Read The E- Mails Yourself
Someone put up a nice web site that makes finding and reading the e-mails involved in the Climategate affair a little easier. No, there's too many of them so I'm not going to spend much time there.
Enough has already written about this, but I'll go ahead and put in my two cents worth:
If anything, this has shown a lot of people what many of us have been saying all along: Certain elements within the scientific community have been manipulating data to come to a desired conclusion and have been doing everything they can to shut down voices that disagree with those conclusions.
I suspect this sort of skullduggery goes further than just climate issues. I can't help but wonder how much of this sort of thing is taking place in the proposals for the Marine Protected Areas, or whatever they're called?
But the issue that keeps getting lost in the discussion is how much man contributes to climate change, assuming he contributes at all. When someone refers to climate change, Believers tend to think that person is referring to man- caused global warming. That is not always the case.
Many of us believe (and try to prove us wrong) that climate change has taken place throughout the millenia, is taking place, and will continue to take place to varying degrees as time goes on. Even some Believers agree with that.
I myself have gone on record here as saying man can have some local effect on weather (although I might have mistakenly referred to it as climate), but that effect is minimal, if not insignificant. Yet, by saying that, I'd be one of those the Believers would point to as supporting man- caused global warming and added to the supposed 99.9% of scientists that "believe in climate change".
Everyone on this planet owes a debt of gratitude to whoever it was that managed to get hold of the Climategate e-mails. How far those e- mails will go in helping reverse the Global Warming/ Climate Change hysteria that has taken hold of us, remains to be seen. I suspect it won't go far, at least for many Believers.
Trying to convince most Believers that man has little, if any, effect on the climate, is like to trying to convince a Christian that there is no God.
Hat tip to J.D. Tuccille for the heads up on the Climategate e-mail web site.
Addendum: One of many editorials on the issue floating around right now, this one, from the San Diego Union- Tribune, calls for serious inquiry into the situation. The Tribune folks, by their own admission, seem to have been pretty much going along with everything they've been told about Global Warming, until this development.
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