Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Climategate: Why We Can’t Trust the Data

From The Energy Tribune
Starting today, world leaders are beginning a two-week meeting in Copenhagen in a bid to change the entire direction of the global economy. They will do so, not on the basis of empirical scientific facts about global warming, but on alarmist computer-modelled predictions based on a swath of raw temperature data. Oh yes, and the scientific integrity of those doing the feeding and interpreting the results.

For years however, the data of the main players has been of keen interest to those who dissent in the climate debate. Not least, because those who hold the raw data* have been highly secretive with it. Then came an academic Exocet: Climategate.

Last month, somebody illegally hacked into the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (CRU) in the UK, subsequently publishing 1,079 emails and 72 documents on the Internet. However reprehensible an act of cyber-pilfering, the contents of the authenticated emails were both decidedly in the public interest, and carried within them the seeds of a major science scandal. What was particularly explosive was the unheralded insight it gave us into the world of some of the leading promoters of man-made Global Warming (GW) theory, a theory that is about to divert massive global economic resources into a science black hole. Reading the emails is a chilling experience when one realizes that some of these same individuals gave the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change the nerve to declare that the climate science is “settled.”

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