No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right;
a single experiment can prove me wrong.

–Albert Einstein

President Obama says climate change to take backseat to economy

Barack Obama

Barack Obama (Photo credit: jamesomalley)

Climate change will take a back seat to efforts to boost the economy in the near term, but the issue would return to the agenda in the future, President Barack Obama said Wednesday.

The president, who won an endorsement from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg late in the presidential campaign because of his support for action on greenhouse gases, said his top priority would be to work to avert the “fiscal cliff.”

Hurricane Sandy resurrected the claim that global warming was to blame for such events

sandyipWhen 'superstorm' Sandy hit the east coast of the US on October 29, it not only flooded the New York City Subway and became the most important factor for 15% of US voters in the presidential election a week later. It also resurrected the unwarranted claim that global warming was to blame for such events, together with the morally irresponsible argument that we should help future hurricane victims by cutting CO2 emissions.

A blast from Gore's not-so-distant-past

Gore's Santa Barbara houseA special message to Al Gore as he celebrates his 'dirty weather' campaign for the next 24 hours. From Aug. 25, 2012:

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There’s one of those old journalistic “where-are-they-now” standbys in the New York Times today about Al Gore. The story is at turns unintentionally hilarious and also deeply revealing of what’s wrong with the world. Above all, the story seems much longer than the topic merits.

A snippet of the BBC's Editorial Values

Representation of high precision and low accuracy.

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Excerpted from Section 1 of the BBC's Editorial Values [Emphasis added]:

1.2.1 Trust
Trust is the foundation of the BBC: we are independent, impartial and honest.  We are committed to achieving the highest standards of due accuracy and impartiality and strive to avoid knowingly and materially misleading our audiences

1.2.2 Truth and Accuracy
We seek to establish the truth of what has happened
and are committed to achieving due accuracy in all our output.  Accuracy is not simply a matter of getting facts right; when necessary, we will weigh relevant facts and information to get at the truth.  Our output, as appropriate to its subject and nature, will be well sourced, based on sound evidence, thoroughly tested and presented in clear, precise language.  We will strive to be honest and open about what we don't know and avoid unfounded speculation.

Why the List of Participants to the BBC CMEP Jan 2006 Seminar is important

BBC Editorial GuidelinesEven the BBC Editorial Guidelines are greenYesterday night this site has seen the second large journalistic scoop of my life (so far): “Full List of Participants to the BBC CMEP Seminar on 26 January 2006” (here’s the first one: “World Exclusive: CIA 1974 Document Reveals Emptiness of AGW Scares, Closes Debate On Global Cooling Consensus (And More…)“).

Here’s a summary of why such a list if very important, thanks to Bruce Hoult in a Bishop Hill comment I wish I knew how to link to:

28-Gate: BBC Crisis Deepens in Exposure of Rigged and Unlawful Climate Policy

BBC journalist Roger Harrabin

BBC journalist Roger Harrabin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The BBC sank further into crisis today after new evidence ties two recent pedophile scandals to a “secret” climate advisory panel that rigged reporting on global warming for six years. Identities of 28 “secret experts” now exposed pointing to intentional bias in BBC’s dirty little climate secret.

Back in 2006 the BBC a secret meeting decided to block climate skeptics from appearing on the national broadcaster based on a meeting of the  “best scientific experts.” But what the new evidence proves is that only two climate scientists attended and the other 26 members included BBC’s head of comedy, Greenpeace activists, charity fundraisers and lobbyists for environmental groups. Since then the BBC has blocked airtime to dissenters of global warming alarmism.

NBC Works on 'Connecting the Dots' Between Sandy and Global Warming

vid clipIn a report for Monday's NBC Nightly News, correspondent Anne Thompson seized on Hurricane Sandy to continue pushing the argument for man-made global warming: "Now some politicians are connecting the dots, blaming the gases that come from burning coal, oil and gas for changing the climate." A clip followed of New York's Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo declaring: "Climate change, extreme weather, call it what you will. It is undeniable." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Grover Norquist: Bonehead of the Day

Bonehead of the dayBonehead of the dayPetraeus et al. notwithstanding…

Americans for Tax Reform chief Grover Norquist says a carbon tax would not necessarily violate his group’s “no-tax” pledge. According to the National Journal:

In a step that may help crack open the partisan impasse on climate change, Grover Norquist, the influential lobbyist who has bound hundreds of Republicans to a pledge never to raise taxes, told National Journal that a proposed “carbon tax swap”—taxing carbon pollution in exchange for cutting the income tax—would not violate his pledge.

Norquist’s assessment matters a lot, and could help pave the way for at least a handful of Republicans to support the policy. Over the past six months, a growing number of conservative voices, including former Republican officials and renowned economists, have amped up pressure on their party to finally address climate change…

Catastrophic Human Caused Global Warming Falsified aka Proven Wrong

earth 3We show that although these anthropogenic forcings share a common stochastic trend, this trend is empirically independent of the stochastic trend in temperature and solar irradiance. Therefore, greenhouse gas forcing, aerosols, solar irradiance and global temperature are not polynomially cointegrated. This implies that recent global warming is not statistically significantly related to anthropogenic forcing.

CAGW is therefore automatically falsified by the rules of the Scientific Method. Bam. Time to end your beliefs about co2 doomsday. The science for CAGW just isn’t supportable and has now been utterly demolished.

Recap: Blogger Reveals Secret 28 Who Greened The BBC

bbcHow The Green Lobby Changed BBC Policy

[The BBC crisis] is like watching the collapse of a small totalitarian state, its dark secrets  – previously known only to terrified inhabitants – being finally subjected to vivid light. Some of the more famous and eloquent inhabitants even dare to speak out as a regime implodes. The implosion was bound to happen at some point, as inevitable as the crisis that engulfed out-of-control newspapers the summer before last or the one that continues to challenge the banks. –Steve Richards, The Independent, 13 November 2012

The List of Names the BBC Did Not Want You to See

Mike Hulme, Director, Tyndall Centre, UEAMike Hulme, Director,
Tyndall Centre, UEA
Exposed by Climategate Set BBC Policy

Last month Guido reported that the BBC were refusing to respond to a Freedom of Information request asking for the names of scientists who attended the now infamous climate change seminar in 2006, that was convened to decide BBC climate change policy. The BBC Trust admitted that the evidence given at the seminar led to an unprecedented editorial decision to no longer give equal airtime to opponents of the climate change . At the time Guido wondered why the BBC was spending a six-figure sum to keep the names of the specialists who dictated their editorial policy secret? So who was there?