Friday, November 26, 2010

More family-friendly allegations of fraud

Why does use of the word "family" so often carry a cloud of evil?

Chris Woodward of OneNewsNow, a division of the American Family News Network, has published Myron Ebell's latest unsubstantiated allegations of false climate data:
"These e-mails revealed that these scientists have been putting their political agenda ahead of their science, that they have been manipulating the data, and that they have been conspiring together to suppress scientific research and other scientists who don't agree with their conclusions," Myron Ebell, director of energy and global warming policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) tells OneNewsNow about the information released.

One example of manipulation involves the CRU's altering of temperature data for the 1930s to make them appear cooler than that of more recent decades, when in fact, it had temperatures similar to those of the last 20 years. But Ebell points out that many other issues remain unaddressed, which is why his organization and others are calling for a real investigation.

"There are also many references in these e-mails and in some of the files to other things that weren't part of the initial release of all these documents," he notes. "Where are the rest of the e-mails that are referred to in what we have? So, there's a lot there, I think, still to be discovered in terms of the conspiracy that was going on and the scientific fraud that was being committed."
The "rest of the emails" between the scientists are none of Mr Ebell's business -- especially in light of his deliberate misreading and misinformation about the ones that have been hacked.

What is, however, our business are the rest of the plans surrounding the leaked 1998 Exxon memo where he conspired to promote falsified science through fake "media-trained" scientists to the public and to policy-makers.

The data Myron is complaining about is partly available from CRU here, and the independent NASA GISSTEMP data can be downloaded from here, including all the software in an easy-to-use form.

On what basis does Myron Ebell believe the data has been altered, other than his malicious misreadings of a set of emails? If there is anything more to it, then he should be able to point to the numbers that have been changed, and actual evidence that they have been forged.

Unfortunately, a crap reporter such as Mr Woodward is too dumb to hold him to this standard, busy as he is fighting for the oligarchy with their billions of unearned inherited wealth.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Myron Ebell alleges the data is false

Fox "News" Hack Julia Seymour tried to warmed up the corpse of climategate with a piece that began with the astonishing claim that when the story broke it wasn't reported across US broadcast network news for 14 days.

And then: "Since Nov. 19, 2009, the broadcast networks have only mentioned the scandal or the University of East Anglia in a paltry 12 stories."

I wonder if Ms Seymour counted among these "paltry" stories the New York Times editorial ("Perhaps now we can put the manufactured controversy known as Climategate behind us and turn to the task of actually doing something about global warming.") or Newsweek's: "Newspapers Retract 'Climategate' Claims, but Damage Still Done"

Of course not! Ms Seymour is a Fox News Hack. Their motto is "Unfair and unbalanced".

Instead she takes some choice quotes from Mr Myron Ebell:
Twelve stories. Why so little coverage? Myron Ebell, director of energy and global warming policy for the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), told the Business & Media Institute, "I think it’s pretty obvious why the networks and major papers have ignored ClimateGate. It’s because they don’t want to consider the possibility that the sort of monolithic [global warming] consensus that they support and are a part of is based on junk science."...

According to Ebell, the scientists involved were not making "mistakes" as the media emphasized, but "manipulating data." The CRU emails revealed "they were adjusting the [weather] stations they were using" to show warmer recent decades and cooler temperatures in the 1930s and '40s, Ebell said.
So Myron Ebell is directly alleging that scientists are fiddling the measurement data. That's quite something.

The thing about all the FOI requests and data disclosures from the climate scientists is it's now been possible to check and confirm the full data-set and calculations independently and transparently as has been done here.

So you've got what you want. There is nothing left hiding. You need to point to exactly what the problem is, or shut the f*** up!

But Myron is never going to shut-up until either (a) someone stops paying him to speak lies, (b) people stop printing these lies, or (c) he dies having devoted his entire life towards hastening the extinction of the human race.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Space man watch

The pigs at the CEI are really preening themselves over the election triumph of ignorance over hope and making wild over-interpretations of it, such as a sudden widespread agreement with their agenda of environmental devastation.

None more so than Myron Ebell, who's place in the politico webpage hotbox is assured.

After whining about some congressional monkey-business by the Democratic party, that was probably made necessary by systematic bad faith Republican obstruction at every turn (and you will see what we mean in this coming congress), he writes:
The funny thing is that even trying to sneak the bill through didn't work. The American people figured out that cap-and-trade was code for higher energy prices and reacted with righteous fury when House Members went home after the vote for the Fourth of July recess. After hearing the outcry, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid decided to postpone Senate debate on cap-and-trade and instead take up health care reform, which enjoyed much more public support.
In an uncharacteristic presentation of evidence that contradicted his hypothesis, Myron admitted:
44 Democrats — most in marginal districts — voted against the Waxman-Markey bill. True, 27 of them were defeated in the election; but in most of those races the Democrat defended himself by featuring his vote against Waxman-Markey. It is hard to find a Democrat who voted for Waxman-Markey and was in a competitive race mentioning that vote in the campaign. On the other hand, winning Republican challengers in races across the country attacked their Democratic opponents for voting yes on cap-and-trade.
In other words, being anti-human survival, like the Republican Party, didn't get the Democratic Party vote out. What a surprise. The mood swung against them in an election that was determined by an amazing and unnecessary level economic distress for so rich a nation.

The Republican Party is of course going to make it much much worse. But that's mostly a problem for the American people, who have made their bed and have to lie in it.

It's unfortunate the rest of us have to go down with this ship called planet Earth.

There are glints of hope that Myron isn't going to mention and would like to cloak in a massive oil spill if he can, such as the defeat of Proposition 23.

Here is a video featuring the previous generation of Republican politicians, before they turned into the space aliens they are now.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Diesel for brains

Last week the EPA proposed some modest regulations to take trucks that burn 16 gallons of diesel per hundred miles off the market from 2014 where they are doing unnecessary harm.

Oh no!!!! howls Myron Ebell and the other preening pigs at the CEI.

USA Today published a small quote in their otherwise good article:
A conservative group that opposes government involvement in the economy denounced the proposed rules as "energy rationing." Myron Ebell, director of the center for energy and environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, said, "The only way to increase fuel efficiency as quickly (as proposed) will be to move less freight," damaging the economy.
That's "less freight per gallon of diesel" to you, which is seen as a tragedy for all mass-extinction loving nihilists.

Over in the ghetto of "The New American" -- just like the old American -- magazine, Myron's feelings gets more exposure:
In response to the newest EPA suggestion, Myron Ebell, director of Competitive Enterprise Institute, remarks, "It is already in the interests of truck manufacturers and the freight industry to make trucks as fuel efficient as possible. The only way to increase fuel efficiency as quickly as EPA's proposal requires will be to move less freight. That means that commercial activity and economic growth will take a huge hit."
What Myron is alleging is that trucks are already as fuel efficient as possible -- the market actors having already pursued their interests -- notwithstanding any government regulations mandating fuel efficiency that would have illogically not been met.

This is as beyond laughable as his previous claim that there have been no deaths during the construction of any nuclear power plant ever. But you have to bear in mind the sorts of people he talks to.

Hat tip to this article in Think Progress where you can see Myron in action putting up direct lies onto the screen.