More studies rebut climate change consensus amid government crackdown on dissent

lynchThe latest government crackdown on climate dissent, exemplified by last week’s subpoena of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, comes amid a surge of scientific research that pokes holes in the catastrophic climate change consensus.

Even as Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude E. Walker demanded the free market think tank’s climate research and communications, a rising tide of evidence has challenged the narrative that increased carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are driving floods, drought and other disasters.

As of March 27, researchers had published 133 “consensus-skeptical” papers this year, bringing to 660 the number of such studies appearing since January 2014, blogger Kenneth Richard wrote on the skeptics website NoTricksZone.

“There has been quite an uptick in papers that question the consensus this year,” said Anthony Watts, who runs the influential WattsUpWithThat? website.

Studies published on his website and others include in the past few weeks include those that say:

• An exhaustive study published April 7 in Nature by University of Stockholm researchers examining hydrological patterns going back 1,200 years found that climate models cannot accurately predict extreme rainfall and drought.

• An article published April 4 in Nature Geoscience linked the melting of the Greenland ice sheets to hot spot activity within the Earth’s core, a finding that “must be included in studies of the future response to climate change,” said lead author Irina Rogozhina, a scientist at the Center for Marine Environmental Sciences at the University of Bremen in Germany.

• A March 21 paper by meteorologist Martin Hertzberg and chemist Hans Schreuder, evaluating figures behind the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change “consensus,” concluded that “nothing in the data supports the supposition that atmospheric CO2 is a driver of weather or climate.”

“As the body of evidence refuting climate alarmism continues to balloon, the question of how the IPCC can continue ignoring it becomes ever more glaring,” said engineer Pierre L. Gosselin, who runs the NoTricksZone website and translates climate news from German to English.

In spite of that research — or maybe because of it — Democrats have renewed their efforts to clamp down on climate dissent.

Two weeks ago, 17 attorneys general — 16 Democrats and Mr. Walker, an independent — announced that they would investigate and prosecute climate-related “fraud,” citing investigations by journalism outlets accusing Exxon Mobil Corp. of stifling its own scientific research in support of the “settled science.”

While Exxon Mobil has denounced the accusations as “preposterous,” Mr. Walker followed up Thursday with a subpoena calling for the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s work on climate and energy policy from 1997 to 2007, including the nonprofit’s “private donor information,” the institute said.

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    The tenured professors at our local state college seem to enthusiastically support “the latest government crackdown on climate dissent” based on recent letters to the editor of our local newspaper. Many of these professors benefit greatly from the premise of AGW and the grant funding that is attached to it.

    These folks who support the “crackdown” on dissent are often the same people who proudly sport DIVERSITY and TOLERANCE bumper stickers on their cars. Apparently [u]intellectual[/u] and [u]scientific[/u] diversity aren’t covered under their own criteria.

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    When all they are left with is bullying intimidation tactics they know it is over . Desperation has set in now that the gift that kept giving is in free fall .
    By all means stamp your feet and threaten to silence but the jig is up .

    Any politician that wants to attach their name to one of the biggest cons of all time will look like an incompetent donkey .

    Can’t wait to see Al gore on the stand .

    It is long overdue .

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    How rich and yet NOAA plays hide the weanie with data that could have and should have been turned over in about 10 minutes when requested by a Congress Committee.

    What were the excuses ? Personal privacy ?
    They didn’t even get to those old chestnuts … well there was a break in to my office ,or the dog ate it .

    Exxon is right but far to kind in denouncing the accusations as preposterous .
    Time to put an end to one of the biggest frauds in history . Is the Arctic ice free ?
    Are the polar bears drowning ?
    What happened to the cluster F!@# called climate models ?

    Fuel poverty deaths are real and the fake scary global warming scare was the driving force . Governments are going to be writing very big checks to the victims families for the government support and encouragement of the global warming scam .

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    18 U.S. Code § 241 – Conspiracy against rights

    If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; or

    If two or more persons go in disguise on the highway, or on the premises of another, with intent to prevent or hinder his free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege so secured—

    They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, they shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

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