The only thing we can be sure of about the future is that it will be absolutely fantastic. So if what I say now seems to you to be very reasonable, then I have failed completely. Only if what I tell you appears absolutely unbelievable, have we any chance of visualizing the future as it really will happen.

- Arthur C. Clarke (h/t Brin)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Morano's Email

Somebody really ought to be collecting Morano's charming missives somewhere; he really doesn't seem to understand the web very well. Anyway, after many months of declaring victory in his inimitable style, his latest delightful and elegant discourse seems to have an air of desperation to it. So for those of you not privileged to be on his mailing list (which includes all his previous targets such as your humble correspondent), check it out:
NAS/NRC's Ralph Cicerone is copied on this email. For latest go to www.ClimateDepot.com

Climate Depot's Round up on National Research Council's media hyped political science scare report

See how the best 'science' politics can manufacture is produced -- Media loves NRC's politically manufactured 'science'


Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - By Marc Morano - Climate Depot


Repulsive: National Research Council Chaired by Corrupted Warmist Ralph Cicerone: Turned Org. into political advocacy group: $6 million NAS study used to lobby for climate bill rcicerone@nas.edu


Flashback: MIT's Lindzen Slams: 'Ralph Cicerone of NAS/NRC is saying that regardless of evidence the answer is predetermined. If gov't wants carbon control, that is the answer that the Academies will provide'


WaPo: 'Inevitable complex deniers willfully ignorant recalcitrance cynical catastrophic planetary damage drastic Republican...' -- '...preeminent rising seas spreading deserts intensifying storms loom significant risks caused by human activities'

'The Wash. Post wants candidates to be quizzed on what they would do about 'the rising seas, spreading deserts and intensifying storms' -- But natural disasters, topographic changes and population booms and busts have always occurred and will continue to occur. None of these phenomena can be scientifically tied to manmade emissions of CO2. So they are simply irrelevant sideshow issues'


Media hyped National Research Council panels are 'highly politicized and often stacked, with no climate skeptics included -- Report is more of an exercise in political rather than climate science' -


Media hyped National Research Council (NRC) report exposed: 'NRC report is the opinion of a mere 21 authors - nearly all of whom had a longstanding record of global warming activism' -- 'Far from providing objective, expert proof of a global warming crisis, the NRC report provides objective proof that - despite their grandiose-sounding names - the National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council are more interested in political agendas than objective, fact-based science'


NRC predetermined outcome of report: 'Of the first eight names, only one appears to be a climate scientist. The others are engineers, lawyers, and public policy types'


USA Today touts NRC report -- Compares Climate Change Skeptics to Birthers


WaPo calls debate over! 'Climate change denial becomes harder to justify' -- 'Deniers are willfully ignorant, lost in wishful thinking, cynical or some combination of the three' -- Wash Post: 'Every candidate for political office, including for president, should be asked whether they disagree with the scientific consensus of America's premier scientific advisory group, and if so, on what basis they disagree; and if not, what they propose to do about the rising seas, spreading deserts and intensifying storms that, absent a change in policy, loom on America's horizon'


Arctic Study Countered: 'Studies have found that Arctic temperatures have fluctuated, and are now around the same level as they were in the mid-1930s' -- 'Scientist Igor Polyakov of the International Arctic Research Center at the U. of Alaska, Fairbanks tracked Arctic temp records from latter part of 19th century until current decade, and found that 1930s marked the warmest time during that period'


As Hillary Clinton works against global warming in Greenland, some there don't mind it


New NAS climate report; Same ol' same ol' junk science

Background on NAS/NRC's Ralph Cicerone:


MIT's Lindzen: 'Cicerone of NAS is saying that regardless of evidence the answer is predetermined. If gov't wants carbon control, that is the answer that the Academies will provide'


The National Academy of Sciences is Hertsgaard's evidence for climate fear: For Shame: NAS Pres. Ralph Cicerone Turns Science Org. into political advocacy group: $6 million NAS study is used to lobby for global warming bill


This is 'science'? NAS's Ralph Cicerone goes political -- Urges nations to reduce emissions at UN climate talks rcicerone@nas.edu


The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is Mark Hertsgaard's strongest 'evidence' for climate doom?!

For Shame: NAS Pres. Ralph Cicerone Turns Science Org. into political advocacy group: $6 million NAS study is used to lobby for global warming bill


rcicerone@nas.edu


MIT's Lindzen: 'Cicerone of NAS is saying that regardless of evidence the answer is predetermined. If gov't wants carbon control, that is the answer that the Academies will provide'


Cicerone's Shame: NAS Urges Carbon Tax, Becomes Advocacy Group -- 'political appointees heading politicized scientific institutions that are virtually 100% dependent on gov't funding'


Cicerone's Shame: NAS engaged in 'bureaucratic attempt to cook the books'


MIT's Dr. Richard Lindzen's 48-page Congressional Testimony: 'Increase in CO2 will lead to very little warming' -- 'Data is being analyzed with aim of supporting, rather than testing models'

'Incontrovertibility' belongs to religion where it is referred to as dogma...Cicerone [of NAS] is saying that regardless of evidence the answer is predetermined. If gov't wants carbon control, that is the answer that the Academies will provide...We should stop accepting term, 'skeptic.' Skepticism implies doubts about a plausible proposition. Current warming alarm hardly represents a plausible proposition.'


Cicerone's Shame: NAS Urges Carbon Tax, Becomes Advocacy Group -- 'political appointees heading politicized scientific institutions that are virtually 100% dependent on gov't funding'

'This is the same kind of foolishness that led the IPCC to overreach in proposing climate policies'


Meteorologist Joe D'Aleo of IceCap.Us: 'NAS was established by Abraham Lincoln but under recent appointees and Pres. Ralph Cicerone it has become a joke'

NAS is now 'an advocacy group for government policy not a trusted impartial agency for science issues'


For Shame: EPA chief Lisa Jackson cancels Democrat fundraising appearance -- only after media reports

Cicerone's Shame -- Morphs NAS into IPCC: 'It's time to pull the plug on public funding for these [NAS] science-fiction writers'


For Shame: NAS Pres. Ralph Cicerone Turns Science Org. into political advocacy group: $6 million NAS study is used to lobby for global warming bill


Clueless USA Today: 'Still skeptical? Could this be a tough week for climate skeptics?' Why? 'Multiple U.S.-funded reports and data all say same thing: global temperatures are rising'

Climate Depot Response: 'More government funded propaganda reports from science political hacks like NAS Chief Ralph Cicerone only prove that the global warming movement has learned nothing from Climategate. The more scientists turn to political activism, the more their 'cause' becomes a joke.'


President of National Academy of Sciences Cicerone, says UN IPCC responsible for public losing confidence in climate science


This is 'science'? NAS's Ralph Cicerone goes political -- Urges nations to reduce emissions at UN climate talks


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I like how report A can't be trusted because it's all insiders and report B can't be trusted because it's all outsiders.

But this isn't entirely a joke. "Pulling the plug" on NAS because you don't like consensus scientific opinion is, um, perhaps an ever so slightly maladaptive strategy?



Quote of the week is relevant, restated here for future reference (h/t Brian Dupuis):
There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'

- Isaac Asimov via Ed Brayton

5 comments:

Steve Scolnik said...

"media hyped political science scare report":
A masterpiece of projection.

Michael Tobis said...

Sorry for the tutti-frutti presentation. Some of Morano's links are marked blue in the markup and others inherit the orange from my site defaults. I am not about to edit the HTML.

More evidence, though, that these guys aren't really web professionals in any ordinary sense.

james said...

Could this be the week when the worm turns? with the collapse of Watts eternal dirge of diversion, a strong statement from NAS, the wedging of Wegman, Englands strong CO2 targets and here in Australia polie's are finally calling certain media outlets out for their war on science.

Martin Vermeer said...

Copying verbatim -- with links! -- a piece of toxic trash like this, as if the Internet isn't yet polluted enough. Michael have you gone nuts?!

Michael Tobis said...

Martin, a fair point. I should have put "nofollow" in all of the links and will do so now.

It's important for reasonable people to understand the enormity of what unreasonable people are doing, though.