Consensus is often used against creationism and those who are skeptical of man-made global warming. However, consensus with certain scientists is not the same as the true prophets of God found in the Bible. What has become known as “Climate Gate” has good and bad news. Firstly, someone in the Climatic Research Unit, decided to hack into a server used by scientists, gathered data (160mb) which most likely he or she was familiar with and posted on the internet for everyone to read.
Secondly, the data consisted of 3,000 e-mails over a 13 year period of time. These documents revealed some very embarrassing details on how they conducted research that supposedly points to global warming.
The Wallstreet Journal reports in their opinion piece…
“Their correspondence show a claque of scientists massaging data to make it fit their theories, squelching scientists who disagreed, punishing academic journals that didn’t toe the apocalyptic line, and hiding their work from public view. “It’s no use pretending that this isn’t a major blow,” glumly wrote George Monbiot, a U.K. writer who has been among the fiercest warming alarmists. The documents “could scarcely be more damaging.” And that’s from a believer.”
These e-mails with major implications also shows what creationists and intelligent design proponents have been accusing academic journals and Universities for years of doing the same thing to them. Liberals worldwide including a popular blog of PZ Myers are so embarrassed that some are now restricting people from commenting on their forums or blogs such as Greg Laden who stated his blog will not become “a dumping ground” but many of his readers as well as himself cannot bare to take what they normally dish out on a regular basis!
What is really interesting PZ Myers hasn’t posted anything on his popular blog about the incident (most likely fearing an onslaught of criticism) rather he’s keeping to his normal pattern which is the “Discovery Institute hates science” slogan, crashing polls, and complaining about creationists.
All the e-mails which excludes the 3,000 currently online were not released to the public. Most likely there are more e-mails which we haven’t seen yet that could tell us of more scientists engaging in an unethical way. Competitive Enterprise Institute, filed a lawsuit against NASA because the suit alleges, for the past three years they have refused to make public any documents under the freedom of information act.
In light of all this, investigations are being put in place while Democrats are being pressured to hold hearings. Could we see the release of more conversations between climate scientists? According to the Telegraph, “Leading British scientists at the University of East Anglia, who were accused of manipulating climate change data – dubbed Climategate – have agreed to publish their figures in full.” There is now a high change of data getting deleted before these figures are released.
Many billions of dollars have been spent on the research, which is another possible motivation for scientists in climate research to be deceptive. It’s practically the same thing happening with the hypothesis of evolution!