Posted by Jeff Id on December 5, 2009
Alright, now that we’ve established that Jeff Id is not anti-science (again) not a denier (again) we can discuss a bit of what’s happened these past two weeks. I’m feeling a little reflective this Saturday and pretty well stunned by what has happened.
The Air Vent started at the tail end of July 2008. This little blog has grown continually since that time as I and the amazing guest posts became interested in one paper after another. JeffC, RyanO, NicL, Tony Brown, Dr. Weinstien, DeWitt, Lucy and many others. The time has been entertaining as we have gradually been exposed to more and more science here. Mistakes have been made and admitted to, differences of opinion have been argued to the ends of their points. I have learned continually because of the commenters as well as the papers.
I’ve been vocal and demanding of scientists here at this little blog. Demanding Dr. Steig release his Antarctic code and data – even publicly calling him a liar when he claimed it was available. I’ve shown Mann’s absolutely corrupt papers on hockeysticks, pointed out that I believe it was intentionally bad. I’ve basically screamed at a scientist who claimed that, of the 40% shrinkage in average fish size from some rivers this century, he was able to detect that 2% of the shrinkage was due to global warming. I emailed him personally to tell him he was a L@#%. How about the time when Steve McIntyre found Mann used data upside down, Yamal hockeysticization by Dr. Briffa at CA or Steig et al warming of the Antarctic is just temperature smearing.
This blog is only a year and a few months old – end of July 08. The Air Vent has grown steadily over that time. The blog was well known enough that climate science blogs like Real Climate wouldn’t allow any comments from me through. What’s more, all comments deriding tAV stopped at RC. In fact any mention of the Air Vent vanished from both Foster’s blog and RC for several months. Probably because I’m a denier, a non supporter of the agenda, a non-advocate. What’s worse, the Id is a conservative.
TAV has been a lot of work. My thanks to you who provided plenty of support. Just to let you know, my wife is not pleased with the time it takes.
Then the most unusual thing happened two weeks ago, Climategate broke right here. Ground zero!!
Today, on reflection of the past year, even understanding that Mann has recently faked the hockey sticks which passed unmolested through peer review, I’m absolutely shaken by the content of the emails. The meaning has taken a long time to set in. We finally have proof that the collusion to block peer review. We have proof that data was manipulated openly in emials. We have proof of intent to manipulate the IPCC process and PROOF that the FOIA’s were illegally blocked through collusion by government employees.
We knew these things already but now we have the proof!!
While the scientists scramble to both sides, they have been caught, red handed, doing exactly what politicians do. Advocacy under the guise of science.
The angry vitriol from RC and Tamino make perfect sense now that context has been given from the emails. In the past, if you had any disagreement or discussion of extremist warming predictions you were deemed a ‘denier’. Any decrease from alarmist positions was denial. Any mention that sea ice might not be melting as badly as some represent and you cannot even post at RC – denier!! I was personally snipped at Deep Climate blog last year for mentioning that it appeared some used data filters which ‘hide the decline’, as though these people have brilliance such that our words should be censored.
Now we have multiple instances of hide the decline in dozens of fashions. It’s real. It’s amazingly, astoundingly, stunningly real.
Despite the fact that reasonable open minded outsiders knew this is what was happening, even we are shocked by these emails. It’s what you know is happening yet seeing it sets you right back in your chair. We will never see these expert scientists in the same light. We will never believe them to their same face value. We must see all data and code, we deserve to know.
I am truly shaken, there’s no other word for it. I’ve been pushed too far by this and am nearly to the point of denying the whole thing- I’m science minded and have no proof but the intentional manipulation, the fraud .. and it was fraud (we don’t use the f-bomb here) the browbeating of senior scientists in less powerful positions. The IPCC is corrupted and thoroughly implicated. It’s ugly and it is REAL!!
I don’t know, more reflection, some time away from blogland, a nice weekend with my family. It’s simply too much to endure the lies, and then to see Gavin Shmidt prostrate himself for a corrupt group like American Progress. I actually liked the pompous ass. Just wow….
The science of power has bled green on the data and we are the worse for it.
I’m reflective so there are many people to whom we all owe a great thanks. I’ll assume they already know for now though.