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Eureka! Media Notices “ClimateGate” A Mere Two Weeks After E-Mail Leak

Chicago Daily Observer 6 December 2009 4 Comments

Two weeks after the scandal broke, NBC Nightly News on Friday night became the first broadcast network morning or evening news program to inform viewers about “ClimateGate,” but only in the most cursory manner as correspondent Anne Thompson, a long-time ally of the environmental left, despaired the e-mails may end up “giving politicians from coal and oil-producing states another reason to delay taking action to reduce emissions. The government’s leading scientist told Congress there is no time to lose.”

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From Big Government

Climate Gate Roundup: All the Climate News that is not Reported in the Incumbent Media

A little known corollary of Copernican law tells us that, like the Earth, Big Media is also not, in fact, the center of the Universe. Just because the ‘journalists’ willfully choose to ignore ClimateGate–the proverbial tree falling in the enviro’s beloved rainforest–doesn’t mean the public and the political class aren’t paying attention. Of course, other than Barbara Boxer calling for criminal investigations into the hacked/leaked e-mails, it is mostly the political classes in other countries paying attention.  (If Boxer’s fantasy comes to pass and there are criminal charges pressed, how, pray tell, will Big Media report on it, since their readers presumably know nothing about the scandal.)

Fortunately, with the internet, we are no longer captive of Big Media for our news. The government-owned Canadian Broadcast Corporation, of all things, has been covering the controversy extensively. In this clip, noted commentator Rex Murphy lowers to guns to deck level on the scandal. It should be noted that Murphy is a former man of the left, having served in the leadership of the Liberal Party in Newfoundland.


From Backyard Conservative

Hell Freezing Over

UK Met office announces a do-over: entire global temperature series – 160 years worth

More. Researcher: NASA hiding climate data. Some Canadian media actually covering ClimateGate: ClimateGate Roundup: All the News Not Fit to Print. Two Weeks On: Mainstream Media Still Ignores ClimateGate Bozell Defends Networks’ Silence on ClimateGate: “Maybe They Just Don’t Know”

More. Dutch: Gore Wrong on Snows of Kilimanjaro The Netherlands is afire today over a Dutch study concluding Mount Kilimanjaro’s snow melt — used as a symbol of AGW by Al Gore — is entirely natural.

P.S. Video. Jeffrey Sachs squirms on Morning Joe, then blasts the WSJ (What would Galileo do?) for not being scientists. Is Jeffrey Sachs a scientist? The last time I saw this jerk was at my 25th Harvard reunion at a public health seminar bleating about AIDS and his advising the yak economy in Mongolia. Oh, and of course such a brilliant (quack on global warming), along with Norah O’Donnell beats up on Sarah Palin. Coward to boot. (I guess a professor from MIT doesn’t count either.)

More. Powerline. And this morning, Scientists Behaving Badly.


From the Financial Times “Backlash by sceptics gains ground after ‘Climategate'”

Backlash by sceptics gains ground after ‘Climategate’

The resurgent climate sceptic movement claimed its first political scalp this week when Australia’s opposition Liberal party dumped its leader, Malcolm Turnbull, over his support for the federal government’s climate change legislation.

At the same time the sceptics have been making hay with the “Climategate scandal” – the release a week ago by computer hackers of thousands of e-mails sent to and from the climatic research unit at the University of East Anglia in the UK.

The timing of Climategate, just before next week’s Copenhagen negotiations, could hardly be worse for the majority seeking an agreement to limit carbon emissions. The sceptics claim that the e-mails show a conspiracy to manipulate and suppress data that do not support the cause for man-made global warming – a charge vigorously denied by mainstream climate scientists.


  • ehmoran said:

    In the late 1800’s, Arrhenius built upon Fourier’s assessment of atmospheric properties by plotting CO2 and temperature data collected in industrialized England. Arrhenius’ plots and calculations showed a relation between CO2 and ambient temperatures. In 1930’s, Callendar extended the analysis using long term observations from 200 stations arguing that there was a link between CO2 and climate warming. Keeling began collecting atmospheric CO2 samples from the Mauna Loa Observatory Hawaii in the late 1950’s and is the most complete record.

    The USGS reports that all volcanic activity produces nearly 200-million tons CO2 annually; much less than that produced by human activity. Mauna Loa, near the Observatory and the world’s most active volcano erupting 39 times since 1832, had major eruptions in 1950, 1975, and 1984. Atmospheric CO2 levels measured at volcanoes indicate the degree of activity and estimates of heat flow from one volcano have been reported at140-mW/m2. Correlating CO2 and temperatures from data collected near an active volcano should be significant but not show a cause and effect relation; however, correlating world-wide data significantly shows CO2 lagging temperature by approximately two years. The data analyzed by Arrhenius and Callendar similarly could be significantly biased owing to the urban heat-island effect and extensive coal burning at the time, as CO2 is an abundant byproduct of burning.

    Apparently, no laboratory control experiment to date, such as in a biodome, has shown CO2 levels influencing ambient temperatures. Tyndall (1861) measured the absorptive characteristics of CO2 followed by more precise measurements by Burch (1970). Absorbance is a measure of the quantity of light (energy) absorbed by a sample (CO2 molecule) and the amount of absorbed energy can be represented as specific heat of a substance. Specific heat of CO2 ranges from 0.791-kJ/kgK at 0-degrees F to 0.871-kJ/kgK at 125-degrees F and average atmospheric concentrations are 0.0306-percent. As revealed, the specific heat of CO2 increases as ambient temperatures increase showing CO2 likely is an ambient temperature buffer.

    The atmosphere generally contains 4-percent water vapor in the troposphere to 40-percent near the surface. The specific heat of water vapor is relatively constant at 1.996-kJ/kgK. Water absorbs energy (heat) and evaporates to water vapor. During condensation (precipitation), latent heat is released to the atmosphere thus increasing ambient temperatures. Water vapor holds the majority of atmospheric heat and regulates climate and temperature more than any compound. Historically, however, the characteristics of water vapor related to climate were much less appreciated but investigations into the significance that water vapor plays in global climate-dynamics are just beginning.

    The amount of energy not stored in the atmosphere is released into space through radiation. Re-radiation is the emission of previously absorbed radiation by molecules. The specific heat of water vapor and CO2 molecules shows that water vapor reradiates significantly more energy back to the surface and the atmospheric quantities for each compound further justify this case. Thus, this and other publications suggest that the minute variability in atmospheric CO2 concentrations likely results in an insignificant affect on climate change; whereas water vapor is the significant factor.

  • Andrew said:

    In science the burden of proof is on the theory.

    The theory must provide the proof.

    If the theory makes a prediction, which it must to not simply be a hypothesis, and the prediction is wrong then the theory is discarded.

    That is part of the scientific method.

    The AGW theory predicts that CO2 causes global warming.

    CO2 is higher now then it was in 1990.

    Average global temperature is the same now then it was in 1990.

    The prediction made by the theory is wrong therefore the AGW theory must be discarded.


    It is called the scientific method. It only takes one wrong result to discard a theory.

    ‘No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.’ Albert Einstein

    Please see also:


    For a satirical look at the climategate computer programming:

    Anthropogenic Global Warming Virus Alert.


  • Tucci said:

    At Wikipedia, I’ve proposed a companion to their page on “Climate change denial” (an obviously prejudiced effort at denigrating the skeptics on the subject of anthropogenic global warming).

    I’ve called for it to be titled: “Climategate denial” in order to collate and regularly update the response of the old, dying, bankrupt, irrelevant network and newsprint companies George Will charitably calls “the traditional media” to this paroxysmal pantsing of the global warming cult.

    The censors had stricken the remark repeatedly, but it’s definitely starting to get some traction. The Wikipedia clowns insist that ONLY what is published in the MSM can be taken as “reliable source” materials, and – of course – if there’s a story that the ex-Journalism school types want to die “on the spike,” there’s no support in that wonderful “fair and impartial” online encyclopedia on that subject.

    Now that not only Climategate but the media’s Climategate DENIAL is getting traction among the groaning, writhing, squirming “Liberal” propagandists of the old, dying, bankrupt, irrelevant MSM, I think we’ve got us grounds for a Wikipedia page that’s going to have the lefties who flock to that information source squealing in agony for the foreseeable future.

    Every time I’m ready to give up and die, something comes along to provide a reason to live. Ain’t that nice?

  • boat fenders said:

    There may turn out to be more outrage over climategate in some other countries that there is here in the US. Many in the US have remained skeptical of the whole global warming story all the way through so for many it’s more a matter of “I told you so” rather than feeling betrayed or duped, but in many places, Europe in particular, most of the population has totally bought into global warming, they’ve gone for it hook, line and sinker. These places are ripe for true outrage when the whole truth is known because many people in these countries will feel like they were completely mislead.

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