CLIMATEGATE? - AT 6:58 P.M. ET: The exposure last week of some e-mails from Britain's East Anglia University scientists shook up the self-assured world of "climate" science. The e-mails suggested that some of the "science" of global warming was being manipulated. Shock.
The story has largely faded away. It does not fit the party line of those journalists who entered their profession to "make a difference," and who are sure that Earth is about to be set on fire by the exhaust fumes from Buicks.
But some in the British press are having a field day with the purloined e-mails. They see it as Climategate, a major scandal, which it certainly appears to be. From James Delingpole in London's Telegraph:
If you own any shares in alternative energy companies I should start dumping them NOW. The conspiracy behind the Anthropogenic Global Warming myth (aka AGW; aka ManBearPig) has been suddenly, brutally and quite deliciously exposed after a hacker broke into the computers at the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (aka CRU) and released 61 megabytes of confidential files onto the internet.
When you read some of those files – including 1079 emails and 72 documents – you realise just why the boffins at CRU might have preferred to keep them confidential. As Andrew Bolt puts it, this scandal could well be “the greatest in modern science." These alleged emails – supposedly exchanged by some of the most prominent scientists pushing AGW theory – suggest:
Conspiracy, collusion in exaggerating warming data, possibly illegal destruction of embarrassing information, organised resistance to disclosure, manipulation of data, private admissions of flaws in their public claims and much more.
Oh, but what does it matter when one is saving the world? In fact, the whole solar system.
An example of one e-mail:
"The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t. The CERES data published in the August BAMS 09 supplement on 2008 shows there should be even more warming: but the data are surely wrong. Our observing system is inadequate."
Yeah, I'd say it's inadequate. Yet, people who doubt "scientists" like this are sometimes compared to Holocaust deniers.
Read the other e-mails. They're juicy.
This story must not be allowed to die.
November 24, 2009