25 November 2009

If the right-wing hicks are right about global warming. . .???

The Anchoress busts a few heads over Climategate.  Her conclusion?  It's Bush's fault.  But we knew that already. . .

In a nutshell, Climategate is a destroyer of worldviews.

The AGW/Climate Change question became a rigorous boondoggle that got out of control not because the scientist who first suggested a connection between human carbon emission and a change in climate were bad people, or that the question was not worth asking, but because bad people then took the uncertain hypothesis, put it on media-fueled steroids, demonized anyone who disagreed with them, made it political -so much so that even the scientists got caught up in the good/bad, smart/stupid, Gore/Bush, Left/Right identifiers- and found real power there; they allowed the AGW movement to become the dubious centering pole upholding the giant circus tent of their worldviews. 

As such, it is not permitted to be shaken. Shake the centering pole, and everything could come tumbling down: Oh. My. Gawd! If the Gore-doubters were right about this, what else might they be right about? And if they’re all stupid, and I’m smart, but they’re right and I’m wrong . . .


If the true-believers of AGW got this wrong, and they’d attached it to all of their politics, all of their hate, all of their superiority, then everything is in a free-fall.

This is a tidy explanation for the absence of any substantial coverage of the scandal in the MSM.  


  1. I'm continually amazed that this blog is written by a so-called Christian.

  2. PJ, what's "un-Christian" about this post?

    Do tell...

  3. It it oddly reminiscent of the cloning scandal in South Korea. People were more upset with the reporters exposing the "success" as a fraud by the scientist, than with the scientist.

  4. I'm equally stymied by PJ's comment. Unless he himself is one of the ones under the giant circus tent...

  5. Anonymous6:34 PM

    Aparently it is un-Christian to ridicule the Left for their lapses, but perfectly Christlike to do so theirs (see PJ's blog).

    The silence of the MSM might well be from a threatened worldview, but the real story of lost or horded data seems to be professional incompetence. The Anchoress links to the saga of an UEA researcher's futile attempt to replicate their own results from the data given him. No wonder they resist FOI requests and 'lost' data -- they can't even tell themselves where their numbers came form! Yet they are custodians of millions in grants. Mere greed and professional incompetence and cowadice lie at the heart of Climategate.