July 23, 2014

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“Climategate”: Sad Revelation of Corruption in Climate Science

By E. Calvin Beisner, Ph.D.

The exposure of thousands of emails, computer code, and other documents from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia last month demonstrates widespread corruption among leading climate alarmist scientists around the world. The documents show that these scientists have been fabricating, cherry-picking, fudging, hiding, destroying, and otherwise abusing data; intimidating dissenting scientists and journal editors who might publish their work; filtering out dissenting research from the information reviewed by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and by climate change agencies of national and state or provincial governments around the world; and violating Freedom of Information laws and scientific journal policies about data sharing and transparency—hallmarks of proper scientific method. The interdependence of CRU with the other three major surface temperature data institutions (the Global Historical Climate Network of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies) necessarily brings the credibility of their data into question as well.

Google searches just now brought me over 31 million hits on “climategate” and just over 10 million on “global warming.” (The cat’s out of the bag and won’t be put back in.) A number of really excellent articles already have been published on it (a select few linked below), so for now I’ll add only this:

  • Climategate is a tragic development in the history not just of climate science but of science in general. It will seriously undermine public confidence in science and scientists, though for the most part scientists, especially those in technological fields, are doing marvelous services to humanity and the Earth.
  • It will also become ammunition for postmodernists and other cynics, who insist that all truth claims are mere assertions of power—an accusation that fits the antics in climategate to a tee. That, in turn, is sad, because it will further cheapen public discourse on all subjects.
  • Climategate is yet another confirmation of a central Biblical doctrine: “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). No one is infallible—not even scientists.
  • And all of that means that Christians have all the more reason to practice what the Apostle Paul commands in 1 Thessalonians 5:21: “Test all things, hold fast what is good.”

Here, then, are a few of the best articles (among hundreds) I’ve read on climategate thus far: