Friday, December 11, 2009

"Climategate" Scientist issues...

The Roanoke Times has an interesting commentary piece by a local associate professor regarding the actions of many of the "Global Warming" scientist and their newly discovered manipulation of temperature data and computer models...
The recently release of emails between some of the highly regarded and "trusted" scientist shows that there were efforts to change, alter, doctor, manipulate, temperature data and findings to advance the "fear tactic" of imminent global warming caused by man...
The scientist in the Roanoke Times piece points out many aspects of the actions taken by these "Global Warming" scientist...

* Scientists who have repeatedly refused to share data, models and analytic techniques, even under peer review requests and Freedom of Information law.

* Scientists who would rather destroy their data than risk analysis of that data by someone outside their circle (recent reports indicate that they have destroyed original temperature records, retaining only the altered data).


* Scientists who selectively screen data in order to produce politically desired results.


* Scientists who propose coercion to remove journal editors who are willing to publish dissenting views.


So how do we trust these guys anymore?...


Anonymous said...

In Eisenhower's farewell address, he warned of two dangers to the country. Everyone remembers the caution about the military-industrial complex. Few head his warning of the second danger, of which the climategate scandal is a prime example.

"Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades. In this revolution, research has become central; it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.

Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers. The prospect of domination of the nation's scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present -- and is gravely to be regarded.

Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite."

D.D. Eisenhower, 17 January 1961

Clearly the influnce of goverment grants, power, influnce can impact a person. i have no doubts that the people involved in the scandal believe in their work. Yet they are no longer objective scientists, they are advocates, and have made a travesty of the scientific process.


RightsideVA said...

Unfortunately this too has become big business. In fact government has become one of the biggest business out there...

The above scientist example reminds me of when fishing in the Florida Keys and taking Marine biology classes at the local community college.

Check this post from before: