Scientific progress depends on accurate and complete data. It also relies on replication. The past couple of days have uncovered some shocking revelations about the baloney practices that pass as sound science about climate change.
It was announced Thursday
afternoon that computer hackers had obtained 160 megabytes of e-mails from the
Climate Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East
Anglia (UEA) in
Professor Phil Jones, the
head of the Climate Research Unit, and professor Michael E. Mann at
Mr. Mann admitted that he
was party to this conversation and lamely explained to the New York Times that
"scientists often used the word 'trick' to refer to a good way to solve a
problem 'and not something secret.' " Though the
There is a lot of damning
evidence about these researchers concealing information that counters their
bias. In another exchange, Mr. Jones told Mr. Mann: "If they ever hear
there is a Freedom of Information Act now in the
In another e-mail, Mr. Jones
told Mr. Mann, professor Malcolm K. Hughes of the University of Arizona and
professor Raymond S. Bradley of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst:
"I'm getting hassled by a couple of people to release the CRU station
temperature data. Don't any of you three tell anybody that the
At one point, Mr. Jones complained to another academic, "I did get an email from the [Freedom of Information] person here early yesterday to tell me I shouldn't be deleting emails." He also offered up more dubious tricks of his trade, specifically that "IPCC is an international organization, so is above any national FOI. Even if UEA holds anything about IPCC, we are not obliged to pass it on." Another professor at the Climate Research Unit, Tim Osborn, discussed in e-mails how truncating a data series can hide a cooling trend that otherwise would be seen in the results. Mr. Mann sent Mr. Osborn an e-mail saying that the results he was sending shouldn't be shown to others because the data support critics of global warming.
Repeatedly throughout the e-mails that have been made public, proponents of global-warming theories refer to data that has been hidden or destroyed. Only e-mails from Mr. Jones' institution have been made public, and with his obvious approach to deleting sensitive files, it's difficult to determine exactly how much more information has been lost that could be damaging to the global-warming theocracy and its doomsday forecasts.
We don't condone e-mail
theft by hackers, though these e-mails were covered by
Most important, however, these revelations of fudged science should have a cooling effect on global-warming hysteria and the panicked policies that are being pushed forward to address the unproven theory.