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Physicist complains that climate scientists are giving science a bad name

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From James Delingpole at Breitbart:

Professor Garth Paltridge, formerly a chief scientist with Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Division of Atmospheric Research, says that the behavior of certain members of the climate science establishment is “seriously threatening the public’s perception of the professionalism of scientists in general.”

Many climate scientists are much less sure about man-made global warming than they will admit in public, he says. But rather than reach out to skeptics in order to open up the debate and explore the uncertainties, they have instead closed ranks and rubbished anyone who disagrees with themMore.

Many people are perceptive enough to see when a given position signals virtue well beyond the evidence that undergirds it. That fact, unfortunately, plays games with stakeholders’ minds. They feel entitled to the halo and they use it to thwack people and bodies of fact that they should confront.

See also: “Burning” climate change dissenters

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Can Climate Scientists Do Climate Science? (PaV)

9 Replies to “Physicist complains that climate scientists are giving science a bad name

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    polistra says:

    “Professor Garth Paltridge, formerly”

    We hear lots of complaints and dissent from FORMER profs and FORMER bureaucrats.

    Until we hear common sense from CURRENTLY employed scientists or administrators who CURRENTLY control budgets, nothing is going to change. The inquisitors will continue to raise the global temperature of their bonfires.

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    News says:

    polistra at 1, in recognition of the late Tom Wolfe, it may turn out to be a bonfire of the vanities.

    If it turns out, decades from now, that there is not much fire in all the smoke, some questions about how science functions in our society may need answering.

    Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia.

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    vmahuna says:

    Having followed this “discussion” on Global Warming for at least the last 10 years, there was NEVER anything “professional” about the Warmists. It was, and still is, ALL about power and money. A number of observers have pointed out that many of the Warmists are the same idiots who insisted back in the 1970s that exhaust from jet airliners flying over the North Pole was triggering a New Ice Age, and offered lists of temperatures apparently showing a sharp DECLINE in temperatures.

    Th difference with the Warmists is that they have no hesitation in FAKING data to support their positions. And of course justify yet another tweak to their computer models.

    And since their ENTIRE careers are based on fakery and rigged calculations, they do in fact spend all day every day making Science look as bad as possible.

    Real scientists have once again demonstrated that surface temperatures on Earth are DIRECTLY linked to sun spot cycles (which run about 7 years or so). And the current cycle appears to forecast deep COOLING, with some of the weakest sun spot activity ever recorded. Again, real scientists have continuous records of sun spots going back CENTURIES.

    Both sea ice and the Greenland Ice Field (more than 90% of all of the permanent ice on the planet) are doing just fine. Polar bears are doing just fine. “Warming” in Antarctica is apparently due to volcanic activity UNDER the ice fields. But there are TRILLIONS of USDs at stake, and IMMENSE power for unelected international committees who lust after control of EVERYTHING on the planet.

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    asauber says:

    Yes, Global Warming was strictly scare stories for pubic consumption from the get go, and so-called climate scientists were and still are in on the deception. It was obvious then, and is glaringly obvious now.

    The question is how long before the Warmers give up after having been exposed, and the answer is they won’t. They will insist on being Progressively Correct, even if that means continuing to be brainless humorless whining chicken littles.

    Andrew

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    ET says:

    Feb 2016- Feb 2018 saw a 0.56 degree Celsius drop in average global temperatures.

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    PaV says:

    From Investors Business Daily:

    Aaron Brown looked at the official NASA global temperature data and noticed something surprising. From February 2016 to February 2018, “global average temperatures dropped by 0.56 degrees Celsius.” That, he notes, is the biggest two-year drop in the past century.

    “The 2016-2018 Big Chill,” he writes, “was composed of two Little Chills, the biggest five month drop ever (February to June 2016) and the fourth biggest (February to June 2017). A similar event from February to June 2018 would bring global average temperatures below the 1980s average.”

    Isn’t this just the sort of man-bites-dog story that the mainstream media always says is newsworthy?

    In this case, it didn’t warrant any news coverage.

    “No news here. Just keep moving.”

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    ET says:

    By the way- if atmospheric CO2 levels get as low as 150PPM plants will die. 150PPM and lower is their death. Care to guess what follows that?

    So forgive me if I don’t care about 410PPM…

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    PaV says:

    ET:

    What an insane world we’re forced to live in. The ‘elites’ want to run the show and we’re supposed to accept all the tripe they dish-out. No thank you.

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    asauber says:

    The ‘elites’ want to run the show and we’re supposed to accept all the tripe they dish-out.

    And we have people like AK and Bob Weave to thank because they are gud lil’ proggies who do accept whatever their betters want them to.

    They aren’t really thinkers, are they now.

    Andrew

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