The Wall Street Journal reports today about the scandal caused by hacked emails between climatologists that suggest they are hiding something when it comes to global warming:
Yet even a partial review of the emails is highly illuminating. In them, scientists appear to urge each other to present a “unified” view on the theory of man-made climate change while discussing the importance of the “common cause”; to advise each other on how to smooth over data so as not to compromise the favored hypothesis; to discuss ways to keep opposing views out of leading journals; and to give tips on how to “hide the decline” of temperature in certain inconvenient data.
Should this really surprising anyone? There have been numerous publications and films that have blown away the claim that there is truly a “consensus” among scientists and shown the many ways that scientists are pressured to tow the line. If you want a crash course, start with the book, Scared to Death: from BSE to Global Warming–How Scares Are Costing Us the Earth, by Christopher Booker and Richard North. Or check out, The Deniers: The World Renowned Scientists Who Stood Up Against Global Warming Hysteria, Political Persecution, and Fraud**And those who are too fearful to do so. Or you could watch the movie, Not Evil, Just Wrong.
The bottom line is that there has been plenty of evidence to suggest that it’s a mistake to accept the conventional line that this is “settled science.” Far from it — and certainly the science remains enough in doubt that we ought not embrace job-crushing legislation in the name of preventing a crisis that may or may not occur.