning me that I would be expelled as an IPCC peer reviewer if I asked any other authors of unpublished papers cited by IPCC for data in still unpublished studies. Strange but true.

Because information on the proxies (even what proxies had been used), in my First Order Draft review (6-1357), I stated:

Hegerl et al, submitted do not provide any information on proxies and should not be used [Stephen McIntyre]

IPCC Lead Authors (presumably Briffa here) are required to reply and their replies are supposedly considered by Review Editors – in this case, John Mitchell, Boulton’s co-presenter on Oct 29, 2009. Briffa replied with an untrue answer that presumably convinced Mitchell:

Rejected – this paper does provide information on proxies

Author Responses were not available until after publication of AR4 and I accordingly had no contemporary knowledge of Briffa’s untrue answer.

Six months later, Ross and I met Hegerl (and others) at the NAS panel presentation day (March 2, 2006). There was a pleasant reception afterwards and I did my best to be cheerful.

Climategate Letters show another side to the event.

That evening, Hegerl telephoned Francis Zweiers in Canada with an urgent message for him to contact IPCC Chapter Author Jonathan Overpeck. Hegerl was extremely worried that we would insist on having “access to supporting data” [imagine the gall!] , said that this was “making her nervous” and that she wanted to be sure that Overpeck was comfortable using her reconstruction knowing that we wanted to see her supporting data (1141393414.txt). Zweiers message to Overpeck:

McIntyre and McKittrick were there, and seem to have left Gabi with the strong impression that they will be insisting on having access to supporting data, etc., used to build reconstructions. Gabi says that this is making her nervous, wants to make sure that you are aware of the status of her reconstruction, and wants to be sure that you are comfortable with continuing to use it in Ch 6. She says that if you feel it necessaryto exclude her reconstruction from your SOD of Ch 6, you should do so.

In her message, Hegerl explained the problem arising from check-kiting (also a problem for Wahl and Ammann.) There were two companion papers: the reconstruction was described in a still pending submission to J Climate that didn’t seem likely to be accepted in time; the reconstruction had already been used in a companion detection article that had already been accepted in Nature (“rigorous” Nature reviewers apparently unconcerned about the check-kiting use of a reconstruction still under review). Zweiers:

The reconstruction is used in her Nature paper on sensitivity, which has been accepted, but the Nature paper does not describe the reconstruction or the supporting data in any detail. There is a paper under review at J. Climate that does do that (which is cited in the Nature paper), but unfortunately, an editorial decision is still pending.

Zweiers suggested that Overpeck call Hegerl that night. Overpeck doesn’t seem to have called Hegerl, but, in the wee hours of March 3, Overpeck forwarded Hegerl’s worry about looming demands for supporting data to Briffa, Eystein Jansen and (apparently) WG1 Chair Solomon. Overpeck expressed his view (1141393414.txt) that he didn’t think that “IPCC has to provide anything beyond the report”, mentioning his recollection that WG1 Chair Susan Solomon had made the same point already. After reassuring the others that Hegerl would not have to provide supporting data, Overpeck sarcastically said “M&M can get Congress to ask the FBI to secret Gabi away forever for doing her science the accepted way” – the “accepted way” here apparently being without having to provide supporting data. Overpeck:

Hi guys – great timing here for this message from Francis, and I don’t think we can (or should) do anything. It seems Gabi’s recon is in press, and that’s the way it is. I suspect Gabi’s J Clim paper will come out before the TOD too, but since it’s in press in Nature, it’s published.

I don’t think the IPCC has to provide anything beyond the report – in fact, I’m almost sure Susan made this point to me/a bigger group already. I’ll cc this to her, just so she know’s what might be coming, but I think we’re fine. M&M can get Congress to ask the FBI to secret Gabi away forever for doing her science the accepted way. Seriously, it’s up to her to make things available as appropriate.

Of course, I could be too sleep-deprived too. Am I correct in my assessment? I don’t feel like calling Gabi at 2am (her time) to discuss making changes (e.g., to text, let along figs) that it’s too late to make anyhow. I’ll respond to Francis after I hear from you.

Anyhow, I’m just about to send the full SOD text back to Norway for final minor editing. It looks good.

Best, peck

A few hours later, Briffa replied to Overpeck, Jansen and Solomon (1141393414.txt) that they should keep the Hegerl reconstruction even if the article that actually described the proxies and reconstruction remained unpublished, since it had been used in the Nature paper:

Let us stay with Gabi as it is in Figure etc. and as you say in the Nature paper anyway.

The AR4 Second Order Draft came out a month later and stated:

Hegerl et al., (in press), used a mixture of 14 regional series, of which only three were not made up from tree-ring data (a Greenland ice oxygen isotope record and two composite series, from China and Europe, including a mixture of instrumental, documentary and other data). Many of these are common to the earlier reconstructions. However, these series were combined and scaled using a regression approach (total least squares) intended to prevent the loss of low-frequency variance inherent in other regression approaches. The reconstruction produced lies close to the centre of the range defined by the other reconstructions.

In keeping with the sleight of hand discussed by Briffa, Overpeck, Jansen and Solomon (and presumably Hegerl), they switched the citation from the still unaccepted Journal of Climate submission – the one that (however inadequately) described the proxies in the reconstruction, substituting a citation to the Nature paper on detection, that merely applied the check-kited reconstruction and which did not contain the information on the actual proxies recapped in the Second Order Draft text quoted above.

Needless to say, I noticed the switch that they had plotted in the Climategate exchange. As a reviewer, I stated:

The version of Hegerl et al “accepted” has been switched and the proxy reconstruction presented in chapter 6 relies on their submission to J Climate, which had not been accepted as of April 2006, rather than their Nature article. The articles were switched at the WG1 website between drafts. The Nature article does not provide details mentioned in the Second Order Draft. Non-compliance with WG1 publication deadlines, especially in favor of publications by IPCC lead authors and their associates, is unfair to other authors who might also have sought waivers from published guidelines. [Stephen McIntyre (Reviewer’s comment ID #: 309-120)]

Briffa replied unresponsively as follows:

Papers cited are within the guidlines for in press papers

The paper that was cited was “within the guidelines” – but it didn’t describe the proxies or support the statement in the section.

Later on, I raised a similar point at a different line in the report:

The Nature article of Hegerl et al does not describe the network – either where the proxies are or the total least squares method. The article describing these things is their J Climate article which missed the deadlines. It shouldn’t be used. [Stephen McIntyre (Reviewer’s comment ID #: 309-81)]

This elicited the following curious response – one that looks even more curious in light of the Climategate letters:

Rejected – while the reviewer is entirely correct about the description of the work, the reconstruction itself is in the ‘published’ literature and is considered salient to the discussion of ‘true’ amplitude of past changes – after long consideration it was decided to keep it in the chapter, though it is recognised that the work will be subject to later close scrutiny.

And at line 30:53, I tried once again:

There has been a bait-and-switch in the Hegerl et al submission. The article in which Hegerl et al describe their network – and the one at the WG1 website for the First Order Draft – is their submission to Journal of Climate, which was described in their Nature article as merely being “submitted”. The article at the WG1 website for the Second Order Draft is their Nature article which has been submitted, but which does not provide the information described in this section – which derives from the Journal of Climate submission. Since the Journal of Climate has not met IPCC deadlines, TSU should have removed all references to it in February. In any event, all references to it should be deleted now. [Stephen McIntyre (Reviewer’s comment ID #: 309-94)]

This time, Briffa replied incorrectly that the “new” paper “provides the necessary information” (it didn’t):

Rejected – the new Hegerl et al (2006) paper was accepted in time for new inclusion deadline and provides the necessary information.

I observed that (despite the continued refusal to provide a list of proxies), it was my surmise that Hegerl used Mann’s PC1, Briffa 2000 sites and the Yang composites and would be prey to the same vulnerabilities as the other composites using the same series:

From the map in the article at the First Order Draft, I presume that Hegerl et al used all the Briffa 2000 sites ; Mann’s PC1 and the Yang composite (with tropical ice cores). Conclusions from it as to relative medieval-modern levels will be vulnerable to the same factors as the other studies. [Stephen McIntyre (Reviewer’s comment ID #: 309-95)]

IPCC didn’t care:

Noted – no revision to text necessary.

Hegerl’s Journal of Climate article was re-submitted in June 2006, this time providing some of the information on what proxies were used – the information that I had been denied as a reviewer. (This version was unavailable to IPCC Second Draft reviewers.)

Meanwhile, the NAS panel presentations mentioned above had taken place. The problems with Mann’s PC1 and stripbark bristlecones had been vigorously raised by us at the presentations.

Instead of reporting that she used the controversial Mann PC1 (which we now know for sure that she used in its Mann and Jones 2003 manifestation), Hegerl said that she used an “RCS processed treering composite”:

western U.S.: this time series uses an RCS processed treering composite used in Mann et al. (1999), and kindly provided by Malcolm Hughes, and two sites generated by Lloyd and Graumlich (1997), analyzed by Esper et al. (Boreal and Upper Wright), and provided by E. Cook. The Esper analyses were first averaged. Although there are a number of broad similarities between the Esper and Hughes reconstructions, the correlation is only 0.66. The two composites were averaged.

The problems aired on NAS presentation were reported on in June 2006: the NAS Panel sharply criticized Mann’s PC1 and even recommended that strip bark bristlecones be avoided. Wegman spoke out a month later in even sharper terms.

These results were known to Hegerl and her coauthors. But they had a conundrum: they had check-kited the still unaccepted Hegerl reconstruction in their accepted Nature article. If they adopted the NAS panel recommendations and amended their reconstruction to exclude
Mann’s PC1 and bristlecones, this would cause a problem for their Nature article.

So they did nothing and waited. Needless to say, the supposedly “rigorous” peer review carried out at Andrew Weaver’s Journal of Climate was completely unequal to the challenge of observing that Hegerl’s “RCS processed composite” was the Mann PC1 criticized by the NAS panel and the revised article – Mann PC1 and all – was published in early 2007.

And now the Hegerl reconstruction turns up once again as the Boulton reconstruction – said by Boulton to be “independent” of the other hockey sticks.

There are thousands of people in the world who are not closely to Hockey Team members Crowley and Hegerl, who were not employed for 18 years at the University of East Anglia, who did not have prior views on climate change. Boulton isn’t one of them.

31 Comments

  1. MikeC
    Posted Feb 14, 2010 at 11:39 PM | Permalink

    At least they were bright enough to not get the mothers of the accused to do the inquiry.

  2. Dr Iain McQueen
    Posted Feb 15, 2010 at 12:34 AM | Permalink

    That dreaded imprint of the methods of Mann permeates deep and far. What a tale of duplicity!

  3. John Norris
    Posted Feb 15, 2010 at 12:53 AM | Permalink

    They tried to keep your comments from weakening the impact of the IPCC report. In the process of doing that they destroyed the credibility of the IPCC report. Oh the irony – apologies to Lucia(?).

    I suspect there was a fair amount of hard work with honest science included in the IPCC report. Between these geniuses and the WWF references it is all now tainted.

  4. pete m
    Posted Feb 15, 2010 at 1:25 AM | Permalink

    but but but, it was “kindly provided”! surely that means it was robust?

    This inquiry is dead before it even takes the first breath.

    It also calls into serious question the man tasked with organising it, let alone the so-called independent scientists he assembled.

  5. Posted Feb 15, 2010 at 2:24 AM | Permalink

    I don’t think you understood your role as an expert reviewer.

    Making the numbers up (pun not really intended). Providing the appearance of impartiality..

    “Look how open the IPCC is. Even harsh critics get to review their work.”

  6. Third Party
    Posted Feb 15, 2010 at 2:27 AM | Permalink

    Briffa (more recent lower media profile positioning not withstanding) would seem to have some ‘splaining to do.

  7. Phillip Bratby
    Posted Feb 15, 2010 at 2:39 AM | Permalink

    How can these people live with their consciences? Is there a single one of them with a shred of integrity?

    I hate to read these tales as it is not good for my BP.

    • ianl8888
      Posted Feb 15, 2010 at 3:01 AM | Permalink

      Look at it this way:

      Twenty years ago, such an unzipping of assumed propriety would have been impossible, both in speed and accuracy

      The difference is the Internet – now demonstrably as powerful as the traditional “meeja”. Most of the principal players still don’t understand this, especially the Chairman of this Inquiry. Most of the MSM do understand and are afraid, since their traditional stranglehold on the information flow is being thoroughly broken and discredited

      Also Judith Curry, to her credit, understood. For her perspicacity, she found herself outside the wagon circle

      This IS history, happening as we watch. I find it utterly fascinating … never thought I would live long enough to witness such a thing

      • curious
        Posted Feb 15, 2010 at 4:02 AM | Permalink

        One hopes this is history in the making from the point of view of truth winning the day against a rigged game played by, for want of a better description, “the establishment”. What is terrible is it becomes so clear how little faith one can have in the validity of due process.

        How many other rigged games have been played where there hasn’t been the internet and a group of highly skilled and informed critics putting counter arguments out in the open?

        • Gord Richens
          Posted Feb 15, 2010 at 9:47 AM | Permalink

          “What is terrible is it becomes so clear how little faith one can have in the validity of due process.”

          Perhaps we are witnessing the genesis of a renewed respect for due process; and almost as satisfying, a renewed fear by would-be perps.

        • malmac
          Posted Feb 15, 2010 at 12:18 PM | Permalink

          I totally agree that this could be ‘history-in-the-making’, but remember that in any conflict, the victor gets to write the history. The blogocracy is up against some very wily players in government and in their minister’s departments and they seem determined that the whitewash of CRU shall prevail.

          Why should this be? There is an election shortly in the UK and Labour needs funds to fight the election. As of now, wealthy political donors have a vested interest in the profits that will devolve from carbon capture, so that must remain the objective, regardless of the ruffled feathers of a few academics and their concern for “the truth”.

          The argument will drone on in the blogosphere for another few months but unfortunately politics is about politically-funded organisation, not public opinion, no matter how effectively corralled it may seem on the internet.

      • Barclay E MacDonald
        Posted Feb 15, 2010 at 4:19 AM | Permalink

        It is amazing! If we take a moment to realize that without the release of the emails and the availability of the internet and certain key climate blogs to ascertain their import, the MSM would still be ignoring the issue. Questions regarding the credibility of climate science entirely escaped the BBC, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Nobel Foundation, Scientific American, numerous peer review publications etc., even though the information was staring them in the face for years, a serious failure of journalism.

        It is interesting to speculate how the internet, blogs and the ability to rapidly communicate and review proposed scientific theories could be better applied to materially improve the way science is done and mediocre science is minimized.

        It appears that we may now be rapidly realizing a process using the internet that is capable of uncovering manifest public deception and publicizing it in a credible way that can not be ignored by the MSM. Thank you CRU, Penn State, and The Team in all its perversions.

        I too had almost given up hope. May the person(s) who organized and executed the email leak sleep well.

      • Skiphil
        Posted Jan 15, 2013 at 10:42 PM | Permalink

        Boulton’s role tainted the Muir Russell inquiry, which in any case was fatally lethargic and willfully uninquisitive. Now, three years on, we are still in need of investigative journalists or someone who can force all this information into an exposé which can no longer be ignored.

  8. Posted Feb 15, 2010 at 2:54 AM | Permalink

    Lots of well-meaning climate science types can’t understand why the IPCC has a credibility issue. After all, it doesn’t to them..

    The average person can follow this kind of debate and it doesn’t put the IPCC in a good light.

    I’m not really able to understand principal component analysis to anything beyond very simple – probably like most of the world. So to me, the new reconstructions (“airbrushed-out MWP”) of the last thousand years may even turn out to be right.

    But what is crying out for explanation (ignoring for now the *actual* problems with MBH98) is why with 100s of peer-reviewed papers showing the MWP, the IPCC chose the new reconstruction with 1 paper to support it. (Well maybe 2 if we count MBH99).

    The average person following the debate feels they know the answer. The IPCC felt it would help with driving political change. They “pulled a fast one”.

    And now we have seen the various climategate emails this is all confirmed. No surprise to the crowds following the debate even though we don’t understand principal component analysis.

    It was a huge mistake by the IPCC.

    How many people can understand radiative physics? Not many.
    How many people can follow the hockey stick debate and the climategate debate? Almost everyone.

    Will the average “swing voter” trust the IPCC about radiative physics? No.

    Climate scientists are still confused..

  9. FredL
    Posted Feb 15, 2010 at 3:17 AM | Permalink

    OT

  10. Geoff Sherrington
    Posted Feb 15, 2010 at 5:27 AM | Permalink

    FredL
    Posted Feb 15, 2010 at 3:17 AM | Permalink | Reply

    Phil Jones BBC Interview : But Professor Jones said he had not cheated over the data, or unfairly influenced the scientific process.

    It was precisely for this reason that Warwick Hughes alerted several of us to the problem way back when, about 1992. We, lacking foresight that the matter would turn to world importance, failed to follow it up with force. We followed it up, too late, with inadequate force. I think the strongest thing I to Phil Jones was that he owed the world an explanation. That was about March, 2006, IIRC.

    Part of one email to Phil Jones about then was “Subject: Early global temperature data
    I seek the figures which were used from Australian weather stations at
    the start of your climate modelling work in the 1980s. I seek to know
    the first set of Australia weather stations used in modelling, plus the
    set that was rejected and if possible, the span of data by years (or
    the data itself) for each of the stations considered and eventually
    used initially.
    Is it possible to obtain this information?”

    I still do not have it. Is that unfair influence of the scientific process? It feels like it is.

    Steve: how hard is it to find an appropriate thread?

  11. FredL
    Posted Feb 15, 2010 at 6:09 AM | Permalink

    @Geoff Sherrington
    I agree with you. At least Phil Jones seems to say now that his refusal to share this data was a mistake. In addition with his other ‘concessions’ about earlier warm periods, I see a U-turn coming up :

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8511670.stm

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/02/14/phil-jones-momentous-qa-with-bbc-reopens-the-science-is-settled-issues/

  12. Posted Feb 15, 2010 at 7:25 AM | Permalink

    The standout phrase for me from the AR4 Second Order Draft is

    The reconstruction produced lies close to the centre of the range defined by the other reconstructions.

    It’s hard to put it better than that.

  13. kim
    Posted Feb 15, 2010 at 9:15 AM | Permalink

    What I particularly like is that all these principals get to read this.
    ==================

  14. justbeau
    Posted Feb 15, 2010 at 9:15 AM | Permalink

    This is a great essay for deconstructing the overall nonsense into various of its ignoble parts: dismissal of reasonable comments by McIntryre as an IPCC reviewer; fears of perpetrators that they might someday need to disclose their data; refuge in the cloak of peer review; fantastic hopes that duplicating discredited data constitutes fresh supportive evidence. The various decisions of Boulton, Briffa, Hegerl, Overpeck, Solomon et al add up to a sorry tale.

  15. PhilH
    Posted Feb 15, 2010 at 9:33 AM | Permalink

    I really don’t think any of these people have more than a smattering of understanding of statistics. They were simply incapable of seeing the flaws in what they were doing. And still are.

    And now, Russell and Boulton do not understand that what they are doing and propose to do are being monitored, literally, hour-by-hour all over the world on the internet.

    Incredible.

    • justbeau
      Posted Feb 15, 2010 at 9:56 AM | Permalink

      Picking up on PhilH’s point about the Team’s “incapability to see the flaws.” Even good intentions can harbor perils. Many Team-members are striving to save the Earth, a worthy ethical value. They want to collaborate with colleagues, rather than critically challenge each other’s work. They share a hopeful assumption peer reviews innoculate against errors. The result becomes unsoundly justified group-think.

  16. Paul
    Posted Feb 15, 2010 at 10:44 AM | Permalink

    When you think about it who really is in charge of this inquiry?

    It would appear that Prof Boulton is really the main man, the one who is calling all the shots. He has the high profile, all the right(wrong?) connections and the where-with-all to direct the hearings towards a particular outcome.

    It may be the case that the panel members are what Boulton reccomended and that Muir Russell went along with that.

    It would interesting to view the time-line to ascertain when the various panel members came on board.

    Was it Boulton first?

  17. Phillip Bratby
    Posted Feb 15, 2010 at 11:04 AM | Permalink

    Boulton (Bolton) will not be standing down. See latest news at http://www.cce-review.org/News.php

  18. Posted Feb 15, 2010 at 11:21 AM | Permalink

    What comes across here is the sense that Gabi Hegerl is obsessed, like Lady Macbeth, that she has to wash her hands clean. She’s complicit in sleight-of-hand to drive through the IPCC “unprecedented” warming. She sees her colleague step forward to join Muir Russell’s panel but cannot bring herself to say anything… his action is putting her too close to the spotlight. She does what she can to keep her presence hidden… and in so doing, exposes herself.

    • kim
      Posted Feb 15, 2010 at 12:31 PM | Permalink

      Excellent; there are certainly plenty here whose hands will never come clean.
      =======================

    • Boudu
      Posted Feb 15, 2010 at 4:00 PM | Permalink

      Out, damn’d stick! out, I say!—One; two: why, then
      ’tis time to do’t. Hell is murky. Fie, my lord, fie, a soldier, and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our pow’r to accompt? — Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?

  19. Barclay E MacDonald
    Posted Feb 15, 2010 at 12:28 PM | Permalink

    Again, there are very few people other than Steve M that have the knowledge, background and understanding to put this complex story together so clearly and so succinctly. Your continued efforts to help everyone peer through the confusion and obfuscation are greatly appreciated.

  20. Brent Hargreaves
    Posted Feb 15, 2010 at 4:20 PM | Permalink

    My, these ARE exciting times!

    Are these AGW frausters and scaremongers really to be exposed? We rational folk do seem to have the momentum all of a sudden. How delightful to read the ringing words of people posting above:

    ianl8888: “This IS history, happening as we watch. I find it utterly fascinating … never thought I would live long enough to witness such a thing.”

    Lucy Skywalker: “Gabi Hegerl is obsessed, like Lady Macbeth, that she has to wash her hands clean. She’s complicit… ”

    Barclay E McDonald: “May the person(s) who organized and executed the email leak sleep well.”

    Stirring stuff! Although it is in the nature of Science that false hypotheses must ultimately collapse, there has always been a danger that some bent practitioners of science (who are after all no more immune to greed and vanity than the wider population) would pervert their noble profession for an extended period. Here, I see a resemblance to 1950s USA where one charismatic and determined maniac (Sr. McCarthy) browbeat thousands of good citizens into believing there were reds under the bed. His poison eventually dissipated, but it took many years and great damage to the careers of many an honest and liberal person. I hope that the paranoia created by the Church of Gore will soon dissipate, and the whole rotten edifice of AGW come tumbling down. But I fear that there are so many bent scientists and politicians and commodities traders with a vested interest in perpetuating this scam that it may take many years to consign this neoapocalyptic hysteria to the dustbin of history.

    May our grandchildren smirk and say, “Grandad, did your generation REALLY believe that the polecaps would melt, the seas rise, that the end of the world was coming soon? How very silly you all were!”

  21. PhilJourdan
    Posted Feb 17, 2010 at 8:53 PM | Permalink

    Is this how the IPCC did all of its reviews? Why has this not been highlighted before for the sheer incompetance involved?

    Never mind. that was a rhetorical question. I already know that “investigative journalism” is an oxymoron these days.

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