Disgruntled Climate Scientist Threatens Legal Action Against Researchers Who Criticized Him

Mark Jacobson: A 100 Percent Renewable Economy (YouTube screencap)

A Stanford University professor indicated he was ready to take legal action against NOAA researchers who published a recent study critical of his work on green energy.

Emails obtained by National Review’s Robert Bryce show Stanford’s Mark Jacobson (pictured above) hired lawyers “to address the falsification of claims” about his work. Jacobson has not yet filed a lawsuit.

Jacobson sent a June email to Chris Clack, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) mathematician who helped debunk his widely-cited 2015 research claimed the U.S. could run on 100 percent green energy. Clack and 20 other researchers published a retort to Jacobson’s study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), concluding its “work used invalid modeling tools, contained modeling errors, and made implausible and inadequately supported assumptions.”

“It’s unprecedented for a scientist to do that,” Chris Clack, told The National Review. “We have not attacked him. All the vitriol has come from his side. We have only talked about the substance of the paper.”

“I have no comment except to say that any email you have obtained from a third party that has my words on it is copyrighted, and your printing any email of mine would be done without my permission and would be considered a copyright infringement,” Jacobson told The National Review.

Jacobson’s research contained several serious errors, such as overstating the available hydropower in the U.S. by roughly a factor of ten as well as claiming all commercial gasoline powered jetliners would be replaced with hydrogen in thirty years.

Rather than accept any of the criticisms, Jacobson responded with tirades on Twitter and the environmentalist’s blog EcoWatch. Jacobson responded to the criticism by claiming “[t]here is not a single error in our paper,” to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Technology Review.

Environmentalists and some Democrats widely hailed Jacobson’s paper, with politicians like Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and activist celebrities like Mark Ruffalo citing it. However, even a green energy CEO says that powering everything in modern civilization can rely solely on solar and wind power is a “hoax.”

Power grids require demand for electricity to exactly match supply in order to function, which is an enormous problem for wind and solar power since their output cannot be accurately predicted in advance or easily adjusted. This is the entire reason for Renewable Energy Credits. Wind and solar can also burn out the grid if they produce too much, or not enough, electricity, leading to brownouts or blackouts. Such damage has already occurred in power grids relying too much on solar and wind power — like California and Germany.

When the islands of Tasmania and El Hierro tried to power their economies with 100 percent green energy, both islands quickly switched back to diesel generators after suffering reliability problems and soaring costs. The analysis suggests it would have taken 84 years for El Hierro’s wind and hydropower systems to simply pay back their capital costs.

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    Spurwing Plover


    Ah the spoiled little brats not getting his allowance and so he threatens to bring a lawsuit against these he feels offends him What a pathetic little brat he is

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    Interesting how when researchers don’t toe the line and report climate data outside of the established left-wing template they are shunned, cut off from funding, and even threatened with jail time by some extremists. But when an established left-wing scientist is merely “criticized” for dropping a steaming bag of dog excrement on America’s doorstep, it’s time for a law suit.

    If Mark can’t take scientific scrutiny in a lesser vernacular that the left dishes daily he shouldn’t have gone into the business.

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    What good is his PhD if Jacobson deliberately ignores reality? Overstating hydropower by a factor of ten? He didn’t misspeak, he’s lying. Hydrogen powered airliners? Who wants a ticket on a 550mph Graf Zeppelin?

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    Spurwing Plover


    Ehrlish the grand exhualted poo poo head of over population is realy just butterfly expert and he lost a big bet with the late Julian Simon

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