"BEST climate joke: Hockey Stick fight at the you’re-not-OK Corral"
Curry repeats Muller’s smear that paleoclimate reconstructions were ‘dishonest’, and NASA’s Schmidt eviscerates her (again)
BEST is now a joke, officially, thanks to Dr. Judith Curry. Sure, B.E.S.T. seemed laughable from the start — see “Richard Muller, Charles Koch, Judith Curry and the implosion of the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature Study (BEST).”
How could an effort to restore the supposedly lost credibility of the global temperature record be run by one climate confusionist (Muller), have as its sole ‘climate expert’ perhaps the leading confusionist (see “Curry abandons science“), and be funded in part by the world’s biggest funder of climate disinformation! And I haven’t even blogged on the head-exploding conflict of interest of having Muller, who runs a for-profit climate consulting business, installing his daughter as B.E.S.T. project manager when she is the CEO of that business!
But that’s not funny. What’s funny is that Curry had been advertising herself as some sort of a peace-making, I’m-ok-you’re-ok, why-can’t-we-all-just-get-along bridge builder among scientists — a reconciler, as it were (see “Fred Pearce jumps the shark“).
Now, however, she has devoted an entire post at her blog Climate etc. — judithcurry.com — to defending Muller’s claim (in this youtube clip) that “hide the decline” means the paleoclimate re-constructors of the Hockey Stick were “dishonest.” For the record, the House of Commons vindication of climate scientists involved in the stolen emails explicitly stated:
… 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.
Similarly, Michael Mann has been through multiple vindications that specifically looked at all of these e-mails. See also RealClimate (here).
NASA’s Gavin Schmidt showed up on Curry’s blog to make some incisive comments, and, with Curry’s help, demonstrated that, using her standard, her own work is “dishonest.” Curry also made clear that her days of reconciliation are over. She has gone native — or, rather, gone tribal — the full disinformer, as they say.
WattsUpWithThat has, typically, tried to make Schmidt look bad with one piece of not-terribly-damning quote mining, but I will endeavor to pull out all of the relevant comments (including some by Curry and others). The whole post and comment chain is only worth reading if you like unintentional humor and ‘credibility seppuku':
Curry has no response to Gavin’s devastating evisceration of her entire position. WUWT, of course, just quoted the opening of Gavin’s second (8:45 pm) comment without the incisive analogy. Note that technical explanations for Curry’s choices don’t count, since, of course, the paleoclimate folks have technical explanations for their choices, too.
This thread is also telling:
Curry is like a non-bridge over troubled waters.
And finally, here’s Gavin (after Curry explains why she went over to WUWT to tell them Gavin had been commenting on her blog):
Anyway, I’ve got some talks to give. Have at it.