Medieval Warm Period rehabilited Sept 30, 2009 23:20:46 GMT
Post by gdfernan on Sept 30, 2009 23:20:46 GMT
"U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works
Statement of Dr. David Deming
University of Oklahoma
College of Earth and Energy
Climate Change and the Media"
"Mr. Chairman, members of the Committee, and distinguished guests, thank you for inviting me to testify today. I am a geologist and geophysicist. I have a bachelor's degree in geology from Indiana University, and a Ph.D in geophysics from the University of Utah. My field of specialization in geophysics is temperature and heat flow. In recent years, I have turned my studies to the history and philosophy of science. In 1995, I published a short paper in the academic journal Science. In that study, I reviewed how borehole temperature data recorded a warming of about one degree Celsius in North America over the last 100 to 150 years. The week the article appeared, I was contacted by a reporter for National Public Radio. He offered to interview me, but only if I would state that the warming was due to human activity. When I refused to do so, he hung up on me.I had another interesting experience around the time my paper in Science was published. I received an astonishing email from a major researcher in the area of climate change. He said, "We have to get rid of the Medieval Warm Period."
The Medieval Warm Period (MWP) was a time of unusually warm weather that began around 1000 AD and persisted until a cold period known as the "Little Ice Age" took hold in the 14th century. Warmer climate brought a remarkable flowering of prosperity, knowledge, and art to Europe during the High Middle Ages.
The existence of the MWP had been recognized in the scientific literature for decades. But now it was a major embarrassment to those maintaining that the 20th century warming was truly anomalous. It had to be "gotten rid of.""
And subsequent to that memo - the IPCC used Mann's hockey stick instead which DID get rid of the MWP.
If any of this is true why would Deming not post the memo in full (to exclude the possibility he is cherrypicking 3 words) and also publicize who the "major researcher" was?
Who is he trying to protect? Himself from libel?
Either this happened and Deming is almost obliged to give the details rather than helping to cover it up. Or it didn't happen and Deming is lying.
SOCOLD and GLC too.
The person who sent this email, apparently according to Dr Tim Ball, is Jonathan Overpeck, a a lead author of "IPCC"