Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Politicized "Science"

When a business accused of fraud begins shredding its memos and deleting its e-mails, the media are quick to proclaim these actions as signs of guilt. But, after the global warming advocates began a systematic destruction of evidence, the big television networks went for days without even reporting these facts, much less commenting on them.

People who have in the past applauded whistleblowers in business, in the military, or in Republican administrations, and who lionized the New York Times for publishing the classified Pentagon papers, are now shocked and outraged that someone dared to expose massive evidence of manipulations, concealment and destruction of data-- and deliberate cover-ups of all this-- in the global warming establishment.

Today, politicized "science" has too big a stake in the global warming hysteria to let the facts speak for themselves and let the chips fall where they may. Too many people-- in politics and in the media, as well as among those climate scientists who are promoting global warming hysteria-- let the raw data on which their calculations have been based fall into the "wrong hands."

People who talk about the corrupting influence of money seem to automatically assume that it is only private money that is corrupting. But, when governments have billions of dollars invested in the global warming crusade, massive programs underway and whole political careers at risk if that crusade gets undermined, do not expect the disinterested search for truth.


~Thomas Sowell

18 Comments:

At 12/22/2009 10:08 AM, Anonymous Machiavelli999 said...

Mark,

What private incentive is there to ever do research about whether certain emmissions, whether they be carbon or nuclear radiation, are harmful to public health??

Is this not a classic case of the "tragedy of the commons"?

And if you are going to be so cynical as to think that every government funded research project is corrupt at the get go then why are government funded police departments. In fact, the history of police department is much longer and more storied than that of government research agencies. Yet, no one, rightfully, thinks that we should get rid of police departments. Because the positives far outweigh the negatives.

 
At 12/22/2009 10:27 AM, Anonymous geoih said...

Quote from Machiavelli999: "Yet, no one, rightfully, thinks that we should get rid of police departments."

You might try expanding your horizons a little. Try this link: http://mises.org/journals/scholar/Hoppe.pdf

There are plenty of examples of failures of government run police departments. It was just in the news that a guy was released from prison after 30 years for a crime he didn't commit. But negatives are OK, as long as you're not the person in prison, or dead.

 
At 12/22/2009 10:33 AM, Blogger Tom said...

Global warming alarmists founded the UN IPCC. Their conclusions were pre-ordained. Climategate proves they are practicing politics, not science. They are the Enron of science.

The real story is that they have exaggerated warming by double, and that warming has been 1.2 degrees F or less (half) in 150 years. CO2 levels have increased only half what they predicted. Warming has been beneficial to man and nature. The increased CO2 has greatly boosted plant growth.

The oceans are currently cooling, and overall temperatures appear to be in the declining phase of the 60-year solar cycle.

We are 10,000 years into a recovery from an ice age, and for most of that time temperatures were warmer than now. Temps were warmer 1000 years ago, and 3000 years ago. Temps always vary.

CO2 has only a slight warming effect. The IPCC predicts a massive positive feedback, boosting water vapor and increasing warming by 3 to 5 times above the CO2-only effect. The latest science suggests that the feedback will be very slight, or even act to reduce temperatures.

Global warming is a highly political issue, advocated by leftists. They are trying to cut off the world energy supply, when no viable alternative is in sight.

 
At 12/22/2009 11:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another jewel of wisdom from Mach999.

I'll tell you what, when corrupt police departments band together and attempt to impose a massive global tax large enough to destroy economic growth in the developed world, get back to me.

 
At 12/22/2009 11:05 AM, Anonymous Machiavelli999 said...

So, the ultimate proof of global warming lies not in the temperatures, but in the evidence of melting polar ice caps. In fact, its not the rising temperatures in and of themselves that are the problem, its the fact they raise sea levels by melting the polar ice caps.

Now, if you don't believe that the polar ice caps are melting, then go tell the Russians, Canadians and all the oil companies currently exploring and making claims to land up at the Artic Circle in anticipation of the ice melting away.

Also, go tell all the shipping companies planning routes through the Artic Circle, also in anticipation that it will soon be ice free during the summers.

Go tell of these companies and nations that they are all wrong and global warming is a hoax because they obviously seem to think otherwise.

 
At 12/22/2009 11:13 AM, Anonymous John said...

IF the polar ice caps were to melt are you absolutely certain the world's ocean levels would rise?

How do you know that?

 
At 12/22/2009 11:15 AM, Blogger James Fraasch said...

Give me their numbers and I will start telling them tomorrow.

 
At 12/22/2009 11:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was never about science, or concern for the environment. It was always about empowering a global leftist elite. The evidence for this can be found in the way that the global left has responded to the news that worlds climate is not approaching some catastrophic "tipping point". A rational person would greet such news as welcome and positive, the left has reacted with disbelief and denial. Leftists believe that whatever promotes their worldview is worthwhile, legitimate virtuous and true. Whatever ever harms, impedes or challenges it is corrupt, criminal and a lie. The 'truth" must, therefore, always conform to their worldview. If it does not, it must be ignored or denied.

 
At 12/22/2009 11:33 AM, Anonymous m said...

if melting ice is proof of dangerous warming, what are the viking towns and vineyards emerging from the glaciers on greenland proof of? did the norsemen live and farm in ice caves?

it was much warmer in the medieval period. the vikings grew wine on greenland. the romans grew wine in london. try either of those now.

 
At 12/22/2009 11:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, the ultimate proof of global warming lies not in the temperatures, but in the evidence of melting polar ice caps.

In fact, there has been no net reduction in global sea ice. While it's true that the Arctic has seen melting, it's also true that the Antarctic sea ice has increased.

 
At 12/22/2009 11:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 'scientists at the CRU only used 25 percent of Russian climate data.

This VIDEO puts today's warming in historical perspective.

Just a couple of inconvenient truths.

 
At 12/22/2009 12:10 PM, Blogger W.E. Heasley said...

This researched article from 21st Century Science and Technology Quarterly makes for some very interesting reading: “Where the Global Warming Hoax was Born”.

Answer: Research Triangle Park, NC in 1975.

Link below:

http://www.21stcenturysciencetech.com/Articles%202007/GWHoaxBorn.pdf

 
At 12/22/2009 12:12 PM, Blogger Benjamin said...

"People who talk about the corrupting influence of money seem to automatically assume that it is only private money that is corrupting."

Who conducts studies on our military force structure needs?

 
At 12/22/2009 12:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And if you are going to be so cynical as to think that every government funded research project is corrupt ...

It's not just the corruption, it's the associated costs of that corruption. Every dollar spent on climate research is a dollar that is not spent on finding cures for cancer and diabetes. It's money that is not spent on controlling malaria and AIDS. It's money that is not spent on education, clean water and health care. Add to that the billions of dollars misallocated economic resources in terms of subsidies, R&D and costly and inefficient alternative energy schemes and the true scope of this criminal enterprise starts to come into focus. Its time for some lefties to go to jail.

 
At 12/22/2009 12:19 PM, Blogger QT said...

Mach,

I challenge you to read the following 3 articles and comment on their contents....not police departments or some other extraneous red herring.

Terrence Corcoran on Climategate:

Part 1
Part 2

Doctoring Wikipedia

You are an intelligent, educated man and I can appreciate that you are concerned about global climate change like millions of other people. Let us imagine for the purpose of argument that the issue is man-in the moon marigolds.

Can you honestly say that the above give you no qualms, concerns, or unease purely on the basis of what you believe to be ethical, research practices.

 
At 12/22/2009 12:27 PM, Blogger QT said...

Isn't it interesting that China is viewed as the new role model by many of our friends on the left...

 
At 12/22/2009 12:45 PM, Blogger W.E. Heasley said...

QT:

Wikibullies!

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/12/19/wikibullies-at-work-the-national-post-exposes-broad-trust-issues-over-wikipedia-climate-information/

 
At 12/22/2009 10:30 PM, Blogger QT said...

What no reply from Machiavelli to a direct question? How quaint.

 

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