manxasthehills2011: We really can’t believe all we read in mainstream media. Hype, hype and more hype to achieve aims. Who cares if the story isn’t thoroughly researched? Who cares if polar bears might not really be drowning? Carbon tax means income.
By Tony Aardvark
It just keeps getting worse for the Church of Climatology, Visonary and Prophet Al Gore is saying bullshit instead of speaking it as usual, and Polarbeargate just will not go away. When the Polarebeargate story broke the Obama administration went to great lengths to say that the investigation of Charles Monnet had nothing to do with the junk science of Monnet’s 2006 report on drowning polar bears. No surprises that the warming alarmists closed ranks again, because special agents from Interior Department’s inspector General’s Office are questioning Monnet and one of his accomplices on their 2006 report on the drowning polar bears: Polar bears drowning in an Alaskan sea because the ice packs are melting—it’s the iconic image of the global warming debate. But the validity of the science behind the image—presented as an ignoble testament to our environment in peril by Al Gore in his film An Inconvenient Truth—is now part of a federal investigation that has the environmental community on edge. Special agents from the Interior Department’s inspector general’s office are questioning the two government scientists about the paper they wrote on drowned polar bears, suggesting mistakes were made in the math and as to how the bears actually died, and the department is eyeing another study currently underway on bear populations.
Biologist Charles Monnett, the lead scientist on the paper, was placed on administrative leave July 18. Fellow biologist Jeffrey Gleason, who also contributed to the study, is being questioned, but has not been suspended. The disputed paper was published by the journal Polar Biology in 2006, and suggests that the “drowning-related deaths of polar bears may increase in the future if the observed trend of regression of pack ice and/or longer open-water periods continues.” It galvanized the environmental movement that led to the bear’s controversial listing in 2008 as threatened, and it is now protected under the Endangered Species Act.
Although the four dead bears cited in the paper were observed from 1,500 feet during flights over the Beaufort Sea, and the carcasses were never recovered or examined, Gleason told investigators it is likely the creatures drowned in a sudden windstorm that produced 30-knot winds, not for lack of an ice pack. “We never mentioned global warming in the paper,” Gleason told the investigators, according to the transcript. “But it’s inferred,” responded investigator Eric May. “That’s why the world took it up as a global warming tangent.” No easy ride for the junk scientists here, Gleason then goes on to say that whole thing snowballed, yet both Gleason and Monnet chose to say nothing while their finding were exaggerated.
Monnett now manages $50 million in studies as part of his duties as a wildlife biologist with the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement. Investigators are also examining Monnet’s procurement of one of those research studies on polar bears conducted by Canada’s University of Alberta, as well as the “disclosure of personal relationships and preparation of the scope of work,” according to a July 29 memo from the Interior Department’s inspector general’s office. In particular, investigators are asking questions about the peer review work on Monnett’s drowned polar bear paper, which was done by his wife, Lisa Rotterman Not ideal, but by Church of Climatology peer review standards a quantum leap forward from the usual eco terrorists from Greenpeace who normally masquerade a scientists. http://toryaardvark.com/2011/08/11/polarbeargate-charles-monnet-questioned-by-special-agents/