Banned in the name of Science

Once again the overlords of knowledge and information are silencing educated opinion.

One of the fathers of satellite global temperature measurements Roy Spencer PhD climate scientist, is too extreme for the google team.

Here it is from the horses mouth

“Unreliable and harmful claims”: This website has been demonetized by Google

January 7th, 2022 by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. has been demonetized by Google for “unreliable and harmful claims”. This means I can no longer generate revenue to support the website using the Google Adsense program.

From a monetary standpoint, it’s not a big deal because what I make off of Google ads is in the noise level of my family’s monthly budget. It barely made more than I pay in hosting fees and an (increasingly expensive) comment spam screener.

I’ve been getting Google warnings for a couple months now about “policy violations”, but nowhere was it listed what pages were in violation, and what those violations were. There are Adsense rules about ad placement on the page (e.g. a drop-down menu cannot overlay an ad), so I was assuming it was something like that, but I had no idea where to start looking with hundreds of web pages to sift through. It wasn’t until the ads were demonetized that Google offered links to the pages in question and what the reason was.

Of course, I should have figured out it was related to Google’s new policy about misleading content; a few months ago Google announced they would be demonetizing climate skeptic websites. I was kind of hoping my content was mainstream enough to avoid being banned since:

  1. I believe the climate system has warmed
  2. I believe most of this warming is probably due to greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel burning

Many of you know that I defend much of mainstream climate science, including climate modeling as an enterprise. Where I depart of the “mainstream” is how much warming has occurred, how much future warming can be expected, and what should be done about it from an energy policy perspective.

Right or wrong, Spencer is a seasoned and experienced scientist who’s contribution to climate science has seen him earn awards and earned him the role of being head of a major university climate science department. But it obviously is no longer about science.


Here he is discussing climate change in 2009

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