Well, not really... just his ridiculous cynical AGW argument. This is for you Ricochet science junkies via meteorologist Anthony Watts' most excellent site, Watts Up With That.
I haven't read the whole thing yet and am on the run, but since my PhD planetary science physicist nephew and his mother are high-five-ing each other over the internet, I figure it's something the Rico-AGW skeptics might enjoy.
I've just finished reading the non-technical summary and I gotta say, "Wow!" If the East Anglia hacking scandal was a nail in the coffin of the credibility of warmist scientists, this is the last shovel full of earth on AGW science itself. It's done, dead and buried. We just have to notify the next of kin.
From Watt's preface to the article:
"I’ll have more on this as it develops (updated twice since the original report now), but for the short term, it appears that a non-visible light irradiance effect on Earth’s cloud seeds has been confirmed. The way it is posited to work is that the effect of cosmic rays (modulated by the sun’s magnetic variations which either allow more or deflect more cosmic rays) creates cloud condensation nuclei in the Earth’s atmosphere. With more condensation nuclei, more clouds form and vice-versa."
Unfortunately for the warmists, their own CERN study results completely validate Svensmark's hypothesis as summarized above. Their treatment of Svensmark and his associates has understandably embittered the author of the post, Nigel Calder, which is evident in his summary.
The Director General of CERN stirred controversy last month, by saying that the CLOUD team’s report should be politically correct about climate change (see my 17 July post below). The implication was that they should on no account endorse the Danish heresy – Henrik Svensmark’s hypothesis that most of the global warming of the 20th Century can be explained by the reduction in cosmic rays due to livelier solar activity, resulting in less low cloud cover and warmer surface temperatures.
Shifting from my insider’s perspective on the CLOUD experiment, to see it on the broader canvas of the politicized climate science of the early 21st Century, the chief reaction becomes a weary sigh of relief. Although they never said so, the High Priests of the Inconvenient Truth – in such temples as NASA-GISS, Penn State and the University of East Anglia – always knew that Svensmark’s cosmic ray hypothesis was the principal threat to their sketchy and poorly modelled notions of self-amplifying action of greenhouse gases.
In telling how the obviously large influences of the Sun in previous centuries and millennia could be explained, and in applying the same mechanism to the 20th warming, Svensmark put the alarmist predictions at risk – and with them the billions of dollars flowing from anxious governments into the global warming enterprise.
In short, "It's the Sun, stupid!"