[Skeptics are] taking these words totally out of context to make something trivial appear nefarious ~ Michael E. Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State, responding to the "climategate" email controversy of November 2009. According to climate change critics stolen emails (from a hacking incident at the Climatic Research Unit, University of East Anglia, Britain) show that global warming is a scientific conspiracy. These skeptics allege the emails show scientists manipulated climate data and attempted to suppress critics.
You know the subject is suffering greatly from this malady when he posts on the topic multiple times a day! And that is what we have here, folks, with blogger Willis Hart... a fanatical global climate change
denier, er "skeptic" (as he calls himself).
In a post titled, "On Mike's Nature Trick", the GWDS-afflicted individual quotes one of the "climategate" emails that "prove" those dastardly scientists have been trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the innocent oil-consuming public, in a conspiracy aimed at  having a hearty laugh at our expense, and  enriching "Big Green".
The specific email in question was from Phil Jones (the director of the Climatic Research Unit, University of East Anglia, Britain) and reads as follows...
|I've just completed Mike's Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (i.e., from 1981 onwards) and from 1961 for Keith to hide the decline.|
(The "trick" in question was described in an article by Michael Mann in the journal Nature. "Mike" is Michael Mann and "Keith" is Keith Briffa, climatologist and deputy director of the Climatic Research Unit).
Following is Mr. Hart's response to this email.
|Willis Hart: TO HIDE THE DECLINE! Please, somebody explain to me how this is somehow benign. These folks were using some sort of a gimmick to hide the fact that the bristlecone pine tree-rings were not, NOT, reflecting the actual temperatures and that they therefore could not have been even remotely accurate going back multiple centuries. This is abject dishonesty, folks, pure and simple, and the fact that there are seemingly people out there who want to mitigate it is disappointing and a sad, sorrowful state of the science. (Post: On "Mike's Nature Trick"... 4/14/2013 AT 8:29am).|
I would explain to Mr. Hart how this is completely benign, but he banned me from his blog, due to his intolerance for dissenting opinions. I will instead explain here (on my blog) what Hart's denialism is causing him to ignore... even though he will not read this post, and does not really want anyone to explain to him "how this is somehow benign" because he THINKS he's asking a rhetorical question. He THINKS it is self-evident that the majority of the world's climate scientists are trying to fool us.
Willis is convinced (or he is trying to convince his readers) that by "trick" what Phil Jones meant was, "a crafty or underhanded device" instead of "a clever or ingenious device or expedient" (which is how he actually was using the word).
|Tree-ring growth has been found to match well with temperature. Hence, tree-rings are used to plot temperature going back hundreds of years. However, tree-rings in some high-latitude locations diverge from modern instrumental temperature records after 1960. This is known as the "divergence problem". Consequently, tree-ring data in these high-latitude locations are not considered reliable after 1960 and should not be used to represent temperature in recent decades.|
So, what Phil Jones is talking about (in the so-called climategate email) is using Michael Mann's "trick" to solve the "divergence problem". The "trick", according to a 2/15/2010 Nature article was to do the "analyses using other methods - proxy temperature markers from ice core samples, for example", and that using this "trick" shows "much the same temperature change over the past 1,000 years, backing up Mann's hockey stick".
The "hiding" was the discarding of the inaccurate tree ring data that seemed to suggest temperatures were declining - even though we have ACTUAL READINGS that prove otherwise Willis, you dope!
Question is, is this is abject dishonesty from the Hartster, or just ignorance? Whichever the case, bloggers with severe GWDS like Willis Hart spreading misinformation on such an important topic is disappointing - and a sad, sorrowful state of affairs - people believing Big Oil propaganda over scientists!
IMO suggesting that human-caused global warming is a vast conspiracy in which an overwhelming majority of the planet's scientists are participating is patently absurd... and I question the intelligence and/or sanity (or motivation) of anyone peddling this fiction.