The way it oughta’ been

Gary Richmond contrasts climate studies with high energy physics at CERN in Open Scienceand climategate: The IPCC/CRU needs to take a leaf out of CERN’s Book. CERN decided to use free and open source software when they launched the Large Hadron Collider.

Part of the problem is that, unlike CERN, the research is global in its implications and therefore immense. If the science underpinning the policies is found wanting because of a lack of due diligence, a corrupted peer review process (amounting to a cosy clique of mutually supporting scientists) and a driven political agenda then the room for admitting basic error and flawed process is deeply compromised. Even scientists have their pride and don’t like to be humiliated but the stakes are simply too high to consider their finer feelings.

One of the hallmarks of the current climate brouhaha is that those involved in promoting climate catastrophism have very little interest in outside help. In fact, they impugn it. There are examples of a more appropriate approach that show how it could have, and should have, been done.

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