During the past week there has been a great deal of news, especially out of conservative blogs and media, about scientists at the Climate Research Unit who may have cooked the books regarding data on global warming.
According to US News:
Preliminary analysis of the contents of thousands of E-mails and documents taken from the computer archives of the Climate Research Unit at England’s University of East Anglia—possibly by a hacker, possibly by a whistleblower—indicate a number of the world’s most important scientists engaged in research designed to prove that global warming really does exist may have been cooking the books.
As columnist Michael Barone wrote in Sunday’s Washington Examiner, “The CRU has been a major source of data on global temperatures, relied on by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. But the e-mails suggest that CRU scientists have been suppressing and misstating data and working to prevent the publication of conflicting views in peer-reviewed science periodicals.”
If true, the cooking of the temperature data to provide support for the idea that man-made global warming is occurring is a scandal of most serious proportions. It should force policymakers to reconsider the role science plays in the formulation of policy if its conclusions can be manipulated the way those concerning climate change now appear to have been.
Well, maybe yes, maybe no. Assuming that the books were cooked, does that mean we turn our backs on cleaning up the air we breathe and the water we drink and wash with? Do we continue to squander our natural resources because some science jerks didn’t dot all the i’s and cross all the t’s? Cities around the world are cloaked in a haze of pollution. Our athletes had to get off the plane in Beijing wearing serious masks to block out pollution. I had a friend who almost died while visiting the pyramids in Egypt. The reason, air pollution and smog. He is asthmatic.
I hope all the doom and gloom was somewhat overblown. It didn’t paint a pretty picture for the future. We cannot continue to dump pollutants in our water supply and our air without serious consequences. Millions of gasoline engines dump carbon bi-products into the air daily. Again, common sense. Forest must be replanted, streams protected from chemicals. Mining must not ravage the earth. Unfortunately, man cannot come to these conclusions on his own. Just look around. He has done a lousy job so far.