For more than a decade, we've been told that there is a scientific "consensus" that humans are causing global warming, that "the debate is over" and all "legitimate" scientists acknowledge the truth of global warming. Now we know what this "consensus" really means. What it means is this: the fix is in.
For any looking at this blog that are new to the topic - AGW "skeptics" had posted a challenge on the ClimateAudit website (here) claiming scientists at the Hadley Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at Britain's University of East Anglia had cherry-picked data to manufacture the infamous "hockey stick" graph, the well-publicized chart showing a dramatic runaway warming trend in the late 20th century. After requests made under FOI for access to the CRU's data was rejected, a hacker (disillusioned researcher on the inside?) collected and published thousands of e-mails and data from the CRU computers onto the Web. Officials at the CRU have verified this and acknowledged the e-mails appear to be genuine. These e-mails show, among many other things, private admissions of doubt AND scientific weakness in the global warming theory by its very loudest proponents.
Back in the Good Old days, when science was all about develop-a-theory-then-report-the-facts-and see-where-it-takes-us, if your theory can't predict or explain the observed facts, then it's WRONG. apparently, we have returned to the Inquisition times he-who-shouts-the-loudest-must be-correct, either that or "don't let them kill the golden goose".
In science, you can’t change the rules in midstream. Set forth in advance the test that would falsify (not PROVE) your theory, perform the test, and accept the result if it does contradict your hypothesis. Then move on - either to the next test, or GO BACK and revise your theory. Anything else is word play... and not SCIENCE.
This is an enormous case of organized scientific fraud at the highest levels, but it is not just scientific fraud. It is also a criminal act. There have been billions of taxpayer dollars devoted to climate research, and dozens of prominent scientists have virtually established a criminal racket in which they seek government money to maintain a LIE.
Prof. Phil Jones at CRU has raked in a total of £13.7 million in grants from the British government which was used to falsify data and defraud the taxpayers. BTW - I'm still collecting totals on U.S. spending. (My last set of totals have the U.S. spending almost $80 BILLION Dollars on climate research over the last 20 years.) Oh - and those charges of skeptics and 'deniers' being in the pay of the oil companies? While the US was spending BILLIONS, Exxon-Mobil spent about 23 million during the same period. Worse, that's about 1/5000th of the amount spent on carbon trading in 2008 alone. Incredible.
This is an insidious kind of fraud: a fraud in which the culprits are cheered and feted by an adoring media as public heroes. The e-mails document their own pats-on-the-back as they boast of their manipulation of the data as being intended to 'protect a bigger truth' and prevent it from being "confused" by inconvenient facts and uncontrolled criticism.
The damage here goes far beyond the loss of Billions of taxpayer dollars on bogus scientific research. Civilization - and all forms of human progress - are founded upon the availability of cheap and abundant energy. The real cost of this fraud is the Trillions of dollars of wealth that will be destroyed if a fraudulent theory is used to justify legislation - Emissions-Trading, Cap-and-Trade, pick a buzzword - that starves the global economy of its cheapest and most abundant sources of energy.
If all this Government money (from the taxpayers!) was spent by the Defense Department for weapons systems, etc., and this money went unaudited, the Citizens Watch groups would be screaming so loudly it would probably bring down the Government. But those same groups seem to think you just can’t spend enough on “The Climate.” If you fund development of a fighter jet for $100 million and it winds up costing $1 Billion, at least you get a plane. But we need to keep spending and spending on The Climate, just to make sure The Climate is OK... Egad.
As we uncover the depth and details of this fiasco, remember that there is nothing that can change the mind of a true believer because his MIND is not involved with his true belief. He has FAITH and that faith is his proof. It is a staggering irony that many who deny the existence (or need) for a religious belief somehow line up like the very sheep they deride following their own type of religion.
It only takes about 10% of the population to make a revolution. The most consistent and persistent 10% will win. One side (let's call them "L") has spent several hundred years working to build their 10% and have been both consistent and persistent. The other side (call them "P") has been focused on other things: science, technology, and business - and they have been wildly successful. The L have been focused on taking the results of P's efforts and using those results for their ends. They have been wildly successful. They could not have done what they have done without P first creating the goods and values the L steal and consume.
The challenge is to figure out how to stop feeding L and to allow them to starve to death. (Which, incidentally, is the L plan for P but only after the L" have totally consumed all that the P are able to produce, that is, until all the P die... then the L, like all parasites, will look for a new host.)
You think their plan won’t work? The abject failure in any program they propose and follow and the consequent demise of modern technological civilization *IS* their plan working. You say “but that cannot be true because it's not reasonable.” Reason is not what they use to formulate their plans. They intend to keep everyone focused on the irrelevant minutia while they stay focused on their malignant goal.
This is the scandal of the century. It needs to be thoroughly investigated - and the culprits (not the whistle-blowers) need to be brought to justice.