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Keith Peterman is a professor at York College and the proprieter of Global Hot Topic blog. Judging from the photo he has on his college website, he seems like a fun and inspiring teacher. G
The other day, Peterman decided to weigh in against letter-writer Missy Updyke at the York Daily News. Updyke committed a global warming party foul by citing the work of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) to counter the idea that the United Nations IPCC deserves to be treated as Moses holding stone tablets when it comes to what is happening to the climate.
They don’t, and kudos to Updyke for citing the definitive scientific organization out there countering the politicized science of the IPCC.
Typically with the MSM, climate-alarmist Peterman was given a lot more words to counter climate-realist Updyke’s letter (801 words for him; 330 word for her). You can read Peterman’s lettert here. And below is the rebuttal we put beneath his very long counter “argument”:
This essay contains a nice catalogue of myths, making it a useful vehicle for setting the record straight.
* Unlike the bogus “97 percent agree” meme, the latest serious and scientific examination of the views of climate scientists shows no “consensus” that human activity is causing catastrophic, runaway global warming.
* It is unfortunate that Peterman did not take better advantage of his attendance at ICCC-3. We have 18 presentations on record which included examinations of the actual scientific data. In fact, the eight conferences (with a ninth slated for July) feature hundreds of such presentations. Many side sessions don’t include standing ovations, but probably deserve them.
* None of the NIPCC reports — ZERO — have been funded with corporate money. They are funded by family foundations that have no interest in the energy sector. The NIPCC reports are vigorous, pulling from the peer-reviewed literature. They then go through through another peer-review process before being published. There are now some 4,000 pages in the Climate Change Reconsidered series with tens of thousands of citations to the peer-reviewed literature. Judge it for yourself.
* Ahh … the “Koch Brothers” meme — so precious to so many on the left and those who buy into the debating tactic of demonization. The Heartland Institute is not funded by the Koch Brothers. The Charles G. Koch Foundation donated $25,000 in 2012 to support what Heartland was already doing on health policy. That was the first Koch-connected donation to Heartland in a decade, and is completely irrelevant to this discussion. It’s a shame Peterman spent so many precious words on that false point.
Besides, Heartland has policies in place that prevent funders from interfering with our research — just as the science journal “Nature,” the National Academy of Sciences, and other entities do. Those entities accept great sums of money from the fossil fuel industry. Does Peterman question their reports? The scientists who participate in the IPCC reports also receive BILLIONS of dollars from governments around the world. Heartland getting $25,000 from the “Koch Brothers” is irrelevant in this debate, but those billions might not be.
* Also: The UN, the sponsor of both the WMA and UNEP, is quintessentially a political body best known for its corruption and not its scientific rigor. We thank Missy Updyke for hitting some of those points.
* Heartland is PROUD to be able to pay scientists to help write and review its reports — the same way “Nature,” the NAS, and IPCC pay professionals to compile its reports. If you don’t have scientists on your staff, how can you review and publish scientific research?
* If you want some balance from the politicized “science” of the IPCC reports — information that adheres to the scientific method of skepticism, and doesn’t put its conclusions before the observations — visit Climate Change Reconsidered.
* We also invite Peterman and anyone who is interested in learning about what the data says about our climate — not computer models, but actual data — to attend the 9th International Conference on Climate Change. That invitation is also extended to Keith Peterman. The scientists who attend and present are open to all challenges — from Peterman and anyone else. If Peterman contacts me, I’ll waive the very modest attendance fee.
Y’all should come to Vegas for Heartland’s climate confrence, too. I hear there’s lots to do there.