I must confess that I really didn’t expect Britain’s partisan politicians investigating the leaked email saga at climate alarmist headquarters in East Anglia to amount to much more than a thinly disguised attempt to sweep everything under the carpet. It seems that I was right to be sceptical.

Local freelancer Ivo Vegter has a good opinion piece on the issue here and the BBC’s Roger Harrabin has penned a detailed analysis of another probably whitewash attempt here.

What ever happened to critical thinking? There certainly doesn’t seem to be much evidence of it in the climate change debate. Indeed, alarmists would have us believe there is no debate; that the science is settled.

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe

That’s probably more or less what the flat earth society would have told Galileo and da Vinci when they had the effrontery to suggest that the planet is a sphere.

The simple fact is that if we can’t predict next week’s weather with 100% certainty, how the hell can we predict long term climate effects?

UPDATE: I just came across an intriguing – and quite detailed blog post – on the subject by one of the foremost authorities on climate science, Dr Fred Singer. He writes that:

“There is now a desperate effort afoot by assorted climate alarmists to explain away the revelations of the incriminating e-mails leaked last year from the University of East Anglia (UEA). A concerted whitewash campaign is in full swing to save the IPCC and its questionable conclusion that the warming of the last thirty years is anthropogenic. But ongoing investigations so far have avoided the real issue, namely whether the reported warming is genuine or a manufactured result by scientists in England and the United States who manipulated temperature data.”

Read the full post here.

April 14, 2010

ClimateGate Whitewash

By S. Fred Singer

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There is now a desperate effort afoot by assorted climate alarmists to explain away the revelations of the incriminating e-mails leaked last year from the University of East Anglia (UEA). A concerted whitewash campaign is in full swing to save the IPCC and its questionable conclusion that the warming of the last thirty years is anthropogenic. But ongoing investigations so far have avoided the real issue, namely whether the reported warming is genuine or a manufactured result by scientists in England and the United States who manipulated temperature data.
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