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Main polar bear alarmist put on leave, investigated
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Posted from ICECAP.Since The Reference Frame blog is now difficult to load on.

JULY 28,2011

By Lubos Motl, The Reference Frame

EXCERPT:

Scientific misconduct almost certainly demonstrable

You may have forgotten about it but one of the early stimuli that energized the recent wave of hysteria about the so-called “global warming” was a claimed observation of four dead polar bears floating on the sea after a thunderstorm in September 2004 - exactly when TRF was getting started.

[Image: 400px-Ursus_maritimus_Polar_bear_with_cub_2_thumb.jpg]

The main relevant articles ultimately appeared in 2005 and 2006:

Potential effects of diminished sea ice on open-water swimming, mortality, and distribution of polar bears during fall in the Alaskan Beaufort Sea (2005)

Observations of mortality associated with extended open-water swimming by polar bears in the Alaskan Beaufort Sea (2006)

The authors of the 2006 article, Charles Monnett (lead author of both articles) and Jeffrey S. Gleason, have de facto claimed that 5/6 of a group of polar bears died in a 16-year period and it’s surely due to global warming and it’s gonna get worse.

As the media - see e.g. AP and CBS news - just figured out, Charles Monnett, employed by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy, Management, Regulation, and Enforcement, was put on leave until the verdict about the investigation of his “integrity issues”. Obama administration officials are behind the investigation: they confiscated Monnett’s hard drives and notebooks, among other possible proofs. Gleason, the second author in both papers, has told the investigators that none of the polar bears in either article had anything real to do with global warming (and they haven’t even mentioned the term global warming) and Monnett has added this spin to his interpretations (which has surely sweetened his life until 2011, I add).

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It appears that Charles Monnett is in trouble!

Just another AGW believer getting exposed for what they are.

A Dirtbag!
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Quote:... four dead polar bears floating on the sea ...

Was it ever determined exactly what killed those bears - just because they were floating in the sea doesn't mean they drowned.
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(07-31-2011, 06:51 PM)JohnWho Wrote:
Quote:... four dead polar bears floating on the sea ...

Was it ever determined exactly what killed those bears - just because they were floating in the sea doesn't mean they drowned.

I have not found a credible explanation.

The problem is that Charles Monnett made unsupported claims.That unduly effected political policy about "endangered" Polar Bears.Now the EPA is convinced that the Bears are in trouble,due to shrinking ice.Thus the reason why a few dead bears,excites them.

World Climate Report noticed early on.The dearth of information to back the dead bears claims.





It is our attitude toward free thought and free expression that will determine our fate. There must be no limit on the range of temperate discussion, no limits on thought. No subject must be taboo. No censor must preside at our assemblies.

–William O. Douglas, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, 1952
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Arctic scientist's complaint being reviewed

By BECKY BOHRER, AP
  • JUNEAU, Alaska — An inquiry is under way into the treatment of suspended Arctic scientist Charles Monnett, an Interior Department official said.

    The department's scientific integrity officer, Ralph Morgenweck, confirmed the inquiry in a letter this week to the watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. PEER, which filed a complaint last month on Monnett's behalf, provided a copy to The Associated Press on Friday.

    The group accuses top officials within Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, or BOEMRE, of scientific and scholarly misconduct for their treatment of Monnett.

    ~snip~

    PEER, in its complaint, asked that Monnett be reinstated and that the investigation be dropped or pursued by specifying charges against Monnett, in accordance with department policy.

    ~snip~

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