A ClimateGate Oops Moment for Orange Punch

Orange Punch columnist Mark Landsbaum is fast to report any obscure study that promotes his position that climate change or global warming is a complete farce.  He’s penned a number of posts pretty much dismissing the concept of climate change.

The New York Times reported Wednesday that the much balloyed ClimateGate scandal on the other side of the pond is much ado about nothing.  Does that make it a global warming “oops” moment?

And more importantly, when will Mark report on it and dismiss it?

From the story, this statement:

Nine months ago there was an unjustified attack on the scientific integrity of researchers at the University of East Anglia and, as a result, on climate science as a whole. Emails stolen from this university were selectively misused to make serious allegations about the work of the Climatic Research Unit [CRU below] and the people who worked there or were connected to it. Some people accepted those misrepresentations at face value without question and repeated them as fact.

Today, for the third and hopefully for the final time, an exhaustive independent review has exposed as unfounded the overwhelming thrust of the allegations against our science. We hope that commentators will accurately reflect what this highly detailed independent report says, and finally lay to rest the conspiracy theories, untruths and misunderstandings that have circulated.

Sir Muir Russell’s team concludes about the staff of CRU that “their rigour and honesty as scientists are not in doubt.” Furthermore, they “did not find any evidence of behaviour that might undermine the conclusions of the IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] assessments” and, the report states, there was “no evidence to substantiate” allegations of perversion of the peer review or editorial process. In summary, the report dismisses allegations that our scientists destroyed or distorted data, tried to pervert peer review and attempted to misuse the IPCC process.

  5 comments for “A ClimateGate Oops Moment for Orange Punch

  1. July 9, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Climate Change – Global Warming – Wind & Solar – Green Jobs – etc. – It’s all a RELIGION – the science noes not matter, the engineering does not matter, the economics does not matter, the truth does not matter, it’s a Religion.


  2. junior
    July 9, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    CEI’s Myron Ebell Says “Professional Whitewash” of Climategate Will Not Succeed
    By Kevin Mooney

    After leading a six month inquiry into the the “climategate” affair involving leaked emails from the Climate Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia in Great Britain, Sir Muir Russell has concluded that scientists did not manipulate their research into global warming. But Myron Ebell, the director of energy and global warming policy at The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), has raised questions about the investigative process, which did not include key witnesses. His statement is as follows:

    “The Muir Russell report on the ClimateGate scandal does a highly professional job of concealment. It gives every appearance of addressing all the allegations that have been made since the ClimateGate e-mails and computer files from the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Institute were released last November. However, the committee relied almost entirely on the testimony of those implicated in the scandal or those who have a vested interest in defending the establishment view of global warming. The critics of the CRU with the most expertise were not interviewed. It is easy to find for the accused if no prosecution witnesses are allowed to take the stand.

    The Muir Russell report is thus a classic example of the establishment circling its wagons to defend itself. As was pointed out when the committee was appointed, the members are part of the old boys’ network and have several obvious conflicts of interest.

  3. Jorgan
    July 9, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    GW’s all bullshit.

  4. RHackett
    July 9, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Landsbaum is a loony bird whose purpose is to destroy what little crediblity left on the OC Register’s editorial pages.

    A saboteur couldn’t do a better job.

  5. John A. Jauregui
    July 13, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Question: What are the chances an infinitesimal (.04%) trace gas (CO2), essential to photosynthesis and therefore life on this planet, is responsible for runaway Global Warming?

    Answer: Infinitesimal

    The IPCC now agrees. See the IPCC Technical Report section entitled Global Warming Potential (GWP). And the GWP for CO2? Just 1, (one), unity, the lowest of all green house gases (GHG). What’s more, trace gases which include GHG constitute less than 1% of the atmosphere. Of that 1%, water vapor, the most powerful GHG, makes ups 40% of the total. Carbon dioxide is 1/10th of that amount, an insignificant .04%. If carbon dioxide levels were cut in half to 200PPM, all plant growth would stop according to agricultural scientists. It’s no accident that commercial green house owner/operators invest heavily in CO2 generators to increase production, revenues and profits. Prof. Michael Mann’s Bristle cone tree proxy data (Hockey stick) proves nothing has done more to GREEN (verb) the planet over the past few decades than moderate sun-driven warming (see solar inertial motion) together with elevated levels of CO2, regardless of the source. None of these facts have been reported in the national media. Why?

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