Alarmists Turn On Warmists!!!!


It’s a bit funny, a bit sad, and very maddening. 

Pielke Jr (those familiar with the climate wars will immediately recognize the name)  writes …..

I am Under “Investigation”


As some of you will already know, I am one of 7 US academics being investigated by US Representative Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) who is the ranking member of the House of Representatives Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. Rep. Grijalva has sent a letter to the president of my university requesting a range of information, including my correspondence, the letter is here in PDF.

Before continuing, let me make one point abundantly clear: I have no funding, declared or undeclared, with any fossil fuel company or interest. I never have. Representative Grijalva knows this too, because when I have testified before the US Congress, I have disclosed my funding and possible conflicts of interest. So I know with complete certainty that this investigation is a politically-motivated “witch hunt” designed to intimidate me (and others) and to smear my name.

For instance, the Congressman and his staff, along with compliant journalists, are busy characterizing me in public as a “climate skeptic” opposed to action on climate change. This of course is a lie. I have written a book calling for a carbon tax, I have publicly supported President Obama’s proposed EPA carbon regulations, and I have just published another book strongly defending the scientific assessment of the IPCC with respect to disasters and climate change. All of this is public record, so the smears against me must be an intentional effort to delegitimize my academic research.

What am I accused of that prompts being investigated? Here is my crime:

Prof. Roger Pielke, Jr., at CU’s Center for Science and Technology Policy Research has testified numerous times before the U.S. Congress on climate change and its economic impacts. His 2013 Senate testimony featured the claim, often repeated, that it is “incorrect to associate the increasing costs of disasters with the emission of greenhouse gases.”


Adam Sarvana, communications director for Natural Resources Committee’s Democratic delegation, reinforced the politically-motivated nature of the investigation in an interview:

“The way we chose the list of recipients is who has published widely, who has testified in Congress before, who seems to have the most impact on policy in the scientific community”

Let’s see – widely published, engaged with Congress, policy impact — these are supposed to be virtues of the modern academic researcher, right? (Here in PDF is my view on the importance of testifying before Congress when asked. I still think it is important.)

I am pleased that some colleagues with whom I have had professional disagreements with in the past have condemned the investigation via Twitter, among them Eric Steig (of Real Climate), Bob Ward (LSE) and Simon Donner (UBC). This shows some real class. In contrast, Michael E. Mann, who I defended when a Virginia politician came after him, used the “investigation” as a chance to lob childish insults my way via Twitter. Some things you can always count on in the climate arena!

So far, I have been contacted by only 2 reporters at relatively small media outlets. I’d say that the lack of interest in a politician coming after academics is surprising, but to be honest, pretty much nothing surprises me in the climate debate anymore. Even so, there is simply no excuse for any reporter to repeat incorrect claims made about me, given how easy I am to find and just ask.

The incessant attacks and smears are effective, no doubt, I have already shifted all of my academic work away from climate issues. I am simply not initiating any new research or papers on the topic and I have ring-fenced my slowly diminishing blogging on the subject. I am a full professor with tenure, so no one need worry about me — I’ll be just fine as there are plenty of interesting, research-able policy issues to occupy my time. But I can’t imagine the message being sent to younger scientists. Actually, I can: “when people are producing work in line with the scientific consensus there’s no reason to go on a witch hunt.”

When “witch hunts” are deemed legitimate in the context of popular causes, we will have fully turned science into just another arena for the exercise of power politics. The result is a big loss for both science and politics.

Well, I like Jr., but, I believe he’s wrong on many issues.  He is, of course, entirely correct about the abuse of politics into the science arena. 

No one serious about science, or, honest political debate can approve of this effort.  To my knowledge there’s never even been a whisper about any misconduct from Jr. 

If what Sarvana stated was true, then the aforementioned Mann would also be under investigation, along with countless other leftarded tools pretending to be scientists.  We know they’re not investing those people. 

For those readers in Arizona …… please contact your congress critter.  Write letters to the editor. 


I would, however, take exception to a couple of things from Jr.’s offering.

First of all, by Jr’s seemingly autonomic denial of having been funded by some fossil fuel company or interest, he seems to be implying that there’s something wrong with being funded by a fossil fuel company or interest.  This is incredibly bizarre seeing that many “fossil fuel” companies overtly funds and advocate warmists and their policy arguments.  It’s one of the biggest zombie lies in the climate debate.  We kill it, but, it comes back to life every two or three years.  I’m disappointed that Jr would feed this stupidity. 

Secondly, the image he posted is all wrong.  It’s a huge leftist lie which needs rectified.  Given the countless atrocities committed by nearly every communist nation in the world, this nation owes a huge debt of gratitude to Joe McCarthy.  History has demonstrated that he was entirely correct. 

The difference between a communist and a radical jihadist?  Their religion.  One worships man as a god of the world, and the other worships a distorted view of God and a false Christ.  Other than that, they’re pretty much the same. 

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10 Responses to Alarmists Turn On Warmists!!!!

  1. Latitude says:

    Pielke Jr …..look squirrels

  2. I. Lou Minotti says:

    They’re deathly afraid of anyone speaking what he believes is the truth–this time one of their own who appears to be going against the greater agenda and who, they fear, might soon be leaving “the fold.”

    Oh, before I forget. American history has proved McCarthy was right, even with all of his foibles.
    ~J. Stanton Evans, “Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy,” (New York: Three Rivers Press, 2007).

  3. DirkH says:

    “This is incredibly bizarre seeing that many “fossil fuel” companies overtly funds and advocate warmists and their policy arguments. ”

    Yep. Immediately drag Phil Jones in front of the commission.

  4. leftinflagstaff says:

    ‘ The result is a big loss for both science and politics.’

    Just not the right kind of loss. Financial loss.

  5. Martin C says:

    James, posting this link here ( I didn’t see a ‘tip/notes’ page), maybe you might want to discuss. Issue is Eric Holder wanting to ‘lower the standard’ in civil rights cases

    ( . .yeah, I can see it now:
    HOLDER: (to ‘witness’) ‘ . .you say he’s a racist, and you claim he violated your civil rights?
    WITNESS: . .yes, that’s what I think . . .”
    HOLDER: “That’s good enough for me . . GUILTY ! ” )

    • suyts says:

      Thanks Martin! I’ll check it out. No worries about staying topical. I used to have a tips/notes page, but, the commentators promptly ignored it. It’s all good. Sometimes the best posts are the ones with tangent or unrelated discussions. I don’t have the ego required to insist people only discuss things I want discussed.

  6. cdquarles says:

    This is Ike’s Academic-Government complex, in action. Free speech? Forget about it if you want to dispute the Party Line.

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