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We Can No Longer Hide What We Decline to Believe



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We Can No Longer Hide What We Decline to Believe

The whole global warming brouhaha – which these days seems to be brewing plenty of ha-ha – is a bit outside my usual beat, best left to the Planet Gore guys. Beyond that, I’m a bit of a squish on it; even if I don’t see “The Day After Tomorrow” as a documentary, I figure when Chinese factories churn out enough crap that you can’t see the sky in a bunch of their cities, it can’t be good for anybody. Having said that, I always figured that made the global warming issue much more complicated than our friends on the left suggested; unless we’re willing to get hundreds of millions of Chinese to stop industrializing, using energy, or doing anything to climb out of poverty, then the ChiComs will always generate more carbon than we do and make any carbon sacrifice on our part moot. In other words, until the greens start calling for military strikes on China’s industrial base, I figured most of this was posturing.

And now, apparently, it may be built on a giant pile of unreliable and unverifiable data: “The academic at the centre of the ‘Climategate’ affair, whose raw data is crucial to the theory of climate change, has admitted that he has trouble ‘keeping track’ of the information. Colleagues say that the reason Professor Phil Jones has refused Freedom of Information requests is that he may have actually lost the relevant papers… Professor Jones also conceded the possibility that the world was warmer in medieval times than now – suggesting global warming may not be a man-made phenomenon. And he said that for the past 15 years there has been no ‘statistically significant’ warming.”

Ed Morrissey: “If the massive warming seen in Europe occurred around the world, then what we have seen in the 20th century would be almost certainly a moderate, natural, cyclical warming coming out of a cold trough.  It would also call into question what exactly a good temperature would be for the Earth.  After all, even if the second graph only applied to the northern hemisphere, the increased temperatures didn’t cause the end of life on the planet; indeed, food became more plentiful, and the melting of the polar-region ice didn’t create massive catastrophes.  Further underscoring this interpretation are the cooling cycles seen in the mid-century and last fifteen years or so, especially since the 1940s saw a huge increase in carbon emissions due to wartime production. Jones’ late admissions demonstrate that there is nothing “settled” about AGW, and that the process and the data are too murky for any declarations of certainty.”

Anne Althouse: “To talk about “sceptics” as the ones who will “seize” upon “evidence” of flaws is unwittingly to make global warming into a matter of religion and not science. It’s not the skeptics who look bad. “Seize” sounds willful, but science should motivate us to grab at evidence. It’s the nonskeptics who look bad. It’s not science to be a true believer who wants to ignore new evidence. It’s not science to support a man who has the job of being a scientist but doesn’t adhere to the methods of science.”

Confederate Yankee: “I have some very simple questions: When will politicians, businessmen, and scientists active in anthropogenic climate change fraud be brought up on racketeering charges and imprisoned for attempting to steal siphon off trillions of dollars in what would have been the most expensive criminal conspiracy in human history?Will any nation admit that the “solutions” being offered by this fraud, which would have radically damaged the economies of almost the entire developed world, constitutes treason?

Mark Steyn: “Say it loud, he’s unsettled and proud. Hide-the-decliner Phil Jones is embracing his inner decline.”

Blue Crab Boulevard: “Jones continues to insist that global warming is happening and is man made. But he also admits he’s lost all the data. So we’ll have to take it on faith. No thanks. The entire theory of anthropogenic global warming is built off data that is conveniently lost. We’re supposed to just believe even though there has been no actual warming in 15 years. We’re supposed to just submit to radical social engineering experiments based on our trust in scientists who have been actively lying to us for the past decade and a half. No thanks.”


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