Rebuttal to Roger Pielke Jr. - "Better Recheck That List"Roger Pielke Jr's inaccurate and years old post misinterpreted why his papers were included and has no relation to the current version of the list. When the list was first published in 2009 an alarmist notified Roger Pielke Jr. (Ph.D. Political Science) that some of his papers as well as his fathers appeared on it. Contacting him was intentional as Roger Pielke Jr. is someone who spends extensive amounts of time arguing against alarmist positions but outright refuses to be labeled a skeptic and will spend just as much time arguing that he is not. He is thus great for alarmists to use for soundbites against skeptics. No attempt was ever made to imply a specific personal position to him or any of the authors. All of this was explained to him in the comments to his blog post. The irony here is every single alarmist using Roger Pielke Jr.'s comments to attack the list would never use his papers in support of their arguments but instead outright attack him.Update
- Roger Pielke Jr. added a misleading notice at the top of his post from Russell Dickerson who was a co-author on a paper ["Climate Change: The Need to Consider Human Forcings Besides Greenhouse Gases"] but was using strawman arguments for why it was included on our list (e.g. "Please remove this article from your list of skeptics" - The list is not a list of skeptics but a bibliographic resource of papers that can be referenced to support skeptic arguments.) The lead author Roger Pielke Sr. never made any such demands and explicitly stated in an email to the editor that their paper argues against the IPCC. Regardless, the paper has been removed as it is not worth investing the time to defend the real reason for its inclusion, that it supports the skeptic argument for CO2 not being the sole dominant human forcing as the IPCC has argued. The removal notice on Pielke Jr.'s website is over a year later from the actual time the paper was removed.
* Roger Pielke Jr. never contacted Popular Technology.net directly about the list and has never requested any papers be removed.
* Roger Pielke Sr. never asked me to remove any papers.
He did directly contact Popular Technology.net and requested some changes, such as the Disclaimer state that they "...cannot be labeled skeptics" and I added based on his concerns, "Various papers are mutually exclusive and should be considered independently". Both requests were done.1. Roger Pielke Jr. falsely assumed why his papers and his father's were listed, "Assuming that these are Hypothesis 1 type bloggers..."
Papers can be listed for two reasons,
(1) They support skeptic arguments against ACC/AGW (His Hypothesis 1)
(2) They support skeptic arguments against Alarmism
defined as, "concern relating to a negative environmental or socio-economic effect of ACC/AGW, usually exaggerated as catastrophic." (Not defined or mentioned by him)
All of the Pielke's papers were listed because they support skeptic arguments against Alarmism
not because they support skepticism of ACC/AGW (His Hypothesis 1).2. Various clarifications have been made to the list to make this more clear,
(1) The title was change to make it more scientifically accurate and clear to the intent of the list by adding the words "ACC/AGW" and "Alarmism",
Peer-Reviewed Papers Supporting Skeptic Arguments Against ACC/AGW Alarmism
(2) A disclaimer was added,"Disclaimer: The inclusion of a paper in this list does not imply a specific personal position to any of the authors. While certain authors on the list cannot be labeled skeptics (e.g. Harold Brooks, Roger Pielke Jr., Roger Pielke Sr.) their paper(s) or results from their paper(s) can still support skeptic's arguments against Alarmism."
(3) Various notes were moved or added to the beginning of the list,
"The following papers support skeptic arguments against Anthropogenic Climate Change (ACC), Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) or Alarmism.
Alarmism (defined), concern relating to a negative environmental or socio-economic effect of ACC/AGW, usually exaggerated as catastrophic."3. Roger Pielke Jr. has failed to show that his papers cannot be used by a skeptic to argue against an alarmist position relating to ACC/AGW,
Instead he refuses to answer direct question out of some absurd fear of "endorsing the list" by doing so. He has never been asked to endorse the list and will never be asked to endorse the list. Since he is unable to show this it is quite clear that his papers can be used to support a skeptic argument against an alarmist position relating to ACC/AGW. 4. Alarmists only bring Roger Pielke Jr. up to use for soundbites against skeptics, they never actually endorse or reference his papers because his papers do not support alarmist positions,Nine Fallacies of Floods
)(Climatic Change, Volume 42, Number 2, pp. 413-438, June 1999)
- Roger A. Pielke Jr."Fallacy 2: Damaging flooding in recent years is unprecedented because of global warming"
- Roger Pielke Jr.Hurricanes and Global Warming
)(Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Volume 86, Issue 11, pp. 1571–1575, November 2005)
- Roger A. Pielke Jr., Christopher W. Landsea, M. Mayfield, J. Laver, R. Pasch"The paper concludes that with no trend identified in various metrics of hurricane damage over the twentieth century, it is exceedingly unlikely that scientists will identify large changes in historical storm behavior that have significant societal implications"
- Roger Pielke Jr.Normalized Hurricane Damage in the United States: 1900–2005
)(Natural Hazards Review, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp. 29-42, February 2008)
- Roger A. Pielke Jr., Joel Gratz, Christopher W. Landsea, Douglas Collins, Mark A. Saunders, Rade Musulin"Across both normalization methods, there is no remaining trend of increasing absolute damage in the data set, which follows the lack of trends in landfall frequency or intensity observed over the twentieth century."
- Roger Pielke Jr.
- Are there trends in hurricane destruction?
)(Nature, Volume 438, Number 7071, pp. 11, December 2005)
- Roger A. Pielke Jr."My analysis of a long-term data set of hurricane losses in the United States shows no upward trend"
- Roger Pielke Jr.5. Finally he concedes, "You can of course characterize my papers however you want," - Roger Pielke Jr.