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Steve Lunetta: Climategate

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Posted: November 29, 2009 10:43 p.m.
Updated: November 30, 2009 4:55 a.m.
"Oh what a tangled web we weave when
first we practise to deceive."

- Sir Walter Scott, Marmion, Canto v. Stanza 17.

Many attribute that famous line to William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night." Actually, the Immortal Bard just stole it from a famous Scottish writer named Sir Walter Scott. Rather ironic isn't it? A line about deception stolen and used in another piece of literature.

And, yes, "practice" is spelled as "practise." Doesn't it look better with an "s" than a "c?"

Lies and deception usually don't work out for the user.

All of us can think back to times when we lied and got caught. It's not a very pleasant experience.

Politicians get caught lying frequently.

For example, when President Barack Obama claimed he had briefly met disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, numerous pictures surfaced of the president being pals with Blagojevich on many occasions. The silence from the White House was deafening.

The lies told by the Democratic party don't seem to be working out either.

They say health care can be provided for all and save us money to boot.

They say they are pro-business, then quietly increase regulation and taxes. They say they are pro-family then support initiatives to redefine marriage, crush nuclear families and dissolve personal responsibility.

Recently, another deception was uncovered. It appears many scientists have been in collusion to obscure, deceive and otherwise pervert the global debate on climate change.

Last Monday, more than 1,000 e-mails and 2,000 other documents were stolen by hackers from the Climate Research Unit at East Anglia University in England. This electronic contraband was then posted on a Russian server for all to see.

Obviously, the theft of the documents is not something to be applauded. However, the truth uncovered by the purloined pieces of paper was shocking.

Many of the documents revealed immoral and unethical practices used by some scientists to alter data and conclusions to suit pre-conceived and politically correct views about global climate change.

Dr. Phil Jones, director of the facility, wrote that while summarizing some new data that he "just completed Mike's Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (i.e., from 1981 onwards) and from 1961 for Keith's to hide the decline."

In other words, the data did not fit the theory. Jones used a "trick" to "hide" what the data was actually showing.

Keith Johnson of the Wall Street Journal wrote: "The e-mails include discussions of apparent efforts to make sure that reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a United Nations group that monitors climate science, include their own views and exclude others."

Johnson goes on to report that climate scientists would refuse to share data with scientists whose views ran contrary to their own.

This is a cardinal sin in science. We share data to increase knowledge and move closer to "truth." By refusing to share data, it shows that the pro-climate-change camp is not interested in truth.

Also, the documents reveal a coordinated effort to suppress the voice of scientists who offer dissenting or contrary views, thereby squelching free thought and scientific discovery.

In one e-mail, Jones was communicating with Penn State's Michael Mann about how unwelcome conflicting data is such that we "will keep them out somehow - even if we have to define what the peer-review literature is."

What Jones is suggesting is the corruption of the impartial scientific review system that has served us well for nearly a century - silence those who disagree.

In a very odd e-mail, Lawrence Livermore's Benjamin Santer wrote he was "tempted to beat up" another scientist whose views ran contrary to Santer.

This threat of physical violence against a colleague is completely disgusting.

It just goes to show how far the pro-climate-change folks will go to suppress dissent.

This is especially significant in light of the upcoming U.N. climate conference in Copenhagen, where 192 nations will seek to come to consensus on a binding treaty to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and other supposed greenhouse gases.

The magnitude of these revelations is startling.

How many in our society and government been deceived through false data, the suppression of dissent and a tyranny of political correctness?

Are we forming policy and entering treaties based on propaganda and lies?

The "tangled web" woven by deceitful science has been revealed. It's time to reconsider policy decisions based on this false and misleading science.

Steve Lunetta is a Santa Clarita resident. His column reflects his own views and not necessarily those of The Signal. "Right About Now" runs Mondays in The Signal.


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