Greenfyre has a nice roundup of corrections to Inhofe’s list of
650 604 scientists that he claims dispute the consensus on global warming. Eli Rabett notes some resume inflation in the list, while Bob has a blog doing an entry on each name on the list
Reporters seem to have wised up to Inhofe’s game and the list has been mostly ignored in the media. Here in Australia, that means that all the AGW denialist columnists will write about it, and sure enough, here’s Miranda Devine in today’s paper
They include Japanese scientist Dr Kiminori Itoh, who was an expert reviewer for last year’s United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, who declared global warming the “worst scientific scandal in [history]“. Former NASA atmospheric scientist Dr Joanne Simpson is quoted: “Since I am no longer affiliated with any organisation nor receiving any funding, I can speak quite frankly … As a scientist I remain sceptical.”
OK, let’s look at those two. I wonder what Inhofe hid with that ellipsis? Here’s a fuller quote from Simpson:
What should we as a nation do? Decisions have to be made on incomplete information. In this case, we must act on the recommendations of Gore and the IPCC because if we do not reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and the climate models are right, the planet as we know it will in this century become unsustainable. But as a scientist I remain skeptical.
And she goes on to talk about how NASA’s Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission can provide more complete information by testing the predictions of climate models. Simpson is skeptical, but she’s using the word with its original meaning, not the way that “global warming skeptics” use it.
What about Itoh? The quote seems to have come from this post on Pielke Sr’s blog:
[I] did some contribution to the IPCC AR4 as an expert reviewer. This is no doubt surprising for an environmental physical chemist like me. I am now even feeling that my original expertise, metrology, was all along close to meteorology; that is, “meteorology” is formed by putting “eo” inside “metrology.”
It is an exceptionally great pleasure for me that I can introduce to you my recent book “Lies and Traps in the Global Warming Affairs” …
Preface: The worst scientific scandal in the history.
Alas, Itoh doesn’t explain why global warming is such a big scandal. I looked at his comments on the IPCC AR4 draft, and the changes he wanted seemed pretty minor. You’d think if the report was part of such a big scandal, he’s be wanting to make sime big changes.
(Credit to DavidONE, who first picked up Inhofe’s quote mine of Simpson.)