Skip to comments.Mark Steyn: The Dog Ate My Tree Rings
Posted on 11/30/2009 10:30:23 AM PST by neverdem
The most obvious thing that strikes anyone wading through the CRU documents is how easy it was for a small number of "experts" to propel their data-raped conclusions first into a "peer-reviewed" "consensus" and then up through western governments into the international fait accomplis of Kyoto, the IPCC and now Copenhagen. I initially assumed stuff like this was just a bit of naked obstructionism toward a few troublemakers:
I find it hard to believe that the British Antarctic Survey would permit the deletion of relevant files for two recent publications or that there aren't any backups for the deleted data on institutional servers.
But no, it was systemic. Hysterical queens like Gordon Brown are demanding we introduce global taxation, micro-regulation of every aspect of your life, massive multi-trillion dollar transfers from the productive sector to eco-rackets and transnational bureaucracies, bovine flatulence levies and extraterrestrial surveillance of once sovereign states on the basis of fevered speculations for which there is no raw data:
SCIENTISTS at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have admitted throwing away much of the raw temperature data on which their predictions of global warming are based.
It means that other academics are not able to check basic calculations said to show a long-term rise in temperature over the past 150 years...
The data were gathered from weather stations around the world and then adjusted to take account of variables in the way they were collected. The revised figures were kept, but the originals — stored on paper and magnetic tape — were dumped to save space when the CRU moved to a new building...
In a statement on its website, the CRU said: “We do not hold the original raw data but only the value-added (quality controlled and homogenised) data.”
The CRU is the world’s leading centre for reconstructing past climate and temperatures. Climate change sceptics have long been keen to examine exactly how its data were compiled. That is now impossible*.
No raw data, huh? But why let that stand in your way?
Only Monday, a British parliamentary committee proposed that every citizen be required to carry a carbon card that must be presented, under penalty of law, when buying gasoline, taking an airplane or using electricity. The card contains your yearly carbon ration to be drawn down with every purchase, every trip, every swipe.
But don't worry. It'll all be very scientific. Your carbon allowance numbers will be kept in a big database. Maybe in East Anglia?
(*Or, as Jim Treacher puts it, the science is settled ...at the bottom of the dumpster.)
I love Steyn. Data-rape! LOL.
Steyn nails it. This is nothing more ridiculous than those who believe in AGW, and nothing more sinister than those “experts” who promote the fraud.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then sometimes a headline is worth a thousand words.
“The Dog Ate my Tree Rings.”
“Computer, could you tell me about the Corporate Wars?”
“And, um, I have some questions about the 16th Century...”
I will proudly die in a war for independence before I let the likes of some policy wonk in the UK dictate what I do in my day to day. I’ll be damned if Obama or anyone in the Federal government tries to tax me for minutiae.
I repeat, I will proudly die in a war for independence before any of this taxation garbage comes to fruition!
< speechless >
As someone pointed out on another thread, this may or may not make the radar horizon in the MSM but these guys are done in serious science. There will probably be enough money in the scam to keep them afloat professionally, but this blot is permanent.
You know, it occurs to me that those trees could still be put to a very good use...
“The Dog Ate My Tree Rings”: very funny and an instant classic.
I guess Brits view freedom with disdain, it's pitchfork and gallows time people.
Climate change data dumped! Comment# 145 links a source from early October on the lost, original data.
Three Things You Absolutely Must Know About Climategate nice & quick summary of the CRU fraud
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The GOP should use this global warming fraud to take on all of the politically correct BS of the left from gun control to feminism and all points in between, IMHO. Destroy all of the lefts' politically correct talking points and the heads full of mush that vote for RINOs and moderate rats won't have any reason to vote for them any more.
We'll never get the hard core left to agree with us. They are just too stupid or evil, but they are only about one fifth of the electorate. Destroy political correctness and we could have solid majorities as far as the eye can see.
Actually, I would put that bumper sticker on my car ...”The dog ate my Tree Rings” ... I love it.
That would be great except for one thing. When Republicans have solid majorities for any length of time, they turn into big spending hacks that disdain actual freedom. A problem for later, I guess.
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