Satellite Scientist Upset at “Well Funded Video”

February 4, 2016

John Christy, the Ned Flanders of climate denial, appeared once again before a welcoming crowd at Rep. Lamar Smith’s House Science committee, in a show-hearing designed to whip up more impotent right wing rage against pointy headed intellectuals, their wacky left-wing climate science, and a suspiciously French global climate agreement.

Especially entertaining for me – Dr. Christy spent a good part of his time responding to stinging and long overdue critiques of his science, and his much ballyhooed satellite measures of global temperature, delivered by several of the world’s most respected atmospheric experts in my recent video.

Dr. Christy is one of those fortune-favored individuals who consistently make a name for themselves by “failing up”.  It’s a time-honored path to success, celebrated in films like Forrest Gump, and Being There – and George W. Bush proved it will take you all the way to the Presidency.  Christy has done it in the science world.

In a series of egregious errors in the 1990s and 2000s,  Dr. Christy and his partner Roy Spencer, actually managed to read their satellite data as showing the planet cooling, a 180 wrongway boneheaded analysis, let’s call it “Freedom Science” – that they defended stubbornly for more than a decade, until the overwhelming weight of evidence forced them to admit they were wrong.

For ordinary people, blowing it that bad could be a career killer – but if you are telling climate deniers and wealthy barons of the world’s most profitable industry what they want to hear, it makes you the toast of Washington.
Certainly, if not for a rich history of bungling, error, and accompanying arrogance, no one would ever have heard of Dr. Christy.  But in these confusing times, for a science-challenged and ideologically blindered audience, Dr. Christy is science denial’s enthusiastic go-to guy, and a hero to intellectual titans like Ted Cruz, Rush Limbaugh, and Lamar Smith.

Below, if you have not seen, the satellite video that’s gotten under Dr. Christy’s skin.

35 Responses to “Satellite Scientist Upset at “Well Funded Video””


  1. So….does Christy, or HAS Christy, ever addressed the rising temperature of the oceans since they are the primary housing of the increase in heat?

  2. Harry Twinotter Says:

    When I read Dr Christy’s testimony, I burst out laughing at the “well funded video” statement.

    • dumboldguy Says:

      I didn’t burst out laughing, but I did grin broadly. Peter is getting under Christy’s skin, and I hope he keeps it up long enough that we will have Christy’s entire pelt hanging on the wall one day.

      Regarding the ‘well-funded” part, Peter is apparently doing well enough to keep the lights on at Greenman Studios most days, but he is not rolling in Exxon-Mobil and Koch money like the deniers.

      There’s a reason for that DONATE button in the top right corner, folks. IMO, anyone who visits this site should kick in and help keep it running. I subscribe to and/or visit many climate sites, and this one is tops on my list.

      • greenman3610 Says:

        endlessly amusing on this end.
        stand by – there may be an upcoming opportunity to help with a new sea level related project, coming soon…..

  3. Magma Says:

    Now that Lindzen and Pielke Sr. are retired, what are the odds that a full 66.7% of all currently active contrarian climate scientists would have been working in the same small research affiliate of a small university on the same project for the last 25 years? They must be staggeringly low.

    Judith Curry
    John Christy
    Roy Spencer

    • Gingerbaker Says:

      By God you’re right! I smell conspiracy – by the climate alarmists! They have rounded up those three brave iconoclasts, and are moving in…. slowly….. inexorably….. for the final curtain.

  4. Lionel Smith Says:

    I just appreciate the exposure of Christy’s antics in Mike Mann’s book The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines.


  5. What about that chart presented by Christy? I could google it only at denier sites. Some explicit debunking of the chart would be good.

  6. grindupbaker Says:

    From 3:10 on Dr. John Christy, whose expertise “might best be described as building data sets from scratch to help us understand what the climate is doing and why” gives expert testimony before some politicians somewhere about geopolitics, energy policy, the optimal sources of energy, the future energy choices of major nations (apparently this one), the causes of poverty and international competition. I know there are some major nations in Europe who have experts on all these topics available to give expert opinion, not this poky country here, wherever it is.

  7. Lionel Smith Says:

    Strewth – this guy Christy really lays it on in his denial and did you know that Alabama is a proxy for the whole world, see from 0:24 in this video.

    Now to discover which paper and which journal he is being rather coy about.

    • neilrieck Says:

      “Degree-day Charts” are available for every county in North America and are primarily used to aid the sizing calculations of for heating and cooling devices (furnaces and air conditioners). I have never heard of a country-wide degree-day chart and cannot think of a practical reason to produce one. But think about the possible cherry-picking opportunities when someone uses a local chart from a warm state to deny climate warming completely. Now I am surprised by Dr Christy (who name-drops his association with the IPCC) would leave out this gem: all the climate models predict that the greatest amount of warming would “first appear” in the polar regions. The whole world is watching this happen in the arctic (not really a continent since it has a average elevation of zero (a.k.a. sea level) and a little less so in the antarctic with an average elevation of 2,000 ft (600 m)

      • Harry Twinotter Says:

        Dr Christy may have done his analysis from the NOAA nClimDiv data set.

        What he says about the 100 degree days is probably correct, I have seen the US heat wave index and it is indeed flat.

        But there is plenty of other data showing the US to be warming. Lying by omission, as they say.

  8. Lionel Smith Says:

    That Christy chart in the video looks like a simplified rehash of the one presented in testimony to The Committee on Natural Resources in 13 May 2015 – PDF, as linked to by David Sanger in a comment at Open Mind.


  9. When I was watching the movie “Madoff” last night on TV…..I couldn’t help but notice the similarities between Maddoff, Christy/Spencer/Curry (deniers), and Lance Armstrong.

    When you have a “story” that you want to keep “promoting” (Armstrong: He is a great rider and doesn’t use illegal performance enhancing drugs; Maddoff: He is just better than others on Wall Street and they are jealous of him; Denier group: That somehow the extremely high levels of CO2 have little if any effect on the atmosphere)………that they will go to “the very end” to keep up the charade.

    Armstrong lied for over 15 years……and mowed over anyone who got in his way, or tried to question him.

    Madoff……even though he had to know that at some point “the fat lady would start to sing” and he would get caught…….still kept up the charade at incredible cost to others….including the family around him.

    Deniers……they are “hell bent” on spinning anything they can into a story that supports their side…..even though the mountain of evidence against them is overwhelming.

    Anyone who has been really looking for the TRUTH of what is happening……has long since found it. The only ones left on the denier side are those that have absolutely no desire to find the truth….AND….some lemmings who follow them that don’t like the consequences of the truth.


    • Actually, I think you may have the last bit slightly mis worded. These people probably do know the truth. But don’t want to admit it, even to themselves. That’s why it’s called denial…..


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