Climategate: A criminal scandal
Published 24th November 2009 - 16 comments - 1458 views -
For those still in denial, for those who wish to dismiss what has been exposed, Robert Tracinski nails it: "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."
Meanwhile, George Monbiot (!) writes: "It's no use pretending this isn't a major blow." Plus: "I believe that the head of the unit, Phil Jones, should now resign. Some of the data discussed in the emails should be re-analysed."
But where's the outrage here? If anger at "greenwashing" is acceptable on this platform, isn't anger at organized scientific fraud just as righteous? Or am I missing something? After all, the scientific method only works when researchers can implicitly trust the results offered by their colleagues.
By the way, Climategate does not mean that there is no warming trend or that mankind is not responsible for some of it. But it is clear that one branch of climate science — paleoclimatology — has become so politicized that it engaged in unethical and possibly illegal acts.
Because paleoclimatology is a critical part of the scientific argument for responding to global warming, the numbers need to be rechecked. While that's going on, those demanding political action on global warming should wait until the results of any investigations, and possible criminal proceedings, are available.
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