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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

What is so disturbing about Climate-gate

My husband has a round-up of links on the burgeoning scandal arising from the leaked emails from the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Center. Powerline has been excellent on reading through the emails and posting on the implications. John Lott writes today about why we should care about this whole story.

What should be disturbing to anyone involved in science or who just took a high school science class is the cavalier attitude to data and research. What raises scientific research above research in other fields such as the social sciences is the rigor demanded of observing phenomena and reporting on the results. And the sine qua non is the willingness to share data so other scientists can duplicate your tests and examine your methods. And yet, this is what those researchers at East Anglia and other researchers at American universities have been trying to do. They've been refusing data requests, trying to avoid Britain's Freedom of Information laws, while intimidating scientific journals to keep critical studies out of publication. Then they deride their critics by saying they're not being published in the same journals that they just threatened if they published such critical studies.

This is a total rejection of the scientific method. And for what? To protect their theories about man-made global warming. Here they're asking nations across the globe to spend hundreds of billions of dollars and rejigger their entire economies because of their warnings about global warming. And yet they totally reject any attempts for an honest, yet skeptical examination of their theories.

One of my favorite activities is to drive in my care while listening to a Teaching Company class. I love the feeling of arriving at my destination having learned something new. Coincidentally, I've been listening to an excellent course on the Renaissance, Reformation, and the Rise of Nations and had been listening to the lectures on the Scientific Revolution. And there was a stark juxtaposition between reading about these global warming scientists perverting the scientific research to further their theories along with listening to medieval scientists twisting themselves into knots trying to explain observed phenomena that contradicted Aristotle and Ptolemy's theories of the earth as the center of the universe.

East Anglia has revealed itself as the Ptolemy of global warming research. Shame on them for perverting the scientific method in pursuit of their idée fixe. But they are much worse. They know better about how scientific research should be done, but they've resorted to sabotaging all their critics in order to manufacture they're vaunted "scientific consensus" on man-caused global warming.

UPDATE: Robert Tracinski well describes the travesty of science that this reveals.
The picture that emerges is simple. In any discussion of global warming, either in the scientific literature or in the mainstream media, the outcome is always predetermined. Just as the temperature graphs produced by the CRU are always tricked out to show an upward-sloping "hockey stick," every discussion of global warming has to show that it is occurring and that humans are responsible. And any data or any scientific paper that tends to disprove that conclusion is smeared as "unscientific" precisely because it threatens the established dogma.

For more than a decade, we've been told that there is a scientific "consensus" that humans are causing global warming, that "the debate is over" and all "legitimate" scientists acknowledge the truth of global warming. Now we know what this "consensus" really means. What it means is: the fix is in.

This is an enormous case of organized scientific fraud, but it is not just scientific fraud. It is also a criminal act. Suborned by billions of taxpayer dollars devoted to climate research, dozens of prominent scientists have established a criminal racket in which they seek government money-Phil Jones has raked in a total of £13.7 million in grants from the British government-which they then use to falsify data and defraud the taxpayers. It's the most insidious kind of fraud: a fraud in which the culprits are lauded as public heroes. Judging from this cache of e-mails, they even manage to tell themselves that their manipulation of the data is intended to protect a bigger truth and prevent it from being "confused" by inconvenient facts and uncontrolled criticism.

The damage here goes far beyond the loss of a few billions of taxpayer dollars on bogus scientific research. The real cost of this fraud is the trillions of dollars of wealth that will be destroyed if a fraudulent theory is used to justify legislation that starves the global economy of its cheapest and most abundant sources of energy.

This is the scandal of the century. It needs to be thoroughly investigated-and the culprits need to be brought to justice.


6p00e008da0c2f8834 said...

From my perspective, not being a lawyer or an economist,Crimes Against Humanity seems to fit the bill.

At the basest level the economists should be able to show how much national wealth has been removed by the effort to mitigate the forecasted changes.

I am sure the statistics are available to show much food crop has been used for alternative energy supplies.

The warmanists next push is on methane emissions. The suggested remedy is either a massive reduction in domestic livestock or, punitive emissions taxes.

Either method bodes ill for the average person who will pay more or not eat meat.


Bachbone said...

This is just the latest and most blatant skewing of research data. It's been going on for decades. At least as long as scientists have been competing for funding from various sources and willing to sell their souls to keep the funding coming. Universities bear part of the blame, too, for they provide huge incentives (e.g., labs, student assistant scholarships, faculty perks) and very large salaries to scientists who can bring research monies to their campuses.

Look, for example, at the university bidding wars that erupted for Jonas Salk's services after he devloped his polio vaccine.

Pat Patterson said...

There must be something in the water of the English counties facing the Channel. Barely 50 miles from East Anglia is East Sussex. East Sussex is where the Piltdown Hoax was perpetrated. Took other scientists over 50 years to discover this so-called evoluntionary odd hominid was a collection of different bones assembled like a jigsaw puzzle.

tfhr said...

Pat Patterson,

Al Gore invented crop circles while visiting East Anglia.

David said...

"East Anglia has revealed itself as the Ptolemy of global warming research"

Unfair to Ptolemy. The Ptolemaic model was actually *useful* for predicting the behavior of heavenly bodies. It seems unlikely that the East Anglian activities are of any predictive value whatsoever.

Skay said...

Man made "climate change" is so important that everyone is "flying" to Copenhagen--including Obama.
Are they serious?
Apparently the state news media has not informed the White House about this new scientific fraud information. It just does not fit the templet so just ignore it.

Is he going to give away more U S taxpayer money that we do not have for this world hoax so that HE can make it all about him?
Then he will insist that we pass Cap and Tax and Harry and Pelosi will start giving away money bribes(Sen. Mary Landrieu-Democrat- comes to mind) so Obama's presidency can be "saved".
In the end this administration and the Democrat Congress is all about taxing any one they can for everything they can and amassing all of the power they can.

Oh yes--Oprah and the Obama's will be doing a Christmas special together -to tell us all how special they are.
Maybe they will give away "green" things.
The show will probably have a large audience since so many people are out of work-thanks to Obama policies.

Pat Patterson said...

Plus this could all be still fairly termed man-made warming. Just that this time the warming is simply men making changes to the data without divine intervention or CO2 accumulation.

Malcolm said...

This new video regarding Global warming is a must see