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Jewish World Review
Dec. 1, 2009
/ 14 Kislev 5770
The Inquisition of Global Warming
Debra J. Saunders
This just in from the Times of London: After the leak of highly
embarrassing e-mail messages from the University of East Anglia's
influential Climatic Research Unit, CRU has been forced to admit that it
dumped "the original raw" climate data used to bolster the case for
human-caused global warming, while retaining only the "value-added"
read: massaged data.
In short, the CRU dumped the scientific data, but archived information
that supports its conclusions. "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," wrote Times environment editor
Of course, global warming skeptics see Climategate as vindication. For
years, global warming activists have maintained that they alone could
claim the mantle of dispassionate science, while skeptics were venal,
nutty or both.
The publication of these e-mails puts an end to that happy conceit, as
they reveal a small cabal of scientists obsessed with obliterating
dissenting scholarship and destroying the reputations of any who stood
in their way.
For years, I've read global warming activists cite the work of UC San
Diego science historian Naomi Oreskes, who looked at 928 abstracts of
peer-reviewed articles from 1993 and 2003 and found, "Remarkably, none
of the papers disagreed with the consensus position" in favor of
man-made global warming.
No surprise, her unbelievable claim was wrong. In a leaked e-mail, CRU
Director Phil Jones complained of a 2003 peer-reviewed article that
departed from global warming orthodoxy. Jones went so far as to boast,
"I will be e-mailing the journal (Climate Research) to tell them I'm
having nothing to do with it until they rid themselves of this
troublesome editor," who approved printing the piece.
In 2004, Jones said he would keep two troublesome papers out of a U.N.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report "somehow even if we
have to redefine what the peer-review literature is!"
In another e-mail, Pennsylvania State University environmental sciences
Professor Michael Mann proposed considering a boycott of Climate
Research. But that's nothing compared with Benjamin D. Santer, a climate
scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, who, the Washington
Post reported, said he was tempted to beat up skeptic Pat Michaels.
Polls show that Americans are cooling on the notion of man-made global
warming. I must credit the bully mentality of activists, whose claims
often defy common sense and at times, simple decency.
The defying-common-sense part: They claim that no credible scientist
departs from the IPCC orthodoxy. Counter with some names Richard
Lindzen, Fred Singer, William Gray, John Christy, Don Easterbrook, Piers
Corbyn, Roy Spencer, Pat Michaels, James O'Brien and they impugn
their scientific credentials.
If they have to redefine peer review, they'll do that, too. And then
they ask you to trust them on the dumped CRU data. After all, they're
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