“Virtually the entire warmist edifice is built around a small, tightly knit coterie of persons … willing to lie in order to push a political agenda.”
“When the models do not show what the warmists want them to show, they simply apply “some tuning.
The release last week of an additional 5,000 or so emails dubbed Climategate2 prompted Jim Lacey, professor of strategic studies at the Marine Corps War College, to write a devastating article for National Review Online entitled “Scientists Behaving Badly”.
Here’s how Lacey’s article begins:
Global-warming skeptics spend much of their time knocking down the fatuous warmist claim that the science is settled. According to the warmists, this singular piece of settled science is attested to by hundreds or thousands of highly credentialed scientists. In truth, virtually the entire warmist edifice is built around a small, tightly knit coterie of persons (one hesitates to refer to folks with so little respect for the scientific method as scientists) willing to falsify data and manipulate findings; or, to put it bluntly, to lie in order to push a political agenda not supported by empirical evidence.”
Here are a few excerpts:
“Unfortunately, from the very beginning, the core group at the heart of Climategate (led by Phil Jones at East Anglia and Michael Mann at Penn State) had no interest in “scientific truth.”
“Following in their footsteps are all the other scientists who built their own research on top of the fraudulent data produced by the warmist core.”
At one point, Jones admits that the “basic problem is that all of the models are wrong.” Of course, there is a simple reason for this. When the models do not show what the warmists want them to show, they simply apply “some tuning.” One scientist was worried enough about this “tuning” to write that he “doubt[ed] the modeling world will be able to get away with this much longer.” In this case, “tuning” means changing the model until it tells you what you want it to. When it became impossible to torture the models any further without making their uselessness apparent to all, the warmists resorted to changing the data.
The most efficient method of corrupting the models was to use data only from time periods when there was warming and discard others, as Jones admits to doing.
Another complains that no matter how much he fiddles with the data, it is “very difficult to make the Medieval Warming Period go away.” Solving this problem in the modern era was much easier: The warmists merely changed the temperature readings for much of the 20th century and threw away the original data.
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