Climategate and Global Warming

The Daily Telegraph contained an interesting story on 20 Nov 09. The author, James Delingpole, reports that a computer hacker broke into the computer system of the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia and released a lot of sensitive data onto the internet. This included alleged confidential emails between scientists promoting the 'man-made global warming' hypothesis. The evidence suggests that global warming scientists may have been involved in alleged: fraud, slanting evidence in favor of their theories, destroying contrary evidence and punishing dissenters in the scientific community.

The article says that the alleged emails supposedly exchanged by some of the most prominent scientists pushing AGW theory suggest alleged: conspiracy, collusion in exaggerating data, possible illegal destruction of embarassing information, organised resistance to disclosure, data manipulation, and private admissions of flaws in their public claims.

The author of the article says that the data shows the AGW proponents allegedly:

  • Manipulating evidence (to "prove" AGW)
  • Suppressing contrary evidence (deleting email discussions in that vein)
  • Slanting contrary evidence in order to invalidate it (the Medieval Warming Period)
  • Squeezing dissenting scientists out of the peer review process (removing dissenters from the discussion rather than refuting them)

    If the data are true, it may see the end of the phrase "man- made global warming" except as a curious footnote in the history books.

    However, don't expect the AGW controversy to die overnight. The so-called “sceptical” view is now probably the majority view, but there is a long way to go before the public mood (and scientific truth) is reflected by our policy makers. There are too many vested interests, so expect a bitter fight.

    James Delingpole's article is called

    Climategate: the final nail in the coffin of "Anthropogenic Global Warming"?

    and can be found by entering the words 'James Delingpole Climategate' into a search engine. It has been reproduced on numerous websites worldwide.

    The significance of the incident cannot be over-estimated. Climate change' is becoming a driver of industrial policy in many countries. Without the internet, the information would never have surfaced. It has also highlighted a fairly obvious truth - that the net is becoming a more balanced source of informed debate than much of the mainstream media.

    The crux of the matter is really this, as expressed by John Lott, Jr, on FoxNews.com:

    Usually academic research is completely ignored by the general public but in this case proposed regulations, costing trillions of dollars, are being based on many of these claimed research results. This coordinated campaign to hide scientific information appears unprecedented.

      UPDATE.....the word 'climategate' entered into 'google' resulted in the following number of web pages being detected:

      Nov 21 53,000 <=== leaked emails about CRU climate data
      Nov 22 88,000
      Nov 23 120,000 <=== Senator Inhofe calls for an official inquiry (USA)
      Nov 24 350,000 <=== Lord Lawson on R4, calling for an inquiry (England)
      Nov 25 450,000
      Nov 26 7,400,000 <===five MPs resign over proposed carbon tax (Australia)
      Nov 27 9,600,000
      Nov 28 11,400,000
      Nov 29 13,400,000
      Nov 30 12,100,000 <=== five more MPs resign over carbon tax (Australia)
      Dec 1.. 12,300,000 <=== Opposition leader forced to stand down (Australia)
      Dec 2.. 21,200,000 <=== head of CRU under investigation (England)
      Dec 3.. 22,300,000 <=== carbon trading/climate change bill rejected (Australia)
      Dec 4.. 29,300,000 <=== full exposure on Radio 4 'Today' programme (England)

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