Thursday, December 15, 2011

The National Association of Scholars Takes on Climategate...

...and they get it just right. It begins,

Climategate, both 1 and 2, are textbook cases of gross lapses in professional ethics and scientific malfeasance.

Author H. Sterling Burnett goes on to say,

Climategate parts one and two are a series of leaked e-mails from arguably the most prominent researchers promoting the idea that humans are causing catastrophic global warming. The e-mails show the scientists involved to be violating their professional ethics with the result that climate science in particular and science as an institution more generally is brought into question. 
The first group of e-mails released in 2009 showed scientists attempting to suppress or alter inconvenient data, destroying raw data so that others would be unable to analyze it, using tricks to change reported outcomes, conspiring to avoid legally required disclosure of taxpayer-funded data, and trying to suppress dissent by undermining the peer review process.  On the latter point the researchers involved threatened to boycott and get editors fired at journals publishing findings questioning the urgency of the climate crisis. 

before he goes on to examine a number of the Climategate emails themselves, he wraps up his piece with,

To be clear, these e-mails do not disprove that humans are causing potentially catastrophic global warming. Whether or not humans are or are not, in fact, causing or contributing to dangerous climate change, the only thing clear that emerges from the Climategate e-mails is that the scientists claiming that “the science is settled” and that there is “consensus” among scientists that humankind are acting as planet killers, can’t be trusted, nor can their research be pointed to as solid proof of anthropogenic global warming. 

Couldn't have said it better myself. Please read the whole thing.

As I have said numerous times on this blog, I am appalled at the excuses, rationalizations, and the "nothing to see here, move along" attitude of mainstream science toward Climategate. It is corruption of science at its worst.

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