23 September 2010

Job Security for Partisan Climate Bloggers

E&E Daily reports that Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) has said that should the Republicans take over the House, they will open up investigations into the release of the East Anglia emails:
The House's top Republican watchdog is planning to launch an investigation into international climate data if he takes the helm of the chamber's oversight panel next year.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the ranking member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said a probe of the "Climategate" scandal will top his environmental agenda if the Republicans take over the House next year and he gets the chairmanship.

"I do have a backburner investigation that I'm going to want to have completed, and that is, we paid a lot of money to have international evaluation, most of it done in Britain, that turns out to have been less than truthful in some of the figures," he said. "We're going to want to not investigate to get our money back, but we're going to want to have a do-over of good numbers so that everyone can have confidence."
If one wanted to improve the quality of numbers, then doing so via a highly partisan congressional investigation is probably not the best way to go about it.  On the flip side, the most partisan climate bloggers will have plenty of exciting new material to fight with each other about. (H/T: DS)


  1. When this comes to pass, I want a quarter for every time I read the phrase "Republican war on science!!!" I'll be rich!

  2. I know why a hockey fight might be chosen for the image you used but I think a food fight in a large cafeteria is a better way to describe the hubub in a climate blog war.

  3. Speaking of partisan climate bloggers it appears that Grist has had enough: http://www.grist.org/article/environmentalists-need-a-new-president

    As enthralled as environmentalists and progressives once were about Obama’s promise, we cannot ignore that for all his fine rhetoric, his accomodationism and reserve are allowing the planetary crisis to deteriorate and leaving America behind in the race for a clean energy economy. It pains me to say it, but success will require a new president -- and that means that after the midterm elections, we need to start looking for a primary challenger who has the heart and soul required to save the planet from catastrophe and rescue American from its economic morass -- even as we throw ourselves into grassroots action to do what we can to save the planet despite the president’s interference.
    ===end quote===

  4. It does work like a sport. Now we have 5 half-witted investigations that have "cleared" the climategate scientists. The score is 5-0. If the Republicans can have a different half-witted investigation and make it 5-1, I don't think that's unfair.

    Call me facetious, but this is the way it works in practice. The number of investigations is an argument in itself; any details beyond that are mostly lost.

  5. And nice self-referential whitewashes would be better?
    Your attitude will ultimately be self-defeating: your writing exposes the many deceptions AGW promoters (monster promoters, to build on Curry's work)commit, yet you remain dedicated to removing carbon from our energy economy and replacing it with.........nothing that is ever made clear.
    Now you book is moving its way up my to read stack, so maybe I am speaking too soon. I hope.

  6. I don't agree with the Pielke Jr take on this - we've had 3 'official'UK inquiries dominated by global warmers and global warming industry beneficiaries, that were simply designed to say "nothing to see here, move along."

    We need a genuinely independent and objective inquiry with a meaningful remit that asks the questions that have so far been avoided or fudged.

  7. The last two commenters have a very good point. Roger, just what mechanism would you suggest for getting better numbers (besides throwing more money to academics)?

  8. -6-jae

    Funny you should ask ... I have this new book out ... ;-)

  9. Climategate eviscerated public support for CO2 science in Britain. This could do the same in America.

  10. No one could reasonably conclude that the investigations to date were PROPER or THOROUGH. So while I am with you that this could be a bit heated, another look at Climategate is needed.

  11. I'd like to recommend James Delingpole, a global warming denier of the highest order, driven to blog on this subject by his right wing politics.

    The difference between Delingpole and his opponents is that he is highly intelligent, very funny and he can actually write (he's a novelist). I give myself the credit for him now referring to global warming fans as eco fascists rather than socialists.


    I particularly recommend Oberstgruppenfuhrer Monbiot surrendering his luger on Luneberg Heath.


  12. "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time."

    Now who said that?

    If university climate scientists dislike *elected* though partisan dipshits like Issa and Cuccinelli going through their piles of dirty underwear kicked under the bed then perhaps university climate scientists should behave better towards the their boss: the public.

    While I may think Issa, who is a former car thief would have a hard time spelling AGW much less debating it, I can hope I am wrong and wish him luck in digging out the dirt, and snicker at the "plight" of the climate scientists who brought this on themselves by disregarding everyone from Lincoln through Feynman.