Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Jackboots are being polished, the knives are out, the victims are Science and Free Speech in the US.

UPDATE! Greg Laden of deniers list infamy Threatening Roger Pielke Jr:
It seems that Rep Grijalva forgot to mention he is on a fishing trip to 7 Universities, intimidating respected scientists with many hundreds of peer reviewed papers between them, congressional requests sent to the institutions they work for. BTW, Pure as the driven snow @RepRaulGrijalva didn't disclose to any of the scientists he's McCarthying the $78,854 he's taken from environmental lobbying groups.

This appears coordinated with attack letters from OFA, BarackObama.com.
As a life-long lover of science and freedom of speech, I felt compelled to respond to Grijalva:

Many scientists in the field are weighing in on this despicable act by Congresscritter Grijalva, more reaction will be posted as time permits, pertinent comments found:
Michael Tobis:

 Meanwhile, Michael Mann has no real comment of substance:
Robert Way being sensible:
From Bob Ward, with ClimateBrad Johnson trying to excuse the inexcusable:

and Gerry Morrow & others add comments:

Simon Donner replies to Ward:
From Judith Curry and David Lea:
From Alex H, USThermophysics:

From Ryan Maue:

via Paul Matthews:
From Andy Revkin:
and an update, response to critic:
and Jonathan Jones:
Richard Betts of the MET:
and Ben Pyle responds:
Jonathan Jones has been subject to this before, but not by the US Government:
My Coblog weighs in:
and Jaime Jessup:
From Roger Pielke Jr himself:

Via Tom Nelson:
From Steve Goddard's timeline:

Former Gore advisor Kalee Kreider, reply by Roger Tallbloke

And to Richard Betts:
and to the esteemed congress critter Grijalva:
Pertinent, concise. hilarious. Snark from Brad Keyes:
From Paul Matthews, with replies:

Eric Stieg:
Via Sundance regarding @RepRaulGrijalva's mostly union funding. near 200k!
From Foxgoose:

From Andrew Branca:
From William Briggs:

Seems Jim Bouldin has issues with Pielke Jr, accepts others as collateral Damage.
Andy Skuce, SkS blog contributor:
Pielke Jr on Christie Congressional Request:
From Pielke's pen:


Disgustingly enough, the constant attacks on Dr Pielke have had desired results:

Richard Betts links the UCS post
Halperin prevaricates re Pielke's science.
Gavin Schmidt has this to say:
This statement from Robert Brulle:
Via Barry Woods:
Dr. Scott 'super' Mandia seems FINE with having a new inquisition run on heretics & those who disagree on minor points:

which is one of the most disgusting and prevaricating posts I have ever seen from an alleged Scientist. Here's Mandia's selfie of him 'saving the planet'. Narcissistic?

Katie Hopkins: David Rose: James Wilsdon: via WUWT and Les Johnson: Indicative of the reason for the step up in demonizing Climate Scientists who do not foresee calamity, the US Government new guidelines to all federal agencies does not mention temperature. The only thing to be mentioned specifically is CO2.

From Paul Matthews: From Craig Rucker: From Steven F Hayward, another of the witch hunt victims: Another Democrat witch hunter chimes in, with comment from Leo Hickman: Strongest statement yet from Richard Betts: Climate Wire gets into the discussion here:
Judith Curry has a post on her blog regarding this witch hunt by Grijalva. He knows and has known her funding, esp as she was a Democrat witness in the past.

I strongly recommend reading her post.
Link to Milloy website, info on Grijalva witch hunt on Dr. Lindzen From Benjamin Riley: More from Roger Pielke Jr, to Judith Curry: PhD student speaks out: More from Revkin of Dot Earth blog: From Roger Pielke Sr: From Bob Ryan: From Thomas Crockett: From Junk Science, link to Terence Corcoran: Stephen Hayward links Politico post by Richard Lowry And another highly critical article denouncing the Inquisition against Climate Science heresy appears: Another takeaway from Politico story: And Derek Sorenson links Paul Homewood: One of the better comments I've seen to date: The American Association of University Professors, Mikey Mann and other responses here:

And more blowback: from 'The Breakthrough Org' James Delingpole's take: And more blowback: FOIA filed against U Delaware:

And more from the American Meteorological Society: The Arizona Republic on Grijalva's witch hunt: More from Roger Pielke Jr: Latest update, Greg Laden threatening Roger Pielke Jr.:


  1. Sorry, this is a long comment and veers off topic a bit.
    Watching here in the UK with a more limited experience and exposure of US politics it seemed to be inevitable that the wholedebacle would explode into political infighting as the money involved is seriously huge (compared to UK) and money drives politics. Here in the UK the political consensus is still with the CAGW proponents excepting UKIP and a few MP's without portfolio (Owen Patterson being the alienated voice within the Conservatives) and whilst a lot of money is at stake (subsidies to wind & solar farm landowners) it is not of the magnitude of the States. Whilst the two main parties believe the public will vote for "green" policies they will adopt them, especially if they can benefit those funding their political party.
    So where is the science? Politicians tell us we must suffer a hole in our pocket and rape our landscape because the science tells us. But science also tells us we don't need to but is ignored.
    I have huge respect for scientists such as Roger Pielke Jr and Judith Curry even if I am not totally convinced of their entire position. Roger's book "Disasters & Climate Change" should be 1st reading for all politicians who have to deal with the aftermath of weather events. Winter in the UK 2013/14 being a case in point where Julia Slingo of the Met Office made appalling statements about a series of winter storms and Somerset flooding was consequently reported as a result of climate change rather than (what all the locals knew) poor management of drainage in a land at or below sea level. After all, the Levels is a man made landscape which needs to be managed.
    So where am I going with this? One question that occurred to me was: Why now? Why launch this McCarthistic witch hunt at this time? What initiated the motivation? Now, I'm not aware of much of what is being said or reported in the States and very little is reported here, but two things occur to me. The poorly reported scandal happening in the IPCC with allegations against Dr Pachauri and his subsequent resignation, and the state of the winter in the US for the 2nd year running and worse than last.
    This process is not chance. This has been thought out, discussed and decided upon before initiation as detailed in the e-mails Steve Goddard has published on Real Science. This is purely political but I cannot believe that there isn't a finger of those whose livelihood is at stake if their work is proved flawed. The last and current winter is a real problem, cold records being broken, snowfall records being broken, lake ice etc. And it happened last year too, so lives in people’s memories more readily, "winters did not used to be like this". So stupid claims were made, blizzards caused by warming etc but as meteorologists such as Joe Bastardi rip apart such claims, it seems there begins a panic leading to malicious intent. Coupled with serious doubts over the integrity of the IPCC's climate change leader, decisions were made to discredit "skeptics" who clearly had valid points on the climate situation.
    Such a disgusting process that has now started may, in my opinion, result in a growing disassociation from the "Gore Machine" by scientists who, whilst proponents of CAGW, will shrink back. A scrutiny of the earnings and source of funding for those who control the "Science" in the public arena, a slow, but accelerating move by media to switch it's bias and a collapse of the whole consensus to a more balanced position. The opposite of what is intended. This will take time however but the actions against the integrity of honourable scientists WILL backfire. Possibly in a very big way but more likely in a slow reversal of positions accelerated by a change of leadership in USA within 2 years.
    A cornered dog will bite, these are the actions of a cornered dog. The irony is, they have put themselves in that cul de sac and there is no way out but to take as many of your "enemies" with you.

    1. Long, but a well worth reading ;-)

      I believe the impetus of this "...thought out, and discussed..." plan was the exceptional cold in the eastern and middle states. It is distracting from their "message".

      A great story of this nonsense of BAD advise from an even worse science: