Why Should We Trust Anyone On Global Warming?

The shadowy world of climatology seems to get uglier by the week.

After the outing of emails from East Anglia University that raised significant doubt on their climate research, this week comes with the news that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the same UN organization that won the Nobel Prize with former Vice President Al Gore, was informed about claims that melting Himalayan glaciers were false before the Copenhagen summit.

Rajendra Pachauri, head of the IPCC, was told that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment that the glaciers would disappear by 2035 was wrong, but he waited two months to correct it. He failed to act despite learning that the claim had been refuted by several leading glaciologists.  The IPCC’s report underpinned the proposals at Copenhagen for drastic cuts in global emissions.

Dr. Pachauri, who played a leading role at the summit, corrected the error last week after coming under media pressure. He toldThe Times on January 22 that he had only known about the error for a few days. He said: “I became aware of this when it was reported in the media about ten days ago. Before that, it was really not made known. Nobody brought it to my attention. There were statements, but we never looked at this 2035 number.”  Pauchuri conveniently forgot to mention that the scientist who made the claim in the first place works for his Institute in India, and used the false data to obtain several scientific grants.

Interestingly, Pachauri had a different opinion just weeks earlier.  Dr Pachauri had previously dismissed a report by the Indian Government which said that glaciers might not be melting as much as had been feared. He described the report, which did not mention the 2035 error, as “voodoo science”.

This came several days after other false data was reported regarding the Amazon rain forests.  This claim was made by a environmental journalist, not a scientist, and was included in the UN data as well.  This was compounded by a claim that ice at the top of numerous mountain ranges were melting, only to find out that again the data (if you can call it that) was obtained by observation from mountain climbers, and not any specific scientific calculation.

Of course, this all follows the news that the ‘junk scientists’ that started the whole controversy will not be prosecuted for crimes.  A tribunal judged that the scientists had broken the law by not providing the raw data to the public.  However, the term of limitation was more than 6 months ago, so no criminal charges can be filed.  Now, new charges of information tampering are coming out…this story is not over.

This all goes to the heart of the political games being played with global warming.  I am no record as stating that I don’t know if there is man made global warming.   I don’t believe there is enough evidence to prove it either way.  But as a doctor and former researcher, I can tell you I would have lost all my academic credentials if I had lied and manipulated data the way these people have.

The sad part about all this is now, we have no one to believe in.  Who is the person we can look to for unbiased, honest reporting of what is truly the facts about our climate?  I am one who believes we should pollute less, simply because to me that is common sense.  However, I am unwilling to stop all manufacturing and industrial production on the word of scientific liars.  If you have proof, show it to me, and be honest about it.

Our political left has been largely ignorant of these issues; either that, or they have been willfully ignoring the controversy.  President Obama was virtually laughed at when he remarked about the certainty of global warming.  Polls across the globe are turning against the belief of man made global warming.  Now, maybe the science is real.  But unless we can have an honest scientific dialogue regarding the facts, this simply because an argument based on rumor and speculation.

One thought on “Why Should We Trust Anyone On Global Warming?

  • February 2, 2010 at 7:49 am

    The bastardizing of scientific data while seeking public funding is an outrage. The ways in which all people lose by having science corrupted is horrible in every respect. One would think the standards would be higher as public funding would be involved. This should increase the standard and value of data. However, the fact that public money seems to lead to corruption everywhere it is handed out is why there now so little faith in governments.

    This is now another of Obama’s hope and change issues… no wonder why so many people are so disgruntled with the system: it works against them.

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