A sports metaphor for climategate

Climategate and football: together at last!

Here’s what I mean by this sub title:  the one-page piece was originally (almost) submitted to the journal Science as a potential Guest Editorial concerning Climategate in January  2010 when it was more timely. However, after getting an MS number (submission ID 145720), and listing five potential reviewers (an odious practice that I believe should be banned), a communication from Science about two months later informed me that it had NOT been submitted!  Since it was no longer football season when I got that e-mail from Science, and the Climategate issue had subsided, I decided to “bail” on it.

One particular e-mail in Climategate hit my hot button, since working as a skeptic in the cloud seeding domain, it was clear that I had been subject to the kinds of thoughts expressed in that e-mail.  That e-mail is the subject of this Guest Editorial.   I have no doubt that this is why some manuscipts that I submitted to journals on cloud seeding were rejected.  They weren’t rejected because they were wrong, but more likely because the conclusions were not ones that the reviewers wanted to hear, nor perhaps  the Editors for that matter, those who chose the reviewers knowing what the likely outcomes will be.

So, here it is:  Football and Climategate , together for the first time in this unpublished Guest Editorial that didn’t quite get submitted to Science!  BTW, reviewers I listed?  Emanual, Lindzen, Curry, Donald Kennedy, and Pielke, Sr.  Actually, I don’t think its a good idea to submit your own list of reviewers–that can more easily lead to bad science getting past “the gates.”  This short piece, which really had no chance to appear in the uppity journal, Science,  due to the author’s modest credentials, has been updated (in 2011)  to reflect the upcoming NCAA national championship football game between the Oregon Duck and the Auburn Tigers.  (If this game is a battle of mascots, there is no contest.)  I still feel strongly about this issue and that the gravity of it still has not been appropriately addressed.

(Still editing this on Feb. 22, 2011!  Egad.)

Climategate_The Point After

Complexities of cloud seeding in Colorado (Durango Herald

Attempts to decrease rain through cloud seeding during the Beijing Olympics, with U of WA Prof. Marcia Baker (Discovery Tech magazine)