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News Presented Without Comment

Last week, either an insider or an enterprising cracker leaked a bunch of e-mails from the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU).

From the Wall Street Journal:

Yet even a partial review of the emails is highly illuminating. In them, scientists appear to urge each other to present a “unified” view on the theory of man-made climate change while discussing the importance of the “common cause”; to advise each other on how to smooth over data so as not to compromise the favored hypothesis; to discuss ways to keep opposing views out of leading journals; and to give tips on how to “hide the decline” of temperature in certain inconvenient data.

Some of those mentioned in the emails have responded to our requests for comment by saying they must first chat with their lawyers. Others have offered legal threats and personal invective. Still others have said nothing at all. Those who have responded have insisted that the emails reveal nothing more than trivial data discrepancies and procedural debates.

Yet all of these nonresponses manage to underscore what may be the most revealing truth: That these scientists feel the public doesn’t have a right to know the basis for their climate-change predictions, even as their governments prepare staggeringly expensive legislation in response to them.

Comments

sinetimore
Nov. 25th, 2009 12:35 pm (UTC)
What's really stupid is the people who, having invested so much time and effort in the panic, don't want to admit they've been duped and are carrying on by ignoring the facts. The global warming debate has become about ego and trying desperately not to look like a chump.

You know...sort of like the Shroud of Turin. ;-)

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