ATTENTION AL GORE, ROWAN WILLIAMS, LIBERAL DEMOCRATS, THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH, LEONARDO DICAPRIO, SHERYL CROW, PRIUS DRIVERS, ETC.
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Sunday, November 29th, 2009 | Uncategorized | 26 Comments
Scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have admitted throwing away much of the raw temperature data on which their predictions of global warming are based.
It means that other academics are not able to check basic calculations said to show a long-term rise in temperature over the past 150 years.
The UEA’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU) was forced to reveal the loss following requests for the data under Freedom of Information legislation.
The data were gathered from weather stations around the world and then adjusted to take account of variables in the way they were collected. The revised figures were kept, but the originals — stored on paper and magnetic tape — were dumped to save space when the CRU moved to a new building
The admission follows the leaking of a thousand private emails sent and received by Professor Phil Jones, the CRU’s director. In them he discusses thwarting climate sceptics seeking access to such data.
The CRU is the world’s leading centre for reconstructing past climate and temperatures. Climate change sceptics have long been keen to examine exactly how its data were compiled. That is now impossible.
Roger Pielke, professor of environmental studies at Colorado University, discovered data had been lost when he asked for original records. “The CRU is basically saying, ‘Trust us’. So much for settling questions and resolving debates with science,” he said.
Does Climategate(or Climaquiddick) discredit science? Of course not. A true scientist wants to find out how, when, where or why and he’ll go wherever the data takes him. Climategate(or Climaquiddick) most emphatically does discredit SCIENTISTS!! with a political agenda.
And that’s all to the good, something even enviro über-leftie George Monbiot understands.
I have seldom felt so alone. Confronted with crisis, most of the environmentalists I know have gone into denial. The emails hacked from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia, they say, are a storm in a tea cup, no big deal, exaggerated out of all recognition. It is true that climate change deniers have made wild claims which the material can’t possibly support (the end of global warming, the death of climate science). But it is also true that the emails are very damaging.
The response of the greens and most of the scientists I know is profoundly ironic, as we spend so much of our time confronting other people’s denial. Pretending that this isn’t a real crisis isn’t going to make it go away. Nor is an attempt to justify the emails with technicalities. We’ll be able to get past this only by grasping reality, apologising where appropriate and demonstrating that it cannot happen again.
Tell you what, George. Work out the science, work it out honestly, bring in the skeptics to avoid even the appearance of political bias and then get back to us.
If we’re convinced that you’re on to something, we’ll trade in our pickups and our SUV’s for Smart cars tomorrow.
I would, anyway; I have to figure that the adrenaline rush would be out of this world(Does that semi see me or not or…).
So let us know when you get the “science” nailed down, George.