Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Al Gore ClimateGate: Mistakes - Not Just a Few

Al Gore recently lamented that we can't wish away climate change just because some inaccuracies have been found - referring to the full blown ClimateGate scandal sweeping the entire globe. The climate-magnet says there are "at least two" oopsees! in ClimateGate, just for full disclosure, I suppose. But, Al, Al, Al, there are so many more than two,  and they aren't mistakes. They are purposeful manipulations of data, and the inclusion of unsupported stats - meaning no peer review. What a piece of work you are; you make Charlie Rangel's ethics look laudable. See a video below.

Al Gore

In his New York Times editorial, Gore said no matter ClimateGate, we still face "an unimaginable calamity requiring large-scale, preventative measures to protect human civilization...." Of course we do (eye roll). What a diva.

He lashed out at America, and our reluctance to roll over on carbon emission regulations. We are guilty of "exploitive behavior in the marketplace," he said, and we label those trying to fix our behavior, and make the reforms, "socialists. Mr. Gore is distressed.

Our "rule of law as an instrument of human redemption" is at stake, he says. We have a "hubris of market fundamentalism." That hubris led to the "democracy sphere" being pummeled by "the market sphere." Damn capitalism! 


Mr. Gore's message goes far beyond climate change. Anyone thinking God wasn't looking our for this country in the Gore-Bush election should think again (don't ask me where God was looking in November 2008).

A hugely gaseous polluter, former Vice President Al Gore, does more to pollute in a single day than the average American does in an entire year - more than 20 times the national average. And that is only his carbon footprint measured by electrical usage.  

But Gore buys carbon offsets to cover his footprint. In other words, he pays some amount figured to value a ton of carbon emissions, and whomever he buys the carbon offset (carbon credit) from, pays young boys in third world countries to plant trees in that amount, or something similar. If the trees die, are burned off, plowed under, or the money for trees magically ends up in someone's pocket, nothing is offsetting anything.

Under the radar is Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX). While on the Board of the charitable Joyce Foundation, Barack Obama helped award more than $1 million in grants to test the viability of a carbon credit market, and then to launch the privately-owned concern. Gore's partner, Maurice Strong, (more about him a few paragraphs down) is on the Board of CCX. Obama's Cap and Trade legislation  will likely be a boon to CCX. Maybe it's a Chicago-thing.
...if the day ever comes when federal government regulations require greenhouse-gas emitters -- and that’s almost everyone -- to participate in cap-and-trade, then those who have created a market for the exchange of carbon credits are in a position to control the outcomes. And that moves Al Gore [and Maurice Strong] front and center. 
But here's the kicker. Gore really is on the cutting edge of carbon emissions, because he buys his carbon credits from his own company, Generation Investment Management (GIM)...but it is how he buys the credits from himself that is interesting, and it comes down to this: he buys stock in his own company, and the company loans money to other wealthy individuals or company's who are investing in green technology of some kind. And Gore and company's stock conceivably rises and the profits roll in. More about this below.

In his New York Times op-ed, Gore "wishes" man-made global warming was an illusion - and of course, it is just that, but you and I don't have the intelligence to know it, and to realize that this industry is his personal cash cow...he was the first, and he has the profile.

In the op-ed:

1) Gore admits the U.N. climate change panel, the IPCC, published a "flawed" "over-estimate" of the melting rate of Himayalan  glaciers. But it was not an "over-estimate," or an "exaggeration," as Gore says. It was a magazine interview with one climate scientist - no evidence to support the claim, and zero evidence cited.

Yet, the IPCC treated Dr. Syed Hasnain's comments as science and published them under protests from other experts in the filed of glacierology. 

Surprise, surprise, Hasnain is a Fellow at the TERI research institute, which is IPCC chair, Rajenda Pachauri's organization. Pachauri's TERI Institute used the study to raise funds and win grants worth hundreds of thousands of pounds:

Now it appears that conflict of interest charges are about to go to a higher level.

The “IPCC 2035 glacier error” has been used to solicit funds for new projects, and guess where the money goes?
This PDF File is from the EU’s HighNoon website, and shows how the EU set up a project to research the ‘rapid retreat’ of glaciers in the Himalayas based on the bogus IPCC report. Some of the EU taxpayers’ money put into this project has gone to TERI, which is run by Dr. Rajendra Pachauri.
2) Gore regrets the inaccurate information about the Netherlands - which raised the ire of Dutch officials, who said the IPCC's vaunted 2007 report on climate change may "invalidate all claims that the last decades were the hottest ever...."

3) He says it is "worth noting" that scientists "probably underestimated the range of sea-level rise in this century," whatever the word "underestimated" means to him. The oceans are not rising. In 2008, soon-to-be president, Barack Obama said "this was the moment the oceans began to slow...., but no, the oceans  never began to rise. The claims of rising oceans have been withdrawn. Nature Magazine published the article making the claims, and now, for the first ever, have retracted the data.

4) Gore mentions the "stolen" e-mail messages from the U.K.'s University of East Anglia, which showed that all manner of data had been manipulated to show false results. After many ignored Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for certain data controlled by leading scientist, Phil Jones, (Gore calls the requests "an onslaught of hostile, make-work demands from climate skeptics) - it appears someone on the inside leaked the telling emails. Gore says Jones and his buddies "may not have adequately followed the requirements of the FOIA" laws. Right. What about the inaccurate data and the efforts to "hide the decline." And then there's the Fudge Factor. Gore doesn't go there.

5) He quotes a recent scientific study confirming that the last ten years have been the hottest decade" since record keeping began, but other data shows that that may not be the case. After several sources showed that earth-based temperature measurements had been dismantled in colder, arctic areas, and monitors had been placed near heat sources - like vents distributing warm to hot air, maybe on airport runways, or on asphalt, NASA's James Hansen, was forced to make changes to his faulty data.  Hansen was caught claiming warming for Russia in a specific month, but data for that month was never used. But Gore again uses Hansen's data showing that the contiguous U.S. covers only "1.5 percent of the world area, and so our temps only slightly affect the global temps - and this has definitely been the warmest decade.

But keep in mind that Chris Horner, a writer and researcher, has been forced to sue NASA - right here in the U.S., not the U.K., for copies of warming data that he suspects is cooked by the NASA scientist. And this unfortunate quote from Hansen surfaced today - ...a team of Government scientists has concluded that there has been no significant change in average temperature or rainfall in the U.S. over that entire period [going back nearly 100 years]. 

Inconvenient for Mr. Gore, is satellite weather tracking showing the earth's temperature cooling for the last 9 years?

So, Gore himself mentions five mistakes, but fails to mention theses:

1) Mountain ice data in the Andes, Alps and in Africa has been discredited. This time, the IPCC accepted a geography student's dissertation as gospel and published it, and then accepted further data from a mountain climber. Both were considered "authoritative assessment,"by the IPCC. They were no such thing.

2) The emails from University of East Anglia (UEA) showed deception in numerous areas, not just one. One of import is American Michael Mann's "hockey stick graph," which omitted the period of Medieval Warming to show more recent warming as the warmest ever. That little adventure by Phil Jones and Michael Mann is known as "hide the decline," taken from an email between the two men. It wasn't a mistake. It was manipulation and deception.

3) Polar Bears are not endangered. Everyone knows it, ...just some won't admit it.

4) The media has been at the heart of every piece of bogus reporting. No challenges...just adoration for these imperious scientists with one goal, to keep the funds flowing in their direction. Where is the vetting from the media? If they are not capable of ferreting out untruths, they have also refused to print dissenting viewpoints. When the hacked emails were made public, no one reported it but the Brits, conservative blogs and FOXNews. From Tom Bethell, The American Spectator:

Here, the betrayers of science have found that public opinion is easily manipulated, especially with press cooperation. The principles that, starting in the 17th century, turned science into one of the great human enterprises can be subverted. Most Americans—most people in the world—know so little about these things that the methods of science can be twisted with hardly anyone noticing.
Today, many scientists and opinion leaders think that if an elite consensus in favor of certain “policies” can be generated, the underlying science must be right. The corrupt system of “peer review” will reliably exclude dissenters, and if the naysayers continue making themselves heard they will be called denialists, tools of right-wing talk radio, etc.
5) Weather data from China was manipulated, and an American scientist at the University of Albany, Dr. Wei-Chyung Wang was a Jones collaborator.

6) Other weather station manipulation.

Al Gore is the Chairman of the Board of Alliance for Climate Protection, and Chairman of Generation Investment Management (GIM). Gore and his silent partner, Maurice Strong, a former senior adviser to U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, got their groove on back in 1995. Gore, in a speech,  trumpeted the exceptional work of Massachusetts-based Molten Metal Technology, Inc. (MMTI). Seems they invented a process for recycling metals from waste in.

In his speech, he failed to note that Strong owned MMTI, along with other close associates like his former top Senate aide, Peter Knight, who is the President of GIM (read about Knight below), and failed to mention that MMTI received in excess of $25 million in Department of Energy grants, but completely failed to prove that their methodology - how to recycle metals - actually worked. Nevermind. They would receive another $8 million in federal funds.

Gore's stock in MMTI soared. When the DOE began to catch on,  and Strong and Gore knew that their golden goose had laid the last of its golden eggs, they sold off over $15 million in shares at  the high price - then a few days later, quietly on a Sunday, announced the lethal news and left shareholders watching the stock plummet to $5.00 a share from $35.00. Lawsuits followed.

Now about top aide, former lobbyist, former Bill Clinton campaign manager, and current president of MMTI: An investigation was underway to determine how a gift of stock worth $20,000 from MMTI ended up in Peter Knight's son's ownership. Janet Reno came along and shut-down the look-see. It's convoluted but the bottom line is, Franklin Haney, III, the chairman of MMTI, was indicted on 42 counts charging him with making illegal donations to the 1996 Clinton-Gore campaign.

Henry Paulson, Bush's Treasury Secretary and former Goldman Sachs CEO, is Gore's co-founder at Generation Investment Management (GIM).  Other GIM co-founders also have a background with Goldman Sach.

From Human Events (linked below and a few paragraphs up):
...as GIM chairman, Gore has not been forthcoming, according to Forbes magazine. Little is known about his firm’s finances, where it gets funding and what projects it supports
An Arkansas company, Winrock International, has an employee sitting on the IPCC panel. Winrock provides "carbon-advisory services."
Winrock has received government grants from the EPA, USAID and the Departments of Labor, State and Commerce, as well as from the Nature Conservancy (whose chairman used to be Henry Paulson). 
I'll end with another quote from Human Events - October 2007:
The bulletin of the World Rainforest Movement says that members of a United Nations-sponsored group called the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) stand to gain by approving Gore’s carbon-trading enterprise. 
The IPCC has devised what it says is a scientific measure of the impact of greenhouse gases on global warming. In fact, the critics charge, the IPCC sanctions a mechanism that mainly promotes the sham concept of carbon exchange.
Thanks to Scotty Starnes Blog for the video reminding us that we cannot control Mother Nature.



Scotty Starnes's Blog


Related and Background:
Phil Jones Admits 60 Years of Warming from Urban Influences 

Al Gore ClimateGate: Mistakes - Not Just a Few 


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