funding for arctic studies.

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    Much has been made of the fact that much of the Arctic studies has been funded by various governments. The implications being that this indicates a 'One World Conspriracy' or resurgence of 'Commies'.

    Yet, the most effective series of studies was put into motion and funded by an American venture capitalist.

    Gary Comer founded Land's End, a wildly successful direct mail clothing empire. He was also a transoceanic sailor, and in 2001, without the services of a government icebreaker, sailed the Northwest Passage. His was the first private venture to do the Passage in a single season. Not ony that, but he did the passage in sixteen days and eight hours.

    Comer recognized that something in the Arctic was changing very quickly when he could do in just over a fortnight what had taken 3 years to do a century ago. Comer a short time later sold Land' End and began visiting scientists to try to understand what he had observed. At Philip Conkling's suggestion, Comer contacted Wallace Broecker at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Together they founded the Comer Fellows Progarm in Adrupt Climate Change Research. Comer invested tens of millions of dollars in this program, recruiting many scientists involved in this field of study. During the summers of 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2006, Comer's ship, the Turmoil, made voyages of study to the Arctic.

    Much of what we understand of the Arctic came from these voyages. Gary Comer was extroidinerly successful as a businessman, and wonderfully successful in expanding our knowledge.
     
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    Gary Comer is apparently unaware that the climate has always changed.
     
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    Imagine if such funding were being provided by Koch Industries. :lol:
     
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    So he now focuses his efforts in the area of Land Zen?
     
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    Gary Comer died of cancer in 2006.
     
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    Koch Industries did provide funding for a study that verified what the vast majority of scientists have been stating for the last forty years.

    Exclusive: Berkeley temperature study results “confirm the reality of global warming and support in all essential respects the historical temperature analyses of the NOAA, NASA, and HadCRU” « Climate Progress

    To repeat, Climatologist Ken Caldeira sent me the following email message for publication this weekend (and he had rechecked this message before I ran it):

    I have seen a copy of the Berkeley group’s draft paper, which of course would be expected to be revised before submission.

    Their preliminary results sit right within the results of NOAA, NASA, and HadCRU, confirming that prior analyses were correct in every way that matters. Their results confirm the reality of global warming and support in all essential respects the historical temperature analyses of the NOAA, NASA, and HadCRU.

    Their analysis supports the view that there is no fire behind the smokescreen put up by climate science deniers.
    ..........................................................................................................................

    The goal of the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature Study was to assemble some clever scientists and statisticians “to resolve current criticism of the [global] temperature analyses, and to prepare an open record that will allow rapid response to further criticism or suggestions.” For a study supposedly aimed at boosting credibility in the surface temperature data record, however, its flaws in conception and operation were beyond head-exploding:

    It was co-chaired by Richard Muller (author of widely debunked books, blog posts and Wall Street Journal op-eds). Muller himself has actually worked to undermine credibility in well-established science and doesn’t have a great grasp of basic climate science (see here) or energy (see “here).
    Muller got co-funding for the study from the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation! It’s hard to imagine a more irresponsible and anti-scientific person than Charles Koch. CP and CAP have long detailed the role of the billionaire brothers of Koch Industries, Charles and David Koch, in destroying American prosperity. We now know Koch Industries outspends Exxon Mobil on climate energy disinformation.
     
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    Daveboy is apparently unaware that when things change in nature there are reasons and driving forces. But then, Daveboy is pretty much unaware, period.
     
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    How Zen of him.
     
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    Oh, no, I'm quite aware of a great deal. That's why I don't believe your bullshit.
     
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    Sure, Daveboy, sure. That is why you post yap-yap, but never any supporting evidence for your silly statements.
     

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