Steven E. Koonin, Undersecretary for Science during Obama's first term, sees "climate science" as a tangle of arrogance, conjecture and dubious methods that cannot withstand the scrutiny of any reasonably sharp mind. His former boss remains an ardent believer
Or does he? Dr Steven E. Koonin (inset) was Undersecretary for Science in the Energy Department during Obama’s first term. Koonin is skeptical about the alarmist case, so much so that he calls for serious independent reviews of the IPCC’s forecasts and methodology, along with a close look at other scientists’ prognostications.
By Dr. Ross McKittrick published in the Open Journal of Statistics: 'In the surface data we compute a hiatus length of 19 years, and in the lower tropospheric data we compute a hiatus length of 16 years in the UAH series and 26 years in the RSS series. MAX J estimates based on an AR1 estimator are lower but likely incorrect since higher-order autocorrelation exists in the data.'
“One factor that played into lower tornado totals were the cooler temperatures during winter and in late winter,” Carbin said. “But that flips around in the summer, higher temperatures usually correlate with less tornadoes.”
This paper is vacated, as a scientific product, given that it included psychology papers, and also given that it twice lied about its method (claiming not to count social science papers, and claiming to use independent raters), and the professed cheating by the raters. It was essentially voided by its invalid method of using partisan and unqualified political activists to subjectively rate climate science abstracts on the issue on which their activism centers -- a stunning and unprecedented method. I'm awaiting word on retraction from the journal, but I think we already know that this paper is vacated. It doesn't represent knowledge of the consensus.