Last week the New York Times reported on the results of an independent panel investigating Climategate. Climategate was the Internet posting of thousands of emails hacked from the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU). Skeptics charged there was a cover up, but all the evidence is out there now. Maybe the skeptics should have a look see. The article stated:
A parliamentary panel investigating allegations that scientists at one of the world’s leading climate research centers misrepresented data related to global warming announced Wednesday that it had found no evidence to support that charge.
But the panel, the Science and Technology Committee of the British House of commons, did fault scientists at the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit and its director, Prof. Phil Jones, for the way they handled freedom of information requests from skeptics challenging the evidence of climate change.
The panel said that Professor Jones and his colleagues could have saved themselves a great deal of trouble by aggressively publishing all their data instead of worrying about how to stonewall their critics.
They could have saved a lot of delay from moving forward on climate change decisions that’s for sure. All the emails and data are in plain view now. The skeptics screamed there was something to hide. So far there is nothing. It’s so hard to figure out the climate dilemma isn’t it? We’ve got thousands of missing harp seals in Canada because there is no ice this year. A giant ice mass broken off of Antarctica the size of multiple football fields floated past Australia not long ago. And the Arctic ice shelf is steadily collapsing. When someone says man is not causing it, that it is natural, all I think of is that swirling mass of plastic in the Pacific Ocean from man’s waste. It’s doubled in size since its discovery. And guess what? A new plastic garbage swirly is forming in the Atlantic Ocean now. No, we’re not pigs.
It’s a funny picture here. I just blogged about an oil spill in a wildlife refuge that didn’t even make the press, but hacked emails that so far contain nothing of a big scandal raged through the media. Hmmm? A big oil spill specifically in a wildlife refuge gets no mention. Was it bad timing for the fossil fuel industry because of the mining disaster or because President Obama just cleared the way for more offshore drilling that the spill didn’t get any press?
I wondered who has been looking for the hackers? I found out how it was probably done on CNN World. The article presents a pretty good picture of the maneuver and its timely disclosure just before the Copenhagen Conference that allowed skeptics to have a field day and discourage talks from progressing from just talks. In the meantime, I’ve noticed a continual barrage of commercials about taxing oil and gas and how it will mean higher prices for us. It’s not even subliminal brainwashing. If shown enough times the impression becomes New Energy = Taxes.
In the same CNN article, environmental campaigner, Richard Littlemore, acknowledges the emails have emboldened those who deny climate change. He also stated, “Most of this conversation is not about science, it’s about public relations. They want to talk about the emails because they don’t want to talk about the evidence.” The article continued, “The emails were not state secrets. The broad consensus among climate scientists is that the climate is warming and humans are playing a significant role. But given the amount of energy devoted to the emails, the episode has taught us this. Hacking is criminal but it can also be influential.” Sad but true.