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Consensus Media

Posted by Jeff Id on December 5, 2011

I hope people realize that we have 5 times the emails of Climategate 1.0.  The reading required is extraordinary and the story is far from done.  I’ve got enough material for dozens of posts now and am working very hard to condense them into meaningful statements.  In the meantime, things like this email jump out at you which just remind you the size of the machine that the global warming movement is.

Often we here the mantra of skeptics having the ear of Right Wing media, oil funded and the like…. Well here is an email from a reply to Soon and Baliunas who had the gall to conclude something outside of the consensus.

#2630

     All,
We issued the press release at 3:40 p.m. EDT Monday, July 7. It was sent to 900 science
writers worldwide on our distribution list and posted on EurekAlert!, the AAAS web site
for science press releases.
Almost immediately, we received requests for the full article from The New York Times,
     USA Today, National Public Radio, Toronto Star, San Jose Mercury News, Cox Newspapers,
     Richmond Times-Dispatch, and four freelancers. It was too late for most Europeans to
receive the release Monday, so we expect additional requests Tuesday morning.
Thanks to all for your help.
Harvey

Harvey Leifert
Public Information Manager
American Geophysical Union
2000 Florida Avenue, N.W.

And then:

At 09:45 AM 7/11/2003 -0400, Harvey Leifert wrote:

Mike and Phil,
Perhaps more relevant than which media have already carried the story, copies of your
Eos paper were distributed at a Senate briefing yesterday, and the minority (i.e.,
Democratic Party) staff is inviting Mike to appear at a hearing later in the month. (I
trust Mike got and responded to the message??)
Harvey

I don’t remember anyone helping our reply to Steig et al..  which was a flawed work showing too much Antarctic warming and promoted in many hundreds of newspapers across the globe. Heck, I don’t recall any big media attention at all.


21 Responses to “Consensus Media”

  1. Ruhroh said

    Wow, what a wonderful coincidence; released ‘just it time’ for the Senate hearings.

    I’m still dubious that there are so few emails found by “house.gov” and “senate.gov” searches. The Senate searches are predominantly finding two names; McCain, and Lieberman. Does anyone really think that a bunch of busy emailers like ‘The Team’ would not have had some more traffic with their contacts in friendly Congressional offices? Feel free to snip this if it is potentially threadjacking. Ever try to call your Senator or Rep? uh huh…

    Are you saying there was no press release from AGU for your paper?

  2. Paul Linsay said

    Yes, I came across this myself. It’s amazing how widespread and powerful the support is for the “Cause”. Who needs oil money?

    Speaking of unfunded, has anyone tried to search through the emails for anything to do with funding agencies? I tried the US Dept. of Energy but came up with nothing but anondyne back and forth.

  3. Jeff Id said

    Ruhroh,

    “Are you saying there was no press release from AGU for your paper?”

    I don’t want to jump the gun on this, it has only been a year and a half so the 900 paper blitz might still be coming.

  4. George said

    Wow, what a wonderful coincidence; released ‘just it time’ for the Senate hearings.

    When you have a PR agency like Fenton Communications backing you, all sorts of things like that can happen. They will even tip off “sympathetic journalists” (their wording, which they keep close track of) to the existence of something they should be covering. You need your own PR agency that will work for free and funnel donations to you like Fenton does for the other side.

  5. chuckr said

    “I’m still dubious that there are so few emails found by “house.gov” and “senate.gov” searches. The Senate searches are predominantly finding two names; McCain, and Lieberman. Does anyone really think that a bunch of busy emailers like ‘The Team’ would not have had some more traffic with their contacts in friendly Congressional offices”

    Can you say climategate 3 ?

  6. George said

    “has anyone tried to search through the emails for anything to do with funding agencies?”

    There is a thread on a DoE proposal 5271.txt and there might be something in 4705.txt and 3210.txt possibly 2970.txt and maybe 3210.txt seem to have something to do with DoE stuff. “review of proposal to DOE” might be a good thing to grep for.

    Interesting. In addition to peer review of literature, it also appears that at least in Europe, requests for research grants are also peer reviewed by many granting agencies. So I see a case where it appears Briffa is having his research grant request being reviewed by anonymous referees. (5322.txt)

    This means that “The Cause” might not only have a stranglehold on what gets published, but also on the research grants that allow things to be researched in the first place. If you don’t play nice, or if your research looks like it might be “dangerous”, you don’t get a favorable review.

  7. Frank K. said

    Hold it! What is this PR business? Press releases? I thought these were respected scientists who were ‘conscientiously and carefully performing their jobs’? What do they need phoney “press releases” for?

    Nick Stokes to explain all in 5..4..3..2..1

  8. Eric Barnes said

    Energy is a wonderful whipping boy for the media. The NY Times is not losing sleep worrying about losing the Exxon or ConEd accounts. Other sectors of the economy that rely on advertising can wield real influence on what is or isn’t covered though. Of course the government has its had in this pie too. In addition to the massive amount spent by politicians you’ve got wonderful things like … http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Mockingbird . IMO, part of the reason Cain couldn’t survive was because he wasn’t able to spend enough money to immunize himself from those sorts of allegations. The price for a conservative Republican probably may have been too high for anyone but Gates or Buffet though.

  9. Patrick Moffitt said

    Karnak the Magician says “Publish, retire, and don’t leave a forwarding address.”
    Opening Email 3253 – What Ed Cook says you would have to do if you published “we know
    with certainty that we know fuck-all”:

    The media and political muscle demonstrated in Email 2630 is why this is not a joke. (But using a Karnak type skit with the Climategate emails would be funny.)

  10. Frank #7
    OK, here is the press release for Soon and Baliunas.

  11. hro001 said

    Well, Jeff, seems to me they’d learned a few PR lessons or two since ’97 – when Mike Hulme (and his fellow “Statement” crafters and drafters) were evidently dependent on the wisdom and expertise of the WWF to get their chain-mail generated “consensus” message signed onto by “scientists” – and into the media:

    The climate consensus coordinators’ cookbook

  12. Consensus media and consensus science – led with public funds that world leaders distributed – created today’s dangerously unstable world society [1].

    Their intentions were noble – to save us from the threat of mutual nuclear annihilation – by uniting nations against an imaginary common enemy: “Global Climate Change.”

    They had realistic fears of the nuclear blast that vaporized Hiroshima on 6 Aug 1945 and the threat of mutual nuclear annihilation during the Oct 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.

    They succeeded, but the Climategate emails and official responses to them convinced society that science and the news media are instruments of untrustworthy governments. I.e., world leaders used deception to achieve a noble goal.

    Social disintegration may still be avoided if world leaders accept reality and use public funds to inform the public of these UNDENIABLE facts.

    a.) Earth is our home.
    b.) The Sun is our furnace.
    c.) Air and water are insulators that moderate temperature changes.
    d.) Insulators are NOT heaters!
    e.) The oceans are our main insulator.
    f.) The atmosphere is a smaller insulator.
    g.) CO2 is a minor component in air.
    h.) Earth’s heater is violently unstable**.
    i.) The combined efforts of world leaders and all their political and military power are totally powerless compared to the forces that control the Sun and Earth’s climate.

    Society may disintegrate if World leaders and their science advisors will not admit their total powerlessness over the forces that control the Sun and Earth’s climate:

    **The Sun exploded [2,3] and gave birth to the solar system five billion years [5 Gyr] ago. When it burped in September of 1859, “the entire Earth was engulfed in a gigantic cloud of seething gas, and a blood-red aurora erupted across the planet from the poles to the tropics. Around the world, telegraph systems crashed, machines burst into flames and electric shocks rendered operators unconscious [4].

    1. “Deep roots of the global climate scandal (1971-2011)”
    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10640850/20110722_Climategate_Roots.pdf

    2. “Neutron repulsion,” The APEIRON Journal, in press (2011)
    http://arxiv.org/pdf/1102.1499v1

    3. “Origin and Evolution of Life Constraints on the Solar Model”, Journal of Modern Physics 2, 587-594 (2011)
    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10640850/JMP20112600007_31445079.pdf

    4. “The Sun Kings: The unexpected tragedy of Richard Carrington and the tale of how modern astronomy began,” (Princeton University Press, 2007)

  13. I think you have to search for individuals. I did a search on Schellnhuber who is a principle adviser to Angela Merkel (German Chancellor)
    Look at this 3803.txt Jan2005 http://www.ecowho.com/foia.php?file=3803.txt&search=Schellnhuber
    date: Tue Jan 18 07:43:29 2005
    from: Phil Jones
    subject: Re: 2004
    to: “raymond s. bradley”

    Ray,
    We all agree on that !
    I’ll have a look when back on Friday.
    Phil
    At 22:02 17/01/2005, you wrote:

    Ok, thanks–see what I posted at [1]http://www.realclimate.org
    I just read that Schellnhuber got an OBE!!!! I didn’t know you got those for spouting bullshit, but I guess that’s how far standards have fallen. Pretty amazing…
    ray

    It is noted that the warmista Jones and Bradley thinks the even more CAGW Schellnhuber spouts bull****
    I believe that is very clear that the “team” know data is being fiddled and like the saying goes with criminals “it takes one to know another”

  14. George said

    WWF’s PR agency is Fenton, same people who got Real Climate set up, basically an offshoot of Fenton registered the Climate Audit domain and stuff for them. So if they were using WWF for PR ideas, those ideas were coming from Fenton who would have been working via other channels to get the “right” scientists to notice the statement and sign it. Fenton is sort of the “invisible hand” in most “progressive” activist goings on.

  15. George said

    Here is the consensus forge: http://www.garrisoninstitute.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=244&Itemid=1071

    And here were the players in 2010: http://www.garrisoninstitute.org/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_view&gid=148&Itemid=1324

    CMB convenes leading thinkers and practitioners in the fields of climate change and environmental advocacy, neuro-, behavioral and evolutionary economics, psychology, social networking, policy-making, investing and social media, working together on ways to shift behavior on a large enough scale to realize substantial emissions reductions. It brought experts from these fields together for the first-ever CMB symposium in March 2010 at Garrison, New York. This year’s CMB symposium was held at the Garrison Institute on March 2-4, 2011.

    Andy Revkin was there, Fenton was there, heck, anyone that is anywhere near “green” money was there.

  16. curious said

    14 …. “same people who got Real Climate set up, basically an offshoot of Fenton registered the Climate Audit domain and stuff for them”….

    George – Check your sources!! … Did they do tAV too?…. :-)

    3 Jeff – Here’s how Richard Black summarised your “support” for Eric’s findings:

    “So much febrile heat; so little light… and perhaps deliberately so – especially given that the O’Donnell paper did not disagree with the most important point from Steig’s analysis, that warming had not been limited to the Antarctic Peninsula, but had affected the much more globally relevant West Antarctic region.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/richardblack/2011/02/war_and_peace_making_sense_of.html

  17. Jeff Id said

    Curious,

    We kept explaining that the warm West was likely due in part to some spatial resolution loss from the methods. Any noise in the data and this is what happens using those methods, we just minimized it. That didn’t stop em from declaring victory after a long review process. In my opinion the story was messed up math which did exactly what we said it did from the beginning here on this non-peer-reviewed blog.

    It was them who refused to consider that we might know what we were talking about. As everyone knows, we get that a lot from surreal climate.

  18. Mark F said

    14: I don’t think they had anything to do with CA, just Realclimate. However, I woujldn’t be surprised to see their fingers in the desmog or adbusters sites.

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  20. Frank K. said

    Nick Stokes said
    December 6, 2011 at 1:49 am

    OK. I bet Soon and Baliunas had e-mails sent by the Harvard and AGU PR people like this…


    All,
    We issued the press release at 3:40 p.m. EDT Monday. It was sent to 900 science
    writers worldwide on our distribution list and posted on EurekAlert!, the AAAS web site
    for science press releases.

    Almost immediately, we received requests for the full article from The New York Times,
    USA Today, National Public Radio, Toronto Star, San Jose Mercury News, Cox Newspapers,
    Richmond Times-Dispatch, and four freelancers. It was too late for most Europeans to
    receive the release Monday, so we expect additional requests Tuesday morning.
    hanks to all for your help.

    Soon and Bilunas,
    Perhaps more relevant than which media have already carried the story, copies of your
    paper were distributed at a Senate briefing yesterday, and the minority (i.e.,
    Democratic Party) staff is inviting Soon to appear at a hearing later in the month. (I
    trust Soon got and responded to the message??)

    Then I bet Soon and Balinus began the process of trying to destroy the reputations and careers of their fellow climate scientists who were on the opposite side of the debate. I bet they probably said some very nasty things about them their e-mails to their friends and colleagues.

    In any case, I’m sure Nick Stokes will join me in condemning the wasteful and unnecessary practice of sending out press releases for scientific papers.

  21. kim said

    The Tibetan tree ring study, now highlighted at Pielke Pere’s would make a nice addition to the upcoming updated Soon and Baliunas report. Well, here’s hoping upcoming.
    ===========

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