Climategate: the Final Nail in the Coffin of 'Anthropogenic Global Warming?'

jerry-lewisBy James Delingpole

If you own any shares in alternative energy companies I should start dumping them NOW. The conspiracy behind the Anthropogenic Global Warming myth (aka AGW; aka ManBearPig) has been suddenly, brutally and quite deliciously exposed after a hacker broke into the computers at the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (aka Hadley CRU) and released 61 megabites of confidential files onto the internet. (Hat tip: Watts Up With That)

When you read some of those files – including 1079 emails and 72 documents – you realise just why the boffins at Hadley CRU might have preferred to keep them confidential. As Andrew Bolt puts it, this scandal could well be “the greatest in modern science”. These alleged emails – supposedly exchanged by some of the most prominent scientists pushing AGW theory – suggest:

Conspiracy, collusion in exaggerating warming data, possibly illegal destruction of embarrassing information, organised resistance to disclosure, manipulation of data, private admissions of flaws in their public claims and much more.

One of the alleged emails has a gentle gloat over the death in 2004 of John L Daly (one of the first climate change sceptics, founder of the Still Waiting For Greenhouse site), commenting:

“In an odd way this is cheering news.”

But perhaps the most damaging revelations  – the scientific equivalent of the Telegraph’s MPs’ expenses scandal – are those concerning the way Warmist scientists may variously have manipulated or suppressed evidence in order to support their cause.

Here are a few tasters. (So far, we can only refer to them as alleged emails because – though Hadley CRU’s director Phil Jones has confirmed the break-in to Ian Wishart at the Briefing Room – he has yet to fess up to any specific contents.) But if genuine, they suggest dubious practices such as:

Manipulation of evidence:

I’ve just completed Mike’s Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (ie from 1981 onwards) amd from 1961 for Keith’s to hide the decline.

Private doubts about whether the world really is heating up:

The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t. The CERES data published in the August BAMS 09 supplement on 2008 shows there should be even more warming: but the data are surely wrong. Our observing system is inadequate.

Suppression of evidence:

Can you delete any emails you may have had with Keith re AR4?

Keith will do likewise. He’s not in at the moment – minor family crisis.

Can you also email Gene and get him to do the same? I don’t have his new email address.

We will be getting Caspar to do likewise.

Fantasies of violence against prominent Climate Sceptic scientists:

Next time I see Pat Michaels at a scientific meeting, I’ll be tempted to beat the crap out of him. Very tempted.

Attempts to disguise the inconvenient truth of the Medieval Warm Period (MWP):

……Phil and I have recently submitted a paper using about a dozen NH records that fit this category, and many of which are available nearly 2K back–I think that trying to adopt a timeframe of 2K, rather than the usual 1K, addresses a good earlier point that Peck made w/ regard to the memo, that it would be nice to try to “contain” the putative “MWP”, even if we don’t yet have a hemispheric mean reconstruction available that far back….

And, perhaps most reprehensibly, a long series of communications discussing how best to squeeze dissenting scientists out of the peer review process. How, in other words, to create a scientific climate in which anyone who disagrees with AGW can be written off as a crank, whose views do not have a scrap of authority.

“This was the danger of always criticising the skeptics for not publishing in the “peer-reviewed literature”. Obviously, they found a solution to that–take over a journal! So what do we do about this? I think we have to stop considering “Climate Research” as a legitimate peer-reviewed journal. Perhaps we should encourage our colleagues in the climate research community to no longer submit to, or cite papers in, this journal. We would also need to consider what we tell or request of our more reasonable colleagues who currently sit on the editorial board…What do others think?”

“I will be emailing the journal to tell them I’m having nothing more to do with it until they rid themselves of this troublesome editor.”“It results from this journal having a number of editors. The responsible one for this is a well-known skeptic in NZ. He has let a few papers through by Michaels and Gray in the past. I’ve had words with Hans von Storch about this, but got nowhere. Another thing to discuss in Nice!”

Read the rest of this story at the Telegraph.

  • Neil F. AGWD/BSD

    Wow. I don’t know what to make of this. It’s either real, or it is a very clever trick to suck the air out of climate scepticism. I want it to be real. It would confirm everything that I have thought about this topic. On the other hand this sounds too good to be true!
    If this is a hoax it will be used to smear, demonize, and be held up as an example of how low climate sceptics will stoop. It would be an irrevocable black mark on us who are AGW sceptics.
    So, I’m not going to break out the bubbley just yet. I’m going to wait for confirmation.

  • Dan McGrath

    It’s been confirmed. The emails are genuine. Hadley CRU says they were hacked about 4 days ago. Some of the email comments have been verified by the authors – with the explanation that they’re being read out of context.

    • Neil F. AGWD/BSD

      Wonderful news Dan! Do you have a link for the source of said confirmation? I don’t think I’m going to find it on the MSM.

    • Mark Lamont Brown

      Dan,
      Its great news, but unfortunately just a drop in the ocean when it comes to this propaganda war. And when was propaganda necessarily about the truth?
      Unfortunately as I pointed out in a previous post, the sheeple have little defense against the mass media. We need to up the ante in this war. Keep up the good work.

  • Neil F. AGWD/BSD

    Hey Dan, I heard about this story the other day but I just found it while I was trying to find where you heard the story in the above post was confirmed. I think this may not be the end, but it might be the beginning of the end.

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,662092,00.html

  • Lone Wolf

    I don’t know how to go about it, but It’s time for an audit of all government funded scientific organizations/academies, espeacially those that give input to the IPCC. I highly suspect they will find intentional corruption of climate data. Think of the tax payer dollars wasted on this cruel hoax.

    • Neil F. AGWD/BSD

      Audit? I think something a little stronger than an audit is called for here. How about a full scale investigation? Subpoena time!!!!!!

  • Mark Lamont Brown

    Hey Guys,
    Lets wait and see what happens. The problem with this is that they are about to go into “Denial” mode. Still It was only a matter of time. Lets hope that the AGW propaganda offensive has reached a severe stumbling block. Dont forget, our Government has a vested interest in this scam.

    • Neil F. AGWD/BSD

      I agree. Even if this is all what it appears to be, it is not the end of the war. Obama is still moving forward on Copenhagen. That needs to be fought as well.

      • Mark Lamont Brown

        Yes Neil,
        But it doesnt stop the poodle-like media from pouring out the lies.. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1230781/Decade-soaring-temperatures-ahead-Health-Secretary-warns-real-present-danger-posed-climate-change.html. The politicians are starting to show that it was never about science anyway, The true agenda, will continue to unfold.. And yes, where is ol Rob?

        • Neil F. AGWD/BSD

          If Rob has any intellectual honesty, which I actually doubt, he should be genuflecting on what his beliefs are and why he believes them. I think he knows that the science that he relied on is now questionable, (as I always thought it was), and he needs to find a new standpoint from which to argue. I think he’s got a tough row to hoe there.

  • Neil F. AGWD/BSD

    So where is Rob N’ Hood on this? I don’t blame him for his silence on this one. I would be very sore indeed if I found out a source that I implicitly trusted was exposed as being a bunch of liars. It’s ok Rob. We understand. Trust is always a gamble.

  • David

    The Hadley Centre (UK Met Office) and the CRU (University of East Anglia) are two different things. There is no Hadley CRU. We want to get *our* facts, even if these dodgy ‘scientists’ can not.

    • Dan McGrath

      Thanks for the correction.

  • Tom

    Hi Dan – Although this is in the Telegraph and the Daily Mail it is getting very little coverage here in the UK – shows how far censorship goes here and how that we do not have a “free press” and how much the media, the BBC especially is a slave of the UK state – if the Americans are truly shocked at the way Obama is about to sign away their sovereignty to the “Climate Taliban” in Copenhagen they should try living in the disgusting United States of Europe, our corrupt government led by an unelected prime minister has consigned Great Britain to the dustbin of history

  • Paul Wenum

    I’ve always said the “Truth will prevail.”

  • Steven

    I’m so glad there are people out there with a brain.

    GOD BLESS THE HACKER THAT STOLE AND LEAKED THIS CRAP.

    Now if we could only get someone to leak hacked NSA documents about the September 11th 2001 inside job…

    These so called ‘scientists’ should be ashamed at themselves.

    May god have mercy on their pitiful sell-out souls.

    Future generations of free humanity will write history correctly, and their names and their family names will be mud.

    If I was the son or daughter of one of these ‘scientists’ I would renounce my family name and change it out of utter disgust.

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  • paul wenum

    Better not.

    • Mark Lamont Brown

      I was watching the BBC news for the last days on cable, also CNN. Not one mention of this scandal, I say, NOT ONE!!!

  • Btok

    http://www.infowars.com/climate-gate-is-your-fight/
    http://gnosis474.blogspot.com/2009/11/climate-gate-is-your-fight.html
    November 27, 2009
    Those in the know are fully aware that the mainstream media is nothing more than the propaganda arm of the State. You’re reading this, so you’re probably one of those people. It is so easy to fall into the mental trap that, if you know something, then how can it not be common knowledge? The sheep don’t even know what the carbon tax is, or what’s at stake in Copenhagen. They are completely and utterly clueless.
    For the rest of us, the fight is joined. The globalists have thrown their best punches while we played rope-a-dope. Even before this scandal broke, they were running out of gas. Their gloves were heavy. A global agreement to supposedly cut carbon emissions, if you believed what the media told you (I don’t), was in already in jeopardy prior to the release of the hacked emails. These revelations are a flurry of knockout blows, if only we’re able to break through the media blackout and propaganda protecting these criminals from being fully exposed. The media will not be our ally in this.
    The globalists, the eugenicists, are in this for the long haul. All of their eggs are in the climate hoax basket. They’re not going to stop now. Why would they? We all know this was never about climate change in the first place. We knew that they knew that it was the sun driving the climate, and that temperatures haven’t risen in at least ten years. If this were about saving the Earth – if they truly were not evil, just wrong, as the newest documentary naively suggests – then the climate scientists would’ve packed it in a long time ago.
    No, what this is and always was about is an excuse for global government. This they certainly do not deny. Ban Ki-Moon, the UN Secretary General, penned an op-ed in the New York Times last month in which he called for a global government funded by carbon taxes. The new president of the European Union, Herman van Rompuy, said that 2009 was the first year of global governance, and that the Copenhagen climate conference would be “another step towards the global management of our planet”. In July, Al Gore spoke at Oxford University and stated that global governance, funded by the Waxman-Markey cap and trade tax which will be voted upon in the Senate within the coming weeks, is necessary for combating “climate change”.
    The globalist plan for world government – the elimination of national sovereignty, ie the destruction of the United States of America – must be fully exposed. We know that this scheme is completely unknown to the vast majority of people. Perhaps now that Glenn Beck is finally speaking of this conspiracy, the Fox “News” crowd will get their heads out of their rears and realize it’s not “liberals” behind this, it’s globalists – there are prominent Republicans and so-called conservative leaders pushing this as well. Unfortunately, because Beck and Fox actively promote the left-right paradigm, the establishment will still try to paint the issue as an attack by right wing hacks and special interests.
    Whatever, is happening to my family’s and my lifestyle without us having our say? Find out go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VebOTc-7shU

  • Rob N. Hood

    Doug, I don’t disagree with you, but why stop at term limits? I’ve never believed that that one change would save our country. What would be even better is to get the MONEY out of the political system. Other countries have done it and it works great- true democracy requires it. Call me a true patriot if you’d like, because that is what I believe in- true democracy. We will collpase if we don’t get it (we are collapsing now). Maybe that is what it will take to wake people up, probably that is what it will take, unfortunately.

  • paul wenum

    Mark,

    We will not see anything in th NSM until after Copenhagen. Then all hell will break loose.

    • Mark Lamont Brown

      Paul,
      I agree but its really annoying.

  • paul wenum

    Mark,

    It is a pain in the arse. Now let’s see if we are wrong and the media wakes up. If they do, and really investigate, “Climate change” will be “natural climate change.” Not, a TAX as Albert Gore and George Soros profit off the minions!!!!

  • Rob N. Hood

    So Btok, and others. According to you it’s all an issue of “globalists” (which seems real)wanting a new world order and/or the Muslims who want a world-wide theocracy (also real, in part). Which is it? Or is it both? If so, then wouldn’t the new world order people be simply fighting for “us” against the Muslim world? Could that explain 9/11 and the wars in the middle east and our fixation on “terrorists?” And for those of you who are anti-Muslim, then shouldn’t you be on the side of the globalists? And maybe you are, and don’t even realize it…

    You guys in reality aren’t in agreement amongst yourselves, but you VERY RARELY call each other out on it. I wonder why? It seems you are all very eager to call out a Liberal though. I find that strange. Except not all that strange- it comes from a belief system or personality that wants control, likes power and generally believes violence, usually State sanctioned, is just fine (if directed at “foreigners”). Unless of course there’s Democrat as President, then all the nuts let loose!

  • paul wenum

    Rob, Nobody is anti Muslim at least the people that I know. It is the extremists, period! No different than the “Jones episode”. Mr. Kool Aid.. A dear friend of mine is from Iran as previously stated. He hates what he hears, reads and what is happening in his country. Do not, put people in a box as you love to do. That is not “Real World.” I suggest, as I previously stated, that you travel more and see the world as it really is. Your eyes would be opened – trust me!

  • Rob N. Hood

    So you put me in a box every time,or try to anyway. Paul, just because you aren’t anti-Muslim, doesn’t mean there’s no such thing. it is very real in this country and elsewhere so you are silly to sit there and deny it, not just for yourself, but everyone else…?! I WAS REFERRING TO EXTREMISTS, OF COURSE. So, why oh why, old Paul do you have to disagree with EVERYTHING I SAY, take it personally, and insult me at every opportunity?? It seems childish to me. VERY. My post above is very valid and I was hoping for some interesting responses. So much for what I want. Why is it that when I pose a challenging question here it almost always goes unaswered or is grossly misinterpreted?

  • paul wenum

    It is a war of religions. Let’s just keep it that way.

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