NSF: Climate Trash Talkers Got No Game!
In sports, we have all seen or heard of players who before a big game talk lots of smack and then fail to deliver the goods when it counts. In climate science there has been much trash talk by those that do not accept the overwhelming evidence that humans are now driving climate change. Much of this trash talk has been centered around stolen email messages from the Climate Research Unit regarding the hockey stick temperature reconstruction that Drs. Mann, Bradley, and Hughes published in 1998/99. The email hack was inappropriately dubbed by the press as Climategate. The trash talkers use these emails (taken out of context) in an attempt to prove that there is a vast global conspiracy to fool billions of people. Sounds crazy but even those running for President believe this absurdity.
Every investigation of the stolen emails has exonerated the scientists involved. Now, the National Science Foundation’s Inspector General has also told the trash talkers: You Got No Game!
The story was first reported by Joe Romm over at Climate Progress in his post Climate Secret: NSF Quietly Closes Out Inspector General Investigation with Complete Vindication of Michael Mann. The NSF IG report regarding Dr. Mann’s research concludes:
“The research in question was originally completed over 10 years ago. Although the Subject’s data is still available and still the focus of significant critical examination, no direct evidence has been presented that indicates the Subject fabricated the raw data he used for his research or falsified his results…Lacking any direct evidence of research misconduct, as defined under the NSF Research Misconduct Regulation, we are closing this investigation with no further action.”
The NSF IG findings are no surprise to those that respect science and have actually looked at the data. As I showed in Shooting the Messenger with Blanks, the hockey stick-shaped temperature reconstruction that shows modern climate considerably warmer than past climate has been duplicated by many scientists using different methodologies (PCA, CPS, EIV, isotopic analysis, & direct T measurements) and with different types of proxy data.
And, of course, Mother Nature did not read the hacked emails. There is unequivocal evidence that the planetary system is warming and the pattern of warming shows that increases in heat-trapping gases are to blame. The oceans and air are warming, ice is at record lows, devastating heat waves and droughts have plagued the US and rest of the world, and massive flooding events have caused billions in damages world-wide. As reported by Reuters (Aug. 17, 2011), “the United States has already tied its yearly record for billion-dollar weather disasters and the cumulative tab from floods, tornadoes and heat waves has hit $35 billion, the National Weather Service said on Wednesday.” That record will likely be broken with several months still left and Hurricane Irene taking aim at the US east coast. As of this blog post, Irene is expected to intensify to a major hurricane (category three) and strike somewhere between North Carolina and Long Island, NY this weekend. Experts tell us that global warming is likely to increase hurricane intensity and flooding rainfall (Knutson et al., 2010) so get used to this if we continue on our business as usual emission path.
Given the obvious innocence of Dr. Mann and other scientists, it is clear that people such as Virginia Attorney General Ken Cucinelli and Chris Horner of Competitive Enterprise Institute and American Tradition Institute, who are still seeking private emails of Dr. Mann from his time at University of Virginia, are on a political witch-hunt.
So I say to you trash-talkers:
Climate change is already here and it is only going to get worse and more costly. Do you realize that by denying the science, attacking the scientists, and refusing to sit at the “solution table”, you are going to have those solutions put into place without your input? Right now you have no game. Why don’t you show up to play? Let’s see what you got.
Others covering this story:
Hockey Stick Data Tampering Investigation Concludes by Greg Laden
National Science Foundation vindicates Michael Mann by Richard Littlemore
Mann Vindicated — AGAIN! by The Policy Lass
“Climategate” Debunked Again. Climate Deniers: Mike Mann born in Kenya. by Peter Sinclair
Hockey Stick Conspiracy Expands!!! by Barry Bickmore
Federal auditors find no evidence to support ‘Climategate’ accusations by Douglas Fischer