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Climate Scientists Plot to Fight Skeptics

By Stephen Dinan

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5 Mar 10 - (Excerpts) - Undaunted by a rash of scandals over the science underpinning climate change, top climate researchers are plotting to respond with what one scientist involved said needs to be "an outlandishly aggressively partisan approach" to gut the credibility of skeptics.

In private e-mails obtained by The Washington Times, climate scientists at the National Academy of Sciences say they are tired of "being treated like political pawns" and need to fight back in kind. Their strategy includes forming a nonprofit group to organize researchers and use their donations to challenge critics by running a back-page ad in the New York Times.

          Apparently the science can't stand on its own.

"Most of our colleagues don't seem to grasp that we're not in a gentlepersons' debate, we're in a street fight against well-funded, merciless enemies who play by entirely different rules," Paul R. Ehrlich, a Stanford University researcher, said in one of the e-mails.

          Oh, that I were indeed well-funded. I'm fighting a billion-dollar
          environmental juggernaut aligned with a trillion-dollar carbon-
          trading scheme, with no funding from any outside source.

Some scientists question the tactic and say they should focus instead on perfecting their science, but the researchers who are organizing the effort say the political battle is eroding confidence in their work.

         Perfecting their science. What annoying concept that must be to
         Mr. Ehrlich and Mr. Schneider (see below).

The scientists have been under siege since late last year when e-mails leaked from a British climate research institute seemed to show top researchers talking about skewing data to push predetermined outcomes. Meanwhile, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change... had to retract claims that Himalayan glaciers will melt over the next 25 years.

Sen. James M. Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican and a chief skeptic of global-warming claims, is considering asking the Justice Department to investigate whether climate scientists who receive taxpayer-funded grants falsified data.

          Three cheers for Senator Inhofe.

That news has enraged scientists. Stephen H. Schneider, a Stanford professor and senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, said Mr. Inhofe is showing "McCarthyesque" behavior in the mold of the Cold War-era senator who was accused of stifling political debate through accusations of communism.

Not all climate scientists agree with forcing a political fight.

"Sounds like this group wants to step up the warfare, continue to circle the wagons, continue to appeal to their own authority, etc.," said Judith A. Curry, a climate scientist at the Georgia Institute of Technology. "Surprising, since these strategies haven't worked well for them at all so far."

          And three cheers for Judith Curry.

She said scientists should instead shore up and defend their research.

The e-mails emerged months after another set of e-mails from a leading British climate research group seemed to show scientists shading data to try to bolster their claims, and are likely to feed the impression among skeptics that researchers are pursuing political goals as much as they are disseminating science.

See entire article:
Thanks to Rick Fulton for this link

          "I guess only "Climate Scientists" can discuss science?????"
            says Rick. "Skeptics just don't know anything!"





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