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December 19, 2014

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letter to the editor:

Columnist’s head is in the clouds

I was very disappointed that the Sun bothered to publish John Christy’s opinion piece, “Settled science isn’t necessarily so.” Christy, and his colleagues Roy Spencer and Richard McNider, from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, have been debunked more times than you can shake a stick at.

A Climate Change National Forum headline reads, “John Christy, Richard McNider and Roy Spencer trying to overturn mainstream science by rewriting history, knowingly spreading falsehoods and re-baselining graphs.”

Andrew Dessler, professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M, says, “They must first stop making silly mistakes.”

The Climate Science Watch posts, “Richard McNider and John Christy push thinly sourced, out-of-context claims.”

From the Guardian, “Spencer, Christy, and McNider offer perfect examples of what John Kerry was criticizing – shoddy, biased science being treated on equal footing with solid mainstream science.”

ThinkProgress: “Another week, another error-riddled piece of climate nonsense in Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal. This time it’s by one of the world’s most debunked disinformers John Christy. ... It surprises no one that Christy is wrong here. Christy, and University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) colleague Roy Spencer, famously screwed up the satellite temperature measurements of the troposphere.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

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