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On the Black Friday front, I saw half a dozen tents pitched in front of Best Buy Thanksgiving morning at 7:30am. People were camping out there. They weren't Occupiers. They were shoppers. I drove past Best Buy at 10:30pm, and there was a line going from the front door around the side of the building. The parking lot was packed, and I estimate at least 150 people were standing there waiting, 90 minutes before the store opened. Unreal.
Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.
The global warming data manipulators are back in the news, as 5,000 new e-mails have been made public:
A new batch of 5,000 emails among scientists central to the assertion that humans are causing a global warming crisis were anonymously released to the public yesterday, igniting a new firestorm of controversy nearly two years to the day after similar emails ignited the Climategate scandal.
Three themes are emerging from the newly released emails: (1) prominent scientists central to the global warming debate are taking measures to conceal rather than disseminate underlying data and discussions; (2) these scientists view global warming as a political “cause” rather than a balanced scientific inquiry and (3) many of these scientists frankly admit to each other that much of the science is weak and dependent on deliberate manipulation of facts and data.
That doesn't sound too good. What do the new e-mails say ?
Emails between Climategate scientists, however, show a concerted effort to hide rather than disseminate underlying evidence and procedures.
“I’ve been told that IPCC is above national FOI [Freedom of Information] Acts. One way to cover yourself and all those working in AR5 would be to delete all emails at the end of the process,”writes Phil Jones, a scientist working with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), in a newly released email.
“Any work we have done in the past is done on the back of the research grants we get – and has to be well hidden,” Jones writes in another newly released email. “I’ve discussed this with the main funder (U.S. Dept of Energy) in the past and they are happy about not releasing the original station data.”
The Dept. Of Energy is "happy" about not releasing the data ??? What possible reason could there be for them to be happy about keeping it secret ? Perhaps the data doesn't match the global warming rhetoric being spewed by certain politicians at the top of the D.C. food chain, like that megalomaniac who told us his inauguration marked "the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and the planet began to heal" (link).
The original Climategate e-mails illustrated how the scientists were intent on destroying "inconvenient" data, and the new e-mails reveal that the work of the global warming scientists is politically motivated:
“The trick may be to decide on the main message and use that to guid[e] what’s included and what is left out” of IPCC reports, writes Jonathan Overpeck, coordinating lead author for the IPCC’s most recent climate assessment.
“I gave up on [Georgia Institute of Technology climate professor] Judith Curry a while ago. I don’t know what she thinks she’s doing, but its not helping the cause,” wrote Mann in another newly released email.
The "cause" ??? Since when do scientists have a cause other than arriving at the truth ?
These cause driven, global warming advancing, data destroying scientific crusaders also tried to discredit those who disagreed with them:
“I have been talking w/ folks in the states about finding an investigative journalist to investigate and expose” skeptical scientist Steve McIntyre, Mann writes in another newly released email.
These new emails add weight to Climategate 1.0 emails revealing efforts to politicize the scientific debate. For example, Tom Wigley, a scientist at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, authored a Climategate 1.0 email asserting that his fellow Climategate scientists “must get rid of” the editor for a peer-reviewed science journal because he published some papers contradicting assertions of a global warming crisis.
It gets worse. The new e-mails exposes the rank dishonesty of the global warming scientists. Their data was telling them one thing and they were reporting something entirely different:
“Observations do not show rising temperatures throughout the tropical troposphere unless you accept one single study and approach and discount a wealth of others. This is just downright dangerous. We need to communicate the uncertainty and be honest. Phil, hopefully we can find time to discuss these further if necessary,” writes Peter Thorne of the UK Met Office.
“I also think the science is being manipulated to put a political spin on it which for all our sakes might not be too clever in the long run,” Thorne adds.
“Mike, The Figure you sent is very deceptive … there have been a number of dishonest presentations of model results by individual authors and by IPCC,” Wigley acknowledges.
Who needs honesty when there's a political agenda to pursue ? Not the warmers, apparently.
Whatever one's view of anthropogenic global warming, this behavior is entirely unacceptable. It is a mockery of the scientific process.
And they haven't even gone through all the newly released e-mails yet.