Mrs. KV and I were away for the weekend with family. And wouldn’t you know it? Cut off from any meaningful internet connection, I missed the breaking of the biggest story of 2009 (and probably the biggest story of the first decade of this, the 21st century).
Climate Gate, as the story has become known over the weekend, is on the road to become a scandal that is one of the greatest in modern science.
An Elegant Chaos have put up a searchable database of the content of the material leaked onto the internet. Moreover, comments made by CRU staff indicate not all of the stolen material has been leaked, so we possibly may look forward to more revelations about the ‘climate change consensus’ and the bully boys that tried to enforce it.
Bishop Hill has a nice (and linked) overview of the most damning email correspondence. This is being downplayed in the MSM as ‘colloquial’ language that means something other then what it actually says. Be that as it may, the most damning, and seemingly least controvertible, are 1) an overview of grants given to CRU scientists and where these grants originate from and 2) the comments left in the code of some of the modelling software developed and used by CRU and 3) comments left in a work document of a hapless soul at CRU logging attempts to make sense of the data used by CRU.
It all adds up to a picture where analysis was done on irreparably corrupted data, using models that are purposefully ‘adjusted’ to give the desired result and (unethical, unbecoming and possibly illegal) attempts to prevent anyone from finding out the extent of the rot, the corruption that beseeches ‘climate science’, while being funded by stakeholders that have a vested interest in a certain outcome (and it isn’t ‘big oil’ either).
These are scientists that are key players in the compiltaion and editing of those IPCC reports. To put it as succinctly as possible: The IPCC has been totally discredited. Global warming goes poof, indeed.
The jury is still out on whether the material was hacked or leaked, apparently. If it was leaked, we at KV have a new hero. If it was hacked, we do think justice must be served. But we hope the hackers are put in front of a sympathetic judge and jury. And we at KV still have a new hero.
(Thanks to DP111 for the heads up)
[UPDATE001] Lord Monckton adds his voice: They Are Criminals
Finally, these huckstering snake-oil salesmen and “global warming” profiteers — for that is what they are — have written to each other encouraging the destruction of data that had been lawfully requested under the Freedom of Information Act in the UK by scientists who wanted to check whether their global temperature record had been properly compiled. And that procurement of data destruction, as they are about to find out to their cost, is a criminal offense. They are not merely bad scientists — they are crooks. And crooks who have perpetrated their crimes at the expense of British and U.S. taxpayers.
I am angry, and so should you be.
[UPDATE002] US Senator Inhofe is calling for an investigation:
Senator Inhofe: Well, on this thing, it is pretty serious. And since, you know, Barabara Boxer is the Chairman and I’m the Ranking Member on Environment and Public Works, if nothing happens in the next seven days when we go back into session a week from today that would change this situation, I will call for an investigation. ‘Cause this thing is serious, you think about the literally millions of dollars that have been thrown away on some of this stuff that they came out with.
Melanie Morgan: So what will you be calling for an investigation of?
Senator Inhofe: On the IPCC and on the United Nations on the way that they cooked the science to make this thing look as if the science was settled, when all the time of course we knew it was not.