Freedom of information
Climategate emails show the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit trying to manipulate data, deep-sixing data requested through the Freedom of Information Act and, incredibly, losing much of the data on which predictions of global warming and climate change are based. But never mind that.
Judging by its hapless emails, CRU cannot comprehend statistical analysis nor untangle the complex computer programmes "devised to contort data". This is important because "CRU is the world’s leading centre for reconstructing past climate and temperatures".
The United Nations, Great Britain, the European Union, the present US administration and many rational and concerned citizens have accepted these figures as definitive prophecies of doom. They are prepared to do something on a global scale to prevent the world from boiling over.
"Doing something" includes wrecking our economies by controlling and taxing every carbon transaction - including how far you drive, when you fly, what you build and how many people in your family breathe.
But it is now clear that the CRU did not observe proper research or statistical analysis protocols. They allowed their feelings to cloud their scientific impartiality. They did not share or even properly protect their data. George Monbiot wrote in the Guardian, "There is a word for the apparent repeated attempts to prevent disclosure revealed in these emails: unscientific".
Many now see CRU scientists as part of a global warming conspiracy. Regretfully, we are inclined to think they are also part of a confederacy of dunces.
The silver lining in this shambles is the self-named FOI, the still-anonymous person who made the emails public.
By the way, Michael Crichton's novel State of Fear, published in 2004, made these points -
The science that supports or does not support the theory behind global warming is so incomplete that no reasonable conclusions can be drawn on how to solve the "problem" (or if the "problem" even exists).Fiction begins to sound disconcertingly like fact.
Elites in various fields use either real or artificial crises to maintain the existing social order, misusing the "science" behind global warming.
As a result of potential conflicts of interest, the scientists conducting research on topics related to global warming may subtly change their findings to bring them in line with their funding sources. (Wikipedia)
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