Allow Eli to simplify the issues about Karl et al. 15 and John Bates
- Bates designed an overly complicated set of procedures for climate data archiving.
- He got upper management at NOAA to sign on because the charts looked pretty.
- There were huge delays in implementation because of software problems and more.
- The process was a huge time sink.
- But it had the virtue of making Bates the Gatekeeper.
- Others were not happy with this.
- They had science they wanted to publish so they found a way around Gatekeeper Bates.
- Gatekeeper Bates went crying to Lamar Smith.
- Trump becomes president
- Denialists need an issue and cast about.
There may also be something beyond simple “engineers vs. scientists” tension behind Bates’ decision to go public with his allegations. Two former NOAA staffers confirmed to Ars that Tom Karl essentially demoted John Bates in 2012, when Karl was Director of NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. Bates had held the title of Supervisory Meteorologist and Chief of the Remote Sensing Applications Division, but Karl removed him from that position partly due to a failure to maintain professionalism with colleagues, assigning him to a position in which he would no longer supervise other staff. It was apparently no secret that the demotion did not sit well with Bates.