Oh I do hate seeing blog posts with titles like “Easterbrook’s Wrong (Again)“. Luckily, it’s not me they’re talking about. It’s some other dude who, as far as I know, is completely unrelated to me. And that’s a damn good thing, as this Don Easterbrook appears to be a serial liar. Apparently he’s an emeritus geology prof from from some university in the US. And because he’s ready to stand up and spout scientific sounding nonsense about “global cooling”, he gets invited to talk to journalists all the time. And then his misinformation then gets duly repeated on blog threads all over the internet, despite the efforts of a small group of bloggers trying to clean up the mess:
- Hot Topic:
- May 21, 2010: Cooling-gate! Easterbrook fakes his figures, hides the incline
- May 25, 2010: Cooling-gate: Easterbrook defends the indefensible
- May 27, 2010: Cooling-gate: the 100 years of warming Easterbrook wants you to ignore
- May 30, 2010: Whose lie is it anyway? Easterbrook caught red-handed
- Jan 4, 2011: Easterbrook’s wrong (again);
- Jan 15, 2011: Don Easterbrook’s Academic Dishonesty
- Jan 17, 2011: Easterbrook adrift: WWU geology dept issues statement on climate change;
- Jan 26, 2011: Core blimey, Easterbrook’s at it again
- Scott Mandia:
- Bob Grumbine:
- Jan 18, 2011: More Grumbine Science: Was Easterbrook talking science?
- Michael Tobis:
- Jan 2, 2011: Only In It For The Gold: Garbled Reasoning at WUWT
In a way, this another instance of the kind of denial of service attack I talked about last year. One retired professor fakes a few graphs, and they spread so widely over the internet that many good honest science bloggers have to stop what they’re doing, research the fraud, and expose it. And still they can’t stop the nonsense from spreading (just google “Don Easterbrook” to see how widely he’s quoted, usually in glowing terms).
The depressing thing is that he’s not the only Easterbrook doing this. I appear to be out-numberered: ClimateProgress, Sept 13, 2008: Gregg Easterbrook still knows nothing about global warming — and less about clean energy.