Andrew Bolt is Australia’s answer to Canada’s Lorne Gunter: another climate contrarian and general all round right-wingnut. Like most of his ilk, Bolt is a rabid critic of government immigration policy and says Australia needs to “rethink immigration intakes”. And Andrew’s thinking, if that’s the right word, is that it would “make sense to choose those most likely to fit in”, which apparently do not include Muslims and other “people from war-torn, tribal and backward countries”. His critics reasonably point to what appears to be a “blatant racist hypocrisy”.
Well, I’m sure that’s the major part of it. But it’s also got to be the funny names.
You see, Bolt has recently jumped onto the wildly careening McIntyre bandwagon, repeating a lot of the same idiocies about the supposed demise of the “hockey stick” global temperature chart as Ross McKitrick and Lorne Gunter before him.
But last year Briffa and colleague Fritz Schweingruber again published a paper with the Yamal data, this time in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. And this time, when McIntyre asked for the data, the journal got Briffa to hand it over.
A year later he has done so, and McIntyre swiftly found that the trees he relied on were astonishingly few – just 10 by 1990. Why had more not been used to produce a more reliable sample?
McIntyre found that Briffa could have used 34 more tree ring cores from Yamal that he’d actually referred to in other papers, and which had been collected by his colleague Schweingruber himself.
There’s one slight problem with this searing indictment. Can you spot it?
- Keith R Briffa*,
- Vladimir V Shishov,
- Thomas M Melvin
- Eugene A Vaganov,
- Håken Grudd,
- Rashit M Hantemirov,
- Matti Eronen and
- Muktar M Naurzbaev
Sc … Schw … Nope, Schweingruber doesn’t appear to be there. Oh well, at least Bolt spelled it correctly.
Over to you, Tim Lambert.