Contrarian scientist Lennart Bengtsson slammed by climate cabal

This week, a renowned climate scientist and research fellow at the University of Reading in the UK was treated to the same sort of emotional blackmail doled out to Galileo in the 17th century by the Roman Catholic Church for publishing theories that disputed the sanctioned scientific views of that day.

Lennart Bengtsson has a long and distinguished career in the mainstream of climate science. The 79-year-old meteorologist has published some 225 peer-reviewed articles and was Head of Research for the ECMWF (European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasting) from 1975-1981 and Director from 1982-1990. He also was Director of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg from 1990-2001 and from 2008 was Director of the International Space Science Institute in Bern, Switzerland.

However, Bengtsson has long questioned why climate models are not able to accurately predict the climate. In an interview with Hans von Storch, Bengtsson said that he is concerned that the global temperature rise of only about 1-1/3 degrees Farenheit since the end of the 19th century doesn’t match the large increase in greenhouse gases added to the atmosphere by burning of fossil fuels.

Climate models don’t match the real world

It is an established fact that the Earth’s average temperature has not risen at all in the last 17 years.

Bengtsson is concerned that the United Nations’ IPCC group, which regularly puts out reports on the sad state of the world’s climate, is not paying enough attention to this fact, nor to the lack of ocean surface warming and the increases in Antarctic sea ice in the last several years.

Furthermore, he told von Storch, he began to be dismayed by the way the science behind the IPCC report was being used to advance a purely political agenda.

In fact, President Obama’s newly released National Climate Assessment report relies heavily on the IPCC report. The NCA will be the basis of the EPA’s upcoming regulation of carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal-fired power plants, which is expected to cause the price of energy to skyrocket, and in the process, cut quite a few jobs.

Climate science ‘not ready for prime time’

This “dramatic makeover of the power industry” based on a science that is not yet well understood is exactly what has Bengtsson worried. “Climate science must be focused to understand such matters much better and for this reason it is appropriate to have an open mind and not follow the IPCC as believers of a religious faith,” he told von Storch.

His doubt and questions eventually led him to join a think tank called the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), which the mainstream climate science community regards with disdain, though its members come from every flavor of the political spectrum.

Though he doesn’t agree with all the scientists at GWPF, Bengtsson said he believes there should be a variety of opinions aired about such a complex system as the Earth’s climate. And furthermore, he is interested in the group’s desire to use science to help society adapt to changes in climate that occur in the future, such as, for example, using nuclear energy to replace fossil fuels.

Brutal backlash

Unfortunately, the collaboration was short lived. Within a week after his announcement, Bengtsson wrote an email to the GWPF to resign his new position, due to the vicious backlash he received from the mainstream climate science community. In it, he wrote:

“I have been put under such an enormous group pressure in recent days from all over the world that has become virtually unbearable to me. If this is going to continue I will be unable to conduct my normal work and will even start to worry about my health and safety….

It is a situation that reminds me about the time of McCarthy.”

–Lennart Bengtsson

One of the most striking claims Bengtsson made is that “the pressure had mainly come from climate scientists in the US,” and specifically a scientist who works for the U.S. Government, who insisted on removing his name from a paper co-authored with Bengtsson.

This “My Way or the Highway” approach reminds me of what President Obama, incidentally the head of the U.S. Government, expressed this past week, when he said, “We’ve still got some climate deniers who shout loud, but they’re wasting everybody’s time on a settled debate.”

 

Politicizing Climate Science – 3.0

UPDATE: See independent scientists’ critique of the National Climate Assessment.

With much fanfare, President Obama today released the final version of the Third National Climate Assessment (NCA). In order to impress upon the public that drastic changes in the weather, such as rain and heat and lightning and snowstorms, are caused by human activities, the Administration put on a dog-and-pony show, complete with TV Weather Presenter/Actor Al Roker.

The final NCA report contains hundreds of pages of dire warnings about how we despicable humans are causing climate disruptions of all sorts, due to carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants, factories and cars.

In advance of the parade of eight TV weatherpersons, White House counselor John Podesta announced, like John the Baptist in the wilderness preparing the Way of the Lord, that Republicans in Congress would not be able to stop the inevitable: Obama’s climate agenda.

word cloud - politicsPodesta’s pronouncement revealed that the real purpose of the latest report is to provide political cover for new Executive Orders, which will result in more environmental regulations designed to kill the coal industry and hamstring the rest of the country with “necessarily skyrocketing” electricity prices.

The Climate Science Supplement

Wanting to skip the report’s political palaver, Ms. Contrarian Scientist hunted for the science behind it, which, she hoped, could be found in one of the Appendices, labeled the “Climate Science Supplement.”

The Supplement was written by a long list of scientists, including Katherine Hayhoe, Evangelical Christian and former science adviser to Newt Gingrich.

Remember how, during the 2012 primaries, Newt recanted his former support for global warming and in the process, distanced himself from Ms. Hayhoe? Well, it’s payback time, and this is intended as a direct smear on Republicans. As for Ms. Hayhoe, she has become something of a celebrity in the global warming crowd these days.

After the Supplement’s list of authors, we find 12 “Supplemental Messages” that the scientists divined during their years-long assessment of the “best available science.”

These “messages” remind Ms. Contrarian Scientist of the “talking points” that Ben Rhodes wanted Susan Rice to emphasize on the Sunday Talk shows after the massacre of our Ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi.

The very first Supplemental Message asserts that, although climate changes in the past have been caused by natural factors, human activities are now the dominant agents of change. Oh, really? Humans have more effect on the climate of Earth than the Sun? Or than the oceans, which cover 70 percent of the planet?

It was all too much. Ms. Contrarian Scientist had to take a break from the politics and leave the real science for another day.

Failing the mumps test

Are you old enough to remember the “mumps test”? That’s when your mother gives you a dill pickle and watches while you bite down on it and then scream in pain, confirming that you have indeed contracted a case of the mumps.

Yes, all these decades later, Ms. Contrarian Scientist can remember the feverish haze, the swollen chipmunk cheeks, and the sting of pain after taking a bite out of that dratted pickle.

Eight young men living together in a frat house or playing on the lacrosse team at Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey never had a need for the mumps test—until now. They join another eight frat brothers at Fordham University in New York City, who contacted the disease earlier this year. And a significant outbreak of mumps is going on in and around the Ohio State University in Columbus.

Sick child in bed with teddy bearFully immunized

Despite its silly name, the mumps is no laughing matter. The disease, which is caused by a virus and spread through saliva, can render you deaf or sterile, or even kill you. There’s good reason to fear the mumps, which is why it has long been included in that standard combination vaccine most babies receive—the term MMR stands for “measles, mumps and rubella.”

And these sick young people were all fully immunized against mumps, or they wouldn’t be allowed to attend their respective schools.

So our question today is, “What does the Scientific Method have to say about incidents like these?”

First off, it’s pretty obvious that the mumps vaccination does not prevent all people from contracting the mumps.

Beware the mind police

But you can’t just come out and say that, can you? Because the mind police will be after you like white on rice.

Alrighty then, you could safely conclude that the particular form of the mumps vaccination these young men took did not prevent them from contracting the mumps. Was there some change in the vaccination 15 or 20 years ago when these students received it that weakened its effectiveness? That’s something to look into.

Or, maybe because it’s been years since their last booster shots, the effects have worn off. Some doctors concur:

“The immunity that’s induced by the virus starts to wane. They believe that it holds until at least late teenage years, but then it starts to wane,” said Dr. Dana Saltzman, a disease specialist told NBC New York. “There’s no way to predict who’s going to lose their immunity or not.”

Infant child baby kid hand with medical insulin syringeBut saying that the vaccine wears off gradually doesn’t fit the vaccine narrative, does it? I thought that once we’ve been exposed to a particular virus, we can never catch that virus again.

Works for me, but not for thee

Could it be that the vaccine just doesn’t work on everyone? Vaccines contain de-fanged versions of diseased cells that cause your body to mount an immune defense against them. The theory is that once your body has created the specific immune cells needed to fight a disease, it “remembers” what to do the next time it encounters those particular germs. But maybe not everyone has an immune system strong enough or “smart” enough to do this.

Another possibility: The vaccine just makes you less likely to get the mumps, and if you do get them, there is less risk of serious complications. But, weren’t we always told that the purpose of a vaccine is to PREVENT the disease, not just lessen the risk of complications?

Or, as one commenter on the Stevens Institute story noted, will vaccinations go down as one of the biggest con jobs in history?

A complicated puzzle

From just the arguments and counter-arguments presented in this short article, it’s easy to conclude that we (and by we, I mean scientists) don’t really understand the whole vaccine thing the way we thought we did. Questions remain—big questions.

But for some odd reason, scientific journals don’t allow publication of data that contradicts the vaccination bullies, even when that data comes from published, peer reviewed science.

Because, to hear public health authorities talk, we KNOW, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that VACCINES ARE NECESSARY TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC and furthermore VACCINES NEVER CAUSE PROBLEMS, so SHUT UP AND TAKE YOUR SHOTS, baby.

I wonder if the nurses at the Stevens Institute clinic gave those unfortunate young men the pickle test?

About Ms. Contrarian Scientist

Ms. Contrarian Scientist
Ms. Contrarian Scientist

Having studied science in college and then gone to work as an engineer for a large corporation, Ms. Contrarian Scientist (MCS) woke up one day and said to herself, ”I wish I could believe in God. It would be such a relief to know that God is real and that He cares about me, that I’m not just some random accident of the universe. BUT—Science proves that God is not real and that evolution is the way we got here, and there is no need for a God, so in fact there is no God. Too bad.”*

Through the years, MCS has come to realize that she is not the only one who has ever doubted God’s existence, due to a reverence for Science. In fact, she bets that there are thousands, if not millions of folks out there who know that something is missing in their lives and they want to believe in God. But they are sad because they believe that Science as the ultimate truth kicks God out of the picture.

Furthermore, MCS bets there are thousands, if not millions, of God-believers out there who FEAR Science, who fear to look closely at Science because they worry that Science disproves God. And they cower when they hear others loudly denounce anyone who believes in God, because—SCIENCE!

Does Science rule out God?

The word “science” comes from a Latin word that means “knowledge.”

According to all the definitions, science is a methodical study of the natural world. The Scientific Method is a structured way of learning the truth about the world around us. So true science is a search for the truth, which is a great thing.

We don’t have to try to ‘protect God’ from science.

God himself is all about truth. And those of us who believe in God, or who are searching for God, should never fear the true truth. We don’t have to try to “protect God” from science, either. He’s a big God—he can handle it.

Ms. Contrarian Scientist

Now, practical science (or engineering) has brought us many wonderful things—such as iPads, longer lifespans, and no-iron shirts.

However, science, no matter how beneficial it has been and can be, is carried out by fallible human beings. Scientists, no matter how intelligent, are every bit as human as the rest of us. Any honest scientist, including MCS herself, will freely admit—at least in the middle of the night—that he or she is not perfect, the same as any other human being.

Scientists have every right to fight for their pet theories—that’s only natural. But if they can’t admit to mistakes or even downright falsifications, then they are not following the best practices of science.

Existing on a ‘higher plane’

Ms. Contrarian Scientists finds that scientists often fall back on a “scientific consensus,” which they consider their higher authority, similar to the way believers consider God their higher power.

Scientists use this scientific consensus in an effort to prove that, because they exist on a plane much higher than ordinary folks, and because so many other scientists agree with them, they must be right, even when the data doesn’t go their way, or when someone challenges them on their theories.

But voting on the truth is no way to find the truth, and it’s definitely NOT The Scientific Method. Science is a dialog, NOT a democracy.

Science is a dialog, NOT a democracy.

Here at ContrarianScience.com, Ms. Contrarian Scientist will cover the debate over whether humans are causing Earth’s climate to change catastrophically.

And she will cover the debate over whether the Universe was created by an Intelligent Designer, though that topic is also well-covered elsewhere.

Science is a DialogIn doing so, the primary goal of this site will be to demonstrate both the genius and the humanity of scientists—and the inhumanity of scientists who personally attack, withhold funding and otherwise persecute other scientists because they don’t want dissenting (Contrarian) voices to be heard.

Throughout the history of science the powerful have often used their power to destroy others.

Throughout the history of science—and Galileo is just one example—the powerful have often used their power to destroy others in order to maintain their power. Or, even more sinister, they harbor ulterior plans for which they need to steer public opinion through the use of “peer-reviewed scientific studies.” This is NOT science, it is politics and worse.

So the goal of ContrarianScience.com is to give the little guy, the lost sheep, the underdog—YOU, Gentle Readers—ammunition in this battle for truth that is taking place in your own mind and in the minds and hearts of the general public.

In order to do this, MCS will strive to demonstrate the weakness in “scientific studies” that are being used as weapons against ourselves, our religious beliefs, our homes and our businesses.

But she will also do this by showing the human side of science throughout history: The squabbles, the mistakes, the evil plots against outsiders who have dared to go against the “Consensus Science” of their day, and who ultimately were proven right in their predictions.

And so, we begin.

“Stay stubborn.” —Einstein to a young scientist who underwent much ridicule for his experimental results.

*Thankfully, MCS was mercifully united with the Word of God and Maker of all things, who died on a cross to set her free from sin and death.