Aussie Alarmists in Spin as Government Climatologist Prof Karoly is Cornered
Aussie skeptics say they have one of their nation’s top climate alarmist professors cornered in an ongoing battle of words over who holds the high ground on scientific integrity. Scientist, Dr Judy Ryan and her colleague, Dr Marjory Curtis are going public with a series of damning emails they’ve had with government-backed promoters of fears about man-made global warming.
Their latest target is Professor David Karoly, a climatologist who they claim dishonestly championed a government campaign to depict human carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions as black smoke, contrary to scientific fact.
Dr Ryan reports, “On 18th February 2014 I sent an email to David Karoly with Marjory Curtis, a retired geologist, as my co-signer. Approximately 180 australian and overseas media outlets, politicians, universities, including their student newspapers, and prominent climate hysteria mongers were openly copied in.”
Ryan and Curtis are among many highly-qualified scientists who, as skeptics of the wrong-headed hysteria over supposed man-made global warming, are fighting to restore scientific integrity.
Dr Curtis says Karoly’s “error” over the CO2 as black smoke “may have been a fortuitous oversight” for the cause of alarmists who some say are trying to dupe the public on the issue.
Judy Curtis has advised Karoly all the correspondence, because of its significance to public policy, will be published as open letters. She says, “We replied 21st February and added in our fellow skeptics. So there are now close to 220 observers for Karoly’s next response. To date we have not heard back, but it is early days yet.”
The first letter and Karoly’s immediate response are below.
As with many independent scientists frustrated with the apparent bias of government climatologists, Ryan understands that such public emails are becoming a powerful tool and she provides many helpful tips on how to formulate and send them. She tells readers “Feel free to copy, paste and use them, and if you have questions you only need to ask.”
18th February 2014
Dear Professor Karoly,
We have been writing to you for a year requesting that you provide one credible study that supports your hypothesis of catastrophic, human caused global warming (CAGW). You have not been able to provide one. The letters and your responses are all on the public record https://www.facebook.com/DavidKarolyEmailThread?ref=hl
In March 2013 we issued you the opportunity to either renounce your alarmist claims on the ABC news, or publicly provide empirical data-based evidence, that is available for scientific scrutiny, to support them.
Almost a year has passed and still you have not provided the evidence.
We remind you that the Australian people are experiencing financial disadvantage as a result of the host of policies and administrative decisions driven by advice regarding the science of climate change. Is that advice false or misleading? Does it deceive by concealing or omitting or embellishing or misrepresenting relevant facts?
The definition of fraud is, according to Black’s Law Dictionary, quote: “a false representation of a matter of fact, whether by words or by conduct, by false or misleading allegations, or by concealment of that which should have been disclosed, which deceives and is intended to deceive another so that he shall act upon it to his legal injury.”
According to Malcolm Roberts author of the CSIROh! report http://www.conscious.com.au/CSIROh%21.html , you are prominently involved in many taxpayer-funded climate bodies fomenting unfounded climate alarm. One of your roles is that you are Editor-In-Chief of the Bureau of Meteorology’s (BOM’s) in-house journal. On page 10 of his report’s Appendix 7, Malcolm Roberts cites Peter Bobroff’s analysis, quote: “Publishing the research. The Bureau of Meteorology has its own in-house journal: the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Journal (prev Aust. Meteorol. Mag.). The editor-in-chief responsible for the defence of the scientific method, elimination of all types of bias, automatic release of all relevant data and code is none other than David Karoly – the strident proponent of human causation of future catastrophic global warming. The BOM itself has taken a strong partisan position on the subject.”
Despite your BOM responsibilities, Malcolm Roberts adds, quote: “Yet David Karoly has repeatedly publicly contradicted empirical scientific evidence”.
According to their website you also appear to be BOM’s principal author. Graphs on the following pages were obtained or produced by various independents non-aligned examiners and auditors of BOM records. Are you are the author of the original regional temperature data or graphs used by BOM?
Every graph shows that the raw data, which shows either a flat or downward (cooling) trend has been “adjusted” to a warming trend. Are you are associated in any way with producing BOM’s adjusted graphs? If so, in our opinion it is very misleading of both you and the BOM personnel to adjust the data to the extent that it misrepresents reality. We also think that it is very misleading of both you and BOM to omit to declare to the Australian people that you have “adjusted” the raw data.
Under Australia’s strong democracy no one is above the law. Judges, politicians, scientists, academics, senior public servants, and managing directors can be held to account for breaching their fiduciary duty.
It seems that you have prominent roles across many taxpayer-funded entities promoting unfounded and unscientific claims of anthropogenic global warming and contradicting empirical scientific evidence. Your many prominent roles place you at the hub of the web of such agencies. You have thereby positioned yourself perfectly for answering our fundamental and straight-forward questions. As taxpayers and concerned scientists we look forward to your evidence based response. It is not a good look if you do not acknowledge this very public letter.
In closing, if there is anything we have said that you think is untrue please click reply all and let us know and we will apologise.
Dr Judy Ryan
Dr Marjorie Curtis
David Karoly clicked “Reply All” and sent this email within 24 hours.
On 19 Feb 2014, at 6:11 am, David John Karoly <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
It’s interesting to receive another of your emails as they keep me amused.
If you are so convinced that I have committed fraud, I recommend that you pass the evidence to my employer, the University of Melbourne; the major funder of my research, the Australian Research Council, and to the police. In the past, your claims have been considered and dismissed, as have those from Malcolm Roberts. I am sure that you will find that further evidence of a conspiracy.
All the evidence of the human causes of global warming is assessed thoroughly in the 5th assessment report of the IPCC, Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis, available at http://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar5/wg1/
The specific chapter on human causation, Chapter 10 Detection and Attribution of Climate Change: from Global to Regional
No doubt you will again refuse to accept this evidence.
I have no idea what you mean when you state “you also appear to be BOM’s principal author”.
I am not “the author of the original regional temperature data or graphs used by BOM”.
I recommend that you contact the Bureau of Meteorology or look carefully at their web site for the sources of their data and the reasons for the adjustments to minimise inhomogeneities.
As always, I keep your emails and refer them to the legal office at the University of Melbourne.
Prof David Karoly
School of Earth Sciences
University of Melbourne, VIC 3010, AUSTRALIA
ph: +61 3 8344 xxxx
fax: +61 3 8344 xxxx
From: Judy Ryan <email@example.com>;
Subject: [execnzcsc] Re: Do These Temperature Graphs Represent Reality? That is the Question
Date: 21 February 2014 10:29:49 am AEDT
To: David John Karoly <firstname.lastname@example.org>;Dear Professor Karoly, and about 220 other observers
Dear Professor Karoly,
Thank you for your prompt reply.
I have included other scientists, including past and present IPCC reviewers in this reply to you. These scientists are much more conversant with the Working Group Ones final, final report than either Dr Curtis or I. But, I assure you I have read Working Group Ones final draft report, which was released to the public as an unapproved draft. Dr Curtis and I will be looking and learning as we see the evidence from the final, final report unfold.
In your response below you have stated that you are not the author of the original BOM temperature graphs. But, you have not answered the second part of the question.
It is an honest, straightforward, legitimate question.
Professor Karoly, are you the author of the BOM’s adjusted/homogenised graphs shown below?
Please click Reply All and answer the question.
We look forward to your prompt response.
Dr Judy Ryan
Dr Marjorie Curtis
P.S. Dr Curtis and I will appreciate your courtesy in addressing both of us in your correspondence. Marjory has been an active skeptic for more than three decades, and as many of her students know, she is a force to be reckoned with.