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American news media freeze-out of "Climategate" is finally thawing

Although their tone is still very cautious, two American news outlets have finally published lengthy stories discussing the recent series of embarrassments currently weighing down the Nobel Peace Prize-winning IPCC report Climate Change 2007.

From The Washington Post: "Series of missteps by climate scientists threatens climate-change agenda"

With its 2007 report declaring that the "warming of the climate system is unequivocal," the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won a Nobel Prize -- and a new degree of public trust in the controversial science of global warming.

But recent revelations about flaws in that seminal report, ranging from typos in key dates to sloppy sourcing, are undermining confidence not only in the panel's work but also in projections about climate change. Scientists who have pointed out problems in the report say the panel's methods and mistakes -- including admitting Saturday that it had overstated how much of the Netherlands was below sea level -- give doubters an opening.

From the Associated Press: "Scientists seek better way to do climate report"

A steady drip of unsettling errors is exposing what scientists are calling "the weaker link" in the Nobel Peace Prize-winning series of international reports on global warming.

The flaws -- and the erosion they've caused in public confidence -- have some scientists calling for drastic changes in how future United Nations climate reports are done. A push for reform being published in Thursday's issue of a prestigious scientific journal comes on top of a growing clamor for the resignation of the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

The work of the climate change panel, or IPCC, is often portrayed as one massive tome. But it really is four separate reports on different aspects of global warming, written months apart by distinct groups of scientists.

No errors have surfaced in the first and most well-known of the reports, which said the physics of a warming atmosphere and rising seas is man-made and incontrovertible. So far, four mistakes have been discovered in the second report, which attempts to translate what global warming might mean to daily lives around the world.

Let me make some clarifications here. If you've been following the Climategate scandal then you know that the "science" that props up the conclusions of IPCC Working Group I has been shown to be extremely weak in several critical areas. Even though the report from Working Group I does not contain the sloppiness found in the report from Working Group II (misquotes, lack of credentialed sourcing, typos, etc.), serious questions about the data collection and statistical methods used by Working Group I have now been raised.

Second, the Working Group II report is (and has always been) the big bogey-man of the IPCC reports, the IPCC's equivalent of the kind of enviro-porn that shows up in movies like The Day After Tomorrow. It is the fear-factor report that says, here is what will surely happen IF WE DON'T DO SOMETHING. It is the part of the report primarily used to justify major global policy proposals.

What kind of policy proposals? My WizBang colleague Rick highlighted a vitally-important quote last week that I think summarizes the fundamental agenda of the IPCC pretty well:

"The Nobel prize was for peace not science ... government employees will use it to negotiate changes and a redistribution of resources. It is not a scientific analysis of climate change," said Anton Imeson, a former IPCC lead author from the Netherlands ... The IPCC should have never allowed itself to be branded as a scientific organisation. It provides a review of published scientific papers but none of this is much controlled by independent scientists." (emphasis added)

As I noted in an earlier WizBang post:

Even though leftists always openly showed contempt for the Cold War, I have always wondered whether, deep down, they were really jealous of its success; of its ability to rally much of the world together in an effort to resist a common enemy. How many times have leftists wondered: What if we could lead our own "cold war," a revolution against capitalism and traditional Western values? What if we could rally the world around a new radical wealth redistribution plan by convincing them that the end was near, and our plan was the only way to guarantee their survival?

Enter climate change. The leftists who now control multi-national governing bodies have latched onto man-made global warming theories and have aggressively begun to use those theories as a basis for policies that will establish a permanent wealth redistribution system that continually drains financial resources from the West.

And there you have it. Climate change = social justice. Progressives will never give up their quest for the chimera of "social justice" no matter how flawed their plans for achieving it may be, for within the quest for social justice lies the ultimate goal of progressivism -- the secular perfection of humanity. Likewise, progressives won't give up on the current best hope for achieving social justice until something demonstrably better comes along. In other words, "climate change" is here to stay, until the next revolution -- whatever that may be.

We should probably expect to see very little progressive establishment criticism directed toward the climate change movement. The "keep doing what you're doing, only don't make so many mistakes the next time" tone of the AP and Washington Post stories probably serves as a good example of the type of climate change criticism that our mainstream press will produce. Therefore it is up to the rest of us to keep the pressure on and do the job that the skeptics in the scientific and public policy arenas were supposed to be doing in the first place, before they were buried under an avalanche of political correctness.


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Comments (20)

<a href="http://network.nat... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:
Let's see.Let me ref... (Below threshold)
Dr Carlo Lombardi:

Let's see.
Let me refer to my handy Washington Post/MSM translation guide.
Here it is:
"Series of missteps"-pattern of deliberate fraud.

Translations:"Seri... (Below threshold)
MikeNC:

Translations:

"Series of missteps by climate scientists threatens climate-change agenda"

Oops, we got caught lying.

"Scientists seek better way to do climate report"

We need professional help with the lies next time. Let's hire some politicians.

Philly has been hit with ov... (Below threshold)

Philly has been hit with over 70 inches of snow this winter. But it's probably just an after effect of global warming.

"The "keep doing what yo... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

"The "keep doing what you're doing, only don't make so many mistakes the next time" tone of the AP and Washington Post stories probably serves as a good example of the type of climate change criticism that our mainstream press will produce."

This is kind of what happened in the 2004 and 2008 elections. The Democrats didn't change anything but the wrapping on the package. Obama was the big red bow in '08. All they did was "re-frame" the argument.

Newsflash, we don't like it when it's called wasteful spending and we don't like it any better when you call it anything else.

Just remember: social justi... (Below threshold)
mathman:

Just remember: social justice is an oxymororn.
Justice requires equal treatment under the law.
Social action requires different treatment for persons in different circumstances.
If it is social, it is not just.
If it is just, it is not social.

I see no change in MSM. Th... (Below threshold)
epador:

I see no change in MSM. They are calling deliberate lies "errors."

Somehow it seems fitting the Bull poop is responsible for more carbon emissions than many other man-made sources.

Excellent observations, Mic... (Below threshold)
Edward Sisson:

Excellent observations, Michael.

Use Startpage Web Search. T... (Below threshold)
recoverd liberal democrat:

Use Startpage Web Search. They don't record your IP address like Google does. Some day, especially if the liberals stay in power, they will have access to all the information about where you have been or what sites you are going to on the net. Scary thought.

"Likewise, progressives won... (Below threshold)
JB:

"Likewise, progressives won't give up on the current best hope for achieving social justice until something demonstrably better comes along."

Lets rewrite that:

Likewise, progressives won't give up on the current best hope for achieving social justice until they get their brains bashed in at the polls and they decide that they better refresh their scam.

Two references that you may... (Below threshold)
WayneM:

Two references that you may find useful: Liberal Fascism, by Jonah Goldberg discusses the use of the war metaphor by leftists to garner/enforce unity for social engineering goals. Also, Cosmic Justice, by Thomas Sowell is an excellent analysis of the 'social justice' scam.

Remember, the Jug-Eared Dou... (Below threshold)
apb:

Remember, the Jug-Eared Douche and Hildebeast promised billions to corrupt 3rd-world despots for 'damage' done by global warming. I believe the total tally was $100B per year with $30B+ from the US alone.

The whole thing's a fraud. Phil Jones from the CRU at the University of East Anglia has now revealed no statistically significant warming in the past 15 years. That's BIG news.

Yet my local puppy trainer/fishwrap (Chicago Sun-Times) still has their resident opinion writer/douchebag/wife-beater Neil Steinberg bleating about 'stupid' deniers.

I wonder if their retirement is tied up in 'green' investment companies - just like the BBC?

Sorry, when I compare what ... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

Sorry, when I compare what I've already read in the UK press to these two articles only I see an attempt to provide cover. While they may lead to an eventual thaw in our medias' coverage, these two articles are the equivalent of covering of an aircraft crash in a news brief describing it as a hard landing with no other information.

So will we now see a list c... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

So will we now see a list compiled of how many hundreds of billions have been wasted on the AGW scam over the last 20 years?

How many new laws, regulations and procedures are due to the AGW fraud? How many jobs have been lost due to this scheme?

I want to see a list of the thieves who personally profited from this crime spree and how much they stole. I hope those found guilty are hanged from the lightposts in cities around the world.

How do we get our money back? How do we get our Freedoms back?

Lets see AL GORE getting f... (Below threshold)
Flu-Bird:

Lets see AL GORE getting froze up in his estate and still blsme GLOBAL WARMING

Al Gore's BS about sea leve... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

Al Gore's BS about sea level rise didn't work so now the left is touting "green jobs" and hijacking the goal of energy independence in their quest to impose the carbon cap and tax scheme. The EPA is threatening to impose limits on carbon emissions if Congress doesn't act to pass cap and tax, but I say let them. In the longer run it will do the nation good to let the loony left limit industrial and electrical production. There's nothing like sitting in the dark 2 hours every day to enlighten ignorant voters as to the reality of what's at stake.

Odd... a Climate post witho... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Odd... a Climate post without our pal Steve?
I guess TPM and Kos haven't issued talking points yet.

Hmm . . . . let's see, Phil... (Below threshold)
DavidB:

Hmm . . . . let's see, Phil Jones admits that he has lost the data for his famous "Hockey Stick" graph, admits that for the last 15 years there has been no "statistically significant" warming, and conceded the possibility that the world was warmer in medieval times than now - suggesting global warming may not be a man-made phenomenon.

Wasn't he the god of global warming? Now he sits in shame, resigned from his former glory position and considering suicide.

It's time for these clowns to be called to task for all of their disinformation and the ensuing insanity as a result of it.

What can I say? "Oh, it's... (Below threshold)
steve greens granny:

What can I say? "Oh, it's much colder outside this decade!" K

To think that GLOBAL WARMIN... (Below threshold)
Flu-Bird:

To think that GLOBAL WARMING is going to melt the ice caps and flood the world you would belive everything you saw and heard in KEVIN KOSNERS stupid movie WATERWORLD




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