News Item: Who's Hushing Who At NASA GISS?
(Category: Editorials)
Posted by R.Danneskjöld
Wednesday 04 February 2009 - 23:00:23

Apparently there is a big scandal brewing at NASA. A certain NASA GISS employee has been caught in some ethical lapses by taking credit for someone else's work. Not just anyone, but his arch enemy Steve McIntyre's from Climate Audit. Now this NASA employee is using his position at NASA to try to force Professor Roger Pielke, Jr's employer in to removing Roger's blog post. This is really pathetic. No Longer Supported

This is apparently now coercion, on top of scientific plagiarism, on top of incompetence going on at NASA's GISS. Gavin A. Schmidt who is a frequent contributor to the man is to blame for all ills on earth website Real Climate is apparently digging himself a deeper and deeper hole. Lets see if we can follow this.

Steve McIntyre at made another one of his famous discoveries of faulty data involving climate measurements. Steve is the guy responsible for totally destroying credibility of the Mann Hockey Stick (you know, that chart made famous by Al Gore on the cherry picker where it apparently shows temperatures for the past thousand years flat until about 1950 then it shoots through the roof). ClimateAudit frequently finds mistakes in other climate models and measurements. This time around the issue started with Steve McIntyre discovering problems with data from Antarctic weather stations. Apparently the temperature measurements being returned didn't pass Steve's climate audit and he called it out. One station (“Harry”) had been buried under snow for several years which led to recent temperatures being returned warmer than previous years. Other stations had been moved to warmer locations without the data being adjusted. This was a pretty normal find for ClimateAudit. But apparently Gavin Schmidt (of NASA) decided to take credit for this find. OK, a bit of plagiarism. It happens.

“Due to an inadvertent release of information, NASA’s Gavin Schmidt (a “real scientist” of the Real Climate blog) admits to stealing a scientific idea from his arch-nemesis, Steve McIntyre” - Roger Pielke, Jr., Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Colorado on his Prometheus blog

But then things got sticky. Apparently Gavin (remember, he's a NASA employee) decided to contact Roger Pielke's employers (the director of CIRES and the Director of the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Colorado) and demanded that Roger remove his Prometheus blog entry about the apparent scientific plagiarism. Can you say “coercion”? How about “abuse of power”? Gavin didn't even contact Roger Pielke (apparently Roger is also one of Gavin's arch enemies. This man must hate everyone!), he just went straight to Roger's employers and tried to have him censored. That's right, government censorship the old fashioned way – quiet threats to one's superiors.

All of this made even more interesting by the fact that Gavin works for the same NASA office as the notorious James Hansen. The same James Hansen that often made claims that the Bush administration was trying to have him muzzled. The same James Hansen that said Oil Executives should be tried for crimes against humanity. The same James Hansen that received $720,000 from the Soros Foundation for legal fees to fight official at NASA who he thought were trying to rein him in.

The same James Hansen who's former supervisor, Dr. John S. Theon, now says that James Hansen “embarrassed NASA with his alarming climate claims” who “was never muzzled” and who's computer models were “useless”!

“Theon declared “climate models are useless.” “My own belief concerning anthropogenic climate change is that the models do not realistically simulate the climate system because there are many very important sub-grid scale processes that the models either replicate poorly or completely omit,” Theon explained. “Furthermore, some scientists have manipulated the observed data to justify their model results. In doing so, they neither explain what they have modified in the observations, nor explain how they did it.” - Dr. John S. Theon, the former supervisor of James Hansen

Now we have a government employee at the same (apparently) out of control office trying to coerce University officials in to censoring someone that he disagrees with. Shameful.

Ragnar Danneskjöld – Pirating for Freedom

hat tip - Marc Morano, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), Senator Inhofe Staff

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