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M4GW Capitulates – Free Speech Takes A Body Blow!

April 21, 2010

Having received a request to cease and desist airing the famous self-made “Hide the Decline” G-rated YouTube political satire video, the Minnesotans For Global Warming have grown weak-kneed and decided to take down the video, which had been viewed more than half a million times on YouTube and was even featured on the Rush Limbaugh show (20 million listeners). But Michael Mann, the target of its satire, was not amused. And when the cat says meow, mice run.

Of course I’m not familiar with the details and legal fine points of the issue, but I have seen much worse go unchallenged. When George W. Bush was President, much worse videos were made. Barack Obama has to take the same treatment too – like all public figures.  Obviously the video had gotten under Mann’s thin skin. Mann, a professor at Penn State, creator of the phony, discredited hockey stick graph, a public employee as far as I know, has demanded that the M4GW stop practicing its right to free speech.

Personally I can’t believe the M4GW waved the white flag so quickly. I thought they had more guts than that. But I guess Beauregard’s French genes got the best of him. Now some goofball No Cap & Trade organisation will have to storm the beach and take the bullets.  M4GW have sent a disturbing message by cutting and running.

They ought to put the video back up and take Mann on like a man.

And what do I think of the NO Cap & Trade Hide the Decline II?  It’s crap. But I’m sure they’ll be enough dim bulbs out there who will accept it and think it’s cute.  Bring back the original!

Trenberth’s Hidden Heat

April 19, 2010

At the German Readers Edition, Rudolf Kipp has a short write-up poking fun at Kevin Trenberth’s missing heat. I’d like to build further on that.

Kevin Trenberth is a devout believer in AGW. Unfortunately measurements haven’t been cooperating and they show the world hasn’t warmed up at all over the last years. Frustrated, Trenberth was unable to contain his exasperation in a Climategate e-mail:

The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t.

If that weren’t bad enough, new studies now show the oceans, where most of the thermal energy is stored, are cooling.

Still, like a true believer, Trenberth denies it and insists the heat is there – somewhere. It’s just simply hidden. After all the climate models say the heat has to be there. And so he warns us:

The heat will come back to haunt us sooner or later.

In the meantime more signs are mounting that we should be preparing for cooling due to quiet solar activity, which some scientists are now realising there’s strong evidence of a link.   

In May 2008 Mojib Latif was one of the first established climate scientists to recognise cooling, writing that the missing heat was due to ocean oscillations and that it would last another 10 to 20 years. and

Meteorologist Joe Bastardi has also been beating the drums of a cooling period, saying the current El Nino is about to fizzle out and that we can expect a La Nina with a couple of cold years ahead. And recall that a recent survey showed that a large majority of meteorologists believe climate is driven by natural factors, and much less so by man.

Dr. Don Easterbook and others are convinced that the cooling will indeed be longterm. Kevin Mooney writes:

The momentum is now very much with researchers who have identified natural forces as opposed to human activity as the primary driving force behind warming and cooling trends. Ideally, they should find greater expression.

But devout believers will hear none of it and they continue to believe in the Hidden Heat. Stefan Rahmstorf even defiantly offered to bet “big money” that average temps will continue to rise through 2020.  Of course Rahmstorf would not be so careless as to forget a back-door escape clause, just in case:

 To be fair, the bet needs an escape clause in case a big volcano erupts or a big meteorite hits the Earth and causes cooling below the 1994-2004 level.

Update.  Check this out:

How Dare You! Rahmstorf Goes Ballistic

April 2, 2010

Stefan Rahmstorf, global warming alarmist at the PIK in Potsdam, Germany, and Team back-bencher, feels offended by the recent Der Spiegel report mentioned in the previous post and responds in a hissy fit at his website:

Firstly he starts off by saying he’s a busy scientist and does not have all day to respond at length to the Spiegel report and to research it. Yet he then goes on to write his long rambling diatribe.  He starts by saying, “In some media outlets the new trend sport is now ‘clmate-scientist-bashing'”. He then accuses Der Spiegel of scraping scum from the bottom of the sceptic barrel, conducting a campaign against climate scientists, cynism, defamation of some of the world’s most renowned climate scientists, using anecdotes as evidence and even calling Climategate “invented”. 

In an attempt to rebut some points made by Der Spiegel, Rahmstorf digs an even deeper hole by hyperlinking to some dubious sources who are currently under controversy, or known to be less than objective. For example the hyperlink for Steve McIntyre takes you to DeSmogBlog (like Wiki aint harsh enough)!  He uses NASA and NOAA data, which we know have integrity problems that may be worse than CRU’s. He even references Kerry Emanuel (2005) as proof hurricanes are stronger due to global warming (Emanuel later backpedalled, 2008, Bulletin of the American Meteorlogical Society, but Rahmstorf forgets to mention that). He then singles out and attacks Hans von Storch in a manner you’d expect from a 6-year old at the school playground.

Science is supposed to be a professional field where one expects to see professional and courteous conduct. Clearly some do not belong in that field.