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Professional whores

Posted by Charles II on December 9, 2015

Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian:

Greenpeace exposes sceptics hired to cast doubt on climate science

Over the course of their investigation, Greenpeace posed as the representative of a Middle Eastern oil and gas company and an Indonesian coal company. In the guise of a Beirut-based business consultant they asked William Happer , the Cyrus Fogg Brackett professor of physics at Princeton University, to write a report touting the benefits of rising carbon emissions, according to email exchanges between the professor and the fake company.

Happer is one of the most prominent climate sceptics in the US and on Tuesday was called to testify at a congressional hearing into climate “dogma” convened by Ted Cruz, the Republican presidential candidate and chair of the Senate science committee. He is also chairman of the George Marshal Institute in the US and an adviser to the Global Warming Policy Foundation in the UK.

The campaign group assumed another false identity, posing as an Indonesian energy consultancy, to approach Frank Clemente, a retired sociologist formerly at Pennsylvania State University, to commission a report countering damaging studies on Indonesian coal deaths and promoting the benefits of coal, according to the email exchanges.

In both cases, the professors discussed ways to obscure the funding for the reports, at the request of the fake companies. In Happer’s case, the CO2 Coalition which was to receive the fee suggested he reach out to a secretive funding channel called Donors Trust, in response to a request from the fake Greenpeace entity to keep the source of funds secret. Not disclosing funding in this way is not unlawful under US law.

Happer apparently does it out of pure hate, rather than for money.

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Riddle Me This, Climate Change Denialists

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 19, 2012

In the wake of news about how the Heartland Institute serves as a cash and other payoffs conduit between anti-environmental climate change denialists and the rich industrialists that support them, the appearance of this graphic in my mailbox was quite apropos. If anyone can tell me its origin, I’d love to credit its creator:

There’s a chance that the Heartland Institute may even lose its tax-exempt status. That would be loverly.

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DeSmogBlog And PolluterWatch: Two Good Blogs To Follow

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 29, 2012

Here are some good links from both DeSmogBlog and PolluterWatch:

Into the blogroll they go!

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Urban Heat Island Gambit: Shot Down For Good

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 20, 2011

Koch-backed climate-change denialists have been trying to use the concept of the “urban heat island” — the idea that urban areas are throwing off climate measurements by making it seem warmer overall than it really is — for years now.

They’ll no doubt still try to use it, but they won’t be able to claim that the weight of scientific opinion is on their side. The final nail in the urban-heat-island coffin comes courtesy of Charlotte Wickham, Judith Curry, Don Groom, Robert Jacobsen, Richard Muller, Saul Perlmutter, Robert Rohde, Arthur Rosenfeld, and Jonathan Wurtele (hat tip to Greg Laden):

The effect of urban heating on estimates of global average land surface temperature is studied by applying an urban-rural classification based on MODIS satellite data to the Berkeley Earth temperature dataset compilation of 39,028 sites from 10 different publicly available sources. We compare the distribution of linear temperature trends for these sites to the distribution for a rural subset of 16,132 sites chosen to be distant from all MODIS-identified urban areas. While the trend distributions are broad, with one-third of the stations in the US and worldwide having a negative trend, both distributions show significant warming. Time series of the Earth’s average land temperature are estimated using the Berkeley Earth methodology applied to the full dataset and the rural subset; the difference of these shows a slight negative slope over the period 1950 to 2010, with a slope of -0.19°C ± 0.19 / 100yr (95% confidence), opposite in sign to that expected if the urban heatisland effect was adding anomalous warming to the record. The small size, and its negative sign, supports the key conclusion of prior groups that urban warming does not unduly bias estimates of recent global temperature change.

Res ipsa loquitor.

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Yet Another Climate-Change Denier Myth Shot Down

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 29, 2011

A new myth making the rounds of the coal-and-oil-industry-bought-and-paid-for climate skeptics, the “volcanoes kick out more carbon than humans ever have” myth, is summarily executed:

According to the U.S. Geological Survey
(USGS), the world’s volcanoes, both on land and undersea, generate about 200 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually, while our automotive and industrial activities cause some 24 billion tons of CO2 emissions every year worldwide. Despite the arguments to the contrary, the facts speak for themselves: Greenhouse gas emissions from volcanoes comprise less than one percent of those generated by today’s human endeavors.

Human Emissions Also Dwarf Volcanoes in Carbon Dioxide Production
Another indication that human emissions dwarf those of volcanoes is the fact that atmospheric CO2 levels, as measured by sampling stations around the world set up by the federally funded Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center, have gone up consistently year after year regardless of whether or not there have been major volcanic eruptions in specific years. “If it were true that individual volcanic eruptions dominated human emissions and were causing the rise in carbon dioxide concentrations, then these carbon dioxide records would be full of spikes—one for each eruption,” says Coby Beck, a journalist writing for online environmental news portal “Instead, such records show a smooth and regular trend.”

In fact, the type of sunlight-blocking ash and soot volcanoes kick out is much more likely to cause global cooling, as shown by the dramatic cooling in the aftermath of the Tambora explosion two centuries ago that turned 1816 into “the year without a summer” in the northern hemisphere, where snow fell in June and crop failures were widespread. A more recent, albeit less extreme, example, the Mount Pinatubo eruption in 1991, cooled the earth by half a degree Centigrade for a full year.

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Show This To Your Koch-Confused FOX-Watching Climate Denialist Kin

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 14, 2010

Darryl Cunningham does us all a favor and explains the science of climate change — and the motivations of the obscenely-rich oil and coal barons funding the denialist groups, people like the multi-billion-dollar Koch brothers.

(H/t PZ Myers.)

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