Monday, February 22, 2010

Obama appoints scandal-ridden warmist to head NOAA's new Climate Service

Mr. Thomas R. Karl has been appointed "transitional director" of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's new Climate Service. Carol Browner, the assistant to the president for energy and climate change, hopes that the Climate Service will help us "confront climate change." If climate change were to be confronted honestly and scientifically, that would be good. Mr. Karl's history indicates that it will be otherwise. Fox News reports (Hat tip: Instapundit) that Karl "has been criticized for trying to suppress contradictory scientific data on climate change." Prof. Roger Pielke Sr. provides details:

I documented the process by which Tom Karl excluded other viewpoints in my Public Comment

Pielke Sr., Roger A., 2005: Public Comment on CCSP Report “Temperature Trends in the Lower Atmosphere: Steps for Understanding and Reconciling Differences“. 88 pp including appendices.

which I wrote after I resigned from the CCSP Committee (not the IPCC Committee as given in the article).

Excerpts from the Executive Summary of my report read

“The process for completing the CCSP Report excluded valid scientific perspectives under the charge of the Committee. The Editor of the Report [Tom Karl] systematically excluded a range of views on the issue of understanding and reconciling lower atmospheric temperature trends. The Executive Summary of the CCSP Report ignores critical scientific issues and makes unbalanced conclusions concerning our current understanding of temperature trends”


“The process that produced the report was highly political, with the Editor taking the lead in suppressing my perspectives, most egregiously demonstrated by the last-minute substitution of a new Chapter 6 for the one I had carefully led preparation of and on which I was close to reaching a final consensus. Anyone interested in the production of comprehensive assessments of climate science should be troubled by the process which I document below in great detail that led to the replacement of the Chapter that I was serving as Convening Lead Author.

Dr. Pielke is not the only person to reports problems with Mr. Karl. Meteorologist Anthony Watts remembers Karl's attempts at faking climate change in his "disastrous NCDC Climate Change Synthesis report with photoshopped images of floods that didn’t happen."

SEPARATELY: As a result of the numerous climategate scandals, Lord Rees, head of the [UK] Royal Society and Ralph Cicerone, president of the US National Academy of Sciences call for "fundamental changes" in the UN IPCC.

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