In the olden days to become a distinguished 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.
The International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC) has been denied the opportunity to present at panel discussions, side events, and exhibits; its members were denied press credentials. The group consists of distinguished scientists from Africa, Australia, India, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The scientists, citing pivotal evidence on climate change published in peer-reviewed journals, have expressed their opposition to the UN’s alarmist theory of anthropogenic global warming. …
Taylor continued, “For example, ICSC scientist Dr. Vincent Gray recently published Unsound Science by the IPCC, which proves the main claims by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are scientifically unsound. Dr. Gray is an expert reviewer for the IPCC and has submitted more than 1,800 comments on IPCC reports. He is an expert on the IPCC methodology and published Spinning the Climate.
You might think that with the reference to “peer-reviewed journals” above that Gray published “Unsound Science by the IPCC” in a peer reviewed journal, but no, it just means that it was posted on the web somewhere. “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. And yes, he submitted a vast number of comments on the draft IPCC reports, for example:
Insert afer “scenario” “even when some of them are patently ridiculous”
Like most of his comments this was rejected because he provided no basis for his suggested change. After reading a hundred or so of Gray’s comments, I think the IPCC scientists who politely responded to each and every one of his 1,800+ suggestions, really really deserve their share of the Nobel.
If this post seems familiar to you, it may because I’ve recycled parts of my post from last year on the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition. That’s because the International Climate Science Coalition is a recycling of the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition. They are run by the same group of New Zealanders and use many of the same scientists (Vincent Gray, Bob Carter, David Bellamy etc). Although they registered the domain for their web site last year (around the same time as they registered the one for the NZCSC), they’ve only just created a website — Google hasn’t even indexed it yet.
If you look at the ICSC delegation to Bali, you’ll find that their spokesman is Christopher Monckton and that the only one they have who claims to be a climate scientist is David Archibald, author of The worst climate science paper ever of all time anywhere.
Fortunately, apart from the shameless hacks at the Investors Business Daily, the media has ignored the ICSC. Some bloggers are more easily fooled, with Glenn Reynolds, for example, accusing the UN of crushing dissent.