Trump Team Leaving a Smear of Anti-Science Poo Behind

January 12, 2021

Like the neo-nazi demonstrators in the capitol last week, who pooped on Capitol floors and smeared it on walls, climate deniers wish to leave a science denial turd behind as they are chased out of the White House.

Above, William Happer, one of the White House’s favored “climate experts”, insists that carbon dioxide has been unfairly discriminated against.
““The demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler,”

NOAA has released a statement disavowing the bogus “climate science” flyers:

Washington Post:

Controversial papers questioning the seriousness of climate change led by David Legates, a senior official at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration appointed by President Trump, have been published online without White House approval.

The papers, which were published on nongovernment websites, bear the imprint of the Executive Office of the President and state they were copyrighted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). But they were disavowed.

“These papers were not created at the direction of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy nor were they cleared or approved by OSTP leadership,” OSTP spokeswoman Kristina Baum said in an email.

The papers make controversial and disputed claims about climate science, including that human-caused global warming “involves a large measure of faith” and that computer models are “too small and slow” to produce meaningful climate simulations.

Legates did not reply to requests for comment regarding why the papers were published bearing the seal of the Executive Office of the President when they were not approved.

Legates, a climate skeptic and climatology professor at the University of Delaware, has been a mysterious figure at NOAA since he started in September. Shortly after joining the agency he was detailed to a position overseeing the U.S. Global Change Research Program, which coordinates federal climate change research, while remaining a NOAA employee.

David Legates

Some at NOAA feared Legates, who has a long history of contributing to the Heartland Institute and its efforts to cast doubt on mainstream climate science findings, was working on a pet project, possibly one that could be harmful to NOAA’s climate research programs.

The work Legates produced, called “The Climate Change Flyers,” constitutes nine two- to 10-page essays that question the reliability of computer models, the human-induced causes of climate change, and links between climate change and hurricanes, among other topics.

“These flyers have been written by top scientists from leading institutions from around North America,” says the introduction to the series, written by Legates. “The Office of Science and Technology Policy is pleased to bring you these briefs to further your understanding of climate change by learning from these learned scholars.”

There is no information provided regarding whether the essays were peer-reviewed or the process for developing them.

E&E News:

The goal, Spencer said, is to have the briefs published on the official White House website before Trump leaves office next week. That would mean the denial documents would be officially recorded and archived on the White House website, and therefore available to be cited in the future as official government documents, even if they are immediately removed by the Biden administration.

“Several of us were asked by David Legates (White House Office of Science and Technology Policy) to write short, easily understandable brochures that supported the general view that there is no climate crisis or climate emergency, and pointing out the widespread misinformation being promoted by alarmists through the media,” Spencer wrote.

In a brief introduction, Legates wrote that the office published the briefs by “distinguished scholars” as an “evaluation of climate change as an ’emergency’ and how much of anthropogenic effects of climate change must be taken as a matter of faith.”

There are nine briefs, including one authored by Will Happer, the emeritus Princeton University professor who served on Trump’s National Security Council and unsuccessfully tried to force a hostile review of climate science.

Maybe more on these later.


6 Responses to “Trump Team Leaving a Smear of Anti-Science Poo Behind”

  1. mboli Says:

    That collection is pretty amazing. A bonanza of climate deniers of varying stripes and fields of expertise.

    I had not seen the Connolly crowd, responsible for the 2nd document (right after the introduction). It turns out to be a family-run outfit in Ireland which posts its material on a web site:

    In brief: the Connolly’s claim to have proven by theory and observation that the greenhouse effect is bunk. They go way beyond global warming isn’t happening, they claim that the physical explanation for global warming is ill-conceived. They also claim to have discovered a new physical state of oxygen gas previously unknown to science, which accounts for their observations from weather balloons.

    If you want to read these papers, Roy Spencer has posted them on his web site:

    • mboli Says:

      Spencer also reports that Legates was fired.
      Spencer thinks Science Advisor/OSTP Director Kelvin Droegemeier fired Legates for political and personal reasons, he would like to have a career in the Biden administration.
      Legates commissioned a report by people claiming to have disproven the physics of the greenhouse effect issuing it on OSTP stationery on the White House web site without permission. I don’t think the head of OSTP needed an ulterior motive to fire him.

    • grindupbaker Says:

      I listened to an absurd talk by the Connollys. It was >96% padding. The only actual point they had to make is that a gas parcel in thermodynamic equilibrium with its surroundings must emit as much LWR as it absorbs, but this doesn’t refute the “greenhouse effect” because in general each layer of the troposphere (divide arbitrarily in 50 m thick layers or some such) is cooler than the layer below it and warmer than the layer above it and that’s required to enable the “greenhouse effect”, so Connolly sets up a straw man by ignoring that troposphere requirement, then refutes the straw man (probably correctly but irrelevant because what he refutes is not the “greenhouse effect”).

  2. Keith McClary Says:

    Chairwoman Johnson Statement on the Publication of So-Called ‘Climate Change Flyers’

    They still have jobs at NOAA, though.

    • mboli Says:

      Thanks for noticing that.

      I got it from Roy Spencer’s web site. I should have known that anything from Roy Spencer is liable to be deceiving.

  3. J4Zonian Says:

    Very few denying delayalists incite a desire to commit violence in me. Though of course I would never allow that to rule my behavior, I have to admit Happer is one. Hanging onto the ideas of absolute denial (if putting one’s fingers in one’s ears and yelling “nananananana” as loudly as possible can be considered an idea) years after even the rest of the insane morons gave it up as not working any more, Happer is, probably next to TVMOB, at the same time the most ridiculous and most despicable national climate denying delayalist figure.

    His claim that he hasn’t taken any money from Exxon is of course, true, as far as i know. But what is absolutely 100% predictable from the narrowness of that statement is that OF COURSE he’s taken money from other fossil fuel corporations and the Heartland Inst.

    “William Happer has accepted funding from the fossil fuel industry in the past. For example, in an email chain revealed as part of a undercover investigation by Greenpeace, Happer admitted he had been paid $8,000 by Peabody Energy for a 2015 Minnesota state hearing on the impacts of carbon dioxide. The funds were routed through the CO2 Coalition. [8]

    “My fee for this kind of work is $250 per hour. The testimony required four 8-hour days of work, so the total cost was $8,000,” Happer wrote in the email. [114]

    As part of a 2018 case where he provided supporting testimony for the side of fossil fuel companies against cities suing for damages related to climate change, Happer was required to disclose any funding he had received in the past. In these disclosures, Happer estimated the amount he received for the 2015 Minnesota testimony as “$10,000 to $15,000, though he does not recall the precise number.” [100], [101]

    Happer also noted he had received $1,000 for a speech on climate change at the Heritage Foundation in 2017.”

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