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That big yellow thing that hangs in the sky each day

It appears the warmist agenda is about to take another hit if this is being interpreted properly:

The chief of the world’s leading physics lab at CERN in Geneva has prohibited scientists from drawing conclusions from a major experiment. The CLOUD ("Cosmics Leaving Outdoor Droplets") experiment examines the role that energetic particles from deep space play in cloud formation. CLOUD uses CERN’s proton synchrotron to examine nucleation.

CERN Director General Rolf-Dieter Heuer told Welt Online that the scientists should refrain from drawing conclusions from the latest experiment.

"I have asked the colleagues to present the results clearly, but not to interpret them," reports veteran science editor Nigel Calder on his blog. Why?

Because, Heuer says, "That would go immediately into the highly political arena of the climate change debate. One has to make clear that cosmic radiation is only one of many parameters."

Oh … “only one of many parameters”, eh?  You mean like that big yellow thing that hangs in the sky each day?  

Imagine that  – cosmic rays have a role in cloud formation and the sun is extraordinarily active in how many cosmic rays are able reach the atmosphere and carry out that function.  And  the effect?

The CLOUD experiment builds on earlier experiments by Danish physicist Henrik Svensmark, who demonstrated that cosmic rays provide a seed for clouds. Tiny changes in the earth’s cloud cover could account for variations in temperature of several degrees. The amount of Ultra Fine Condensation Nuclei (UFCN) material depends on the quantity of the background drizzle of rays, which varies depending on the strength of the sun’s magnetic field and the strength of the Earth’s magnetic field.

Emphasis mine.   Back to that big yellow thing – what role does it have?:

Since clouds often cover 30 percent of the earth’s surface, a moderate change in cloud cover clearly could explain the warming/cooling cycle.

Svensmark noted the gigantic “solar wind” that expands when the sun is active—and thus blocks many of the cosmic rays that would otherwise hit the earth’s atmosphere. When the sun weakens, the solar wind shrinks. Recently, the U.S. Solar Observatory reported a very long period of “quiet sun” and predicted 30 years of cooling.

Got it?  We’re in a solar minimum and the temp hasn’t risen in the 10 years since it has begun.  Go figure.

So where does this leave us given the CERN gag order?  What can you infer from that?  Nigel Calder does a good job of rounding them up:

Four quick inferences:

1) The results must be favourable for Svensmark or there would be no such anxiety about them.

2) CERN has joined a long line of lesser institutions obliged to remain politically correct about the man-made global warming hypothesis. It’s OK to enter “the highly political arena of the climate change debate” provided your results endorse man-made warming, but not if they support Svensmark’s heresy that the Sun alters the climate by influencing the cosmic ray influx and cloud formation.

3) The once illustrious CERN laboratory ceases to be a truly scientific institute when its Director General forbids its physicists and visiting experimenters to draw the obvious scientific conclusions from their results.

4) The resulting publication may be rather boring.

Indeed … boring only in the sense of reading dense scientific material.  Not boring in its impact.

The CERN experiment is supposed to be the big test of the Svensmark theory. It’s a tipoff, then, that CERN’s boss, Rolf-Dieter Heuer, has just told the German magazine Die Welt that he has forbidden his researchers to “interpret” the forthcoming test results. In other words, the CERN report will be a stark “just the facts” listing of the findings. Those findings must support Svensmark, or Heuer would never have issued such a stifling order on a major experiment.

Can’t wait to watch this one unfold.  But the gag order is very suspicious and certainly infers that the results don’t support the warmist theory … or should I say “assertion” now?

~McQ

Twitter: @McQandO

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10 Responses to That big yellow thing that hangs in the sky each day

  • This is seeming more and more like a pile on, global hoaxing is turning out to be exactly what I always said it was, one of the boldest, dirtiest scare hoaxes of all time.

  • It cant be a hoax. Obama said that it was real. Maybe he really did heal the earth like he said he would.
     

    • Climate Change is real … it’s just that nobody has a clue how it will change.

  • Its potentially a duplicitous move.  By forbidding it and admitting that publicly, he could be intentionally admitting there’s a potentially damaging to AGW conclusion to be drawn from the data.  But doing it in a bit of a cowardly way protect his income and position.

  • Heuer just wants to stay out of the AGW business.  The Svensmark experiments are a tiny divergent piece of science at CERN, and the last thing in the world that Heuer wants to do is upset those who fund CERN.  Frankly, CERN is in a lose:lose situation.

    “Wait a minute. Perhaps she’s right. Perhaps I’ve been wrong to blindly follow the medical traditions and superstitions of past centuries. Maybe we barbers should test these assumptions analytically, through experimentation and a “scientific method”. Maybe this scientific method could be extended to other fields of learning: the natural sciences, art, architecture, navigation. Perhaps I could lead the way to a new age, an age of rebirth, a Renaissance!…Naaaaaahhh!” — Theodoric of York, Medieval Barber

  • Consider: scientists told they may not discuss the inferences of science.  They may think, but they’d better keep shut about it.
    That is simply monstrous.

  • Scientists who don’t interpret their data are not scientists anymore.  Can you imagine:

    “I put some glass lenses at the ends of a tube, peered up at the nighttime sky, and made some notes about how the stars and planets move about.  I’m not going to try to say what that all means.” — G. Galilei

    “I burned various materials inside closed vessels and measured the weights before and after.  I’m not going to try to say what that means.” — A-L. Lavoisier

    “I injected one flock of sheep with a serum that I made.  Another flock, I left alone.  The flock I injected are fine; the other flock was killed by anthrax.  I’m not going to try to say what that means.” — L. Pasteur

    “We build a big pile composed of graphite blocks, uranium and uranium oxide.  We measured an exponential increase in neutron counts when we pulled out the control rods.  I’m not going to try to say what that means.” — E. Fermi

  • “The human understanding when it has once adopted an opinion… draws all things else to support and agree with it. And though there be a greater number and weight of instances to be found on the other side, yet these it either neglects and despises, or else by some distinction sets aside and rejects, in order that by this great and pernicious predetermination the authority of its former conclusions may remain inviolate.” — Francis Bacon, Novum Organum, XLVI, 1620

  • The other day at our handy-dandy local NWS reporting station, the thermometer read 96 degrees.  20 minutes later, they “recalibrated” it and it read 103 degrees.  Let’s just say I’m not confident in the system at this point.

  • In related news…they are talking GREEN HELMETS at the UN.  Not so much to enforce eco-fascism.  Well, maybe not yet…

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