Valentine: Climategate hysterics belie the truth

Friday, December 11, 2009

The meeting of the Hysterical Society has begun in Copenhagen. Activists and politicians from around the globe descended upon this Danish capital and something is definitely rotten in Denmark.

The Climategate scandal, instead of eroding support for the theory of global warming, has had just the opposite effect with the cultists who cling to its veracity as if their very lives depended on it. Their lives may not depend on it but their livelihoods certainly do.

If you'll notice who the media quote as experts they always are attached to institutions whose existence is made possible by a gullible belief in anthropogenic global warming. Some favs are Ed Miliband, Britain's climate change secretary and Virginia Burkett, chief scientist for global change research at the U.S. Geological Survey. Were there no "global change research" to be chief scientist of Ms. Burkett would be out of a gig. Were there no climate change secretary the taxpayers of the U.K. wouldn't have to shell out a salary for Mr. Miliband and he just might have to get an honest job.

The flat-earthers who believe in all this nonsense about man-made global warming attack skeptics by accusing them of being in the back pocket of "Big Oil." How ironic it is that we now find that the Climate Research Unit, the very same CRU that's at the epicenter of the Climategate scandal, was -- and, perhaps still is -- soliciting money from who? Big Oil. Leaked e-mails detail a relationship with Shell Oil, or maybe it's a shakedown of Shell Oil. Scientists with CRU claimed to be talking with Shell's "climate change team" about a contribution to a "studentship fund."

What Shell is doing with a climate change team is anyone's guess. One can suppose that they are trying to blunt criticism from the dirt people. Surely they can't believe this rubbish being promulgated by Spotted Al Gore and company. Climategate aside, the evidence against anthropogenic global warming is higher than Mt. Kilimanjaro.

As explained in a recent article in American Spectator, the latest smoking gun was revealed inside the leaked e-mails from the CRU. Many scientist acknowledge that the Medieval Warm Period was warmer than today. Michael Mann who came up with the now-debunked "hockey stick" graph is up to his eyeballs in Climategate. His graph has been dubbed the hockey stick because it showed little or no global temperature change for centuries until the temperatures began to shoot up over the last 100 years, resembling the blade of a hockey stick.

Trouble is the data used to support his theory that the Medieval Warm Period never existed was apparently fabricated. Mann used tree ring data from the Yamal peninsula in Siberia. What has now been revealed in the leaked CRU e-mails is that Mann apparently ignored the data from the Yamal study save one tree. Apart from that singular tree, the Yamal data showed temperatures actually declining in the late 20th Century. Rut-row.

Since the Little Ice Age ended in 1850 it should be expected that temperatures would begin to climb again, hopefully to the levels of the Medieval Warm Period. Although global temperatures dropped about 4 degrees in the Little Ice Age we have managed to only recover by about a half degree. What's even more interesting is global temperatures now show that we've been either steady or cooling over the last decade and some scientists predict we're going into another ice age. Let's hope they're as wrong as the global warming cultists.

Bottom line: Climate has been changing since God created the planet and there's nothing we can do to stop it.