The Climate-gate story – the real scandal


“In November 2009, the servers at the University of East Anglia in Britain were illegally hacked and emails were stolen. When a selection of emails between climate scientists were published on the internet, a few suggestive quotes were seized upon by many claiming global warming was all just a conspiracy. A number of independent enquiries have investigated the conduct of the scientists involved in the emails. All have cleared the scientists of any wrong doing” (Skeptical science)

Coal fired power plants are as a rule heavily subsidised and negative externalities are hidden. Photo: Å. Bjørke

Coal fired power plants are as a rule heavily subsidised and negative externalities are hidden. Photo: Å. Bjørke

What the “Climate gate” proves is:

1. Climate change deniers are either criminals or approve of criminal activity
Hacking servers and theft of private correspondence are criminal acts. People who use stolen property are either criminals themselves or openly approve of the crime.

2. Climate change deniers find it acceptable to cooperate with the  Russian mafia or Russian secret police
The stolen correspondence was placed on a server in Russia. The server has not been possible to trace. Who is able to operate such a server in Russia? Anyone but the Russian mafia or the FSB? The Russian government is of course happy to cooperate. President Putin is the biggest exporter of fossil fuels in the world, and his regime would most likely fall without the oil and gas revenues of at least USD 1 billion per day.

3. The few climate change deniers with academic credentials are poor scientists with low integrity
They seem to be unable to perform the most basic in all research: source assessment. They seem unable to distinguish between propaganda and scientific sources. They seem unable to distinguish between a fairly normal, internal scientific methods discussions and information given in peer reviewed articles in scientific journals. In addition they use private information that has been acquired through criminal means. Demonstrating their poor academic integrity and ability, it is good reason to question the validity and reliability of any of their research.

4. Several of these “scientists” are happy to receive payment from very biased sources to produce disinformation and produce as much confusing information as possible
Those working for e.g. Heartland-, Competitive Enterprise-, Cato institutes and similar PR entities receive money or other benefits from the fossil fuel multibillionaires as the Koch brothers,  Lord Monckton, ExxonMobil, Aramco, Philip Morris and others. They keep repeating in the media all over the world that IPCC and their associated scientists are cheaters. They are also happy to tell us that smoking cigarettes is not dangerous. If it is, there is no correlation between smoking and cancer. If it is, smoking is not addictive. If it is, at least passive smoking is not dangerous etc. They use the same line of arguing in the climate change debate.

5. Western climate change deniers cooperate with undemocratic interests
Those financing global climate denialism are in addition to the Koch bros, Rupert Murdoch and the CEOs of the big oil and coal companies, the world’s biggest oil exporters: The Russian government, The Saudi Arabian royal family, Kuwait, the Emirates, the Chinese communist party controlling the three richest oil companies in the world: PetroChina, Sinopec and Cnooc, the petro tyrants in Iran and other OPEC countries. All these are willing to do anything to keep the fossil fuel age going some more years, and pay any scientist with low integrity to keep deceiving the public and politicians.

6. The hockey stick graph is correct
 Climategate claims to have debunked the hockeystick graph. However, the research and conclusions behind the hockey stick graph have been reproduced and confirmed many times by various research groups all over the world.
Several committees by parliamentarians and scientific groups have studied the emails in the “climate gate”. They all reach the same conclusion: the emails do not reveal any scientific dishonesty or manipulation. The Climategate is simply an untruthful and aggressive propaganda stunt concocted  by fossil fuel -financed PR institutes.

7. There is a global network of PR agencies financed by the fossil fuel industry
This PR network coordinate production of disinformation, produce “news”, smear- and harassment campaigns of climate scientists. They coordinate hundreds of “net trolls”, sending hate mail. The carbon barons and multibillionaires donating enormous amounts of petro-dollars to this PR network are the Koch-brothers, Exxon Mobil, Aramco (the extreme Islamist regime in Saudi Arabia), other big oil companies, President Putin and petro tyrants in the Middle East. Fabricated news like the Climategate therefore get more attention in the mass media than e.g. the publication of the IPCC reports.

8. The real scandal is that the mass media of the world have swallowed the fossil fuel propaganda bait, hook, line and sink
Very few of the newspapers in the West had the courage – nor the integrity  to tell the real story. Mass media in general should demonstrate at least a tiny bit of critical thinking and skepticism when they receive “news” from sources controlled by the Koch Bros.


What is the “Hockey Stick?

Scientists use proxies (sediments, ice cores, tree rings, corals, stalagmites, pollen or historical documents and measurements etc) to discover the climates of the past.

Hockey stick graphs present the global or hemispherical mean temperature record of the past 500 to 2000 years as shown by quantitative climate reconstructions based on climate proxy records. These reconstructions have consistently shown a slow long term cooling trend changing into relatively rapid warming in the 20th century, with the instrumental temperature record by 2000 exceeding earlier temperatures.

Hockey stick graph – Wikipedia…

  • Its affirmed by US National Academy of Sciences (NAS)
  • It’s confirmed and improved by the all the most comprehensive studies done on the matter (+ ca 200 other studies).
  • New paleo-science further improves the Stick.

NAS are one of the most respectable scientific academies and holds a very strong position world wide and in the US, all the way back since it was co-founded by Abraham Lincoln. As of 2016, the National Academy of Sciences includes about 2,350 members and 450 foreign associates. Approximately 200 members have won a Nobel Prize.

The National Academy of Science wrote a book on the topic, confirming Mann’s claims.

“The basic conclusion of Mann et al. (1998, 1999) was that the late 20th century warmth in the Northern Hemisphere was unprecedented during at least the last 1,000 years. This conclusion has subsequently been supported by an array of evidence that includes both additional large-scale surface temperature reconstructions and pronounced changes in a variety of local proxy indicators, such as melting on ice caps and the retreat of glaciers around the world, which in many cases appear to be unprecedented during at least the last 2,000 years.”

You can read it here: Surface Temperature Reconstructions for the Last 2,000 Years

And now we have… enough “hockey sticks” for a team:  38 referenced reconstructions confirming Mann’s claims:  Enough hockey sticks for a team


Ahmed, N. (2014) UN – climate ‘perfect storm’ is already here. Time to slay Zombie Big Oil,

Bradsher, K. (2014) China takes on big risks in its push for shale gas, NYT;

Climatic Research Unit (CRU)

CRU statements

Danson, C. (2014) The Mainstream Media’s Criminal Climate Coverage

Desmogblog (2014) Climate Change Philosopher A Target Of Abusive Hate Campaign,

Fake science, fakexperts, funny finances, free of tax  Modern anti-science was created by the tobacco industry in the 1950s and then used against climate science, often by the same well-experienced think tanks and individuals.  Tobacco anti-science is strangely entangled with climate anti-science, as the attached report shows in detail involving Fred Singer’s SEPP, Joseph Bast’s Heartland, and more. (Fakery 2  10/25/12 updates this post with more data.)

What do the ‘Climategate’ hacked CRU emails tell us? (Skeptical science)

Judge Scales Back Climate Scientist’s Case Against Bloggers (2021)

Jones, P. (2013) Global temperature records

Mann, M. (2917)  It’s Open Season on Climate Scientists

Montague, B. (2015) How the Creation of Mann’s Hockey Stick Led to a Climate Denier Counter-Attack

A Win for the Climate Scientist Whom Skeptics Compared to Jerry Sandusky.  Climate scientist Michael Mann files defamation suit against National review

Fleischer, M. (2014) How curbing climate change can prevent Russia from becoming a superpower, LA Times,,0,5497942.story#ixzz2yfVrzADJ

Guardian 2013: IPCC report: sceptic groups launch global anti-science campaign

Guardian (2013) Dollars for Deniers: Big Oil Funds Climate Science Denialism

Hansen, J (2014) Fossil fuel addiction could trigger runaway global warming,

Klare, M. (2014) We Are Now in the Terminal Stage of Our Fossil-Fuel Addiction,

Laden, G. (2013) Dollars for Deniers: Big Oil Funds Climate Science Denialism

Monbiot, G. ( 2010) The ‘climategate’ inquiry at last vindicates Phil Jones – and so must I

New York Times (2010) A climate science corrective. “Perhaps now we can put the manufactured controversy known as Climategate behind us and turn to the task of actually doing something about global warming”

Oreskes and Conway () Merchants of doubt: How a handful of scientists obscured the truth on issues from tobacco smoke to global warming

RTCC (2014) Carter slams Koch brothers for funding climate denial

Skeptical science (2014) What do the ‘Climategate’ hacked CRU emails tell us?

Which country (2014) Top 10 Largest Oil Producing Countries in the World,

Redfearn, G. (2014) Michael Mann’s Opponents In Hockey Stick Defamation Case Regurgitate Half-Truths In New Court Filing

Schiffman, R. (2014) Why Growing Harassment of Scientists by Climate Change Deniers Is So Dangerous

Union of Concerned Scientists (2007)   Smoke, Mirrors & Hot Air  How ExxonMobil Uses Big Tobacco’s Tactics to Manufacture Uncertainty on Climate Science- ||

Union of Concerned Scientists (2015) The Climate Deception Dossiers    ||

Amanda Marcotte (2016) Lying Is the Business of Right-Wing Propagandists

 More links

Make 2014 the climate year     |     Climate change in facts and figures   |    The climate change deceit conspiracy theory  |   WATCH: John Oliver and Bill Nye School Media on Realistic Climate Change Debate—97 Scientists v. 3 Denier Dudes 

Michael Mann’s Hotlist of the 9 Most Prominent Climate Deniers

Documenting the Fossil Fuel Industry’s Climate Deception (Union of concerned scientists July 2015)

Fossil Fuel Industry Continues Wrath on Renowned Climate Scientist Michael Mann

McIntyre’s Missing Millions or How Climategate Blogger Missed Out on ‘Deal of a Lifetime’

Meet The Saudi Prince Who Finances the Murderous Egyptian Military, and Crushes Democracy in the Middle East

The Prince: Meet the Man Who Co-Opted Democracy in the Middle East

Saudi Arabia’s Brilliant Recipe for Dominating the Middle East

King AbdulAziz Ibn Saud

President Putin – the world’s biggest oil exporter – and dependent on oil

Casey research (2014) Vladimir Putin: The New Global Shah of Oil

Why Is Vladimir Putin Acting So Crazy?

Halliburton – American multinational corporation and currently one of the world’s largest oil field services companies with operations in more than 80 countries. Registered in several tax havens, close ties with petro tyrants in the Middle East and Africa and found guilty of corruption in several cases

What Do Sugar and Climate Change Have in Common? Misplaced Skepticism of the Science In both the sugar and anti-climate change industries,money distorts what the public believes

Global Monitor: Russia Puts the Global Warming Treaty in the Deep Freeze ||  Study Confirms Tea Party Was Created by Big Tobacco and Billionaire Koch Brothers   ||   How the Koch brothers screwed over the climate even more than you know  ||   Secret funding helped build vast network of climate denial thinktanks (Guardian, Feb 2013)  | | |  Merchants of doubt  |  Koch Brothers Political Empire Holds Action on Climate Change Hostage  |  Chevron donates to republican party |  Koch bros vs Growthbusters | Quick and dirty primer on the Koch bros | | The ATM for climate deniers  ||  10 worst billionaires on the Forbes list  ||   Zombie films and climate change  ||  How curbing climate change can prevent Russia from becoming a superpower    ||  “The greedy, lying bastards” takes on climate change deniers and big oil  ||   Greedy lying bastards   ||   The Heartland “experts”  ||   IPCC report: sceptic groups launch global anti-science campaign  ||  Fact free Bjørn Lomborg  ||   Why Growing Harassment of Scientists by Climate Change Deniers Is So Dangerous ||   Mont Pelerin Society A Window Into Ideological Heart Of Kochtopus Climate Denial || List of oil exploring companies  || GRAPHIC: A Day In The Life Of Big Oil || Exposed: Leak of Documents Shows How Leading Libertarian Think Tank Is Working to Undermine Climate Science  | |  Heartland Expert Taught ‘Biased’ Climate Science Course at Canadian University  | |   The Koch brothers exposed (Rolling stone April 2012)  ||  The terrarists -How to Make Staggering Amounts of Money and Ruin the Planet  ||   Killing of environmental activists rises globally  ||

There will always be scientists who are willing to prostitute themselves when the payment is high enough. The richest people in the world are those who addict people, then harm them and kill them. The big fossil fuel industry and the big tobacco industry have always cooperated well. The fossil fuel industry use the same propaganda tricks as the big tobacco used some decades ago.  A dominating political party in the USA has decided to defend “Big oil” all the way, even to the detriment of their own country.
Ted Cruz Lies Again About the Science of Climate Change

Rupert Murdoch’s media empire
Remember the Rebecca Brooks scandal and her boss Rupert Murdoch staunchly defending her until a wahhabist prince comes along? In reality, Rupert Murdoch and Fox news are dictated by carbon barons in the Middle East:
Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal Alsaud – ‘Brooks Has To Go’ 

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