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Andrew - August 14, 2015 03:35 AM (GMT)
Rebuttal to "The results I got from parsing poptech's list"

An illiterate online clown named "Whac-A-Troll" pathetically stated a bunch of lies, misinformation and strawman arguments about the Popular Technology.net list of peer-reviewed papers. Nonsense like this is only ever referenced by other online illiterates, as anyone who graduated from elementary school would be too embarrassed to use it as a source since "Whac-A-Troll" misrepresents the list using strawman arguments, makes elementary errors when counting and flat out lies about the list's purpose. Alarmists are never able to offer valid arguments which is why they have to resort to these dishonest tactics.

QUOTE (Whac-A-Troll)
Despite Claims to the Contrary, Populartechnology.net Is a Denier Site

This is a lie and trying to smear Popular Technology.net as associated with those who deny the Holocaust is reprehensible. This nonsense is refuted in the "Rebuttals to Criticism" section of the list:

Criticism: Popular Technology.net is a "denier" website.

Rebuttal: This is a reprehensible smear as we believe the Holocaust happened and nothing like it should ever happen again.

QUOTE (Whac-A-Troll)
...populartechnology.net posted an update to its attempted takedown of the pro-AGW consensus findings of studies like Oreskes 2004, and Cook et al 2013.

This is a strawman argument, as the list has nothing to do with these scientifically worthless studies - Oreskes 2004 or Cook et al. 2013. Each of these have been refuted by peer-review and extensively throughout the Internet:

All "97% Consensus" Studies Refuted by Peer-Review
97 Articles Refuting The "97% Consensus"

These studies are now the laughing stock of the climate science community:

"The '97% consensus' article [Cook et al. 2013] is poorly conceived, poorly designed and poorly executed. It obscures the complexities of the climate issue and it is a sign of the desperately poor level of public and policy debate in this country [UK] that the energy minister should cite it." - Mike Hulme, Ph.D. Professor of Climate Change, University of East Anglia (UK)

"Analyses like these by people who don't know the field are useless. A good example is Naomi Oreskes work [Oreskes 2004]." - Tom Wigley, Ph.D. Professor of Climate Change, University of Adelaide (Australia)

The purpose of the list is made explicitly clear:

Purpose: To provide a bibliographic resource for peer-reviewed papers that support skeptic arguments against ACC/AGW or Alarmism and to prove that these papers exist contrary to claims otherwise

QUOTE (Whac-A-Troll)
...the site admits is not a scientifically-rigorous effort but merely a cherry-picked list of papers it really, really likes (in the rebuttal section, it says, "The list is a bibliographic resource not a scientific argument. The purpose of the list is to show that peer-reviewed papers exist that support skeptic arguments and to be used as a resource to locate these papers."),

"Whac-A-Troll" must be illiterate since they directly quoted the rebuttal and still manage to make a strawman argument, as the rebuttal makes no mention of "scientific rigor" but instead explicitly says that the list is not a "scientific argument" - those are two very different things. The list is as "scientifically-rigorous" as possible since it is trying to include all scholarly papers that support skeptic arguments against ACC/AGW or Alarmism and verify that these papers are peer-reviewed.

Again, all of this nonsense is addressed in the "Rebuttals to Criticism" section:

Criticism: The list does not present a scientific argument.

Rebuttal: The list is a bibliographic resource not a scientific argument. The purpose of the list is to show that peer-reviewed papers exist that support skeptic arguments and to be used as a resource to locate these papers.

Criticism: The list has been cherry picked.

Rebuttal: This is absolutely false, as the list does not discriminate between competing skeptical viewpoints and the purpose of the list is clearly stated, "To provide a bibliographic resource for peer-reviewed papers that support skeptic arguments against ACC/AGW or Alarmism and to prove that these papers exist contrary to claims otherwise." Using this logic the IPCC reports are "cherry picked" because they failed to included most of these papers.

QUOTE (Whac-A-Troll)
And the blog post even includes a seeming endorsement from John Cook himself, and then goes on to label him as a "cartoonist,"...

"I do confess a degree of fascination with Poptech's list..."

- John Cook, Cartoonist at Skeptical Science

One might assume after posting these two bellyaching rebuttals to criticisms of the list...

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Criticism: Authors on the list are not scientists.

Rebuttal: Just like the WGII and WGIII sections of the IPCC reports, peer-reviewed papers from social scientists and policy analysts are included in the list.

Criticism: Authors on the list are not climate scientists.

Rebuttal: Climate science is a very broad discipline that includes scientists from a variety of backgrounds.

...that the site could at least attribute to Cook his proper credentials: the Climate Communication Fellow for the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland.

But since the full quote was not even posted I guess I'm asking for a bit much, eh?

Despite this denial of reality, John Cook is a cartoonist and had been for over a decade when he started Skeptical Science - anyone can verify this using the Wayback Machine:

"I'm not a climatologist or a scientist but a self employed cartoonist" - John Cook, Skeptical Science

This exact wording originally appeared on John Cook's Skeptical Science website back when he was honest about his background, until he tried to hide it in 2008.

Cook's new cronyistic appointed job and embellished title does not change the irrefutable fact that he was self-employed as a cartoonist for over a decade with no prior employment history in academia or anything remotely related to climate science. Since when does being a self-employed cartoonist and running an unreliable alarmist blog qualify you for a fellowship at a university?

QUOTE (Whac-A-Troll)
Anyway, curiosity got the better of me, so I decided to do my own parsing/analysis of poptech's study list. My Java code is here, if you are interested, and these are the results

Before I get into explaining my take on the results, let me first address further diaper-wetting protests in the rebuttal section of the poptech post...

QUOTE
Criticism: Papers on the list are outdated.

Rebuttal: The age of any scientific paper is irrelevant. Using this argument would mean dismissing Svante Arrhenius's 1896 paper "On the influence of carbonic acid in the air upon the temperature of the ground" and the basis for greenhouse theory.

That's swell and all, poptech, but, see, the problem is Oreske 2004, and Cook et al 2013, two studies with which you apparently aspire to compare and contrast your own, based on the quotes you included above your list ["Wow, the list is pretty impressive ...It's Oreskes done right." - Luboš Motl, Ph.D. Theoretical Physicist], did not look further back than 1991. Had they done so, papers like Arrhenius's would have been tallied on their side, mmmmkay? So if you wish to do as they have done but with your anti-AGW blinders firmly in place so only the papers you like get selected, unlike the more open-minded approach of the other two studies, well, at the very least honor the same publication date range they did.

Perpetual strawman argument, as the list has no relation nor aspirations to either of those long debunked studies. Misrepresenting the list based on an endorsement quote is misleading. No where on the list does it claim to be a study like Oreskes 2004 or Cook et al. 2013. Dr. Motl's quote nor any of the other quotes even mention Cook's long debunked study. Anyone remotely educated on this debate (which apparently does not include the illiterate clown known as "Whac-A-Troll") knows Dr. Motl was mockingly referring to Oreskes study in that quote. I am not surprised that someone with a reading comprehension problem would not understand sarcasm.

QUOTE (Whac-A-Troll)
QUOTE
Criticism: Most of the papers come from a small amount of authors.

Rebuttal: Cherry picking the most prolific authors as representative of the entire list is misleading. ISI Highly Cited Researchers such as Sherwood B. Idso and Richard S. Lindzen will naturally be well represented on the list. It has been independently verified by Needlebase that there are over 1500 unique authors on the list in 2011 when it was only at 900+ papers.

This honestly made me laugh out loud. So lemme see if I got this straight...an admittedly non-scientific, cherry-picked list of denier-friendly studies that everyone in the deniosphere still insists on crowing about and waving around as "representative" of peer-reviewed publications in the climatology field isn't misleading. Nope, it's only pointing out the frequency of the names of usual denier suspects on that list that's misleading.

It is not possible to admit to these strawman arguments. Since our rebuttal was quote-mined, the full text was added above in bold. What the rebuttal means in bold is quite simple - in any scientific field some scientists will write more papers than others. Therefore if a skeptic is a prolific author, more of their papers will appear on the list. Thus, it is not surprising that ISI highly cited scientists such as Sherwood Idso and Richard S. Lindzen are well represented on the list. Using the argument that the entire list is composed of just a small amount of authors is misleading, since it has been independently verified by Needlebase that there are over 1500 unique authors on the list in 2011 when it was only at 900+ papers (the list has grown much larger since then). "Whac-A-Troll's" inaccurate analysis refutes his own cherry-picked argument since they came up with 1264 named authors but embarrassingly makes elementary errors when counting.

* "Whac-A-Troll" fails to count all the authors who are not named for papers listed as "et al."
* "Whac-A-Troll" incorrectly counts authors of supplemental papers.
* "Whac-A-Troll" incorrectly counts authors whose names are listed in different ways. (e.g. Willie H. Soon, Willie Soon and W. Soon).


Needlebase on the other hand corrected for all these elementary errors.

QUOTE (Whac-A-Troll)
Here are the highlights of what my Java code spit out:

The number of studies published before 1991 = 119
The number of studies published during and after 1991 = 1368
The total number of studies = 1487

The author credit tally...
Sherwood B. Idso 76 credits.
John R. Christy 43 credits.
Richard S. Lindzen 35 credits.
Nicola Scafetta 27 credits.
Robert G. Currie 27 credits.
Patrick J. Michaels 26 credits.
Robert C. Balling Jr. 26 credits.
Bruce A. Kimball 26 credits.
Roy W. Spencer 24 credits.
Ross McKitrick 23 credits.
David H. Douglass 22 credits.
Henrik Svensmark 19 credits.
Willie H. Soon 19 credits.
Craig Loehle 19 credits.
Nils-Axel Morner 17 credits.
Paul C. Knappenberger 16 credits.
O. M. Raspopov 16 credits.
Indur M. Goklany 16 credits.

These numbers are inaccurate, as "Whac-A-Troll" makes the following counting errors:

* "Whac-A-Troll" incorrectly counts supplemental papers.
* "Whac-A-Troll" fails to count all the authors who are not named for papers listed as "et al."
* "Whac-A-Troll" incorrectly counts authors of supplemental papers.
* "Whac-A-Troll" incorrectly counts authors whose names are listed in different ways. (e.g. Willie H. Soon, Willie Soon and W. Soon).


Even using these inaccurate numbers these cherry-picked scientists are only representative of around 30% of the papers on the list.

QUOTE (Whac-A-Troll)
119 papers were published before 1991, so they get tossed out on principle. And I mean, Jaezuz Fooking Cheeeeroist, if the US military made a set of most-wanted denier playing cards, you're looking at the royal end of each suit. Click on some of the links if you wish to find out why.

It makes no sense to remove papers based on a strawman argument. Trying to smear highly credentialed scientists using a website (DeSmogBlog) funded by a convicted money launderer is pathetic. These scientists have impeccable credentials:

Sherwood B. Idso, B.S. Physics with Distinction, University of Minnesota (1964); M.S. Soil Science with a minor in Physics, University of Minnesota (1966); Ph.D. Soil Science with a minor in Meteorology, University of Minnesota (1967); Research Assistant in Physics, University of Minnesota (1962); National Defense Education Act Fellowship (1964-1967); Research Soil Scientist, U.S. Water Conservation Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (1967-1974); Editorial Board Member, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology Journal (1972-1993); Secretary, American Meteorological Society, Central Arizona Chapter (1973-1974); Vice-Chair, American Meteorological Society, Central Arizona Chapter (1974-1975); Research Physicist, U.S. Water Conservation Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (1974-2001); Chair, American Meteorological Society, Central Arizona Chapter (1975-1976); Arthur S. Flemming Award (1977); Secretary, Sigma Xi - The Research Society, Arizona State University Chapter (1979-1980); President, Sigma Xi - The Research Society, Arizona State University Chapter (1980-1982); Member, Task Force on "Alternative Crops", Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (1983); Adjunct Professor of Geography and Plant Biology, Arizona State University (1984-2007); Editorial Board Member, Environmental and Experimental Botany Journal (1993-2003); President, Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change (2001-Present); Member, Botanical Society of America; Member, American Geophysical Union; Member, American Society of Agronomy; ISI Highly Cited Researcher

John R. Christy, B.A. Mathematics Summa Cum Laude, California State University (1973); M.S. Atmospheric Science, University of Illinois (1984); Ph.D. Atmospheric Science (Thesis: "An investigation of the general circulation associated with extreme anomalies in hemispheric mean atmospheric mass"), University of Illinois (1987); Science Master, Baptist High School, Nyeri, Kenya (1973-1975); Departmental Fellow, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (1983); Senior Research Associate and Instructor, University of Alabama in Huntsville (1987-1989); Research Scientist, University of Alabama in Huntsville (1989-1991); Alabama Assistant State Climatologist (1989-1991); NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal (1991); NASA Technical Innovation Award, Marshall Space Flight Center; Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Alabama in Huntsville (1991-1995); Associate Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Alabama in Huntsville (1995-1999); Expert Contributor, Climate Observations, National Academy of Sciences (1995); American Meteorological Society Special Award (1996); Expert Contributor, Satellite Observations for Climate National Research Council (1997); Member, Committee on Earth Studies, Space Studies Board (1998-2001); Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Alabama in Huntsville (1999-Present); Director, Earth System Science Center, University of Alabama in Huntsville (1991-Present); Alabama State Climatologist (2000-Present); Fellow, American Meteorological Society (2002); Expert Contributor, Statement on Climate Change, American Geophysical Union (2003); Distinguished Alumnus, Science and Mathematics, California State University, Fresno (2007); Distinguished Professor, University of Alabama in Huntsville (2008); Member, American Geophysical Union (AGU); Contributor, IPCC (1992, 1994, 1995, 2007); Expert Reviewer, IPCC (2007, 2013); Lead Author, IPCC (2001)

Richard S. Lindzen, A.B. Physics Magna Cum Laude, Harvard University (1960); S.M. Applied Mathematics, Harvard University (1961); Ph.D. Applied Mathematics, Harvard University (1964); Research Associate in Meteorology, University of Washington (1964-1965); NATO Post-Doctoral Fellow, Institute for Theoretical Meteorology, University of Oslo (1965-1966); Research Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research (1966-1967); Visiting Lecturer in Meteorology, UCLA (1967); NCAR Outstanding Publication Award (1967); AMS Meisinger Award (1968); Associate Professor and Professor of Meteorology, University of Chicago (1968-1972); Summer Lecturer, NCAR Colloquium (1968, 1972, 1978); AGU Macelwane Award (1969); Visiting Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, Tel Aviv University (1969); Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship (1970-1976); Gordon McKay Professor of Dynamic Meteorology, Harvard University (1972-1983); Visiting Professor of Dynamic Meteorology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1975); Lady Davis Visiting Professor, Department of Meteorology, The Hebrew University (1979); Director, Center for Earth and Planetary Physics, Harvard University (1980-1983); Robert P. Burden Professor of Dynamical Meteorology, Harvard University (1982-1983); AMS Charney Award (1985); Vikram Amblal Sarabhai Professor, Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, India (1985); Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship (1986-1987); Distinguished Visiting Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA (1988-Present); Sackler Visiting Professor, Tel Aviv University (1992); Landsdowne Lecturer, University of Victoria (1993); Bernhard Haurwitz Memorial Lecturer, American Meteorological Society (1997); Fellow, American Academy of Arts & Sciences; Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science; Fellow, American Geophysical Union; Fellow, American Meteorological Society; Member, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters; Member, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society; Member, National Academy of Sciences; Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1983-2013); Distinguished Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Science, Cato Institute (2013-Present); Lead Author, IPCC (2001); ISI Highly Cited Researcher

Nicola Scafetta, Laurea in Physics, Universitŕ di Pisa, Italy (1997); Ph.D. Physics (Thesis: "An entropic approach to the analysis of time series"), University of North Texas (2001); Research Associate, Physics Department, Duke University (2002-2004); Research Scientist, Physics Department, Duke University (2005-2009); Visiting Lecturer, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (2008, 2010); Visiting Lecturer, University of North Carolina Greensboro (2008-2009); Adjunct Professor, Elon University (2010); Assistant Adjunct Professor, Duke University (2010-2012); Member, Editorial Board, Dataset Papers in Geosciences Journal; Member, American Physical Society (APS); Member, American Geophysical Union (AGU); Research Scientist, ACRIM Science Team (2010-Present)

Patrick J. Michaels, A.B. Biological Sciences, University of Chicago (1971); S.M. Biology, University of Chicago (1975); Ph.D. Ecological Climatology, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1979); Research and Project Assistant, Center for Climatic Research, University of Wisconsin (1976-1979); Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia (1980-1986); Virginia State Climatologist (1980-2007); President, Central Virginia Chapter, American Meteorological Society (1986-1987); Executive Board, American Association of State Climatologists (1986-1989); Associate Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia (1986-1995); President, American Association of State Climatologists (1987-1988); Chairman, Committee on Applied Climatology, American Meteorological Society (1988-1999); Senior Fellow in Environmental Studies, Cato Institute (1992-2012); Visiting Scientist, Marshall Institute (1996-Present); Research Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia (1996-2007); Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science; Member, Association of American Geographers; Member, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society; Director, Center for the Study of Science, Cato Institute (2012-Present); Contributor and Expert Reviewer, IPCC (1990, 1992, 1995, 2001, 2007)

Robert C. Balling Jr., A.B. Geography, Wittenberg University (1974), M.A. Geography, Bowling Green State University (1975), Ph.D. Geography, University of Oklahoma (1979), Research Fellow, Center for Agricultural Meteorology and Climatology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1979-1981), Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1979-1984), Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Arizona State University (1985-1986), Research Associate, Laboratory of Climatology and Department of Geography, Arizona State University (1985-1987), Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, and Assistant Director, Laboratory of Climatology, Arizona State University (1987-1988), Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, and Director, Laboratory of Climatology, Arizona State University (1988-1989), Associate Professor, Department of Geography, and Director, Office of Climatology, Arizona State University (1989-1998), Professor, Department of Geography, and Director, Office of Climatology, Arizona State University (1998-2004), Contributer, IPCC (1991-Present), Professor, School of Geographical Sciences, and Director and/or Associate Director, Masters of Advanced Study, Geographic Information Systems Program, Arizona State University (2004-Present)

Roy W. Spencer, B.S. Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1978); M.S. Meteorology, University of Wisconsin, Madison (1979); Ph.D. Meteorology (Thesis: "A case study of African wave structure and energetics during Atlantic transit"), University of Wisconsin, Madison (1981); Member, Marine Observation Satellite (MOS-1) Validation Team, JAXA/NASA (1978-1990); Chairman, Hydrology Subgroup, Earth System Science Geostationary Platform Committee, NASA (1978-1990); Research Associate, Space Science and Engineering Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison (1981-1983); Assistant Scientist, Space Science and Engineering Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison (1983-1984); Member, Science Steering Group for the Tropical Rain Measuring Mission (TRMM), NASA (1986-1989); Visiting Scientist, Universities Space Research Association, Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA (1984-1987); Member, Subcommittee on Precipitation and Winds, Earth System Science Committee, NASA (1986); Technical Advisor, Global Precipitation Climatology Project, World Meteorological Organization (1986-1992); Space Scientist, Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA (1987-1997); Member, TRMM Space Station Accommodations Analysis Study Team, NASA (1987-1991); Marshall Space Flight Center Director's Commendation (1989); Member, Earth Science and Applications Advisory Subcommittee, NASA (1990-1992); NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal (1991); Member, TOVS Pathfinder Working Group, NASA (1991-1994); U.S. Science Team Leader, Multichannel Microwave Imaging Radiometer Team, NASA (1992-1996); American Meteorological Society Special Award (1996); U.S. Science Team Leader, Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer-E, NASA (1996-present); Senior Scientist for Climate Studies, Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA (1997-2001); Contributing Author, IPCC (1992, 1995, 2001); Principal Research Scientist, Earth System Science Center, University of Alabama in Huntsville (2001-Present)

Ross McKitrick, B.A. (Hons) Economics, Queen's University (1988); M.A. Economics, University of British Columbia (1990); Ph.D. Environmental Economics (Thesis: "The econometric critique of applied General Equilibrium modeling: a comparative assessment with application to carbon taxes in Canada"), University of British Columbia (1996); Research Assistant, Industrial Relations Centre, Queen's University (1988-1989); Research Assistant, University of British Columbia (1989-1996); Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Guelph (1996-2001); Associate Professor of Economics, University of Guelph (2001-2009); Professor of Environmental Economics, University of Guelph (2009-Present); Academic Advisory Board, John Deutsch Institute, Queen's University; Senior Fellow, Fraser Institute; Expert Reviewer, IPCC (2007); CBE Chair in Sustainable Commerce, University of Guelph; CME Fellow in Commerce for a Sustainable World, University of Guelph (2012); Adjunct Scholar, Center for the Study of Science, Cato Institute (2014-Present)

David H. Douglass, B.S. Physics, University of Maine; Ph.D. Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1959); Lincoln Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1959-1961); Member, Department of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1961); Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Chicago; Associate Professor of Physics, University of Chicago; Professor of Physics, University of Chicago; Fellow, American Physical Society; Professor of Physics, University of Rochester (1968-Present)

Henrik Svensmark, MSE (Cand. Polyt) (1985); Ph.D. Physics Laboratory I, Technical University of Denmark (1987); Post Doctoral in Physics, University of California, Berkeley, Nordic Institute of Theoretical Physics, and the Niels Bohr Institute; Knud Hojgaard Anniversary Research Prize (1997); Energy-E2 Research Prize (2001); Director, Center for Sun-Climate Research, Danish Space Research Institute (DSRI)

Wei-Hock "Willie" Soon, B.Sc. Aerospace Engineering Cum Laude, University of Southern California (1985); M.Sc. Aerospace Engineering, University of Southern California (1987); Ph.D. Rocket Science with distinction (Thesis: "Non-equilibrium kinetics in high-temperature gases"), University of Southern California (1991); Graduate Scholastic Award, IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society (1989); Rockwell Dennis Hunt Scholastic Award, University of Southern California (1991); Member, Tau Beta Phi (National Engineering Honor Society); Member, Sigma Gamma Tau (National Aerospace Engineering Honor Society); Post-Doctoral Fellow, Solar, Stellar, and Planetary Sciences Division, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (1991-1996); Astronomer, Mount Wilson Observatory (1992-2009); Astrophysicist and Geoscientist, Solar, Stellar, and Planetary Sciences Division, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (1997-Present); Visiting Professor, Department of Science and Environmental Studies, University of Putra, Malaysia (1999-2000); Annual Reviewer, Progress in Physical Geography Journal (2001-2002); Senior Scientist, George C. Marshall Institute (2001-2003); Former Member, American Astrophysical Society (AAS); Former Member, American Geophysical Union (AGU); Former Member, International Astronomical Union (IAU); Receiving Editor, New Astronomy Journal (2002-Present); Member, CANSTAT Advisory Board, Fraser Institute (2002-Present); Member, Advisory Board, National Center for Public Policy Research (2002); Smithsonian Institution Award for "Official Recognition of Work Performance Reflecting a High Standard of Accomplishment" (2003); Science Director, Center for Science and Public Policy (2003-2006); Petr Beckmann Award for "Courage and Achievement in Defense of Scientific Truth and Freedom" (2004); Chief Scientist, Science and Public Policy Institute (2007-2010); Senior Visiting Fellow, State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science, Xiamen University, China (2013-2014); Courage in Defense of Science Award (2014)

Nils-Axel Morner, Fil. Kand. [B.A.], Stockholm University, Sweden (1962); Fil. Lic. [M.A.] Quaternary Geology, Stockholm University, Sweden (1965); Fil. Dr. [Ph.D.] Quaternary Geology, Stockholm University, Sweden (1969); Associate Professor of Quaternary Geology, Stockholm University, Sweden (1969-1971); Associate Professor of General and Historical Geology, Stockholm University, Sweden (1971-1980); Secretary, Neotectonics Commission, INQUA (1977-1981); Editor, Bulletin of the INQUA Neotectonics Commission (1978-1996); Professor of General and Historical Geology, Stockholm University, Sweden (1981-1991); President, Neotectonics Commission, INQUA (1981-1991); Chairman, Nordic Historical Climatology Group (1989); Professor and Head, Department of Paleogeophysics and Geodynamics, Stockholm University, Sweden (1991-2005); Co-ordinator, INTAS project on Geomagnetism and Climate (1999-2003); President, Commission on Sea Level Changes and Coastal Evolution, INQUA (1999–2003); Expert Reviewer, IPCC (2001, 2007); Professor Emeritus of Palegeophysics and Geodynamics, Stockholm University, Sweden (2005-Present); Golden Chondrite of Merit Award, University of the Algarve, Portugal (2008)

Paul C. Knappenberger, B.A. Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia (1986); M.S. Environmental Sciences (Thesis: "Cyclone tracks and wintertime climate in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States"), University of Virginia (1990); Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia (1987-2007); Climate Researcher, Virginia State Climatology Office (1987-2007); Assistant Director, Center for the Study of Science, Cato Institute (2008-Present)

Indur M. Goklany, B.Tech. Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India (1968); M.S. Electrical Engineering, Michigan State University (1969); Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Michigan State University (1973); Julian Simon Fellow, Property and Environment Research Center (2000); Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute (2002-2003); Julian Simon Award (2007); Rapporteur and Principal Author, Resource Use and Management Subgroup, IPCC (1988-1992); Reviewer, WGI, II, and III Reports, IPCC (1989-1991); U.S. Delegate, IPCC (1988-1992, 2003-2004); U.S. Technical Advisor, Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for UNFCCC (1990-1992); US Delegate, UNFCCC (2007); Expert Reviewer, IPCC (2005-2007); Assistant Director of Programs & Science & Technology Policy, U.S. Department of the Interior (Present)

QUOTE (Whac-A-Troll)
This crap ain't fooling anyone.
QUOTE
Criticism: Popular Technology.net is an AGW "denier" website.

Rebuttal: This is a dishonest ad hominem as we believe there is a scientific hypothesis called anthropogenic global warming (AGW).

Cute and everything, poptech, but your rebuttal is as dishonest as creationists calling evolution a "theory." What you won't admit for some curious and cowardly reason is that you don't believe AGW is an established scientific fact like evolution. Nice try, but I'm afraid the verbal escape route you just tried to set up for yourself here has been dynamited and permanently closed off. Gee, sorry about that.

It is not dishonest to state something in a scientifically correct manner, as other scientists have done in the scholarly peer-reviewed literature:

600 Million years of climate change; a critique of the anthropogenic global warming hypothesis from a time-space perspective
(Geo-Eco-Marina, Volume 18, pp. 5-25, 2012)
- Lorin R. Contescu


Anthropogenic global warming hypothesis: testing its robustness by Granger causality analysis
(Environmetrics, Volume 24, Issue 4, pp. 260–268, June 2013)
- Umberto Triacca, Alessandro Attanasio, Antonello Pasini


Right out of the alarmist playbook "Whac-A-Troll" tries to smear Popular Technology.net as a creationist website, which again is refuted in the "Rebuttals to Criticism" section of the list.

Criticism: Popular Technology.net is a creationist website.

Rebuttal: This is a dishonest ad hominem as the editors all support evolution theory but unlike extremists we respect individual's religious views and their right to hold them.

I do not know why anyone would reference such a clown like "Whac-A-Troll".




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