A Small but Significant Discrepancy

[John Hunter shows how to introduce background information without having to cry “oil shill!”]

I find it interesting that Michael Mann, in his letter to the House Committee, describes Steve McIntyre as a “mining industry executive” and McIntyre’s own biography (www.uoguelph.ca/~rmckitri/research/stevebio.doc) describes him as working “in the mineral business”. Both descriptions are pretty euphemistic. Around the time of the writing of McIntyre and McKitrick (2003; the Energy & Environment paper) and of the above biography (dated in October 2003), McIntyre was actually a “Strategic Adviser” to CGX Energy Inc. who describe their “principal business activity” as “petroleum and natural gas exploration” (cgxenergy.ca/investors/CGX_AR03_part2.pdf). CGX Energy Inc. occupy the same Canadian address given for McIntyre in McIntyre and McKitrick (2003), an address which is also occupied by Northwest Exploration Company, another business which apparently engages in oil and gas exploration (or at least a company with the same name does). McIntyre was also President of Northwest Exploration Company.

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(Source: realclimate.org)

The Silence of the Goat Busters


Thank you for your comment on my exchange with Richard Drake, allowing you to stay quiet on factual errors from his part while probing my mind.

/1. To use a concept I know you appreciate [1], we can interpret gatekeeping as a function of an in-crowd. This function does seem to characterize quite well an activity that is not unlike what is being hinted in this remark above:

Almost looks like they are ganging up on him.

Wink wink, of course.

The freedom of my wandering has little to do with the concept of gatekeeping [2]. A freedom which is conditional to our beloved Bishop’s editorial deleaturs, which are now subreptitiously less invisible in a most recent thread than therein.

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(Source: bishop-hill.net)

Mutualist Niche

Richard Drake,

First, it is a pity that you seem to take offense in my using Lindzen’s diminutive to address you. I called you Dick because it helped my last sentence to ring like “More Omertà, Nick?”, a sentence the Auditor used against a critic to burden him with commitments he did not have in the discussion.

For the sentence, see


For the overburdening of a commitments of a commenter, see Jean Goodwin’s analysis of this chasing technique at Steve’s:


This is a frequent “trick” (TM — Climate Science), so deserves due diligence.

I won’t use Lindzen’s diminutive again to refer to you.

Perhaps inspired by this diminutive, and despite his avowed ennui, Richard Drake now acts like a gatekeeper.

Gatekeepers should be very prudent with their readings of the people they want to throw out of the auspices they want to protect.

First, I am not claiming affinity with that sorry chap Richard Drake browbeaten a bit yesterday. What I could say, though, is that Richard’s responses does seem to make him claim the affinity. If he does, he should own it, and not burden me with an affinity he projects.

Second, this distracts us from the comparison between a murderer and a sorry fellow who was both a Nazi and an eugenist. To mention in passing a scientist who worked at Auschwitz to refer to people who, like Mike, should be sidelined, just a bit after having browbeaten someone who associated climate scientists with a murderer, takes a very lenient sense of duty as a gatekeeper.

However biased they might be, institutions should beware of such flagrant double standards.

Fourth, I in no way claimed that Richard Drake was a censor. I stated that our beloved Bishop did censor some comments yesterday. Unless another person is responsible for curating this blog, this is a fact. It is the prerogative of a curator to censor at his heart’s content, and even most of the time justified. In exchange, that precludes him from brandishing YesButRcModeration:


Gatekeepers should pay due diligence to facts.

Fifth, it was never my impetus to intimidate Richard Drake. I am quite pleased to see him pursuing this discussion. More so that he succeeded to remain silent on everything relevant we put forward in our last comments.

It is not impossible to remain topical even while having to defend against constant personal attacks. It is even easy when the whole point of our intervention is to show when words are hurled to hide a decline to discuss what is really being conveyed by a propagandist, and how this comedy is enforced by gatekeepers.

Institutions are judged by the way they open their gates to other voices. That includes establishments like RC, whose editorial practices I do not wish to defend. (I rarely read that blog and have other interests than defensive ones.) But that also includes contrarian institutions, with all their biases.

Considering how all the institutions maintain topics beyond discussion (i.e. in our case, that our beloved Bishop’s might be licking his chop a bit too loudly for prudence’s sake), that there is silence among us here, right now, does not imply that any of us is a lamb. And contrary to what Feynman might have idealized in an overblown address to budding scientists, only a few can claim the integrity they pretend. Such pretence does not matter much to science, which in the end always have to progress in spite of it.

The honour Steve defends in his personal vendetta does not transfer to his mutualist niche.

(Source: bishop-hill.net)

What About Willard Tony?

Latimer Adler,

> [Y]ou are running scared of a TV weatherman.

I’d like you to substantiate that mindreading. As far as I’m concerned, Willard Tony is such an easy target that I don’t think it is worth my time paying due diligence the the mud he slings day in day out. This is the second reading of my mind you are providing us so far free of charge in this thread alone.

> Just imagine what would happen if McIntyre’s indefatigable forensic skills were combined with Watts’ wide readership………

It is not difficult to imagine, since Willard Tony karaokes about anything that gets out of CA. For instance, just today we have this:

> Over at Climate Audit, Steve reports on the Update for the FOI for the Wahl Attachments[.]


And also this:

> This new paper in GRL takes on the well-known buckets-vs-inlets issue (Steve McIntyre also visited the issue several times) related to ship based sea surface temperature measurements and as a result, produces an improved dataset.


Speaking of Willard Tony and the Auditor, this bit is interesting.

> Anthony sent me his draft paper. In his cover email, he said that the people who had offered to do statistical analysis hadn’t done so (each for valid reasons). So I did some analysis very quickly, which Anthony incorporated in the paper and made me a coauthor though my contribution was very last minute and limited. I haven’t parsed the rest of the paper.


The first comment from that same thread comes from Ron Broberg:

> Any chance that the list of stations and their site ratings will be made available soon?

This question has yet to be answered in that thread. Do you know if and when it was made available?

There’s this other question from Ron Broberg:

> Will you [the Auditor] continue your association with the paper if the relevant data (stn ids and siting classifications) is not made public and archived in a timely manner?

No direct answer to that question in that thread. But we do have this declaration from the Auditor:

> Anthony had asked me long ago to help with the statistical analysis, but I hadn’t followed up. I had looked at the results in 2007, but hadn’t kept up with it subsequently.


This contrasts with Willard Tony’s:

> This pre-publication draft paper, titled An area and distance weighted analysis of the impacts of station exposure on the U.S. Historical Climatology Network temperatures and temperature trends, is co-authored by Anthony Watts of California, Evan Jones of New York, Stephen McIntyre of Toronto, Canada, and Dr. John R. Christy from the Department of Atmospheric Science, University of Alabama, Huntsville, is to be submitted for publication.


Has this been corrected yet?

Many thanks!

Since the only thing you did was to caricature Connolley’s points, and that you would not care less about the skill of your reading, then I am glad that we’re in violent agreement. Well done!

You now claim:

> Not so long ago it was beneath your notice as you sheltered in the haven of Real Climate.

I’d like you to substantiate that claim. As far as I can recall, I have not commented much on RC. Perhaps you’re cool with saying falsities?

[I’ve moved some sections to make the comment more topical.]

The Chairman of the Toronto-Dominion Bank, Ed Clark, is a classmate of mine from university and a very smart and socially conscious guy. I’d follow his advice on this in a heartbeat.

Steve, selecting his auditing bias.

Anatomy of a Short CA Post

[John Mashey analyzes an important blog post surrounding the Deming Affair. I’ve edited a bit for clarity (I know, I know).]

You don’t have to go into statistical problems, as per DC’s Replication and Due Diligence [1]… or Nick Stokes on selection [2], i.e., wrong parameters and 1:100 cherry picks.

Here’s a no-stats case: The Significance of the Hockey Stick, Mar 16, 2005 at Climate Audit [3] plus a few related talks shortly thereafter.

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(Source: shapingtomorrowsworld.org)

Well-Entrenched Paradigm


I believe your #612 underlines an important tension in our neutral Bishop’s storyline. That’s the second one, the first being outlined in v. #561. Here is a first quote, p. 24:

The so-called “Medieval Warm Period” was extremely well represented in medieval annals and other documentary sources and it had come to have at least some impact on the public imagination.

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(Source: collide-a-scape.com)

There are a relatively small number of paid professionals in this, plus lots of semi-pros, and masses of unpaid others.

John Mashey, drilling up the noise drillers.

A cynic might even point out that there was more money for studying tree rings if you hooked it up with climate change, than in dating pueblos. Sort of like adding in a terrorism angle if you’re looking for government funding for municipal works.

Steve, almost defining the Kyoto Flames as people trying to get a temperature history from tree rings.
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