A rash of stunning turnarounds have vindicated years of effort by climate sceptics. The day after ClimateGate broke I made three predictions:
. Disband the entire Federal Department of Climate Change along with all the individual State Departments of Climate Change.
. Vote down the Emissions Trading Scheme Legislation.
. Cancel Copenhagen.
Australia’s Department of Climate Change has been ‘watered down’ to become the Department of Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water. The ETS was voted down, and Copenhagen was such a net negative they are probably sorry they didn’t cancel it.
In another successful prediction, the end of drought in Australia came from a massive upswing in rainfall in 2010. This was done using the EMD algorithm and the assumption of stationarity of rainfall: i.e. long-term oscillations with zero trend, in contrast to a non-stationary drying trend as assumed by CSIRO climate models.
In another stunning vindication of Steve McIntyre, the Met Dept are proposing to take over global temperature data from the CRU. Steve has of course been railing for years about the sloppy, good old boys science in Jones’ department, and clearly the professionals agree with his assessment. Gladly the proposal includes a transparent verification process.
In efforts that are long overdue, Lucia reports that various people are attempting to verify the absence of bias in the CRU surface dataset in various ways. Whatever the result, this can only be a good thing, and I hope it becomes a habit.