Saturday, December 12, 2009

Climategate scandals grows: more revelation of data tampering.

Climategate is proving to be bigger than just the revelations obtained from the e-mail hacking of a server used by the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia.

As reported by,"For the past six days, several climate scientists have discovered an alarming trend: clear evidence of alteration of historical data at weather stations around the world, in order to support the contention of anthropogenic global warming (AGW)."

One of those scientist who reported a discrepancy between what his own research showed and what is reported in the official version of the UN Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) report is Robert Keen. Dr. Keen had conducted research into the climate of Alaska and found "no substantial difference in average temperature between 1935-1944 and the present time." The IPCC, however, found substantial warming over the past three decades.

This is serious stuff. Robert Keen is no amateur hack setting out to disprove climate change theory. Climatologist Dr. Richard Keen is a lecturer in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Colorado, a member of the American Meteorological Society and has worked with the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Keen specializes in volcanic aerosols and climate change studies.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a scientific body established by the United Nations Environment Program and the World Meteorological Organization. It reviews and assesses scientific, technical, and socio-economic work relevant to climate change, but does not carry out its own research. The IPCC was honoured, along with Al Gore, with the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

To see more on Dr. Keen's report on the discrepancy between what his research showed and the official IPCC report, see his published report, Alaska Climate – Station Data vs Adjusted GHCN/IPCC. In this report he says that the agency producing the information included in the IPCC report had to use the same data he used in his report since there his only one source of that data. "One can only guess," writes Keen, "what 'corrections' were applied to the GHCN and IPCC data sets."

Others who are discovering discrepancies in the data and what the "data with corrections" are showing are people with less credentials than Dr. Keen. Anthony Watts is a meteorologist who is editor of the blog What up with that? He is not a degreed scientist, but then neither is Al Gore. His research cast serious doubt on the finding of the IPCC. While I am going to take the finding of non-degreed scientist with a gain of salt, given the revealed use of "tricks" by degreed scientist to manipulate data in order to prove the theory of global warming, I am also taking the findings of those scientist with a grain of salt.

The establishment, including the scientific community and the mainstream media, refuse to pay serious attention to the doubt cast on the science of global warming by the revelations of climategate. They hope that if they continue to ignore it that nothing will change and they can maintain their "consensus," can marginalize their critics, and that this will all go away. Like the Wizard of Oz, they want us to ignore that man behind the curtain.

I am still not ready to call all global warming science "junk science." I am, however, very suspicious of the science. The burden of proof has been shifted. The data needs to be reevaluated by those not tainted by this scandal. Well-credentialed scientist whose financial well being is not dependent on a predetermined outcome need to look at the evidence with fresh eyes and an open mind. We need to know if global warming is a pending worldwide catastrophe of unprecedented proportions in the history of mankind, or if it is minor inconvenience we can address and live with, or if there is nothing to it.

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  1. The Biggest Scandal in world history. Climate Change is a cover for world Socialism.

  2. It's the Sun, stupid!

    Follow the money and you will see why there are so many scientists claiming global warming. If they do, they get money. If they "deny" it, they don't get money. What would you do if you were a scientist and needed money?

    Who's been the biggest supporter of Global warming? Al Gore. He's also made millions from the global warming hysteria.

    I repeat, "FOLLOW THE MONEY!"

  3. If you won't trust the scientists then trust the animals and plants that are reacting to changes in their environment. They don't read emails and they aren't part of a socialist plot. They just adjust to the world as it is. Check it out. Do the research. Your grandchildren will thank you.