A painstakingly detailed review of the Climategate e-mails bolsters the picture they paint of deliberate data manipulation by "scientists" bent on blaming mankind for climate change.Not the frequent use of the ironic quotation marks. It means that the "scientists" who support the "science" based on the "evidence" are not really scientists and the "science" is not really science and the "evidence" evidence is not really evidence.
"Climategate Analysis," available from the nonprofit Science & Public Policy Institute (scienceandpublicpolicy.org), presents all the leaked e-mails from the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit -- in chronological order, with commentary.
John P. Costella, the 149-page report's author, does a tremendous service by documenting, step by step, how science was perverted to advance misguided ideology, cynical politics and personal and professional interests.
Mr. Costella says massive "research" funding -- with strings attached requiring production of "evidence" backing preordained eco-wacko "findings" -- helped spread such venality far and wide among "scientists." What Climategate reveals and his report itemizes is "science" unworthy of the name -- and on a vast scale.
With rampant ignorance of how science should work, the public's gullibility hardly is surprising. Kudos to Costella and the institute for lessening that ignorance -- and the influence of the unsupported beliefs, masquerading as fact, espoused by what he calls "the Church of Climatology."
This should come as a surprise to the 1700 or so British scientists (note the lack of the ironical quotation marks) who signed this statement:The Trib, on the other hand, as the research of one John P Costella.
We, members of the UK science community, have the utmost confidence in the observational evidence for global warming and the scientific basis for concluding that it is due primarily to human activities. The evidence and the science are deep and extensive. They come from decades of painstaking and meticulous research, by many thousands of scientists across the world who adhere to the highest levels of professional integrity. That research has been subject to peer review and publication, providing traceability of the evidence and support for the scientific method. The science of climate change draws on fundamental research from an increasing number of disciplines, many of which are represented here. As professional scientists, from students to senior professors, we uphold the findings of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, which concludes that "Warming of the climate system is unequivocal" and that "Most of the observed increase in global average temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likely due to the observed increase in anthropogenic greenhouse gas concentrations".
And who is John P Costella?
At the tail end of the report the Trib sites, in Costella's own bio paragraph, there's a link to his homepage. It's at a website called "Assassination Science" and some of the other research found at the website where John Costella chose to plant his bio include:
Some of the other areas of Costella's research include:
- The Kennedy Assassination - most notably how the Zapruder film was completely faked.
I kid you not. Assassination Science seems to be a mishmash of a ton of conspiracy theories (some contradictory some just goofy - there are links to research showing how the moon landing was faked and other links debunking various 9/11 conspiracies).
And it's the place where John Costella hangs his online hat.
So on the one hand you have 1700 UK scientists who support the science of global warming and on the other a Kennedy Assassination conspiracy theorist who doesn't.
And who does the Trib side with? Talk about teh crazie.