A 1-In-100 Blogger: CRU's Scandal: What is Climategate?

Saturday, November 28, 2009

CRU's Scandal: What is Climategate?

A hacker, or perhaps "whistleblower," broke into CRU's system, obtaining thousands of emails and documents. The uncovered documents show strong evidence of fraud, and may show smoking-gun proof of a lackluster cover-up by CRU scientists to exaggerate the existence, causation, and threat of global warming. In one e-mail dated November 1999, CRU chief P.D. Jones wrote to Michael Mann, Raymond Bradley, and Malcolm Hughes:

"I've just completed Mike's Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (ie from 1981 onwards) amd from 1961 for Keith's to hide the decline."

They’re calling it "Climategate." Quite possibly the biggest scientific hoax in the history of the world.

Lower Troposphere Global Temperature: 1979 - 2008; a representation of the actual climate change. Since 2005, global temperatures have given back most of the warming that occurred since 1980.

In the wake of the climategate scandal, a truly bizarre and slightly humorous situation has also developed. The mainstream media stories about global warming are simply pretending the uncovered documents never happened. As Climategate is totally ignored by most TV news outlets, Fox News appears to be the only national news media in Ameria interested in the growing Climategate scandal.

At Pajamas Media, they've outlined three things everyone should know about Climategate.
1. Scientists discussed manipulating data to get their preferred results; paleoclimatologists at CRU reconstruct historical temperatures and are responsible for a series of reconstructions that seemed to show a sharp rise in temperatures well above historical variation in recent decades.

2. Scientists on several occasions discussed methods of subverting the scientific peer review process to ensure that skeptical papers had no access to publication.

3. The scientists worked to circumvent the Freedom of Information process of the United Kingdom, as evidenced in this e-mail.

Iain Murray summed up what these three main points could mean:
"It does not mean that there is no warming trend or that mankind has not been responsible for at least some of the warming. To claim that as result of these documents is clearly a step too far. However, it is clear that at least one branch of climate science — paleoclimatology — has become hopelessly politicized to the point of engaging in unethical and possibly illegal behavior."

Meanwhile, as this controversy unfolds, Obama heads to Copenhagen vowing to force U.S. taxpayers to pay for Cap and Trade, still planning for more action to fight climate change.

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