War with the IPCC
Dissenting scientists have been told the war is over. The science is settled –unequivocal is the word that is used. But some scientists refuse to take a pat on the head and quit the fray. Among them are two Canadians; Steve McIntyre and Ross McKitrick, hereafter called M&M. What are these people thinking that inspires them to carry on against such impossible odds?
A video presentation by Australian scientist Bob Carter will give a quick overview of some of the topics in dispute. See here for part one of four. Steve McIntyre is introduced in the video as a dragon slayer in the war against the IPCC. Someday a book will be written about the battles in this war. The first battle is the battle over the “hockey stick graph”. One telling of the story is by Ross McKitrick here. Additional insights and an independent version of this battle are told here. Remember that the “hockey stick graph” was sent to every Canadian home as definitive proof that humans were responsible for global warming. The Canadian government did not inform the public later that M&M had “broken” the “hockey stick”. The IPCC quietly stopped using the “hockey stick graph” as the main icon of global warming.
Steve McIntyre moved on to host the popular Climate Audit blog. NASA once proclaimed 2005 the warmest year in over a century, and claimed the five warmest years over the last century were 2005, 1998, 2002, 2003, and 2004. You don’t hear that as much lately. Not after Steve McIntyre discovered a mistake in the US temperature history. When the mistake was corrected the 1930’s “moved up the ladder board” to use the golf metaphor that McIntyre used in his blog. See the blog entry here.
In one blog entry McIntyre expresses puzzlement over a graphic used by Al Gore in the movie “An Inconvenient truth”. At about the 23 comment it is finally realized the incredible mistake Gore has made. Notice the tone of the comments after this blunder is exposed. Check out that entry here.
In a recent op ed, Ross McKitrick discussed the reliability of temperature data used in climate studies. He says that global surface temperatures in IPCC reports are unreliable due to flawed data. “If the contamination were removed, we estimated the average measured warming rate over land would decline by about half. Dutch meteorologists using different data and a different testing methodology had come to the same conclusions.”
And so another battle is joined. Winning battles and winning a war are not the same and winning a war with the IPCC seems almost as remote a posibility as ever.