Now even Pravda admits the ‘global warming’ jig is up

Tears, bitter polar bear tears

Now the New York Times’s environment desk has closed these bears will die!!!

It’s Death of Little Nell time again in the field of climate “science.” The New York Times – aka Pravda – has announced the closure of its Environment Desk. Rumours that the entire environment team, headed by Andy Revkin, have volunteered to be recycled into compost and spread on the lawn of the new billion dollar home Al Gore bought with the proceeds of his sale of Current TV to Middle Eastern oil interests are as yet unconfirmed. What we do know is that it’s very, very sad and that all over the Arctic baby polar bears are weeping bitter tears of regret.

A spokesman for the New York Times, quoted in the Guardian, has reaffirmed the paper’s commitment to environmental issues.

“We devote a lot of resources to it, now more than ever. We have not lost any desire for environmental coverage. This is purely a structural matter.”

Absolutely. It’s what newspapers always do when they’re committed to a particular field: close down the entire department responsible for covering it.

But it’s still not going to stop some mean-minded cynics sniping and casting aspersions, I’ll bet. Why, some of them will be pointing out the eerie coincidence with the Met Office recent tacit admission that “global warming” isn’t anywhere near what that their dodgy models predicted it would be. And also with NASA’s recent admission that solar variation has a much more significant on terrestrial climate than it has hitherto been prepared to acknowledge. If you didn’t know better, you’d almost get the impression that AGW theory has been so crushingly falsified that hard-headed newspaper executives, even ones at papers as painfully right-on as the New York Times, just aren’t prepared to fund its promulgation any more.

What this means for similarly overstaffed environment desks at other left-wing newspapers one can scarcely begin to imagine. Might it be that we never again read a piece by Leo Hickman entitled “How Do You Tell Your Five Year Old Son That His World Is About To Explode In A Blazing Fireball Because Of Man’s Selfishness And Greed And Refusal To Change His Lifestyle?”

What, and no more Caroline Lucas essays, either on jaunty topics like “My plan for Britain: rationing; cold baths; the banning of cars; and hairshirts for everyone – to be enforced by my new green Mutaween of Environmental Commissars”?

And how would we cope if we never get to read any more Damian Carrington articles on “Official: wind farms are brilliant for bats and rare birds, boosting their numbers by gazillions every year – says new research by RenewablesUK,” and “Global warming: why the latest evidence that it’s going down is sure-fire proof that it’s going up, says Met Office” and “How fracking poisons the water supply, steals food from the poor, encourages racism and causes baby kittens in wicker baskets to die in agony mewling for their mothers”.

And what, for pity’s sake, about poor George Monbiot??????

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22 thoughts on “Now even Pravda admits the ‘global warming’ jig is up”

  1. Dave Morris says:14th January 2013 at 10:55 amDelingpole, you are a liar and right wing propagandist. Nothing you say resembles truth or reflects the reality of the world we live in (and by this i mean planet Earth, not planet Delingploe, which you live on), and are nothing more than il-informed and bigoted opinion. You know nothing about science or indeed any topic you spout your narrow-minded opinion about. You are a charlatan and a fraud and I hope that more people on here tell you how much a buffoon you are, but i suspect I am the only person who will read your vile dishonesty and lies.
    1. PsychoPigeon says:21st January 2013 at 11:53 amYeah, you show him with your personal attacks, you’ve out-scienced him! Meanwhile in non-lala land Al Gore is still trying to make vast sums of money for himself and his buddies in the Oil industry.
      1. Dave Morris says:30th January 2013 at 10:03 amI’m not a scientist. Neither is Delingpole, and neither are you. Pretty much every scientist on the planet has already ‘out-scienced’ him. It’s not up for debate. The argument he presents is akin to religious zealots arguing against evolution, in favour of a divine creator. It’s laughable. Well, it would be if it wasn’t such a catastrophically ignorant and destructive point of view to hold.

        As for your ‘oil industry’ quip, i assume you’re referring to Gore selling his cable TV station to Al Jazeera news.

        Here, watch this:
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqxENMKaeCU&wide=1

        Seriously, watch it. All of it. With an open mind, free of prejudice. Then read the list of sources that helped make the film. Then come back on here and say something honest. Something sincere.

        1. Richard M says:31st January 2013 at 12:00 pm“It’s not up for debate. The argument he presents is akin to religious zealots arguing against evolution, in favour of a divine creator. It’s laughable. Well, it would be if it wasn’t such a catastrophically ignorant and destructive point of view to hold.”

          This is the usual self righteous rot that the environmentalist morons trot out.

          Apply some very basic scientific method to the problem. Have you ever heard of ‘signal vs noise’? or ‘Statistical significance?’

          If not, look it up.

          Then consider that the earth is 4.5 billion years old and we only have a reliable data-set for less than a hundred years.

          To claim any sort of causation on such a pathetic set of the data is joke science and if presented as a finding of something else, say the genetic likelihood of ginger people being left handed, all the eminent ‘climate scientists’ would laugh it out the door.

          1. Martin Lack says:31st January 2013 at 12:32 pm“This is the usual self righteous rot that the environmentalist morons trot out.” – Presumably, Richard, your definition of ‘environmentalist moron’ includes the majority of members of every reputable scientific body on the planet? Have you ever heard of ‘Dunning-Kruger Effect’ or ‘cognitive dissonance’?

            If not, look it up.

            But, of course, how stupid of me: Rather than accept that the vast majority of scientists have examined all the palaeoclimatic evidence and concluded that the primary cause of ongoing climate disruption (occurring ten times faster than any previous natural change) is a 40% increase in atmospheric CO2 (rather than a 4% increase in water vapour or a <1% increase in total solar irradiance)… You prefer to invoke a conspiracy theory that requires the vast majority of scientists and/or governments to agree to perpetuate a myth in order to frighten people into accepting ever higher levels of taxation and/or autocratic government.

            If so, can you tell me how they have managed to stitch-up the statistics that tell us every decade since the 1970s has been warmer than its predecessor; and/or that extreme weather events of all kinds are becoming more frequent and more intense (as predicted by atmospheric physics for a warming planet)?… And please try responding with something that has not been repeatedly debunked such as “Global warming stopped in 1998″. David Rose tries that one roughly every six months and, every time he does, the Met Office (and many others) tell him why he is wrong…

            Sadly, however, whereas history may well always be written by the winners, conspiracy theories are, as David Aaronovitch points out in his book Voodoo Histories, generally ‘history’ as written by the losers; ‘bedtime stories’ for people who find reality far too scary to deal with; or as a means of abdicating any/all responsibility for the World not being as they would like it to be.

            Can I suggest you stop listening to people who tell you what you want to hear, stop pretending that all opinions are equally valid, and start dealing with the extremely high probability that the vast majority of relevantly qualified scientists know what they are talking about; and are not lying to you in order to perpetuate their research funding. You are picking a fight with history and science and, one thing I can guarantee, you will lose.

          2. Richard M says:1st February 2013 at 4:22 am“Can I suggest you stop listening to people who tell you what you want to hear”

            Why don’t you address the point I actually raised, rather than spout off about your favourite talking points?

            The world’s weather system is 4.5 billion years old. We have data for less than a century.

            Explain, please, how that is not joke science?

            It is on par with any of the ludicrous studies you will read in the Daily Mail about how staring at the Mona Lisa gives you cancer (or cures cancer depending on the day).

            As for this: “If so, can you tell me how they have managed to stitch-up the statistics that tell us every decade since the 1970s has been warmer than its predecessor”

            So what?

            The world is 4.5 billion years old. A couple of decades of warming? It could not be any less statistically relevant.

            ” the vast majority of scientists have examined all the palaeoclimatic evidence and concluded that the primary cause of ongoing climate disruption”

            I don’t imagine any ‘grand conspiracy’ at all. It is a collective inability to apply basic scientific rigour to a bandwagon. How exciting is it to suggest that we lack the data to decide either way.

            The conclusions that are drawn from the data-set examined are probably sound – but that is the exact problem.

            A sample of ten people does not mean it is representative for the rest of the planet.

            A trend of a few decades (disputed) does not indicate anything that is statistically significant over the life of the system.

            You blather about the palaeoclimatic evidence – but they are hardly sensitive and accurate measures of temperature, are they? Sharp temperature increases can easily exist without showing up in ice-core samples etc…

            As for your (and the environmental movement as a whole) deep love of argumentum ad populum, try to remember Copernicus, The Law of Parity, Steric hindrance, viruses as the cause of cancer, fusion reactors, et al.

            Scientific consensus and orthodoxy is nowhere near as cast iron as you seem to think it is.

            AGW is just a theory and one with, if viewed rationally, a less than compelling evidence base (4.5 billion years vs >100 years of hard data). Portraying it as anything else is disingenuous. Using it as a tool for policy setting is dangerous.

            There are many more environmental causes that are more deserving and get a pathetic fraction of the money or energy devoted to it. While we wring our hands about carbon credits we will probably lose the Rhino and African elephant and most of our rainforests besides.

          3. Martin Lack says:1st February 2013 at 11:17 amWith the greatest of respect, Richard, I know nothing about you; and I cannot tell where you are getting your information from. On the subject of climate science, however, I do hope it is not English Literature graduates like our host here. Nevertheless, I have addressed all your ‘favourite talking points’ about earth history and the instrumental record on my blog; so I do not propose to do so here.
            http://lackofenvironment.wordpress.com/2012/02/06/climate-science-in-a-nut-fragment/

            Climate sceptics are not like Galileo (or Copernicus); who were fighting against the anti-intellectual and obscurantist Catholic Church. Rejection of the modern-day consensus regarding anthropogenic climate disruption – theoretically deduced, confirmed by observation, and validated my predictive computer modelling – is the antithesis of what Copernicus and Galileo did for the advancement of science. It took the Catholic Church centuries to admit its error; and we can but hope that climate sceptics will now be a lot faster.

            If you are not a conspiracy theorist, why is it that you consider yourself more likely to be correct about climate science than the vast majority of climate scientists? Are they all just plain stupid? Thanks to Occam’s Razor, it is far more likely that the vast majority of climate scientists are correct and that the fossil fuel industry has – just as the tobacco industry did – orchestrated a lengthy campaign to discredit the science and the scientists that endanger its future profitability. If anyone is in any doubt, I think they should read this:
            http://www.euronet.nl/users/e_wesker/ew@shell/API-prop.html

            Can I ask why you do not dispute the theory of gravity, the existence of the Higgs-Boson, or 22 dimensions of space-time? Could it perhaps be because (unlike the finite nature of this planet’s natural resources and recycling capabilities) the reality of these things does not demand changes in human behaviour to make it sustainable?
            http://lackofenvironment.wordpress.com/2013/02/01/the-co2-fairy-does-not-exist-yet/

          4. Lambutt says:2nd February 2013 at 6:44 amHilariously, after saying this:

            “You prefer to invoke a conspiracy theory that requires the vast majority of scientists and/or governments to agree to perpetuate a myth in order to frighten people into accepting ever higher levels of taxation and/or autocratic government”

            You move on, without even a whiff of shame, to this:

            “the fossil fuel industry has – just as the tobacco industry did – orchestrated a lengthy campaign to discredit the science and the scientists that endanger its future profitability.”

            Good gracious.

            I see you decided not to engage with the other examples of scientific orthodoxy that were proved to be incorrect. The more modern examples are much more relevant – no battles against the evil Catholics there.

            “If you are not a conspiracy theorist, why is it that you consider yourself more likely to be correct about climate science than the vast majority of climate scientists? ”

            This myth that fact is established by majority is the most bizzare outcome of this climate ‘debate’. Why? When has that ever been the case?

            And I don’t claim any special status for myself, either. I am merely pointing out what appears obvious and irrefutable – as other scientists have done.

            But of course this will just invoke a round of top-trumps style, ‘my scientist is better than your scientist nonsense’.

            It is the crusade mentality that has seized control of the argument that is so disturbing. A rational approach would be to embrace the uncertainty which clearly outweighs any of the certainties and is, after all, the heart of a scientific approach.

          5. Martin Lack says:2nd February 2013 at 10:00 amYou fail to distinguish between conspiracy theory (such as that NASA faked the Moon landings) and conspiracy fact (such as the industry-led disputation of science for commercial reasons). You also fail to explain, without invocation of conspiracy theory, why you do not to accept the explanation given by the majority of climate scientists for what is happening. Therefore, if not a conspiracy theorist, your must have fallen victim to the fallacy of the marketplace of ideas. There are no other choices.
            http://lackofenvironment.wordpress.com/2011/08/16/all-that-is-wrong-with-the-market-place-of-ideas/

            I am afraid that the Merchants of Doubt have converted residual uncertainty (in climate science) into unreasonable doubt (in the minds of a diminishing proportion of the general public). However, even if people will not believe scientists, it seems that they will believe the evidence of their own eyes:
            http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2248468/A-growing-number-global-warming-sceptics-Americans-say-global-warming-real-threat.html

          6. Dave Morris says:1st February 2013 at 10:03 pm‘Environmentalist morons’. You mean like NASA, perhaps?
            http://climate.nasa.gov/evidence

            I could list untold other ‘morons’, as you call them, but it’s a waste of time, as your argument reflects an unfortunate yet typically prejudiced and closed-minded attitude, the ignorance of which is indicative of a total lack of comprehension to this vastly complex issue.

            Environmentalists are highlighting the signal, while your argument, if one can call it that, represents background noise.

            Seriously, go back to school.

          7. Richard M says:2nd February 2013 at 6:17 am“Environmentalists are highlighting the signal, while your argument, if one can call it that, represents background noise.”

            On and on you go without ever even engaging with the problem.

            “your argument reflects an unfortunate yet typically prejudiced and closed-minded attitude”

            What, by pointing out an irrefutable fact that we have a minuscule set of measurable and consistent data?

            You seem to think that I am screaming ‘its all just a conspiracy! its not happening!’. I am not. I am pointing out that if you approach the subject with the same scientific rigour that is applied elsewhere then it falls down at this very basic point.

            We don’t have enough data to make solid conclusions.

            Any theories derived from the available data is therefore suspect.

            Anyone who has even a passing understanding of scientific theory should be able to understand this.

            “Environmentalists are highlighting the signal, while your argument, if one can call it that, represents background noise.”

            This again highlights your complete unfamiliarity with a really quite basic concept. Try, hard as it will be for you, to imagine the issue if it were presented in another context.

            Imagine being told that there was a extreme correlation between the instances of repeat offenders and living next to electrical substations. All the data gathered points to a compelling case for causation – yet when you look at it the study covers ten people against a world population of 6.9 billion. You would (one would hope) dismiss it out of hand.

            Interesting, but hardly representative. Hardly a reason to dictate policy.

          8. Martin Lack says:2nd February 2013 at 9:45 am“Anyone who has even a passing understanding of scientific theory should be able to understand this” As I said, please explain to me why I should believe the vast majority of are apparently incapable of doing so.
          9. Dave Morris says:5th February 2013 at 9:41 amWow! I almost admire your blinkered stubbornness. Look, i understand what you’re saying. Really i do. My point is that when you say things like:
            “We don’t have enough data to make solid conclusions,”
            you make it sound like you’re a scientist studying and examining the data. Now obviously i don’t know you (praise Jesus), as i live in the real world, but i know enough from the immature comments above that you are not a scientist. Not even close. So comments like this are disingenuous at best, and incredibly harmful and destructive at worst. harmful because it’s so completely untrue. Destructive because the consequences of such narrow-minded bigotry and obtuseness is that ‘we’, i.e. humanity, will never address the issue until its too late.

            Why don’t you just read and listen to what scientists and experts are saying every day? The data is there, it is valid. The conclusions are painfully obvious and agreed by such an overwhelming majority, that, as you keep harping on about, the minority opinion – opinion, mind, represents such a minute number, that it is insignificant and ergo ignored by everyone. Except of course by non-scientist liars and idiots like Delingpole.

            Here, i’ll even humour you. I’ll throw you a bone. Hell, i’ll give you 2! (did you even watch the documentary ‘Home’ in the above link?):

            http://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/

            http://www.thenation.com/video/158093/noam-chomsky-how-climate-change-became-liberal-hoax#

            “On and on you go without ever engaging with the problem.”

            Mate, the problem is you! I hear what you’re saying about a lack of credible or valid data. I get it. It’s just that this argument is not true. It’s so wide of the mark as to be offensive.

            “by pointing out an irrefutable fact that we have a minuscule set of measurable and consistent data”

            Just because you say something, or believe something is irrefutable, doesn’t make it true or factual. What you are saying is not true. It is a lie. I’m not saying you’re a liar, as i’m sure you believe in what you say, much like the religious zealot believes in a bearded man sitting in a cloud and hating gay people, or like the insane person who believes their psychosis-induced imagined world to be reality. You are deluded, sir. And it’s only your ego that refuses to allow you to take a deep breath, read an article like this:

            http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/12/1206_041206_global_warming.html

            and still have your head stuck in the sand.

            Ok, i’m done. Please don’t reply to this until you have read or watched the links as i’m really not interested in anything you have to say. I understand your argument, i just don’t accept it. Maybe if you were a scientist your opinion would carry some weight, but you’re not. So quit pretending you’re an expert that knows more than people like David Attenborough. I’m sick to the back teeth of arm-chair critics like you pretending your warped and corrupted world view should be respected.

    2. Carl Worsham says:19th February 2013 at 11:52 pmSo you are saying the NY Times is not closing it’s Environment Desk? I don’t understand. Or, are you just calling people names and ranting? What is the purpose of your post? To make yourself look stupid? If so, it worked.
      1. Martin Lack says:20th February 2013 at 11:26 amThe NYT may well have closed its Environment Desk but Andy Revkin still has a job there, so what exactly is the point of Mr Delingpole’s article? To make himself look stupid? If so, it worked..

        Dave Morris may have been a bit rude but he has a valid point: James is not a scientist and is on record as saying he has neither the time to read nor the ability to understand peer-reviewed scientific papers. Therefore, taking his cue from PR companies like Hill & Knowlton , he just sticks to trying to discredit science and scientists… because of another one of his acknowledged handicaps – his libertarian conservative prejudice.

  2. Timothy Phillips says:15th January 2013 at 11:31 pmJames, I read your article in support of Lindzen’s speech to the house of commons. You say: the facts speak for themselves, and yet, with a little research, something you seem to do little of, I have a gentle dismantling of his arguments by leading British climate scientists, some from the same venerable institutions you studied at! Of course, when one’s mind is so set in stone, then you will of course dismiss this re-buttle as scaremongering or leftist, money grabbing. Your stated position is in my opinion a very lazy one requiring no research or re-thinking.
    1. Martin Lack says:23rd January 2013 at 4:12 pmWell said, Timothy. You are presumably referring to Professor Lindzen’s speech to an invited audience in Committee Room 14 inside the Palace of Westminster on 22 Feb 2012. If so, unlike James, I was there for the whole speech and was prevented from asking a question because I tried first to address some of Lindzen’s misrepresentation of the facts. If you were not aware of all this already, a good place to start is this: No cause for alarm? – You cannot be serious! (5 March 2012).
  3. Martin Lack says:23rd January 2013 at 3:49 pmJames, as the banner to your blog legitimately asserts, you are an author, a blogger, a libertarian, and a political commentator. However, as this post well demonstrates, you are not a climate (or environmental) scientist.

    Have you read at least the Executive Summary of the new US National Climate Assessment (it is written for a non-specialist such as yourself)? If not, why not? Have you already discounted this as just more evidence the climate change hoax/conspiracy has now taken over large parts of the US government?
    See my World’s biggest watermelon found in Washington DC (27 April 2012).

    It disappoints me that you will not even acknowledge my existence. Is your ego so fragile that you are still annoyed about a stupid stunt I pulled two years ago? If so, this is a great shame because my purpose is not to attack you; I am trying to help you acknowledge the limitations of your own expertise (such as we all have).

    As I have made clear on my blog, I am no Watermelon; I am certainly not a Liberal or a Socialist; and therefore you and I have much more in common than you might have thought.

  4. AR99_64b says:9th February 2013 at 3:49 pmDelingpole, you are a self-confessed Bullingdon sycophant who can’t be trusted. I hope you enjoy being used by an entire industry to peddle lies which ultimately benefit it, not you. Eventually, you will be left out in the cold. And you’ll realise their promises were as empty as your soul.
    1. Martin Lack says:9th February 2013 at 4:08 pmAnonymity is great, isn’t it? Using my real name, I have to be so much more polite. However, since I do not think he is paid to tell lies on behalf of anyone (he genuinely believes what he writes makes sense), I concur with your analysis of the predicament in which Mr Delingpole will one day find himself.
  5. Johan Harald Berger says:8th April 2013 at 6:50 pmJohan Berger – frm. teacher in Norway – is chipping in to give thanks for the sundry information in your book, Watermelons, which I have just finished reading. The book seems well researched and is written in a style not pompous nor dubious – frankly, I learnt a LOT from it! If you are writing another book on, say, corruption in economy by the state, I will surely give it a read, but beware of the Liberal Media and their (still!) darling Barry Obama, who will fight tooth and claw to deflect from sanity. Utopianism is ever their ‘forte’..
  6. claude faria says:30th October 2013 at 11:27 pmI’m not a scientist, else, I’m a poor fellow that lives in a third world country riddled with corruption, socialism and stupidity. But I read Delingpole’s book, and I think he’s got a good point. Im my overt scientific ignorance, I just can’t figure up how can CO2, that’s present in the atmosphere in a rare proportion of less than 0,3%, represent such a menace for humankind. Much less cow’s farting… You, climate alarmists, are not right. You can’t be right. It’s illogical. It’s non sense. Ockam’s razor tells me.

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Wikileaks: Old Gray Lady Invokes the Harlot’s Prerogative

Political messaging

This famine never happened, claimed the New York Times. Nor did Climategate.

This famine never happened, claimed the New York Times. Nor did Climategate.

“The documents appear to have been acquired illegally and contain all manner of private information and statements that were never intended for the public eye, so they won’t be posted here.” Andrew Revkin, Environment Editor, New York Times Nov 20, 2009.

“The articles published today and in coming days are based on thousands of United States embassy cables, the daily reports from the field intended for the eyes of senior policy makers in Washington. The New York Times and a number of publications in Europe were given access to the material several weeks ago and agreed to begin publication of articles based on the cables online on Sunday. The Times believes that the documents serve an important public interest, illuminating the goals, successes, compromises and frustrations of American diplomacy in a way that other accounts cannot match.” New York Times editorial 29/11/2010

Can you spot the difference between these two statements of high moral principle? Scott at the Powerline blog can. (H/T Bishop Hill/WUWT)He notes:

Interested readers may want to compare and contrast Revkin’s statement of principle with the editorial note posted by the Times on the WikiLeaks documents this afternoon. Today the Times cites the availability of the documents elsewhere and the public interest in their revelations as supporting their publication by the Times. Both factors applied in roughly equal measure to the Climategate emails.

Without belaboring the point, let us note simply that the two statements are logically irreconcilable. Perhaps something other than principle and logic were at work then, or are at work now.

Actually no, Scott, I think it’s important that we should “belabor” the point by remembering a few more occasions where the New York Times has been happy to sacrifice principle in order to get across the “correct” political message:

1. In 2007, “Pravda” gave the radical anti-war group MoveOn.org a $77,508 discount to run a full page ad attacking the then US commander in Iraq General Petraeus as “General Betray Us.”

2. In the 1930s “Pravda” earned its nickname thanks to the heroic efforts of its Soviet correspondent Walter Duranty who hymned the glorious achievements of Stalin and denied the existence of the Ukraine famine.

3. In 2005, “Pravda” heroically exposed efforts by the evil fascist Bush regime to impose wiretaps on suspected Al Qaeda terrorists thereby seriously and unfairly jeopardising the ability of oppressed victims of Islamophobia to express their frustration with the Western Judao-Christian capitalist hegemony through such traditional protest methods as suicide bombs.

4. In 2006 it struck a similarly powerful blow against white racism by continuing to pursue the case of the Duke lacrosse players who had supposedly raped a poor black woman, regardless of overwhelming evidence that the boys were entirely innocent. A Times internal investigation concluded that “most flaws flowed from journalistic lapses rather than ideological bias.”

Ideological bias? At the New York Times? Perish the thought.

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  1. Velocity says:30th November 2010 at 11:58 amThe vacuous self serving power structure that is Gov’t always thinks its ‘authority’ is an end in itself and aways therefore defends itself. That most idiotic of increasingly Totalitarian regimes in ‘the land of the free’, the US Gov’t, has just awarded itself the power to close down that most open source of freedom, the Police can now grab and close down websites (on a whim, no criminal conviction or right to stop).

    Everything Gov’t touches turns to crap.

    It was only a matter of time before the freedom loving web was trampled on by that most corrupt, ignorant, vacuous, self serving and ‘authority defending’ structure, Government.

    I understand an Attorney General is already looking to grab Wikileaks.

    I also understand Wikileaks next major target is one of the hugely fraudulent mass criminal enterprises that is a major Wall Street US bank.

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Climategate: How they all squirmed – James Delingpole

Lies of every colour

Among the many great amusements of the Climategate scandal are the myriad imaginative excuses being offered by the implicated scientists and their friends in the MSM as to why this isn’t a significant story. Here are some of the best:

Most Unexpectedly Honourable Response: The Guardian’s eco-columnist George Monbiot

Say what you like about the Great Moonbat, the heliophobic Old Stoic is the ONLY member of the Climate-Fear-Promotion camp to have delivered a proper apology.

I apologise. I was too trusting of some of those who provided the evidence I championed. I would have been a better journalist if I had investigated their claims more closely.

Most brazen “doth protest too much” defence: www.realclimate.org

Real Climate is the website established and run by a claque of scientist friends of Michael Mann – inventor of the discredited Hockey Stick curve. They are also closely associated with the crowd at the disgraced Climate Research Unit. They clearly feel no apology is necessary:

More interesting is what is not contained in the emails. There is no evidence of any worldwide conspiracy, no mention of George Soros nefariously funding climate research, no grand plan to ‘get rid of the MWP’, no admission that global warming is a hoax, no evidence of the falsifying of data, and no ‘marching orders’ from our socialist/communist/vegetarian overlords.

Well, boys, if you say so….

Least convincing “The Dog Ate My Homework”excuse: Professor Phil ‘It was a typing error’ Jones, director of the Climate Research Unit

Many of the potentially incriminating Climategate emails were the work of CRU’s director Phil Jones, including the infamous one where he discussed “trick” to “hide the decline” in global temperatures. But it’s OK. As he tells his sympathetic audience at the Guardian it was a perfectly honest mistake:

“The use of the term ‘hiding the decline’ was in an email written in haste,”

Which does make you wonder how the sentence would have read had he just had a little longer to type it correctly. “Hiding the sausage?” “Heeding the decline?” “Playing a straight bat and keeping everything above board and scientifically scrupulous as we always do here at CRU”. Yes, that’ll be it – the last one. But you can see how easily the slip was made.

Most Disingenuous Cop-Out: Andrew Revkin of the New York Times

For years Andrew Revkin has been using the NYT – aka Pravda – to push the Al-Gore-approved AGW narrative so kindly embellished for him by likeminded scientist chums at parti pris institutions like CRU. But, like any decent reporter, Revkin is above all else a principled seeker-after-truth. That’s why he had absolutely no hesitation in furnishing NYT readers with every juicy detail of the biggest science scandal of the age.

Or at least he would have done, had it not been for the following problem, expressed on his Dot Earth blog.

The documents appear to have been acquired illegally and contain all manner of private information and statements that were never intended for the public eye, so they won’t be posted here.

Damn right, Andrew. Don’t you be troubling your readers with any of that “damning revelations” nonsense. If only journalists had shown similar integrity at Watergate, why, good old Richard Nixon might have stayed in power long enough to make America truly great.

Most Haughtily Dismissive “Nothing To See Here” Apologia: George Marshall

Here is George Marshall putting us right in the Guardian’s Comment Is Free section:

Leaked email climate smear was a PR disaster for UEA

There was no evidence of conspiracy among climate scientists in the leaked emails – so why was the University of East Anglia’s response so pathetic?

George who? Fortunately the great Bishop Hill has been doing some digging. According to the Guardian, “George Marshall is the founder and director of projects at the Climate Outreach and Information Network. He posts regularly to the blog climatedenial.org”. But as Bishop Hill has discovered it’s rather more sinister than that. This COIN charity has been funded to the tune of £700,000 over two years by DEFRA (US readers note: the dismal branch of the UK government responsible for murdering livestock, destroying agriculture, persecuting farmers etc) in order to:

“profoundly change the attitude of rank and file union members; generating visible collective reduction action, establishing a social norm for personal action, and creating a persuasive synergy and cross over between personal action, work-placed programmes such as ‘Greening the workplace’, and the emissions reduction targets of employers.”

So not so much a case of Comment Is Free then. More a case of Comment Is Very Expensive If You’re A Taxpayer

Most Ludicrously Biased Environment Correspondent, Even By The Ludicrously Biased Standards of Environment Correspondents: the BBC’s Roger Harrabin.

When Harrabin (rather reluctantly one imagines) broke the Climategate story to BBC listeners a few days ago, guess where he turned for authoritative independent analysis of its significance. Yes, that’s right: to those completely unbiased scientists at Real Climate (above). They confirmed Harrabin’s suspicions that this wasn’t – as that “small minority” of pesky sceptics had been saying – a searing indictment of the  AGW-promotion lobby’s dubious practices, but just a routine criminal break-in.

Now that he’s had a bit more time to digest the story, though, Harrabin has realised that the story is much, MUCH more important than that. Yes: it has much to tell us, he concludes, about the issue of data protection.

But this affair will surely change things: From now, scientific teams and peer-review groups will be much more cautious about how they word e-mails.

Researchers at CRU complain that no one will want to do collaborative work if their private e-mail conversations may later be revealed. But many commercial corporate organisations at risk of hacking have developed ways of communicating that don’t leave them open to sabotage.

Thanks Roger. It’s thanks to responsible, studiedly neutral reporting like that that we’ve all come so fervently to trust the BBC.

Related posts:

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  2. Climategate: the final nail in the coffin of ‘Anthropogenic Global Warming’?
  3. Climategate: how the MSM reported the greatest scandal in modern science
  4. Climategate: George Monbiot, the Guardian and Big Oil

3 Responses to “Climategate: how they all squirmed”

  1. d says:November 26, 2009 at 10:09 pmWhat an ignorant fool you really are sir.Cleary all you have to say is what suits your agenda. Skeptic? HAH try going to a true skeptic site such as http://www.skeptic.com/ where the word actually has some meaning outside of a petit clique that you claim to represent. Where science is actually discussed rationally. No-one’s squirming in this entire debate

    Need I remind you that we have one planet with which to risk this issue. We do nothing and get it wrong about climate change and we’ve lost nothing but get if we’re proven right and have done nothing guess what, like the planetary atmosphere of venus we’re dead.

    We’re as dead as your ability to be objective, and that pointless lazy journalists such as yourself try to incite some false agenda to suit your own twisted view on the matter is quite frankly dispicable.

  2. Marc says:November 26, 2009 at 10:11 pmHaving read the other offerings, particularly fron Realclimate who are in the ‘Lalalala, can’t hear anything!!’ zone, the only one who has a shred of decency does appear to be Monbiot. And God knows he’s a boring bastard at the best of times. Let us hope this is the first breach in the wall of PC climatology.
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