Well, here it is- my discussion of the details of the great "climategate" scandal. For those of you not following this latest Republican attack on sanity, the right wing blogs I read have been posting every day about this, Republicans in Congress have been demanding investigations and hearings, Fox news has been having a field day with it, and all the usual suspects are railing in outrage over this alleged dishonesty that requires that the notion of human-caused global warming be abandoned forever. One site even advocated the death penalty for treason, for government officials that supported global warming.
So, here's what happened. Someone (people are blaming the Russians for some reason) hacked into the computers at the University of East Anglia (whatever the hell that is- I mean, I was at Cambridge and I never heard of the place) and stole 26,000 e-mails from their climate science department, from the last couple of decades. After poring over them, here is what they found: one e-mail!
"Dear Ray, Mike and Malcolm,
Once Tim's got a diagram here we'll send that either later today or
first thing tomorrow.
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) and from
1961 for Keith's to hide the decline. Mike's series got the annual
land and marine values while the other two got April-Sept for NH land
N of 20N. The latter two are real for 1999, while the estimate for 1999
for NH combined is +0.44C wrt 61-90. The Global estimate for 1999 with
data through Oct is +0.35C cf. 0.57 for 1998.
Thanks for the comments, Ray.
Prof. Phil Jones
Climatic Research Unit Telephone +44 (0) 1603 592090
School of Environmental Sciences Fax +44 (0) 1603 507784
University of East Anglia
Norwich Email firstname.lastname@example.org
That's it. That's the whole gigantic worldwide scandal. The entire thing.
Was the guy incautious with his wording when he spoke of a trick? Or was he really a monster of dishonesty? I'm not even going to bother you with explanations of what this is really about (of course, not what the conservatives claim.) Let me just note the following. On one side of this argument, we have peer-reviewed scientific papers numbering in the thousands, every one of which agrees with the existence of human induced global warming. On the other side, we have one e-mail, from ten years ago.
That's what they managed to find, and that's all it took for conservatives to generate a firestorm of indignation and lies. That's all it took for them to claim that they have vanquished the entire scientific world. That's all it took for them to set their sick juggernaut in motion, crushing any shred of reason along the way.
That's the magnitude of the dishonesty that we as a country are facing as we attempt to get back on the right path, after these same people nearly destroyed all of us. This is a perfect measure of the utter disregard for our welfare or even our continued existence that is to be found on the right. They have sold their souls to the hyper-rich, and they are not about to turn back now. There has never, in the history of our country, been such a mixture of greed, hate, lying and indifference to any shred of common human decency, within a shot of taking over once again and utterly ruining us all. And they aren't going to stop until we make them.
How are we going to do that? God only knows.
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