In the olden days to become a leading climate scientist you had to work hard, do lots of research and publish it in good journals. Now there’s a quicker method. Put out a press release.
A group of leading climate scientists has announced the formation of the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition, aimed at refuting what it believes are unfounded claims about man-made global warming. …
The coalition includes such well-known climate scientists as:
Dr Vincent Gray, of Wellington, an expert reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), most recently a visiting scholar at the Beijing Climate Centre in China.
“Expert reviewer for the IPCC” doesn’t mean that they asked him to review material — all it means is that he asked to see the draft report. The only real requirement to be a reviewer is to sign an agreement not to publicly comment on the draft.
Of course, just because he hasn’t any qualifications or experience in climate research doesn’t mean that he might not be able to offer some insight. Let’s look at his public comments on the draft of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report:
It is a piece of strident propaganda. …
They make no bones about suppressing any information they do not like. The most important example is McKitrick and Michaels 2004 Climate Research Vol 26 pages 159-173 which shows that the surface temperature record is biased. A statistical study on station records and the total record between 1979 and 2000 shows a significant influence of population increase, fuek usage, prosperity, and even literacy.
Not to mention the significant influence of feeding degrees into software the expected radians. So his “most important example” of them suppressing information they do not like was that they ignored a paper that contained serious errors.
Also former Met Service chief meteorologist Augie Auer, who offers this:
Prof Auer said that three quarters of the planet was ocean, and 95 percent of the greenhouse effect was governed by water vapour.
“Of that remaining 5 percent, only about 3.6 percent is governed by CO2 and when you break it down even further, studies have shown that the anthropogenic (man-made) contribution to CO2 versus the natural is about 3.2 percent.
“So if you multiply the total contribution 3.6 by the man-made portion of it, 3.2, you find out that the anthropogenic contribution of CO2 to the the global greenhouse effect is 0.117 percent, roughly 0.12 percent, that’s like 12c in $100.
“It’s miniscule … it’s nothing,” he said.
Actually, humans have increased the CO2 content of the atmosphere by 30%. You would have hoped that a “leading climate scientist”, or a climate scientist, or even a plain old scientist of any kind would not have got something so basic so wrong.
Also in the coalition is geologist Bob Carter. It seems that even though he’s a geologist at James Cook University in Australia, he’s a New Zealander. Rounding out the numbers are some more geologists and the only actual well-known climate scientist in the coalition: Chris de Freitas. Of course he’s well-known for being the editor responsible for the publication of a paper in Climate Research that was so unscientific that five editors resigned. And he was also the editor responsible for publishing the McKitrick and Michaels degree/radian screwup. Correction: Chris de Freitas isn’t listed as a member, so the Coalition doesn’t contain any actual climate scientists.