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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Emerging star in ClimateGate 2.0 NY Times Andrew Revkin then reporter now blogger for the most influential 'newspaper' in the world

In 1981, the NY Times put global warming activist James Hansen on its front page. 1/10/2007, PBS Interview, James Hansen, item about one third down page in response to comment about the Reagan administration.

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11/29/11, "My Favorite Climategate 2.0 Email (so far)," Coyote blog

"I am working on a summary post of the new batch of climategate emails, but this is perhaps my favorite. It is written to Andy Revkin, nominally a reporter for the NY Times but revealed by the new emails to be pretty much the unpaid PR agent of Michael Mann and company. Over and over, emails from Mann and his cohorts
  • get Revkin to write the articles they want,
drop quotes from skeptics from articles,
  • and in general coordinate communications policy.

Anyway, one climate scientist writes Revkin this note [Date, Feb. 13, 2004]

I think the notion of telling the public to prepare for both global warming and an ice age at the same [time] creates a real public relations problem for us.

Amazing that this actually had to be said.

Update: Revkin is currently an opinion blogger but at the time of the emails he was supposed to be a news reporter at the NYT. (New York Times)"

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A 2007 Revkin ClimateGate 2.0 email:

11/29/11, "2007, Revkin to Santer et al: "sorry to take your time up, but really do need a scrub of this singer/christy/etc effort "," by Tom Nelson

"Did Revkin think of himself as part of "the team" fighting for their "cause"?
2007 climategate email

Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2007 11:38:52 -0500 To: santer1@llnl.gov, broccoli@envsci.rutgers.edu, mears@remss.com

From: Andrew Revkin Subject: sorry to take your time up, but really do need a scrub of this singer/christy/etc effort

hi, for moment please do not distribute or discuss. trying to get a sense of whether singer / christy can get any traction with this at all.

*_ ANDREW C. REVKIN"

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In 1981, the NY Times put global warming activist James Hansen on its front page:

1/10/2007, PBS Interview, James Hansen, item about one third down page in response to comment about the Reagan administration:

"Well, I think the reason it was sensitive was the fact that it got attention. In 1981 the paper that we wrote in Science -- that predicted that the world would be getting warmer over the 1980s and that by the year 2000 you begin to see loss of sea ice and eventually you have opening of the fabled Northwest Passage -- that article was reported on the front page of The New York Times by Walter Sullivan."

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In 1988 the NY Times championed activist James Hansen's Senate appearance:

6/24/1988, "Global Warming Has Begun, Expert Tells Senate," NY Times, by Phillip Shabecoff

"The earth has been warmer in the first five months of this year than in any comparable period since measurements began 130 years ago, and the higher temperatures can now be attributed to a long-expected global warming trend linked to pollution,

  • a space agency scientist reported today.

Until now, scientists have been cautious about attributing rising global temperatures of recent years to the predicted global warming caused by pollutants in the atmosphere, known as the ''greenhouse effect.'' But today Dr. James E. Hansen of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration told a Congressional committee that it was 99 percent certain that the warming trend was not a natural variation but was caused by a buildup of carbon dioxide and other artificial gases in the atmosphere.

Dr. Hansen, a leading expert on climate change, said in an interview that there was no ''magic number'' that showed when the greenhouse effect was actually starting to cause changes in climate and weather. But he added, ''It is time to stop waffling so much and say that the evidence is pretty strong that the greenhouse effect is here.'' ...

If Dr. Hansen and other scientists are correct, then humans, by burning of fossil fuels and other activities, have altered the global climate in a manner that will affect life on earth for centuries to come.

Dr. Hansen, director of NASA's Institute for Space Studies in Manhattan, testifed before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

He and other scientists testifying before the Senate panel today said that projections of the climate change that is now apparently occurring mean that the Southeastern and Midwestern sections of the United States will be subject to frequent episodes of very high temperatures and drought in the next decade and beyond. But they cautioned that it was not possible to attribute a specific heat wave to the greenhouse effect, given the still limited state of knowledge on the subject. ...

Some scientists still argue that warmer temperatures in recent years may be a result of natural fluctuations rather than human-induced changes.

Several Senators on the Committee joined witnesses in calling for action now on a broad national and international program to slow the pace of global warming."

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Hansen should not have remained on the payroll of the US taxpayer in his role as a radical activist. In this role he became rich by collecting millions of dollars in prizes and awards around the globe. The NY Times is a powerful partner. ed.



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