Global warming fraud exposed?

These are dark times indeed for true believers in the religion of Anthropogenic Global Warming: not only is the empirical evidence going more and more against their Inconvenient Truths, but now there have come revelations of scandal within the walls of one of the Holy Places of the Faith. A hacker broke into the computer systems of the University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit and stole over 60 megabytes of emails and other documents and released them to the public.

The significance of of these files is that they strongly indicate deliberate fraud and the illegal destruction of data by researchers seeking to bolster the case for AGW. They also speak of plans (at least) to corrupt the peer-review process by smearing skeptical scientists in order to blackball them, thus creating a review process slanted favorably toward research that supports the anthropogenic thesis of global warming and ignores any problems with that research.

James Delingpole of The Telegraph has a good overview of the ethical roaches uncovered by this (let’s be blunt) theft. Let me quote from one of the emails dealing with the corruption of the peer-review process:

“This was the danger of always criticising the skeptics for not publishing in the “peer-reviewed literature”. Obviously, they found a solution to that–take over a journal! So what do we do about this? I think we have to stop considering “Climate Research” as a legitimate peer-reviewed journal. Perhaps we should encourage our colleagues in the climate research community to no longer submit to, or cite papers in, this journal. We would also need to consider what we tell or request of our more reasonable colleagues who currently sit on the editorial board…What do others think?”

“I will be emailing the journal to tell them I’m having nothing more to do with it until they rid themselves of this troublesome editor.”“It results from this journal having a number of editors. The responsible one for this is a well-known skeptic in NZ. He has let a few papers through by Michaels and Gray in the past. I’ve had words with Hans von Storch about this, but got nowhere. Another thing to discuss in Nice !”

Talk like this should mortify anyone concerned for the integrity of science. The peer-review process is crucial to maintaining this integrity. For any scientist to try to game and shape this system in their favor should lead to calling into question the whole body of their research, especially when global-warming alarmists, such as the scientists at the CRU, are demanding governments take extreme measures to fix a problem the scientists claim is incontrovertible fact.

If half of what was revealed is true, then any credibility possessed by the pro-AGW faction in the scientific community, national governments, and the UN is crippled or outright destroyed. The Senate should call an immediate halt to any further consideration its version  of the Waxman-Markey bill, passage of which would be disastrous for the US economy, until the truth about these revelations from CRU can be determined.

Besides Delingpole’s article, here are a few other links you’ll want to read to get an idea of the scope of this scandal:

The mind boggles at the possible scope of the fraud revealed today. For the sheer magnitude of its potential effect on the world’s economy, it dwarfs other scandals, such as fake fetal stem cell research. If true, it could be fatal to the Anthropogenic Global Warming movement.

Let’s hope it’s true, then.

LINKS: Others writing on this include Michelle Malkin, Gabriel Malor, Ed Morrissey, Stacy McCain, Climate Skeptic, SBVOR (which calls this the “Watergate of Global Warming”), Sister Toldjah, Big Government, and Blue Crab Boulevard. At Power Line, attorney John Hinderaker looks at the emails and thinks they reflect not so much an active conspiracy as a bunker mentality among true believers.

(hat tip: Watt’s Up With That?)

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  2. Zombywolf says:

    if the Russian researchers are right and we are always on the doorstep of another ice age (or why I didn’t major in Geology though I loved it)–this is close to criminal–well it’s criminal–but hey the Goracle had to make money somehow–name down in the history books and all that. These people and the ones so in love with gov’t run health care are starting to terrify me.

    • Phineas Fahrquar says:

      Certainly ice ages are more common (IIRC) than overly warm Earths. I’m largely convinced that the sun is the regulator of our climate and, based on its lack of sun spots, we may (and I emphasize “may”) be heading for a new Little Ice Age, such as the one we experienced from the mid-17th century to about 1850.

  3. Zombywolf says:

    actually my geology prof always used to say this is an ice planet with short periods of warming–the Russian research from core sampling–figured the warming periods last about 10,000 years then back into another ice age–and we are kinda at that mark.

  4. Marlin says:

    I have been one of the few calling this for what it is in reality, even before this was released, and that is a geo-political scam.

    All you have to do is look at who gaines? And that will tell the real story.

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  9. Danram says:

    The e-mails themselves are damning enough, but they won’t by themselves be what kills the AGW movement. What will kill AGW as a driver of public policy is the other 95% of the files from the CRU that were uploaded onto that Russian server.

    That other 95% contains data sets, programming code, and comments from the scientists and statisticians working with them. Now that outside experts are having the chance to delve into them, what they’re discovering is that they’re utter garbage. The data is incomplete, corrupted, and has, in places, been made up. The programming code is full of bugs and the predictive models are flawed with poor predictive power. It’s no wonder that the guys at the CRU have resisted making their work public for so long. They knew full well that if the general public was ever allowed to see it, the case for AGW would collapse, along with their funding and their reputations.

    Truth be told, this was never about science. This was always about ideology, power, and the forced re-allocation of trillions of dollars worth of the world’s resources under the direction of the political left.

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