Nature loses it — once a science journal, now an AGW propaganda outlet


Kinda reminds you of Humphrey Bogart with the ball bearings in his hand in The Caine Mutiny:

“The e-mail archives stolen last month from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia (UEA), UK, have been greeted by the climate-change-denialist fringe as a propaganda windfall. To these denialists, the scientists’ scathing remarks about certain controversial palaeoclimate reconstructions qualify as the proverbial ‘smoking gun’: proof that mainstream climate researchers have systematically conspired to suppress evidence contradicting their doctrine that humans are warming the globe.

This paranoid interpretation would be laughable were it not for the fact that obstructionist politicians in the US Senate will probably use it next year as an excuse to stiffen their opposition to the country’s much needed climate bill. Nothing in the e-mails undermines the scientific case that global warming is real β€” or that human activities are almost certainly the cause. …

Denialists often maintain that these changes are just a symptom of natural climate variability. But when climate modellers test this assertion by running their [absurd model] simulations with greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide held fixed, the results bear little resemblance to the observed warming. …

A fair reading of the e-mails reveals nothing to support the denialistsconspiracy theories. …

If there are benefits to the e-mail theft, one is to highlight yet again the harassment that denialists inflict

The e-mail theft also highlights how difficult it can be for climate researchers to follow the canons of scientific openness

One e-mail talked of displaying the data using a ‘trick’ β€” slang for a clever (and legitimate) technique, but a word that denialists have used to accuse the researchers of fabricating their results. …

In the end, what the UEA e-mails really show is that scientists are human beings β€” and that unrelenting opposition to their work can goad them to the limits of tolerance, and tempt them to act in ways that undermine scientific values. … After all, the pressures the UEA e-mailers experienced may be nothing compared with what will emerge as the United States debates a climate bill next year, and denialists use every means at their disposal to undermine trust in scientists and science.” “Climatologists under pressure

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