Tuesday, August 30, 2016

#7 Dunlap, Jacques - History of Climate Science Denial, Freedom from Peer Review and its Implications


This is the seventh installment of Dunlap, Jacques' (2013) study of the history of our dysfunctional public climate science education dialogue.  They focus on the influence of "conservative think tanks (CTTs) on the output of "skeptical" climate science book publications.  

In this final section they look at conservative think tanks’ uncritical contrarian approach of accepting whatever argument sounds convenient, even when internally inconsistent.  It’s superficial projection and PR mileage they are concerned with.  Undergirding the whole thing is a personal conviction that wishing it hard enough can make it so.  Thus they arrived at a mental landscape where Faith Trumps Facts. 

We should recognize how profoundly different things are in the scientific community with its built-in self-skepticism and their peer review processes.  

Both formal prepublication - and of course the constant unofficial peer review process of scientists communicating with each other, going to conferences to argue with each other, while learning from each other.  Independently cross checking each others work. The constant hum of healthy constructive skepticism driven by a thirst for ever better understanding.  

That special dynamic something is totally lacking within the Republican PR effort - and it’s time the intelligentsia start doing a better job of proclaiming why they should be trusted, but I digress.

Here you’ll find out about how out and out lying became the mainstay of the Republican climate science contrarian PR strategy.  Facts that it would be good for younger activists to be aware of.  Given that the study has a CCA License I've decided to Repost the complete text in a few installments.  I thank Riley Dunlap and Peter Jacques for the opportunity to Repost their impressive work.

The excerpts and related links will be added shortly…


#7 Freedom From Peer Review and Its Implications
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The American Behavioral Scientist

Climate Change Denial Books and 
Conservative Think Tanks
Exploring the Connection 

#6 Dunlap, Jacques - History of Climate Science Denial, Credentials of Authors and Editors

This is the sixth installment of Dunlap, Jacques' (2013) study of the history of our dysfunctional public climate science education dialogue.  They focused on the influence of "conservative think tanks (CTTs) on the output of "skeptical" book publications.  This section deals with the academic credentials, or lack thereof, of authors and editors of contrarian books.

Here are facts about why out and out lying has been allowed to became the mainstay of the Republican climate science contrarian PR strategy.  Facts that it would be good for younger activists to be aware of.  Given that the study has a CCA License I've decided to Repost the complete text in a few installments.  I thank Riley Dunlap and Peter Jacques for the opportunity to Repost their impressive work.

 I follow with excerpts and related links to a number of eye-opening articles

No apology is owed Dr. S. Fred Singer, and none will be forthcoming
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Research.greenpeace
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Patrick Michaels: Serial Deleter of Inconvenient Data
Dana Nuccitelli 
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Patrick Michaels hackery through history
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Merchants of Doubt Film Debuts, 
Textbook Denial Attack Campaign Led By Fred Singer Ensues
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Interactive Map to Explore Financial and Corporate Connections
ExxonSecrets.org
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Those ‘Secret’ Documents Outing ExxonMobil Were Actually Publicly Available
Chris White
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The Secret Donors Behind the Center for American Progress and Other Think Tanks
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{Who Pays for Think Tanks?, Rick Carp} Fair.org
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Secret funding helped build vast network of climate denial thinktanks
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How Conservative Philanthropies and Think Tanks Transform US Policy
By Sally Covington 
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Report: Think tanks tied to Kochs
By Tal Kopan 
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Eight Pseudoscientific Climate Claims Debunked by Real Scientists
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Heritage Foundation
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32000 Scientists (say global warming is a scam)
Surveilling the Scientists
Climate Denial Crock of the Week - That 1500 Year Thing
greenman3610 YouTube videos
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SkepticalScience on Fred Singer and Patrick Michaels
DeSmogBlog on Fred Singer and Patrick Michaels
SourceWatch on Fred Singer
RationalWiki on Patrick Michaels

         #6 Academic Credentials of Authors and Editors      
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The American Behavioral Scientist

Climate Change Denial Books and 
Conservative Think Tanks
Exploring the Connection 

Monday, August 29, 2016

#5 Dunlap, Jacques - History of Climate Science Denial, National Origins of Books

This is the fifth installment of Dunlap, Jacques' (2013) study of the history of our dysfunctional public climate science education dialogue.  They focused on the influence of "conservative think tanks (CTTs) on the output of "skeptical" book publications.  This section deals with the global spread of the Conservative Think Tanks influence.

Here are facts about why out and out lying has been allowed to became the mainstay of the Republican climate science contrarian PR strategy.  Facts that it would be good for younger activists to be aware of.  Given that the study has a CCA License I've decided to Repost the complete text in a few installments.  I thank Riley Dunlap and Peter Jacques for the opportunity to Repost their impressive work.

 I follow with excerpts and related links to a number of eye-opening articles 

Climate Cover-Up: A (Brief) Review
Michael Mann | October 20, 2009 

“Empathy and the Public Square”
Jim Hoggan  |  11:30 min YouTube talk

Lessons on Climate Change Denial - What I Learned from Writing "Climate Cover-Up”
James Hoggan  | 18 minute YouTube talk

Heat: How to Stop the Planet From Burning
Monbiot, 2007

Cool dudes: The denial of climate change among conservative white males in the United States
Dunlap & McCright, 2011

The Politicization of Climate Change and Polarization in the American Public's views of Global Warming, 2001-2010
Dunlap & McCright | 2011

Climate Change Denial and Political Polarization 
Robert J. Antonio and Robert J. Brulle © 2011

Organized Climate Change Denial  
Riley E. Dunlap and Aaron M. McCright | August 2011

The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society
Edited by John S. Dryzek, Richard B. Norgaard, and David Schlosberg | August 2011


Scorcher: the dirty politics of climate change
Tim Flannery, Reviewer | May 25, 2007


Scorcher: the dirty politics of climate change

Wendy Frew, reviewer | May 16, 2007

#5 National Origins of Books
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The American Behavioral Scientist

Climate Change Denial Books and 
Conservative Think Tanks
Exploring the Connection 


Monday, August 22, 2016

#4 Dunlap, Jacques - History of Climate Science Denial, Ties to CTTs

This is the fourth installment of Dunlap, Jacques' (2013) study of the history of our dysfunctional public climate science education dialogue.  They focused on the influence of "conservative think tanks (CTTs) on the output of "skeptical" book publications and this section deals with Book Ties With Conservative Think Tanks.

Here are facts about why out and out lying has been allowed to became the mainstay of the Republican climate science contrarian PR strategy   Facts that it would be good for younger activists to be aware of.  Given that the study has a CCA License I've decided to Repost the complete text in a few installments.  I thank Riley Dunlap and Peter Jacques for the opportunity to Repost their impressive work.

 I follow with excerpts and related links to a number of eye-opening articles 

Oil Industry Astroturf Campaign Exposed
Andy Rowell, August 14, 2009
Leaked Memo: Oil Lobby Launches Fake "Grassroots" Campaign
By Kevin Grandia • August 13, 2009
Ethics and Climate.org | Donald Brown
Freedom to Bully: How Laws Intended to Free Information Are Used to Harass Researchers
Michael Halpern |  February 2015
Lee Fang | Aug. 25 2015
Exposed: Shameless climate denial, brought to you by Big Coal
Lindsay Abrams | August 26, 2015
Alpha Natural Discloses Payments to Climate Change Skeptic Chris Horner
By Patrick Fitzgerald | October 15, 2015
Shattered Consensus Review
Reviewed 7/10/2014
Avery and Singer: Unstoppable Hot Air
David Archer | November 20, 2006
Professor of physical sciences - Scott Mandia's Collection
What Are Climate Change Skeptics Still Skeptical About?
By Natalie Wolchover | November 22, 2011
Hudson Institute Funding
Dennis T. Avery (of the Hudson Institute)
Global warming denier Dennis Avery doesn’t know the difference between growth and growth rate
ThinkProgress | March 30, 2009
Right-Wing Authors Claim to be Swindled by Right-Wing Publisher
November 7, 2007
Cooking the Books: How the Conservative Best Seller Scam is a Free Market Hypocrisy
November 16, 2014
From The Merchants of Doubt - a documented history
Chapter 6 - Denial of Global Warming
Denialists are dead wrong about the science. But they understand something the left still doesn’t get about the revolutionary meaning of climate change.
By Naomi Klein | November 9, 2011
Climate Denial Goes Vegas  
July 7, 2014
Why do libertarians deny climate change?
by Massimo Pigliucci | May 27, 2010

#4 Book Ties With Conservative Think Tanks
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The American Behavioral Scientist

Climate Change Denial Books and 
Conservative Think Tanks
Exploring the Connection 

Copyright © 2013 SAGE PublicationsThis is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Am Behav Sci. 2013 Jun; 57(6): 699–731.
Conservative Think Tanks (CTTs)

Book Ties With Conservative Think Tanks

Our examination of the links between the denial books and CTTs follows the procedure we used in our prior study of environmental skepticism (Jacques et al., 2008). Specifically, links were established in one of two ways: The author or editor was affiliated with a CTT or the book was published (or copublished) by a CTT press (often both). 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

#3 Dunlap, Jacques - History of Climate Science Denial, Trends over time


This is the third installment of Dunlap, Jacques' (2013) study of the history of our dysfunctional public climate science education dialogue.  They focused on the influence of "conservative think tanks (CTTs) on the output of "skeptical" book publications and this section deals with Trends Over Time.

Here are facts about why out and out lying has been allowed to became the mainstay of the Republican climate science contrarian PR strategy   Facts that it would be good for younger activists to be aware of.  Given that the study has a CCA License I've decided to Repost the complete text in a few installments.  It will be a valuable addition to my collection of resources for the serious student of the attack on science.  I thank Riley Dunlap and Peter Jacques for the opportunity to Repost their impressive work.

Since this begins with one of the disinformation pioneers Sherwood Idso I follow with excerpts and links to a number of eye-opener articles about the Idso family cottage industry and how they misrepresent serious science. 

February 23, 2011
Hockey Stick Own Goal | By Dana Nuccitelli
April 30 2011
Medieval Project Gone Wrong | By Höskuldur Búi Jónsson
April 9, 2014
Climate Investigations Center: 
Craig Idso and Heartland Institute Climate Change Denial “NIPCC” Report | By Connor Gibson
July 10, 2016
Bankrupt Coal Miner Peabody Energy Paid Climate Denialist to Write Greenhouse Gas Reports | By Graham Readfearn
May 1, 2013
Consider the Source: 
ALEC scientist says ‘enriching’ the atmosphere with CO2 is good for tomatoes | Posted by John Adams
December 4, 2009
No. 8: Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change (A.K.A. The Idso Family) | By Josh Harkinson
August 19, 2008
More for the annals of climate misinformation | Posted by Olive Heffernan

#3 Trends Over Time
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The American Behavioral Scientist
Climate Change Denial Books and 
Conservative Think Tanks
Exploring the Connection 

Copyright © 2013 SAGE PublicationsThis is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Am Behav Sci. 2013 Jun; 57(6): 699–731.
Conservative Think Tanks (CTTs)

Trends Over Time

As apparent in Figure 1, the first denial volume, Sherwood Idso’s Carbon Dioxide: Friend or Foe, appeared in 1982, well before AGW had achieved a prominent place on the nation’s agenda. Highlighting the benefits of carbon dioxide, Idso took issue with early climate science that suggested increasing levels of carbon dioxide could produce deleterious effects. 

The remaining 107 books began appearing in 1989, the year after AGW became a highly visible issue in the United States and the IPCC was established, with 4 coming out that year.

Friday, August 19, 2016

#2 Dunlap, Jacques - History of Climate Science Denial, introduction to study


This is the second installment of Dunlap, Jacques' (2013) study of the history of our dysfunctional climate science education dialogue.  They focused on the influence of "conservative think tanks (CTTs) on the output of "skeptical" book publications.


Here are facts about why out and out lying has been allowed to became the mainstay of the Republican climate science contrarian PR strategy   Facts that it would be good for younger activists to be aware of.  Given that the study has a CCA License I've decided to Repost the complete text in a few installments.  It will be a valuable addition to my collection of resources for the serious student of the attack on science.  I thank Riley Dunlap and Peter Jacques for the opportunity to Repost their impressive work.



Am Behav Sci. 2013 Jun; 57(6): 699–731.

Climate Change Denial Books and Conservative Think Tanks - Part two

Copyright © 2013 SAGE Publications
This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Books Challenging Climate Science

Although just one of many forms of media employed by CTTs, books are especially important for reaching the conservative movement’s core constituency, wider segments of the public, and critical sectors of society such as corporate, political, and media leaders. 

Books confer a sense of legitimacy on their authors and provide them an effective tool for combating the findings of climate scientists that are published primarily in scholarly, peer-reviewed journals—at least within the public and policy (as opposed to scientific) arenas. 

Authors of successful books critiquing climate science often come to be viewed as “climate experts,” regardless of their academic backgrounds or scientific credentials, and despite the fact that their books are seldom peer reviewed. They are interviewed on TV and radio, quoted by newspaper columnists, and cited by sympathetic politicians and corporate figures. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

#1 Dunlap, Jacques - history of the climate science denial machine

I received a nice comment yesterday.



Dear Sir, I always read your posts and thank you for my continuing education on all matters climatic. My only gripe is that you give too much homework with your supporting links and I sometimes do not complete my assignments! ... Anyway, please keep up the great work.
Ian
I'm flattered, I do like putting a lot of links out there and I believe it's valuable information to help people gain a more complete understanding of our Earth for themselves.  I'm happy to know there are some who also think it worth investing the time to learn about it.  Thanks Ian.  

Speaking of homework.  I've had occasion to reread a summation of the history of our dysfunctional climate science education dialogue that was put together by a couple scholars.  It occurred to me here are facts about why out and out lying has been allowed to became the mainstay of the Republican climate science contrarian PR strategy   Given that the study has a CCA License I've decided to Repost the complete text in a few installments.  It will be a valuable addition to my collection of resources for the serious student of the attack on science.



Am Behav Sci. 2013 Jun; 57(6): 699–731.

Climate Change Denial Books and Conservative Think Tanks

Copyright © 2013 SAGE Publications
This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Abstract

The conservative movement and especially its think tanks play a critical role in denying the reality and significance of anthropogenic global warming (AGW), especially by manufacturing uncertainty over climate science. Books denying AGW are a crucial means of attacking climate science and scientists, and we examine the links between conservative think tanks (CTTs) and 108 climate change denial books published through 2010.