Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Climategate: Much ado about nothing

As I stated before most "controversies" are non-existent within the scientific community. One example was the hype dubbed climategate. As expected this non-controversy was based upon fabricated tales, of a meanspirited conspiracy by evil scientists, to get you out of your hummer. Lo and behold, are you sitting down?, the allegations turn out to be unsupported by the facts. MSNBC reports on the investigation by The House of Commons' Science and Technology Committee, in the UK:
... the committee said that, as far as it was able to ascertain, "the scientific reputation of Professor Jones and CRU remains intact," adding that nothing in the more than 1,000 stolen e-mails, or the controversy kicked up by their publication, challenged scientific consensus that "global warming is happening and that it is induced by human activity."
The Independent and The Times notice it too. Interestingly, and naturally totally unrelated to that manufactroversy, The Guardian observes:
A Greenpeace investigation has identified a little-known, privately owned US oil company as the paymaster of global warming sceptics in the US and Europe.
The environmental campaign group accuses Kansas-based Koch Industries, which owns refineries and operates oil pipelines, of funding 35 conservative and libertarian groups, as well as more than 20 congressmen and senators. Between them, Greenpeace says, these groups and individuals have spread misinformation about climate science and led a sustained assault on climate scientists and green alternatives to fossil fuels.
One more lie debunked. However, since the anti-science movement has no particular interest in the facts I predict this will not influence the "debate."

Update: For those interested in peer reviewed papers on this topic, they can be found here.

Update II:  More here.

Update III: Additional comment by Tim Lambert.

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