More Advocacy And Lobbying By Tom Karl – Director Of The National Climate Data Center

I have been very critical of Tom Karl, Director of the National Climate Data Center and currently President of the American Meteorological Society,  in his failure to provide a balanced assessment of climate issues despite his leadership roles in climate analyses (e. g. see and see).   He (sincerely I believe) assumes he is representing the science without any lack of bias, but the reality is quite different.  As I documented, for instance,  in

Pielke Sr., Roger A., 2005: Public Comment on CCSP Report “Temperature Trends in the Lower Atmosphere: Steps for Understanding and Reconciling Differences“. 88 pp including appendices

he is judging the merits of the same research results in which he supervises and has published on.  There cannot be a clearer conflict of interest.

There is now another new example of his misuse of his leadership position. I have reproduced below (and thanks to Joe D’Aleo for sharing it with us) a media presentation that he is leading.  He certainly can chose to be an advocate and lobbyist for a particular perspective on climate, but for him to fail to communicate this bias, as well as prevent the presentation of other viewpoints, should be widely recognized.

AMS Communication

From: Kelly G. Savoie
Sent: Friday, October 02, 2009 9:06 AM
Subject: AMS Item of Interest
Dear CBM/Sealholder:

Following is an item you may find of interest.

    * Extreme Weather and Global Warming in the Southwest U.S.

Media Advisory

Climate Science Briefing for Broadcast Meteorologists:
Extreme Weather and Global Warming in the Southwest U.S.
A teleconference for Southwestern broadcast meteorologists featuring authors of the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s latest scientific assessment report, “Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States,” will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009. The report, which identifies the consensus climate science conducted by academic researchers, U.S. agencies, and international bodies, is the first of its kind to detail the impacts of global warming on extreme weather by region in the United States.
The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Thomas Karl, president of the American Meteorological Society and co-chair of “Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States.” Speakers will focus on the latest authoritative research about how climate change is affecting weather extremes in the Southwestern U.S. — heat waves, wildfires, drought and other water issues — and in turn the impacts on human health and quality of life.
When: Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009, 1 p.m. PDT/2 p.m. MDT
Teleconference number: 1-800-290-9461, Passcode 23821
Dr. Thomas Karl, Director of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center and President of AMS
Dr. Bradley Udall, director of the Western Water Assessment, a joint effort of the University of Colorado and NOAA
Mike Nelson, Chief Meteorologist at KMGH-TV, Denver; author of “The Colorado Weather Almanac”

For more information please visit the GCRP’s web site,
Supplemental materials to the call and a web-based guide to government reports for broadcast meteorologists are available at This site includes links to full scientific reports and regional fact sheet summaries, as well as information about this teleconference and past science briefings. Funding for the briefing and web site is provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Mertz Gilmore Foundation. The teleconference and web site are a service of Resource Media, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization.
Please note: for meteorologists unable to call in to the teleconference, a recording and transcript will be posted at  shortly after the call.

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Kim Curtis, Resource Media, 415-397-5000 ext. 305
Jillian Ward, Resource Media, 415-397-5000 ext. 309; 415-609-8500

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