Report Card – by McKitrick
Posted by Jeff Id on August 10, 2010
In the recent weeks Ross McKitrick has been tearing through climate science™ like a wrecking ball. He and others have been pointing out one flaw after another in ground temperatures, models, and now the alleged reviews of climategate. Reader Don B left a link to Bishop Hill’s blog which then links to Ross’s latest report that describes the nature of the reviews.
The papers reported the committee report conclusions far more vigorously than they reported the scandal itself, there were over 3000 articles the first day on exoneration of wrongdoing, wheras climategate itself didn’t get that kind of coverage for weeks. To my eyes, it is a frightening proof of the breadth of the government’s control over the media, and even worse the international control of information. A propagandist might claim that it’s only the media going to the ‘right’ sources, IMO the lies are just too big and transparent for that claim to be reasonable.
While this document covers all the reports the Penn State University report was the most pathetic.
They were not falsifying data;they were trying to construct an understandable graph for those who were not experts in the field. The so-called “trick” was nothing more than a statistical method used to bring two or more different kinds of data sets together in a legitimate fashion by a technique that has been reviewed by a broad array of peers in the field.
To which Ross makes this comment:
It is obviously ludicrous to claim that deleting data and making an undisclosed splice of different data in order to conceal an inconvenient pattern in the original data set is legitimate and widely accepted. It was not supported by any evidence disclosed by the committee. Even the Muir Russell report concluded that Jones’ actions in this case were “misleading.”
It’s not like you can tone the comment down any more than that. How do you make a criticism of a patently false and ridiculous statement form Penn State “investigation” sound reasonable.
PSU: It seems you assert 2 + 2 = 5
Mann: In most cases within the bounds of error.
PSU: I see, it seems scientists used known, legitamate techniques reviewed and accepted by a broad array of peers to trick you into not knowing about the decline
Jones: Yes , legitimate. Everyone knew about it, afterward.
PSU: Thank you for your time gentlemen, I’ll phone you later to write up our report.
BBC: We would like to apologize for reporting the Climategate exaggeration, all the facts weren’t in.
ABC: Today scientists are exonerated from the scandal we didn’t report.
CBS: So we’re back on message right guys?
ABC: Pass the coolaid, it’s getting hot out again.
Anyway, in case you were still guessing what my thoughts were, there you go. Check out the report, Ross did an amazing job and as the Bishop Hill blog points out, I cannot believe how much work that guy is doing. I was going to do another writeup on the recent Ross paper on models – because that result is far more important, but this took precedence. Read the article, you sure as hell aren’t going to get the news anywhere else.
PSU undergrad: Can I do that too?
PSU: Don’t be a smartass, you’ll be expelled.