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Heard the one about the 900  papers that dispute global warming?  It's been the big new meme in the Global Denial-o-sphere this year.  Well, The Carbon Brief did a little analysis of all those papers and guess what they found? The heavy hand of Exxon:

[A] preliminary data analysis by the Carbon Brief has revealed that nine of the ten most prolific authors cited have links to organisations funded by ExxonMobil, and the tenth has co-authored several papers with Exxon-funded contributors.[...]

The top ten include Willie Soon, a senior scientist at the Exxon funded George C Marshall institute, and John R Christy, also a Marshall Institute expert.

Ross McKitrick is a senior fellow at the Exxon funded Fraser institute and on the academic advisory board of the Global Warming Policy Foundation - funders unknown.

Dr Indur M Goklany is affiliated with the Exxon Funded thinktank the International Policy Network (US). Sallie L Baliunas is listed by the Union of Concerned Scientists as being affiliated with nine different organisations who have all received funding from ExxonMobil, including the George C Marshall Institute.

Richard Lindzen, a climate scientist and prominent sceptic who notably has a degree of credibility in the scientific community, is a member of the 'Annapolis Center for Science-Based Public Policy', which has also received Exxon funding.

The final name in the top 10 contributors - David H Douglass - has written several papers with Singer, Christie and Michaels - six of the fifteen papers he authored on the list were written with Michaels, Singer or Christie.

These ten individuals were responsible for 186 of the 938 "papers" cited as disputing climate change.  That's roughly 20% of the total claimed by the people who reported this list, a climate denial organization, The Global Warming Policy Foundation.  

The list was compiled by the bloggers at Popular Technology.not.  The people who write for that blog are named as:

Editor
    Andrew (Computer Analyst)

Contributing Editors
    Doug (Computer Engineer)
    Karl (Computer Scientist)
    Mike (Electrical Engineer)

But what is even more devious is that of the list of over 900 papers quite a few of them had nothing to do with human related climate change and many others that were included had been inappropriately labeled as refuting climate change:

[O]ur analysis also shows that many of the papers do not focus on human-induced climate change - and so have little relevance to the theme of the list.

Furthermore, some of the authors featured on the list surprised us, so we contacted a selection to see whether they supported this interpretation of their work - the responses confirmed their work is being misappropriated by inclusion in lists such as this. [...]

Indeed, quite a few of the papers included studied the effects of non-human factors as if that alone refuted human related causes of climate change.  In fact, often those papers only highlighted the small role played by non-human factors:

A paper by Meehl et al, also placed on the list, discussed how the 11-year solar cycle has an amplified effect on climate signals in the tropical Pacific. The author of the paper, Gerald Meehl, of the US National Centre for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), said:
"It's odd that our 2009 paper is on a site about global warming.  Our paper addressed specifically the climate system response to the 11-year solar cycle. Thus it is about decadal timescale climate variability.

"It said nothing about long-term warming trends, and in fact, in the last sentence of the paper, we state, 'This response also cannot be used to explain recent global warming because the 11-year solar cycle has not shown a measurable trend over the past 30 years.'"

[...]

The authors of the list ... appear to believe that studying the effect of non-human effects on the climate provides evidence to undermine the theory of man-made climate change.

In fact, it is precisely such work which shows that the man-made changes to our planet are unprecedented.

Shorter version: The "900 peer reviewed papers that dispute global warming" list is a lie.  However, the fact that Exxon is funding or affiliated with the top ten most prolific climate change deniers is true.  Can anyone say "vested interest?"

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  •  Traditional capitalism has a theory for way having (10+ / 0-)

    a systems where having multiple stakeholders each competing to maximize their own well-being can add up to a synergistic generation of common good for all, as long as it is down within certain limits, protecting the common good against excess of damage.

    However, when we see such instances, of mega-corporation actively working to undermine, science, truth, and the public's ability to achieve the higher understandings necessary to safeguard our environment, and global systems, we are moving into uncharted regions, that may call into question, the foundations of our whole economic systems.

    This brazen irresponsibility, and destructiveness of Exxon to the common good of us all, needs a systemic, global response.

    I do not know what could work, however, I sense here a deep flaw in our current regulatory structures, that will have great damaging consequences if we do not find a fix.

    Too bad, the the executives at Exxon, do not feel some sense of ethical responsibility for the good of all people.

    This is a system out of control.  

    When political leaders commit war crimes, or other violation of the Geneva Conventions, they can be brought before the World Court, in Geneva and prosecuted.

    Perhaps, we need to expand this system to include corporate executives, who act in ways that jeapordize the survivial, and common good of all people?

    How many more exampes do we need, that toxic chemicals, radiation, and disregulation of our atmosphere and eco-system knows know international bounderies.

    The Exxon Valdez, Bhopal Disaster, Love Canel, Chernobyl, and Fukushima all are advanced warnings, that we need stronger global oversight, accountability, and internmediation capacity.  

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Tue May 10, 2011 at 01:13:07 PM PDT

    •  Wish I was picking Top Comments (5+ / 0-)

      I'd certainly choose this as one of them.

      "If you tell the truth, you'll eventually be found out." Mark Twain

      by Steven D on Tue May 10, 2011 at 01:16:05 PM PDT

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    •  Well Our Economics Systems Formally Lie About Many (4+ / 0-)
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      of their premises.

      As I've commented at times, a basic machine in physics includes the lever, a device toddlers learn to operate in various contexts around the time they learn to speak. That basic model will carry you through life, albeit with important limitations where the scale goes beyond the human scale.

      The basic machine in economics is the trade, the exchange of goods or services between 2 individuals. Toddlers also learn around the time they learn to speak that the basic model is extremely risky, and requires all sorts of supervision at the lowest levels.

      Great inequities in economic and political power, and knowledge, are among those that cause capitalism to act sociopathically; also, life-changing rewards for top leadership that come in very short time periods is also a guarantee that they'll run their enterprises sociopathically.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Tue May 10, 2011 at 01:27:59 PM PDT

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      •  All of our discipline tend to oversimplify real (2+ / 0-)
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        complex systems.  

        When Adam Smith, described the two negative feedback loops that would naturally regulate supply and demand, via the invisible hand of price, many jump to the conclusion, that "great, free markets, are best in all cases."

        A conclusion that goes well beyond the insight one can provide with a simple second order oscillator.

        But, Adam Smith also described a "positive" or reinforcing feedback loop in the same system around price speculation, that can cause the same system to overshoot and collapse.

        But, this was convenient for free market capitalism zealots to overlook, until the great crash of the 1929s.

        So, then we realized the need for more regulation.

        Right wing ideologues started to dismantle these controlls a few decades ago, and we've experience another overshoot and collapse of our economic system.

        While these are extremly painful of the hundreds of millions, even billions of people whose savings, and retirement funds are wiped out, it should be possible to recover over the next centuries.

        However, if we let the same "trial, and error" learning govern or control, or lack of it of our atmospheric, global evironmental systems, the human race may not survive.

        My point is to ask, what possibility can we create now, that for the first time in human history, we could do pro-active learning, and impose behavior change, and regulation in advance of a catastrophe?

        Our ability to do so, may be the crucial next step in our survival, or not, on this planet.

        The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

        by HoundDog on Tue May 10, 2011 at 02:08:37 PM PDT

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  •  Thanks sorry I missed you nt (0+ / 0-)

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear and loathing.

    by a2nite on Wed May 11, 2011 at 11:13:28 AM PDT

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