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can say all sorts of nasty stuff about a group that doesn’t exist — since the group doesn’t exist, they won’t sue you.

Checking my claims

If you can’t accept the assessments of the IPCC after all the care and detailed review, then there it would seem unlikely that you would take my word for the claims above without checking.54 The selection of flaws described in this document is intended to maximise the extent to which individuals can check my claims for themselves.

Plimer’s inconsistencies: Here the only resource that you need is a copy of Heaven + Earth, and maybe a calculator (or a spreadsheet). This will allow you to check the claims that I make in items 31, 40, 47, 56, 66, 70, 88, 98, 101 and the various inconsistent values for climate sensitivity discussed in items 69, 73, 75, 104, 120, 124.

Other flaws: Similarly, a copy of the book is all that is need to check various graphics flaws such as axis labelling, [see item 3 for summary] and things such as items 8, 27, 33, 37, 40, 42, 48, 74 (with the aid of a good dictionary) as well as most of the things in the section on ‘Silly Stuff’ (page 31).

Plimer’s misrepresentation of the IPCC: Many of these are easily checked, since the full Third and Fourth ssessment Reports are available as downloads from the IPCC website. figure such as 8.20 indicates a figure in chapter 8 (with TS indicating the Technical Summary). This will enable you to check (at least in part) items 10, 11, 12, 32, 93, 30, 100, 109, 110, 111. Checking items 29, 97 requires obtaining access to one or both of the first two assessments as do some aspects of items 32, 93, 110, 123.

Using other internet resources: Most of the data sets discussed in this document can be freely accessed.

  • The various HadCRU temperature data sets are available from: http://www.cru.uea.ac.uk/cru/data/temperature/ This will enable you to check items 6, 14, 83, and (with reference to IPCC report to verify my identification of the data set) 118.

The plot, http://cdiac.ornl.gov/trends/co2/graphics/Mauna Loa CO2.jpg, from the

Carbon Dioxide Information and

nalysis Center (CDI C) shows that at the pri-

mary repository for these data, the gaps in the Mauna Loa data set have not somehow mysteriously disappeared — item 89.

  • http://arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/IM GES/global.daily.ice.area.withtrend.jpg

will show that the lower plot in figure 29 is not what Plimer claims [item 54].


In addition: fter all, I have been a lead author of an IPCC chapter.


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