De aller fleste betrakter klimaskeptikere med ja, nettopp, skepsis. De holder den menneskeskapte oppvarmingen for å være et vitenskapelig faktum. E-postene fra forskere ved Storbritannias klimaforskningssenter til kolleger rundt om i verden, kan ryste denne sikkerheten.
E-postene tyder på at forskerne drev manipulasjon av data, sletting av data og utøvde press for å hindre at «feilaktige» meninger kom på trykk. Det er den type aktivitet vi forbinder med politisk korrekthet: på et eller annet punkt helliger hensikten midlene.
Hendelsen er allerede kalt Climategate, og får stor oppmerksomhet. Det som avsløres er så graverende at det ikke kan avfeies. Senteret i Storbritannia er ett av fire som FNs klimapanel bygger sine rapporter på.
De fleste vil ha vanskelig for å tro at forskere ved anerkjente institusjoner kan forfalske data og sensurere vitenskapelig materiale.. Hva er da basis for vitenskapen?
And the newly disclosed private exchanges among climate scientists at Britain’s Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia reveal an intellectual circle that appears to feel very much under attack, and eager to punish its enemies.
In one e-mail, the center’s director, Phil Jones, writes Pennsylvania State University’s Michael E. Mann and questions whether the work of academics that question the link between human activities and global warming deserve to make it into the prestigious IPCC report, which represents the global consensus view on climate science.
«I can’t see either of these papers being in the next IPCC report,» Jones writes. «Kevin and I will keep them out somehow — even if we have to redefine what the peer-review literature is!»
In another, Jones and Mann discuss how they can pressure an academic journal not to accept the work of climate skeptics with whom they disagree. «Perhaps we should encourage our colleagues in the climate research community to no longer submit to, or cite papers in, this journal,» Mann writes.
«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,» Jones replies.
Patrick Michaels, a senior fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute who comes under fire in the e-mails, said these same academics repeatedly criticized him for not having published more peer-reviewed papers.
«There’s an egregious problem here, their intimidation of journal editors,» he said. «They’re saying, ‘If you print anything by this group, we won’t send you any papers.’ «
Mann, who directs Penn State’s Earth System Science Center, said the e-mails reflected the sort of «vigorous debate» researchers engage in before reaching scientific conclusions. «We shouldn’t expect the sort of refined statements that scientists make when they’re speaking in public,» he said.
Christopher Horner, a senior fellow at the libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute who has questioned whether climate change is human-caused, blogged that the e-mails have «the makings of a very big» scandal. «Imagine this sort of news coming in the field of AIDS research,» he added.
Andrew Bolt skriver:
Hackers have broken into the data base of the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit – one of the world’s leading alarmist centres – and put the files they stole on the Internet, on the grounds that the science is too important to be kept under wraps.
So the 1079 emails and 72 documents seem indeed evidence of a scandal involving most of the most prominent scientists pushing the man-made warming theory – a scandal that is one of the greatest in modern science. I’ve been adding some of the most astonishing in updates below – emails suggesting 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. If it is as it now seems, never again will «peer review» be used to shout down sceptics.
This is clearly not the work of some hacker, but of an insider who’s now blown the whistle.
Not surprising, then, that Steve McIntyre reports:
Earlier today, CRU cancelled all existing passwords. Actions speaking loudly.