"A physicist whose work is often highlighted by climate-change sceptics is refusing to provide the software he used to other climate researchers attempting to replicate his results. Nicola Scafetta, a physicist at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, has published a series of papers over the past few years that suggest the sun played a much bigger role in warming over the 20th century than is generally accepted." Michael Le Page reports for the New Scientists Dec. 18, 2009.
"COPENHAGEN -- Sen. Jim Inhofe flew across the Atlantic and -- on little sleep -- braved the snow, the cold and the dark to deliver his skeptical message at the international climate conference. What he found when he got here: a few aides and a single reporter. 'I think he's going to be a little disappointed,' one of his aides remarked." Louise Roug reports for Politicovia Huffington Post Dec. 19, 2009.
"Six Republican members of Congress brought their questionable grasp of climate science to Copenhagen on Friday, hoping to capitalize on the fact that a final deal is still up in the air. Their mission, they said, was to inform the folks at the summit that the US doesn't plan to finalize a cap-and-trade plan anytime soon. But they spent most of their presser spouting off dubious, if amusing, views on climate science." Kate Sheppard reports for Mother Jones Dec. 18, 2009.
"Christopher Monckton, the prominent British climate change skeptic who made the news last week when he compared climate protesters in Copenhagen to 'Hitler Youth,' advocated the creation of internment camps for HIV-positive people in an article published two decades ago." Daniel Tencer reports for Raw Story December 12, 2009.
"LONDON -- E-mails stolen from climate scientists show they stonewalled skeptics and discussed hiding data -- but the messages don't support claims that the science of global warming was faked, according to an exhaustive review by The Associated Press. The 1,073 e-mails examined by the AP show that scientists harbored private doubts, however slight and fleeting, even as they told the world they were certain about climate change. However, the exchanges don't undercut the vast body of evidence showing the world is warming because of man-made greenhouse gas emissions. Seth Borenstein, Raphael Satter and Malcolm Ritter report for the Associated Press Dec. 12, 2009.
A philosopher in this post-ethics age sat down to eat breakfast in Copenhagen, laptop open, and couldn't help overhearing the private conversation of some climate "skeptics," who presumably feel no outrage about intrusion on private conversations. He took notes: "The private breakfast conversation was troubling, offering clear and indisputable evidence of attempts by the highest members of the climate denier community to manipulate the truth, shout down debate, silence dissent, hide data, initiate a political coup, deliberately conflate theoretical terms, isolate and mock the weak, cover up known facts, obfuscate good science, and whimper." It goes all the way up to Christopher Walter Monckton, 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley.
"The Bella Center, the venue hosting the Copenhagen climate negotiations, is overflowing with advocates seeking action on climate change. But their opponents have turned out in force too. They're a little harder to identify than, say, the activists walking around dressed as trees. But working the crowds are some of the biggest climate skeptics in the business. I spotted British climate change denialist Lord Christopher Monckton on Monday, surrounded by reporters. Leighton Steward, the retired oil executive who now heads Plants Need CO2, is also here." Kate Sheppard reports for Mother Jones Dec. 9. 2009.