Dr S. Fred Singer on “Hockey Stick” Mann’s Book

Russ Steele

Dr. S. Fred Singer is a professor emeritus at the University of Virginia and director of the Science & Environmental Policy Project.  His specialty is atmospheric and space physics.   He is an expert in remote sensing and satellites, he served as the founding director of the US Weather Satellite Service and, more recently, as vice chair of the US National Advisory Committee on Oceans & Atmosphere. He is one of the grand old men of climate science.

Dr Singer has an excellent article at the American Thinker titled: Climategate Heads to Court, but it was this part of his article I found most interesting, having read most of the Climategate e-mails, far more than our local lefty warmers have read and understand.

In his book, Mann distorts the e-mail record from the “Climategate” leak; those e-mails have not been altered or edited in any way.  They document a conspiracy among a clique of British and U.S. climate scientists to control what goes into IPCC reports, and to keep contrary views by skeptics from being published in recognized science journals by manipulating the peer-review process.

The most complete discussion of the Climategate e-mails can be found in The Hockeystick Illusion: Climategate and the Corruption of Science by Andrew W. Montford.  A more technical discussion has been ongoing in McIntyre’s blog at www.climateaudit.org.

Mike Mann also attempts to mislead readers by citing “facts.”  He does this by mixing up temperature level (measured in degrees C) with temperature trends (degC per decade) — hoping no one would notice.  While current levels are high (since the climate is still recovering from the LIA), the trend has been essentially zero for more than a decade — in spite of rapidly rising CO2 concentrations.

In reading Mann’s original papers, I noticed something very strange: his temperature record (blue curve in the IPCC report) based on proxy data suddenly stops in 1978 and is joined smoothly to the thermometer record from weather stations (red curve), which shows a steep rise in temperature.  By contrast, atmospheric temperatures measured from weather satellites show only insignificant warming between 1978 and 1997 — as do the independent data from weather balloons around the world.

Puzzled by this disparity, I e-mailed Mann (then at the U. of Virginia) and politely asked about his post-1978 proxy temperatures.  All I got in return was a nasty reply — which only served to confirm my suspicion that Mann was hiding the data because they disagreed with the widely accepted thermometer record, which had suggested the existence of global warming.  I believe that this is the true meaning of the phrase “Mike’s Nature trick,” used in the leaked Climategate e-mails — in conjunction with “hide the decline.”  It all suggests manipulation of crucial data.

Naturally, I am anxious to learn if Mann’s suppressed post-1978 data show a warming.  If they don’t, then the U.N.-IPCC’s case for AGW collapses — and so do all policies to control the greenhouse gas CO2.  These policies include emission trading (“cap & trade”), carbon sequestration from power plants, and various costly schemes for developing alternative, “green” forms of energy.  We may have already wasted hundreds of billions of dollars — for no good purpose.  If so, then Mann and his supporters have much to answer for. 

You can read the rest of the article HERE.  We are all waiting for the truth to come out. Dr Singer concludes:

One way or another, the truth will come out.  And when it does, we will witness a major earthquake that will encompass IPCC scientists, politicians in America and Europe, and the U.N.  Let’s hope we don’t have to wait too long for this to happen.




About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

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