By Alan Caruba
The University of Virginia, after vigorously resisting a Freedom of Information Act (FOI) request for data related to the emails of Michael Mann, was the subject of a court order to make them available. While global warming is known worldwide for its claim that manmade warming would doom the Earth, the names and machinations behind the fraud are far less well known.
Mann, a climatologist, was part of a relatively small clique of charlatans who, working for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), conjured up all manner of “proof” that the Earth was on dangerous trajectory, heating up. Mann invented the “hockey stick” graph that demonstrated this bit of climate magic.
With Al Gore as the most famous face of global warming, Mann and others lent credibility to the IPCC that called for massive reductions in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions resulting from energy use of fossil fuels, primarily oil and coal.
Mann’s problem began when the “hockey stick” graph was debunked and demolished as bogus. All this occurred while Mann was on the faculty of the University of Virginia and while large amounts of research grant money were being received by the University to support Mann and others.
Since 1990, it is estimated that $100 billion of taxpayer’s funding went to support “climate research” by thousands of scientists who, it turned out, were unable to find and certainly not measure any evidence of human influence on global temperature.
The same thing was occurring across the Atlantic in England where the University of East Anglia was home to Mann’s IPCC co-conspirators. On May 25th, the Guardian reported that Nobel Laureate, Sir. Paul Nurse, complained that the British version of FOI was being used to “harass” some climate scientists by requesting data and other research materials.
Given the collusion of both the University of Virginia and of East Anglia, it should come as no surprise that both institutions held their own boards of inquiry and cleared the climate scientists on their staffs of any wrongdoing. That explains why the court had to drag them into demonstrating the probity of their activities.
This is far from a spat between some universities and their scientists, and "skeptics" challenging the global warming fraud. It most certainly is a fraud when global warming claims are used to impose a huge cost to consumers when utilities and other large emitters of carbon dioxide are required by law to utilize “alternative” sources such as wind and solar power or to install multi-million dollar technologies to needlessly reduce CO2 emissions.
Plainly stated, CO2 emissions have zero effect on the weather or the climate.
David B. Rivkin Jr. and Lee A. Casey, who have brought a law suit, American Electric Power v. Connecticut, all the way to the Supreme Court, note that “It is impossible to determine whether emissions by any particular power plant—or U.S. electricity production as a whole—have affected warming trends and, if so, how.” A decision is pending.
The global warming hoax, which at one point involved a scheme to sell “carbon credits” to industry and businesses so they could continue to emit CO2, enriched those selling the credits in both the U.S. and Europe until the global warming hoax began to implode in November 2009. The exchanges selling the credits closed their doors.
It was in November 2009 that a huge cache of emails between Mann and other IPCC scientists was imported to the Internet where it rapidly became clear that they were very worried that the Earth had entered a natural cooling cycle in 1998 and discussed how to pressure scientific journals to not publish the research of skeptics refuting the hoax.
The IPCC continues to propagate global warming lies, only now it is called “climate change.” Any pubic figure that uses the term “climate change” is lying if for no other reason than the climate of the Earth has been and is always in a state of change.
As courts in the U.S. and England continue to require the global warming charlatans and their universities to make known their alleged “scientific research” and email exchanges to further the hoax, a larger question looms. Should not such activity be deemed a deliberate fraud and should not injured parties, including the whole populations of America and England have a standing in court to see that they are punished?
Unanswered is the role that the mass media played in spreading and defending the global warming hoax. On Memorial Day, when we celebrate the sacrifice of fallen heroes to preserve liberty, the Washington Post published a bizarre editorial criticizing “climate skeptics” for using the FOIA to find out why Mann and the University of Virginia received funding while participating in a massive deception. Unmentioned were comparable Greenpeace FOIA efforts against climate skeptics.
It's worth noting that the global warming/climate change fraud is still being perpetrated in American schools from coast to coast.
Already, a number of Republican candidates for the presidency have refuted global warming or an earlier role in advocating it. For too long, politicians have not just been wrong, but often deliberately ignorant of the truth.
Justice may be slow, but it will be served and that is a lesson the entire scientific community should take note. As more revelations occur, even the mainstream media will be unable to protect the global warming/climate change perpetrators or to be their co-conspirators.
© Alan Caruba, 2011
I have cable and last night there was a program on just this. Sorry I can't remember which station but it was either the Discovery or History channel or maybe I'm forgetting one. At any rate all of us here know it's bogus and I'm wondering WHEN some entity will tell us about that fact.
Even if global warming isn't valid do you really think that it's ok to pollute, ravage and abuse our planet? Even IF we're not destroying our planet today, if we ignore what we're doing and say, "It's not hurting anything let's keep doing what we're doing!" then someday we WILL destroy the planet. Why not start taking care of it while it's still healthy?
@PrincessC: Just keep drinking the Green Kool-Aid and repeating all the stupid stuff about destroying the Earth. It is 4.5 BILLION years old, existed long before humans showed up, and will survive us long after we are gone. We will not and cannot destroy the Earth. Grow up!
PrincessC, what are we doing that is "polluting, ravaging, and abusing our planet?" Pollution has been decreasing dramatically since the 1970s in the US, despite the fact that industrial activity and automobile use have expanded. The simple fact is that we ARE being responsible with our industrial progress, and will continue to be.
In the meantime, Germany today announced that it will phase out all of its nuclear power plants and commit to "renewable energy." They've swallowed the poisoned Kool-Aid by the gallon, and will soon discover how unreliable "renewable" sources truly are.
Renewability is a vastly overrated characteristic; the renewables are, for the most part, diffuse and therefore inherently wasteful of the most limited resource of all, namely land.
Nicely said Alan. Exactly how are we destroying the Earth Princess? Do you know anything about the physical processes that take place to convert oil into energy and then use that energy and have the waste go back into the environment? Perhaps electric cars are better, at least until you have to do something with all those batteries. Or, maybe CFLs are better, but what about all the mercury that goes into the environment when you dispose of them? As Alan said, grow up.
If CO2 is pollution, then the little Princess should quit breathing ...
Since when are we "polluting" our planet? The U.S. air quality is better now than it was in the 70's. What dopes these people are ...
I present The Quick Glance Guide to Global Warming:
Alan - try asking the global warming propagandists to explain, using their silly Goebbelsian rhetoric, why nearly every planet in the solar system is experiencing "global warming".
I wager they're loony enough to say man is causing that too, perhaps blaming those "disasters" on the Pioneer, Voyager or Magellan probes.
In other words, they'll say practically anything to further their agenda - which probably boils down to making money and nothing more.
@Alan Caruba Nice comment to PrincessC. You show that you are not only a moron but a prick as well.
A simple equation based on the physical phenomena involved, with inputs of accepted measurements from government agencies, calculates the average global temperatures (agt) since 1895 with 88.4% accuracy (87.9% if CO2 is assumed to have no influence). See the equation, links to the source data, an eye-opening graph of the results and how they are derived in the pdfs at http://climaterealists.com/index.php?tid=145&linkbox=true (see especially the pdfs made public on 4/10/10, and 3/10/11).
The future average global temperature trend that this equation calculates is down.
This trend is corroborated by the growing separation between the rising CO2 and not-rising agt. From 2001 through April, 2011 the atmospheric CO2 increased by 21.7% of the total increase from 1800 to 2001 while the average global temperature has not increased. The 21.7% CO2 increase is the significant measurement, not the comparatively brief time period. The trend of the average of the five reporting agencies has declined steeply since the peak of the last El Nino in about March 2010.
A perfect primer for the uneducated or misinformed public. The MSM is not to be trusted, and we should engage in some litmus-testing in the important task of choosing political leaders for 2012. Hopefully debates will help. I read something yesterday that claimed the NJ governor believed in GW. Hope it's untrue. Thanks, Alan, for your perseverance.
Unfortunately Professor Mann is now at Penn State, my alma mater. While this junk scientist (and I use the word 'scientist' reluctantly in his case) remains on the faculty, the university receives no donations from me. Anybody who fudges data to further an agenda is no scientist. I'm embarassed to say I graduated from PSU if Mann is representative of the quality of faculty they hire there.
We're experiencing serious warming here in Texas...
It's called the beginning of SUMMER!
Truer words where never spoken there Fred. It was 90 plus here in Central New York near Syracuse yesterday and will reach 90 again this afternoon. I can hardly wait for August.(sarc) Alan I think you explained it fine to the PC Princess. Not sure she'll understand though.
What insults people most is that Science is supposed to be above reproach. And here we witness a filthy conspiracy of lies for the love of money.
I agree with those who say just because human caused global warming is a hoax, doesn't mean we should go about polluting our planet.
True. For example we should close down all nuclear plants of similiar design to those now polluting our air with radiation from Japan. This is truly urgent.
However CO2 is NOT a pollutant, or dangerous in the atmosphere...it's natural plant food!
PrincessC has obviously bought into the hoaxes, as has moblsv. Here is a bit of news for them: You can't make an omelet without breaking eggs. So of course humankind makes messes on occasion. The worst polluters in history were the USSR, and now, IMHO, the worst is China. Here in the US of A we cleaned up our act to the point of going bust.
CO2 is the source of the oxygen animals have to have, and the primary source of the food we eat.
Learn some fundamentals of chemistry, physics and biology.
They must be city folk, and not bright at all about the natural forces, and deserve ridicule.
You have pegged this one totally correct, Alan, and many should be imprisoned for this complete fraud.
Thanks for another excellent article. It is important that these facts are widely reported by all conscientious journalists so that the public and policymakers understand that any 'science' conducted behind closed doors is not worthy of the name.
Michael Mann claims his ‘hockey stick’ graph proves that our planet is heading for climate catastrophe because of human emissions of carbon dioxide, a benign atmospheric trace gas that is essential for plant growth. Yet Mann has wasted 13 years hiding his calculations from independent review. He says his hidden data proves our planet is undergoing unprecedented warming, but Mann’s excuse for not disclosing his numbers is that they are "copyrighted."
Well, Dr. Mann I suggest (a) you hide your data because it's garbage or (b) You are more concerned about making money off your "copyrighted" material than saving the planet.
Either way we are dealing with an utterly unprincipled and self-serving individual deserving of our contempt. Dr. Mann built a lucrative career from his doomsaying but the gravy train came off the tracks after Climategate. Today I have this message for Dr. Mann:
I look forward to exposing your fraudulent claims in the Vancouver Supreme Court and defeating your vexatious libel suit against my client, Dr. Tim Ball.
Alan, words cannot express my disgust at you for spewing these lies. The hockey stick was validated by the National Academy of Sciences, and other published papers have shown the same thing. Why do you think almost all scientists accept global warming and humans being its cause?
Alan, the kindest thing I can say about you is that you are the equivalent of a prostitute, selling yourself for money.
@Schroadinger: Go over to Climatedepot.com or any of a dozen other sites and search for "hockey stick." You will learn that its hypothesis was shredded and that Mann still refused to release the original data and calculations on which it is based. You, sir, are WRONG.
Schroedinger, if you bothered to check your facts you will see that the Wegman Report (2006) and statistician, Steve McIntyre and Professor Ross McKitrick among others have published peer-reviewed debunks of Mann's faked 'hockey stick' graph. They exposed the lie that it wasn't based on a global set of tree proxies but on one tree from Northern California.
The NAS is self-serving as it has many member who benefit personally from hyping the global warming lies. They never compelled Mann to release his "censored" data.
For 13 years Michael Mann has stubbornly refused to disclose his source code and this is why it must now be extracted from him via the courts. Only then will we know beyond all doubt the extent of his criminality.
It's very sad that you have allowed yourself to be duped by the spin of less scrupulous journalists, who I suggest, also have a strong vested interest in this matter.
Wow! I may be wrong, but I don't think you got so many irrational an unpleasant responses since the DDT article a couple of years ago. At any rate...good article and as usual...accurate.
The PrincessC is right in that we shouldn’t deliberate pollute and damage the planet, but that is a logical fallacy in response to your article. Nothing in the article suggested that was at issue. What is at issue is the idea that global warming is caused by people and the fraudulent activity that promoted that thinking….period. A common rhetorical trick from the watermelons.
The fact of the matter is this; it was obvious from the very beginning that Anthropogenic Climate Change (Global Warming) was a load of horsepucky because it failed the history test.
We absolutely know that 1000 years ago the world was substantially warmer than it is now and there is nothing in the historical record to show that any of the terrible things they are predicting occurred then. If that is so…and it is…then why in the world should be believe they will occur today. We shouldn’t
Now to the meat of this issue, which PrincessC didn’t seem to understand. Fraud is a crime, and it is clear that they all conspired to perpetrate this crime on society and to conceal their criminal behavior. They should all be prosecuted under RICO as an organized criminal activity, and that includes some of the administrative people at these universities.
Sorry I am so late in this. I have been busy.
@Rich: At more than twenty comments, you are right. This commentary provoked a lot of discussion. And a lot of emails, too. The "watermelons" are increasingly desperate.
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