Thursday, February 23, 2012

Why the Heartland scandal doesn't matter – Blog – ABC Environment (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The debate over whether or not the climate is changing is so 2010. In fact, it's so 1992. For years, climate scientists have performed experiments and monotonous measurements and carefully tabulated and cross checked the data, and - guess what - found the same thing. The climate is changing and the activity of humans is to blame.

More on the Peter Gleick Fakegate Memo. | RedState

…but it must be said: Gleick really doesn’t deserve much benefit of the doubt at this point with regard to his probable authorship of the original, blatantly fake, Heartland memo. There is a credible case to be made at this point that Gleick stole the original documents, then created the memo himself; and, given that he’s a self-confessed liar, it’s going to take more than I’m not lying about this for Gleick to get out of it.

By the way, I know that a lot of reasonable people are wondering why it is that a scientist – which is to say, somebody whose worldview is theoretically utterly dependent on Truth as an absolute ideal – would lie. For this, let us go to our old Cold War acronym friend: MICE. Which stands for, of course, Money, Ideology, Conscience, and Ego*; it purported to describe why people commit treason, but I think that it works for other motivations as well. In order:

‘Climate wars’ battle not over » The Gisborne Herald

In his book he unequivocally espouses the message that if we allow carbon dioxide concentrations to reach 450 parts per million we will have locked in at least two degrees of warming relative to pre-industrial times; this is dangerous interference with the climate system likely to result in devastating sea level rise, more powerful hurricanes, more widespread drought, and increased weather extremes, with adverse impacts on human life and health, animal species, and our environment.

Climate Hysteria Threatens Global Carbon War

Russia is considering limits on European flights over Siberia as countries approve possible retaliatory measures against the European Union's move to force airlines to pay for carbon emissions.

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