The Long and the Short of It, Part Two? Arrogance and Paranoia, Part Two?

On March 29, 2010, George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication released “A National Survey of Television Meteorologists about Climate Change: Preliminary Findings,” a study funded by the National Science Foundation.

Some of the answers have me shaking my head and wanting to breathe into a paper bag. For example, question 39 asks television meteorologists to choose the statement closest to their own view.

1. Most scientists think global warming is happening.
2. Most scientists think global warming is not happening.
3. There is a lot of disagreement among scientists about whether or not global warming is happening.
4. Don’t know enough to say.

Which one of those answers did 61.2% of the meteorologists select? Go look for yourself.

If that study isn’t disturbing enough, then check out what the Columbia Journalism Review has as its cover story for Jan./Feb. 2010:

“Hot Air: Why Don’t TV Weathermen Believe in Climate Change?”

Meanwhile, the British Science and Technology Committee submitted its findings on Climategate. Here are two key paragraphs from this House of Commons’ report:

The focus on Professor Jones and CRU has been largely misplaced. On the accusations relating to Professor Jones’s refusal to share raw data and computer codes, we consider that his actions were in line with common practice in the climate science community. We have suggested that the community consider becoming more transparent by publishing raw data and detailed methodologies. On accusations relating to Freedom of Information, we consider that much of the responsibility should lie with UEA, not CRU.

In addition, insofar as we have been able to consider accusations of dishonesty–for example, Professor Jones’s alleged attempt to “hide the decline”–we consider that there is no case to answer. Within our limited inquiry and the evidence we took, the scientific reputation of Professor Jones and CRU remains intact. We have found no reason in this unfortunate episode to challenge the scientific consensus as expressed by Professor Beddington, that “global warming is happening [and] that it is induced by human activity”

Click here for the full text.

Meanwhile, of course, the spinning continues. Here are a few of the headlines describing the British parlimentary panel’s findings.

from the Washington Post: “British Lawmakers Issue Mixed Report on ‘Climategate'”

from the Environmental News Service: “British Parliamentary Inquiry Clears ‘Climategate’ Scientists”

from the Wall Street Journal: “U.K. Climate-Change Probe Clears Lab but Faults It on Disclosure”

Right now, Google News has hundreds of stories on the British parliamentary panel’s findings. Just reading a few of them for the order in which they state the findings is a valuable exercise. Unfortunately, it has my head spinning.

Cassandra.

P.S. HT to Chris Morrison. His blog post “If Global Warming Kills Us, Blame the Weatherman” set me on this morning’s chase.

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