Another Blow to Supposed Human-Caused Climate Change

Another Blow to Supposed Human-Caused Climate Change November 25, 2009

An alert reader of this blog forwarded me some explosive news from a major UK blog by James Delingpole hosted on the Telegraph’s website.  I don’t know a great deal about the matter discussed below, but it certainly sounds important for the discussion about so-called global warming and human-caused climate change:

If you own any shares in alternative energy companies I should start dumping them NOW. The conspiracy behind the Anthropogenic Global Warming myth (aka AGW; aka ManBearPig) has been suddenly, brutally and quite deliciously exposed after a hacker broke into the computers at the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (aka  CRU) and released 61 megabytes of confidential files onto the internet. (Hat tip: Watts Up With That)

When you read some of those files – including 1079 emails and 72 documents – you realise just why the boffins at CRU might have preferred to keep them confidential. As Andrew Bolt puts it, this scandal could well be “the greatest in modern science”. These alleged emails – supposedly exchanged by some of the most prominent scientists pushing AGW theory – suggest:

“Conspiracy, collusion in exaggerating warming data, possibly illegal destruction of embarrassing information, organised resistance to disclosure, manipulation of data, private admissions of flaws in their public claims and much more.”

And keep reading–there is some incendiary stuff here, if it is true.  Here’s a further quotation from Delingpole:

In September – I wrote the story up here as “How the global warming industry is based on a massive lie” –  CRU’s researchers were exposed as having “cherry-picked” data in order to support their untrue claim that global temperatures had risen higher at the end of the 20th century than at any time in the last millenium.  CRU was also the organisation which – in contravention of all acceptable behaviour in the international scientific community – spent years withholding data from researchers it deemed unhelpful to its cause. This matters because  CRU, established in 1990 by the Met Office, is a government-funded body which is supposed to be a model of rectitude. Its HadCrut record is one of the four official sources of global temperature data used by the IPCC.

Read the whole thing.  There’s much more to ponder here and think hard about.  While wanting to care for the world as a God-appointed steward, one is left wondering whether the entire anthropogenic global warming movement is not as much a political phenomenon as it is a scientific one.  Of course, one also should not forget the massive investments made in alternative energy technologies, from which, as the NYT recently noted, public figures like former Vice President Al Gore (above) stand to benefit to the tune of millions (billions, perhaps) of dollars.

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  • Jethro

    It’s interesting that you haven’t seen fit to condemn the crime perpetrated by the computer hackers…

  • Why do so many Christians want global warming to be untrue?

    Is it because liberals believe in it?
    Is it because scientists are generally Darwinian evolutionists?
    Is it because Christians are often culturally conservative—leading them to not want change?

    It seems to me that a faith in the atoning death of Jesus Christ to save sinners has very little to do with global warming, either pro or con—I’d love some input.

  • owenstrachan

    Jethro, I certainly don’t agree with the hacking.

    Mike, good questions. I’m not sure, though, that in my particular case I “want” global warming to not be happening. It’s not that I don’t want change. Or because liberals believe in it. For example, on things like food policy, culture, way of life, I would have some overlap with liberals. I personally like much about urban culture, which is often shaped by progressives. So I’ve got a strong progressive side to me.

    What I don’t like about the discussion is when something is forced upon me. In other words, the way supposed anthropogenic global warming has been presented by Gore and many others is as a fact of indubitable foundation. I don’t think it deserves anywhere near that tag. Yet the cognoscenti have baptized it as Truth.

    So as a freethinker, when I see signs of cracks in the unassailable armor, mixed in with profiteering (Gore and other advocates, we can’t forget, have millions invested in alternative energy technologies), I’m inclined to think that the whole shebang fails the sniff test.

    Under the Lordship of Christ and the clear direction of His Word, I want to be a freethinker, someone who doesn’t assume that something is true because an influential Christian like John Piper says it is so (though I love Piper) or, on the other hand, because the New York Times says it is so. I want to learn from men like Piper while gleaning wisdom and insight from cultural outlets like the NYT. Does that make sense?

    Furthermore, I see all of this effort to think freely as an exercise in the glorification of God. I see it as the application of wisdom to my life (in the way that Proverbs calls for), as a way to conform my mind to Christ (Romans 12), and as an exercise in discernment, intellectual maturity, and general growth, for the glory of God (loving God with one’s mind, Mark 12:28-30).

    What does this have to do with the atonement? The atonement births a new way of life in which we use every faculty available to us to bring glory to the Son who purchased us. This involves, surely, thinking hard about all things, testing them to see whether they are true, figuring things out, etc. It’s not that global warming has primacy–far from it. But just because it’s not the core of our lives, as the gospel of Christ is, doesn’t mean that we don’t think about it or wrestle with it.

    Hope that all makes sense.