Because when a story like this breaks, on the cusp of the Copenhagen climate meeting in particular, a truly unbiased and curious media would surely track down the Prophet himself to ask a pertinent question or two.
If you own any shares in alternative energy companies I should start dumping them NOW. The conspiracy behind the Anthropogenic Global Warming myth (aka AGW; aka ManBearPig) has been suddenly, brutally and quite deliciously exposed after a hacker broke into the computers at the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (aka Hadley CRU) and released 61 megabites of confidential files onto the internet. (Hat tip: Watts Up With That)
When you read some of those files – including 1079 emails and 72 documents – you realise just why the boffins at Hadley CRU might have preferred to keep them confidential. As Andrew Bolt puts it, this scandal could well be “the greatest in modern science”. These alleged emails – supposedly exchanged by some of the most prominent scientists pushing AGW theory – suggest:
So what was in the emails? I can reprint them here, but you might as well read some pertinent snippets at the source, or via Ed Morrissey at Hot Air.
The questions at this point really are few, and they don't really have to do with AGW itself.
- Do you still consider yourself a scientist after such efforts to falsify data, mislead, and cover up "inconvenient truths" in violation of principles of scientific discovery?
- Should anyone involved in the manipulations and coverups have any scientific credibility left?
- Should Al Gore have to return his Nobel Prize?
- Should John Kerry, Barbara Boxer, Henry Waxman and Edward Markey have to hold a press conference to explain their actions?
Summing up, let me once again quote Dr. Lindzen of MIT:
“Future generations will wonder in bemused amazement that the early 21st century’s developed world went into hysterical panic over a globally averaged temperature increase of a few tenths of a degree and, on the basis of gross exaggerations of highly exaggerated computer predictions combined into implausible chains of inference, proceeded to contemplate a rollback of the industrial age."
11/21/09 0015: To clarify, there's nothing particularly wrong with alternative energy sources, like wind, sun, nuclear, etc. But the government shouldn't be setting up a huge enterprise to take their cut of energy proceeds in such an obvious money grab as "cap and trade" or carbon taxes. And please don't tell me that subsidizing more expensive technologies and raising everyone's energy costs are necessary to "save the planet." The planet doesn't need saving; science does.