Public Deception by Scientists in
Environmental Research Letters
No one has the right to poison humanity, especially the most vulnerable: pregnant women, children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune and respiratory systems. And no one has the right to deceive the public about public health risks of such activities, especially not scientists and the editors and publishers of scientific journals. Here is one instance of such deception where scientists team up with a non-scientist, disinformation specialist and where the publisher refuses without sound basis to publish a legitimate rebuttal.
On August 10, 2016, Environmental Research Letters published "Quantifying expert consensus against the existence of a secret, large-scale atmospheric spraying program" by Christine Shearer, Mick West, Ken Caldeira and Steven J Davis (PDF). Mick West is a non-scientist with a with a long record of deceiving the public on two websites, Metabunk.org and Contrail Science.com. Ken Caldeira is a scientist who publishes numerous papers promoting the idea of adding various substances to the upper atmosphere at some time in the future to counteract supposed global warming without ever mentioning that there is a multi-year long, near-daily, near-global operation spraying particulate matter into the lower atmosphere, which mixes with the air we breathe, for weather/climate modification.
On September 14, 2016, J. Marvin Herndon submitted a rebuttal to Environmental Research Letters entitled "Another Anthropogenic Cause of Global Warming: Response to the Letter by Shearer et al." (PDF). But for no legitimate reason the publisher refused to accept that rebuttal; see email trail (PDF).
The following are highlights from Herndon's rebuttal:
"In addition to tabulating opinions, and calling such tabulation “objective science,” the Letter by Shearer et al. (1) misrepresents the actual state of scientific investigation concerning their subject matter: “There have been no peer-reviewed studies in the scientific literature addressing SLAP [secret, large-scale atmospheric spraying program] claims.” That statement is simply not true [reference3, reference4, reference5, reference6]".
is evidence that at least two of the authors, Mick West and Ken
Caldeira, were aware of at least one
peer-reviewed published paper addressing disclosing evidence of
large-scale atmospheric, the misrepresentations alleging jet particulate
spraying, and some of the environmental and public health threats. ]
disinformation websites, such as the two operated by non-scientist Mick
West, one of the co-authors of the Letter by Shearer et al.
(1), metabunk.org and
contrailscience.com. The following “meta description” from the latter
website calls into question the objectivity and intent of that Letter: “Investigation
of the science and history behind "chemtrails", showing that they are
Science is about truth, not deception, not deceit
and scientific journals should not be used to deceive the scientific
community – and the public. "
"There is another orchestrated disinformation activity that has
profound implications with respect to the freedom to publish scientific
discoveries. Soon after I published peer-reviewed scientific articles
relating to the tropospheric particulate spraying, the editors and
journals were attacked with multiple lies, misinformation, and demands
for retraction. In two instances with public health journals, the
attacks resulted in my papers being retracted
without my being allowed
to see the specific allegations or to respond to them,
contrary to usual scientific journal protocol
In at least one of those instances an individual traveled to meet face
to face with the editor to ‘encourage’ retraction. Those retractions are
not faits accomplis by any means. No one has
the right to poison humanity, especially the most vulnerable: pregnant
women, children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune and
respiratory systems. And no one has the right to deceive the public
about public health risks of such activities. Especially not scientists
and the editors and publishers of scientific journals. "
ublicdeception under the guise of science is especially intolerable from institutions who receive monies provided by taxpayers. This matter is not closed.