As a commentator Mark Steyn has as much if not more than any other in the media. This is a special passion for him and his research into the science and the politics of “climate change” is thorough. Because of his knowledge on this subject he has been asked and testified in front of congress.
The “Craziness” of the Climate Science Echo Chamber
by Mark Steyn
I spent much of Wednesday guest-hosting America’s Number One radio show. You can find a few moments from today’s show here – including a reference to the story of most personal interest to me, the news that the distinguished climate scientist Judith Curry had decided to resign from her position at Georgia Tech :
The superficial reason is that I want to do other things…
The deeper reasons have to do with my growing disenchantment with universities, the academic field of climate science and scientists.
Dr Curry elaborates:
A deciding factor was that I no longer know what to say to students and postdocs regarding how to navigate the CRAZINESS in the field of climate science. Research and other professional activities are professionally rewarded only if they are channeled in certain directions approved by a politicized academic establishment — funding, ease of getting your papers published, getting hired in prestigious positions, appointments to prestigious committees and boards, professional recognition, etc.
How young scientists are to navigate all this is beyond me, and it often becomes a battle of scientific integrity versus career suicide (I have worked through these issues with a number of skeptical young scientists).
By “career suicide”, Dr Curry means that, if you dissent from the Big Climate orthodoxy, thug enforcers like Dr Michael E Mann will take the hockey stick to you until there’s nothing left. As Roger Pielke Jr, another scientist forced out of the field by the climate mullahs, said today :
No one has worked harder than Michael Mann, in public or behind the scenes, to destroy academic careers of those w/ views different than his
Naturally, Mann responded to her resignation with his characteristic gracelessness :
For his part, Mann said climate science would be stronger without Curry. He said she routinely engaged in character attack, “confusionism and denialism” and eroded scientific discussion.
“She has played a particularly pernicious role in the climate change denial campaign, laundering standard denier talking points but appearing to grant them greater authority courtesy of the academic positions she has held and the meager but nonetheless legitimate scientific work that she has published in the past,” he said. “Much of what I have seen from her in recent years is boilerplate climate change denial drivel.”
By “meager” scientific work, he means Judith Curry is the co-editor of The Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences and the co-author of Thermodynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans and a member of the National Research Council’s Climate Research Committee – as opposed to running around falsely claiming to be a Nobel Laureate and playing Jessica Alba’s personal climatologist on a James Cameron crockumentary.
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At that same hearing:
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In the above Sen Markey
To better understand Sen. Markey’s position you need to know who Tom Steyer is.
Another $1.8 million of Steyer’s donations went to CE Action Committee, a second super PAC he founded, which helped elect Democrat Ed Markey of Massachusetts to the Senate in a special election last year. Steyer also gave $5 million to the Democratic Senate Majority PAC.
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About that 97% consensus:
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