Climate Science Needs a Reset Button as The Stink of Intellectual Corruption is Overpowering
Posted by pwl on December 4, 2009
An amazing editorial by the CBC’s Rex Murphy. Stunning in it’s clarity. Absolutely stunning. Breathtaking in it’s scope. A video that everyone interested in their planet must see.
Here is the Rex Murphy transcript interspersed with memorable quotes including an expanded quote from Clive Crook.
“When Jon Stewart the bantum rooster of conventional wisdom makes jokes about it you know Climategate has reached critical mass. Said Stewart: ‘Poor Al Gore, Global Warming completely debunked via the very internet
“Poor Al Gore, Global Warming completely debunked via the very internet you invented.” – Jon Stewart.
[In-depth comment and analysis on the above funny segment: Shaping the News Masterfully, Jon Stewart Frames Climategate].
Stewart was half joking but Climategate is no joke at all. The mass of emails from the Climate Research Unit [CRU] of East Anglia University let loose by a hacker or a whistle-blower pulls back the curtain on a scene of pettiness, turf protection, manipulation, defiance of freedom of information, lost or destroyed data, and attempts to black list critics and skeptics of the Global Warming Cause.
“… let’s hear no more talk of the [climate] science is settled …” – Rex Murphy, CBC, The National
Now the CRU is not the only climate science advisory body but it’s one of the most influential and feeds directly into the UN Climate Panel on Climate Change [IPCC]. So let’s hear no more talk of the science is settled when it turns out some of the scientists behave as if they own the very question of global warming, when they seek to bar opposing research from peer review journals, to embargo journals they can’t control, when they urge each other to delete damaging emails before freedom of information takes hold, when they talk of “hiding the decline”, when they actually speak of destroying the primary data, and when now we do learn that the primary data has been lost or destroyed. They’ve lost the raw data on which all the models, all the computer generated forecasts, graphs and projections are based. You wouldn’t accept that at a grade nine science fair!
“They’ve lost the raw data on which all the models, all the computer generated forecasts, graphs and projections are based. You wouldn’t accept that at a grade nine science fair!” – Rex Murphy, CBC, The National
Now CRU is not the universe of climate research but it is the star. These emails demonstrate one thing beyond all else, that climate science and global warming advocacy have become so entwined, so meshed into a mutant creature, that separating alarmism from investigation, ideology from science, agenda from empirical study is well neigh impossible.
“Climategate is evidence that the science has gone to bed with advocacy and both had a very good time.” – Rex Murphy, CBC, The National
Climategate is evidence that the science has gone to bed with advocacy and both had a very good time. That the neutrality, openness and absolute disinterest that is the hallmark of all honest scientific endeavor has been abandoned to an atmosphere and a dynamic not superior to the partisan caterwauls of a sub average [Canadian Parliamentary] Question Period.
“Climate Science has been shown to be, in part, a sub branch of Climate Politics.” – Rex Murphy, CBC, The National
Climate Science has been shown to be, in part, a sub branch of Climate Politics. It is a situation intolerable even to serious minds who are on side with Global Warming such as Clive Crook who wrote in Atlantic Magazine about this scandal as follows, ‘The stink of intellectual corruption is overpowering.’
“The closed-mindedness of these supposed men of science, their willingness to go to any lengths to defend a preconceived message, is surprising even to me. The stink of intellectual corruption is overpowering. And, as Christopher Booker argues, this scandal is not at the margins of the politicised IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] process. It is not tangential to the policy prescriptions emanating from what David Henderson called the environmental policy milieu. It goes to the core of that process.” – Clive Crook, Atlantic Magazine, 30 November, 2009
Climate Science needs it’s own reset button, and Climategate should be seen not primarily as a setback, but as an opportunity to cleanse scientific method. To take science away politics, good causes and alarmists and vest climate science in bodies of guaranteed neutrality, openness, real and vigorous debate, and way from the lobbyists, the NGO’s [Non-Government Organizations], the advocates, the Gores, and professional environmentalists of all kinds.
“Climate Science needs it’s own reset button, and Climategate should be seen not primarily as a setback, but as an opportunity to cleanse scientific method.” – Rex Murphy, CBC, The National
Too many of the current leadership on Global Warming are more players than observers, gatekeepers not investigators, angry partisans of some global re-engineering rather than humble servants of the facts of the case.
Read the [CRU] Climategate emails, you’ll never think of climate science quite the same way again.
For the [CBC] National, I’m Rex Murphy.” – CBC’s The National, Canada, December 3rd, 2009.
Rex Murphy also brings clarity to environmental insanity of flicking off.