Monday, March 01, 2010

Gore writes in NYT but Jones goes before MPs

In an NYT op-ed on Feb. 27 titled We Can’t Wish Away Climate Change, Al Gore writes of GlacierGate:

It is true that the climate panel published a flawed overestimate of the melting rate of debris-covered glaciers in the Himalayas, and used information about the Netherlands provided to it by the government, which was later found to be partly inaccurate. In addition, e-mail messages stolen from the University of East Anglia in Britain showed that scientists besieged by an onslaught of hostile, make-work demands from climate skeptics may not have adequately followed the requirements of the British freedom of information law.

Gore omits to mention that Dr. Pachauri had dismissed EARLIER criticism of the glacier prediction as voodoo science:

Dr Pachauri had previously dismissed a report by the Indian Government which said that glaciers might not be melting as much as had been feared. He described the report, which did not mention the 2035 error, as “voodoo science”.

The issue is not just the presence of a flawed overestimate BUT ALSO the initial DEFENSE of that flawed overestimate.

[Bob Park has yet to discuss this use of "voodoo science," especially odd since the "voodoo" people turned out to be right. "Voodoo science" can become a term to describe scientific theories one doesn't agree with it, somewhat like "low quality" patents are used to describe patents being enforced against the accused infringer.]

Meanwhile, Professor Phil Jones, who headed the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit (CRU), will appear before the Science and Technology Committee to answer questions about ClimateGate, including the FOIA issues. [from
'Climategate' researcher faces MPs]

See also

Climategate drives stake through cap-and-trade bill by
Yael T. Abouhalkah


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