Christy: 'Premature theories enforced by an explicit consensus building process harm scientific progress because of the questions that don’t get asked and the investigations that aren’t undertaken. As a result, we lack the kinds of information to more broadly understand climate variability and societal vulnerabilities'
Climatologist Dr. Judith Curry: 'Motivated by the mandate from the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the climate community has prematurely elevated a scientific hypothesis on human-caused climate change to a ruling theory through claims of a consensus'
'Premature theories enforced by an explicit consensus building process harm scientific progress because of the questions that don’t get asked and the investigations that aren’t undertaken. As a result, we lack the kinds of information to more broadly understand climate variability and societal vulnerabilities'
'How scientists fool themselves' - 'Prior to 2010, I accepted and supported the consensus conclusions from the Assessment Reports published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – I felt that this was the responsible thing to do. However, following the revelations of ClimateGate,4 I realized that I had fallen victim to ‘groupthink’ – a pattern of thought characterized by conformity to group values and the manufacture of consensus that results in self-deception. I undertook an investigation into the ways that scientists can fool themselves, by examining deceptions from other fields of science and reading analyses from the perspectives of psychology and the philosophy and sociology of science'
Soon said he would create a "place in hell" to put the U.N.'s climate science and predictions. "There will be a very special place I will create for them. Please go there. It's nonsense. Even a little kid will know this is wrong." "Just close IPCC," Soon said. "Seriously, just close it," he said, in responding to a federal worker's question, asking why Soon has not met with the IPCC.
Associated Press: At first Mann said he didn't call Curry a denier. But in his written not oral testimony he called Curry "a climate science denier." Mann said there's a difference between denying climate change and "denying established science" on how much humans cause climate change, which he said Curry did.
AP: Mann and Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California both compared the other side's behavior to the former Soviet Union under Josef Stalin. Mann first raised the Stalin analogy, then Rohrabacher used the comparison four times after that to talk about Mann and other mainstream climate scientists. "For scientists to call names to beat someone into submission, that's a Stalinist tactic," Rohrabacher said.
The order didn’t touch the Paris agreement, an international pact on greenhouse gas emissions that Obama pursued aggressively during his second term. But it begins the process of ending the electricity-sector pollution regulation Obama said would help fulfill U.S. commitments, a decision that underlines Trump’s dismissal of the agreement...“Without the Clean Power Plan, it will be impossible to achieve the U.S. [pledge] under the Paris agreement,” Robert Stavins, the director of the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, said in an email... “I think the U.S. ought to withdraw from the climate agreement in Paris,” Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said on Tuesday. “I think it was a mistake by President Obama, and since he chose not to bring it to the Senate for confirmation, it’s clearly not a treaty, so I’m for withdrawing from it completely.”...“We urge the president to fulfill his campaign promises to remove the U.S. from the Paris agreement,” said former Trump transition official Thomas Pyle, the president of the American Energy Alliance, which receives some fossil fuel funding.
AP's Seth Borenstein: Mann and Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California both compared the other side's behavior to the former Soviet Union under Josef Stalin. Mann first raised the Stalin analogy, then Rohrabacher used the comparison four times after that to talk about Mann and other mainstream climate scientists. "For scientists to call names to beat someone into submission, that's a Stalinist tactic," Rohrabacher said.
I experienced an organized effort of delegitimization by members of Congress and the White House, supported by their political
allies in the media and in well-funded advocacy groups. These efforts were successful in that they resulted in me re-orienting my academic career away from climate-related research.
Despite being ultimately vindicated about the integrity my research and my funding sources, as well as receiving the strong support of my University’s leadership, the investigation proved extremely harmful to my ability to work in the field of climate.
Politico: McCarthy, who returned to her native Boston after the White House handover, admitted that she has turned to one of her city's tried-and-true methods of coping with frustration: “We drink a lot of coffee during the day and other things at night. And night comes earlier and earlier.”
Marc Morano, the Matt Drudge of climate denialism, told me the political situation has “everyone grinning ear to ear.” ... Meanwhile, the “Woodstock of climate skeptics,” as Morano describes Heartland’s conference, is a place for people who not only deny the scientific fact that humans cause climate change, but consider the science itself to be a conspiracy.
Morano: "What is unique about President Trump is that -- unlike a President Romney would have done, or unlike a President McCain would have done -- unlike a President George W. Bush did -- unlike a President George H.W. Bush did -- unlike a President Dole would have done -- and I am giving you all the names of GOP nominees and presidents -- none of them would have come close to what President Trump has done in the first two months been in office. He is standing up to the media. Calling the news 'fake news' to their face. No other Republican would have done that. I dare say Ronald Reagan would not have gone that far."
DC Climate Skeptic Summit: One booth at the conference promoted "Climate Hustle," the 90-minute film from Marc Morano that aims to expose the "global warming shakedown." The person promoting DVDs wore a name tag reading, "Hello, my name is Al Gore."