Climategate Press Coverage
12/03/2011 1 Comment
It took a while for Climategate I to get very much press traction, while Climategate II is doing little better. While the lame stream press is ignoring the Climategate II, some business and political magazines are covering it in more detail. Here are some of the magazine stories.
The Weekly Standard has the story to the front page with a feature story by Steven F. Hayward
The conventional wisdom about blockbuster movie sequels is that the second acts are seldom as good as the originals. The exceptions, like The Godfather: Part II or The Empire Strikes Back, succeed because they build a bigger backstory and add dimensions to the original characters. The sudden release last week of another 5,000 emails from the Climate Research Unit (CRU) of East Anglia University — ground zero of “Climategate I” in 2009 — immediately raised the question of whether this would be one of those rare exceptions or Revenge of the Nerds II.
Forbes Magazine had has a Open Letter by Patrick Michaels to the Director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
To: Dr. Roger Wakimoto
Director, National Center for Atmospheric Research
Roger, you are the head of what is perhaps the most prestigious atmospheric science laboratory on the planet, and, as such, I presume that you will always go the extra mile to protect the reputation of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and its related University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).
I’m sure you have seen and discussed with your staff many of the “Climategate” emails released first in November, 2009, and then more recently, earlier this month.
Everyone agrees that the tone and content of many of them is a bit shrill and occasionally intolerant (kind of like University faculty meetings), but there is one repeating thread, by one of your most prestigious employees, Dr. Tom Wigley, that is far beyond the pale of most academic backbiting.
The revoking of my doctorate, the clear objective of Tom’s email, is the professional equivalent of the death penalty. I think it needs to be brought to your attention, because the basic premise underlying his machinations is patently and completely false. Dr Wigley is known as a careful scientist, but he certainly was careless here.
The Union and our local lefty blogger has not stepped up to the challenge of explaining away the impact of Climategate II. The Union’s excuse will be it is not a local issue, but we all are squirming under AB-32, which is based on the sloppy science created by the Climategate hoaxers as justification for new carbon taxes. The lack of assessment skills would be the lefty blogger’s excuse.