Friday, November 20, 2009
This Could Be Big or Nothing
To paraphrase George C. Scott in Strangelove: Mr. President, I'm beginning to smell a big, fat Warmie rat.
UPDATE: Here is a summary of 33 issues the author has identified in the Warmie e-mails. Very well organized.
UPDATE 2: Dr. Spencer says that this is not the death knell of AGW. Hard to argue with his logic. I will note that from now on we Deniers can write that the Warmie scientists use tricks to hide the decline in global temperatures and we will be using the Warmie scientists' own words. That can't help them. If the future indeed holds the decline in temperatures the Warmies are trying to hide, they will have ever greater trouble telling us the sky is actually falling.
As a final word, the key to the extent of the damage is whether the e-mails are genuine or not. Look at the Real Climate response (which now has comments) here again, they don't say the 'trick to hide the decline' e-mail is not a real e-mail, they try to spin it into an innocuous trifle, unsuccessfully, I might add. Failing to claim something is not real is an admission that it is real. These guys should be in trouble via RICO but with our current corrupt administration the overwhelmingly likely response from the justice department will be yawns. What the individual universities do may be something else entirely. Ward Churchill type investigations seem, at the minimum, to be in order.
Hmmm...who to believe...
All kidding aside, I think this is going to be seriously damaging to the warmies. I don't know if there's an actual smoking gun here, but some of the e-mails strongly suggest at least some measure of charlatanism and will drive at least some fence-sitters into the skeptic camp.
Haven't they learned yet that it's the COVER UP that does one in?
Anon, I do not have enough of my finger on the pulse of the English legal system to hazard even a guess about its reaction to what appears to be violation of law regarding what we call 'freedom of information'. Let's knock on wood (to wake Odin) and hope for the best.
In one e-mail, the Warmie says he'll delete data rather than produce it and now they claim that data is missing. You make the call.