November 23, 2009
I wasn’t going to blog about this because I felt like everyone already had, but then I figured it’s a story that deserves every bit of publicity possible so what the hey.
When environmentalists aren’t thinking up “alarmist and armageddonist factoids”, they’re trying to shut down debate from global warming skeptics and fudge the numbers to support the only conclusion considered acceptable: that the earth is warming and it’s all your fault.
A hacker broke into the email system at University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit, one of the leading research institutes in the UK. The Climate Research Unit in particular is, according to Wikipedia, “an early centre of work for climate change research. Publications include the recent study on anthropogenic polar warming. The School was also stated to be “the strongest in the world” by the Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government, Sir David King during a lecture at the John Innes Centre in 2005.” A school taken seriously, in other words.
Discussion of how to fake numbers in light of the news global temperatures have been moving DOWNWARD:
From: Phil Jones. To: Many. Nov 16, 1999
“I’ve just completed Mike’s Nature [the science journal] trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (ie, from 1981 onwards) and from 1961 for Keith’s to hide the decline.”
Discussion of how to stifle debate on global warming:
From Phil Jones To: Michael Mann (Pennsylvania State University). July 8, 2004
“I can’t see either of these papers being in the next IPCC report. Kevin and I will keep them out somehow — even if we have to redefine what the peer-review literature is!”
Discussion on how to suppress unfavorable evidence from the public (The Telegraph explains: “Climate change sceptics tried to use Freedom of Information laws to obtain raw climate data submitted to an IPCC report known as AR4. The scientists did not want their email exchanges about the data to be made public.”):
From Phil Jones. To: Michael Mann. Date: May 29, 2008
“Can you delete any emails you may have had with Keith re AR4? Keith will do likewise.”
The sad thing is that these scientists, who can’t defend their positions and so have instead decided that the “debate is over”, and their Hollywood and media defenders, are going to have a negative effect on the environment.
Few people hate nature and don’t want to see it preserved.
Few people love paying countries that despise us to sell us their oil.
Most people want some sort of alternative energy, want to see preservation as a way of life and want to enjoy the earth and pass it on to our children.
But the hysteria has become so unreasonable, the idea that the globe is warming, that it is the fault of humans and you must believe or be dismissed is completely ingrained in our society. And, of course, the only way to save the world is to destroy enterprise and wealth. When news like this comes out it makes reasonable people think that all environmentalism is a sham. How can we take seriously the scientists who behave in this manner? How can we listen to people like Al Gore, who said that global warming deniers are “like Bernie Madoff, they lied to the people who trusted them in order to make money” while he leaves his massive carbon footprint traveling all over the globe and his house uses 20 times the average energy of other homes? Oh and let’s not forget that when he buys carbon credits, to offset the damage, he buys them from himself!
These holier-than-thou hypocrites are doing more to harm the environment through their words and deeds than any of us. And yet they’re the leaders of environmentalism, and they can not be challenged. Is the discovery of these emails the “final nail in the coffin” of the global warming myth? The awesome James Delingpole of the Telegraph says probably not:
“Unfortunately, we’ve a long, long way to go before the public mood (and scientific truth) is reflected by our policy makers. There are too many vested interests in AGW [Anthropenic Global Warming], with far too much to lose either in terms of reputation or money, for this to end without a bitter fight.
But if the Hadley CRU scandal is true,it’s a blow to the AGW lobby’s credibility which is never likely to recover.”
I think that even that last line is much too hopeful. The most we can do right now is spread this story far and wide, tell everyone you know that the scientists entrusted to bring us facts on our environmental situation are straight-up lying to us and that the hysteria must die down for us to be serious in conserving the environment. It’ll take awhile, maybe Greenpeace will think up it’s alarmist factoid for its press release by then.