“Nevertheless, delegates in the Danish capital have practically glossed over the CRU ”Climategate” leaks. That’s partly because they refuse to let the facts get in the way of their cause, but it’s mostly because Copenhagen isn’t about climate change as a physical phenomenon, but rather climate change as an opportunity to regulate people’s lives and incomes on a global scale.”
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
The skeleton of climate change
Lorne Gunter, National Post
Imagine if, on the eve of the Second Vatican Council, some young monk’s conscience got the better of him and he leaked to the world the fact that the Catholic church had been hiding the actual Earthly skeleton of Jesus of Nazareth.
The council — the 1960s gathering of theologians to update Catholic theology and liturgy — would have been thrown into disarray.
The Resurrection is the central mystery of the Christian faith and if, suddenly, Christ’s bones were found, well, that would prove that he was a mere mortal.
It would prove that Christians had been worshiping a fake.
It wouldn’t matter that most people had never heard of the Office of the Ossuary or whatever Vatican agency was in charge of keeping things quiet. The fact the teachings of the Church had been debunked would be all delegates could talk about.
That’s because the council was about theology.
The proof that the current climate summit in Copenhagen is not about environment and science, but rather about politics and ideology, can be seen in that fact that two weeks ago, some young computer programmer’s conscience got the better of him and he released computer code and emails exposing the skeleton of climate change. Yet almost no one in Copenhagen is talking about it.
It doesn’t matter that almost no one outside the climate change industry had heard of the Climate Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia before the release. The CRU’s centrality to the mystery of Eco faith is undeniable. The CRU and GISS — NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies — are two of the four major repositories of temperature records in the world, the only two that show continuing warming and the two that the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change relies on for its forecasts of disaster.
Scientists from GISS are also implicated in the torquing of climate data revealed in the recent CRU leaks. This is not surprising given that the head of GISS, James Hansen, is Al Gore’s science guru. He testified on behalf of environmental terrorists who attacked a U.K. electrical station, saying they should not be convicted because their vandalism was in the public interest. He has called coal trains ”death trains.”
Nevertheless, delegates in the Danish capital have practically glossed over the CRU ”Climategate” leaks. That’s partly because they refuse to let the facts get in the way of their cause, but it’s mostly because Copenhagen isn’t about climate change as a physical phenomenon, but rather climate change as an opportunity to regulate people’s lives and incomes on a global scale.
It’s about carbon taxes on rich countries to raise money for the UN to give to poorer countries, regardless of whether that has any impact on climate. It’s about international bureaucrats regulating business and personal decisions in the name of saving the planet. And it’s about giving the outward appearance of caring, about patting one another on the back for the deep moral superiority they are demonstrating as climate campaigners.
So what if the CRU emails and code files are full of instructions about where to insert the artificial corrections to real scientific data to make that data produce scary-looking graphs showing catastrophic warming? Who cares if the climate record, without the artificial corrections, shows the current warming is not the greatest warming of the past 8,000 years, or even the second-or third-, but the fourth-greatest?
This is about implementing carbon taxes or cap-and-trade schemes or building huge carbon sequestration systems -more to prove we care than to clear the air.
Without the CRU, the climate crusade is just so much symbolism over substance. But since symbolism is the whole point of Copenhagen, no one there cares.
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