Climategate Gets More Amusing Everyday...

The Telegraph
has an article on the nuclear fallout from the Climategate scandal, in which data was alleged, though it appears now beyond doubt, to be deliberately manipulated by scientists at the University of East Anglia. The BBC are steering well clear of this fiasco because Copenhagen is coming up and the less people know about this, the better it is for the Summit to pass resolutions on how to milk money out of people who 'emit' carbon through taxation. Obviously, the professors involved are rather embarassed by the leak, but one who miraculously still has his job, Professor Jones, appears to be defiant.

Prof Jones, who has refused to quit despite calls even from within the green movement, said last week in a statement issued through University of East Anglia, "My colleagues and I accept that some of the published emails do not read well. I regret any upset or confusion caused as a result. Some were clearly written in the heat of the moment, others use colloquialisms frequently used between close colleagues."

He suggested the theft of emails and publication first on a Russian server was "a concerted attempt to put a question mark over the science of climate change in the run-up to the Copenhagen talks".

He added: "Our global temperature series tallies with those of other, completely independent, groups of scientists working for NASA and the National Climate Data Centre in the United States, among others. Even if you were to ignore our findings, theirs show the same results. The facts speak for themselves; there is no need for anyone to manipulate them."

So, let's get this straight. The data which appears to have been manipulated tallies with other 'completely independent' groups of scientists working for err...NASA. Would we ever in our wildest dreams have expected the University of East Anglia to be anything other than independent? No! We just assumed you were, because you work for a rather obscure University!

If you, who work for an obscure University in little old England, were among colleagues who altered the data given to entire national Governments to fit the propaganda, then I don't think so called independents who work for NASA will have had a problem doing the same. The suspicion has to be that if little old UAE were fiddling the figures, that all the Government-sponsored acadamics working for gigantic NASA were probably doing the same! Good grief! How stupid does this guy think we are?

As one commentor on Damian Thompson's blog has hilariously suggested, right now, the most popular activity in all the climate institutes is illustrated below.

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Physiocrat said…
The greenhouse effect was first postulated in the 1890s and was nothing to do with NASA. If there wasn't enough CO2, the earth would be unpleasantly cold as has been the case in the past. Venus has got too much of it and is uninhabitable.

Nobody is in a position to give a verdict on the effect of anthropogenic CO2 as there are complex cycles involved as well as other factors altogether. There is a powerful vested interest in denying the possibility of global climate change caused by human activity. Which means that you can't believe a word anyone says.

Best to keep quiet. Carbon taxes are another matter. If I lived in a cold climate or in a remote area I would want to resist such a tax. My LibDem friend in Newcastle was all in favour of carbon taxes until I pointed out that he has to heat his house September to May whereas I on the south coast can make do from October to March. After which he shut up on the subject.

I would have thought that the best reason to save energy was to avoid energy wars as the stuff is in limited supply. The best way to save energy is not to squander it, unfortunately, if, for instance, train companies insist on running trains fast just to save a few minutes on the journey, or buses are 50% heavier than they were forty years ago and use correspondingly more fuel, there is not much you or I can do about it.
pelerin said…
Why do we no longer hear about the hole in the ozone layer? Has it shrunk; is it static; or is it still growing?
Dunno. I stopped using hairspray and deodorant years ago.