CRB: politics and implications

Ivan Kenneally on The Climate E-mails and the Politics of Science – why is the Climate Research Brouhaha (CRB) important>

There can be little doubt after even a casual perusal that the scientific case for global warming and the policy that springs from it are based upon a volatile combination of political ideology, unapologetic mendacity, and simmering contempt for even the best-intentioned disagreement. … In predictably technocratic fashion, the left has claimed its own peculiar position as the only scientifically legitimate one—everything else reduces to craven interest, manifest dishonesty, or antiquarian faith.

the greater scandal may be that the United States and the rest of the world are considering enacting energy-restrictive and economy-damaging climate policies based on ideological distortions of scientific fact.

One of the lessons for researchers is about their professional practice. An FOIA brochure mentioned the fact that email messages and other materials had to keep in mind the possibility of public exposure. That message didn’t sink in, either for the communications nor for the professional products such as the code used for modeling and data preparation. What was released is embarrassing, or should be, as shoddy work product. The implication is that the authors of that work just don’t care. The implications of that are worthy of note as they are the fundamental communications that drive perceptions. That is where Palin comes in as a contrast.

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