Conspiracy, collusion in exaggerating warming data, possibly illegal destruction of embarrassing information, organised resistance to disclosure, manipulation of data, private admissions of flaws in their public claims and much more.These revelations comes as no surprise to those of us who have claimed for years that AGW is a junk science smokescreen serving to conceal a political agenda. Since the scandal is becoming major news, including calls for a Congressional investigation, I will try and add something that is not likely to be said. Delingpole is right when he states:
There are too many vested interests in AGW, with far too much to lose either in terms of reputation or money, for this to end without a bitter fight.And he is narrowly right to say:
this shabby story represents a blow to the AGW lobby’s credibility from which it is never likely to recover.However, I would caution those who think that this scandal is "the final nail in the coffin" to consider that the death and suffering of tens of millions of people have not stopped socialism's defenders nor has hundreds of years of scientific discovery tempered the passions of the religious. Similarly, since environmentalism is not about science, it is unlikely that this scandal will soften the resolve of its supporters. Environmentalism is essentially a socialist political movement resting on a religious belief in the intrinsic value of nature and the morality of altruism. As I said in a previous post, The Change to Climate Change:
Environmentalists are not concerned with saving the earth for man but saving the earth from man. In other words, because man, by his nature, must use the earth, the environmentalist who values nature "intrinsically" must, on principle, consider man to be only an enemy of the earth (which carries the status of a god to be worshipped for its own sake.) Therefore, the scientific issue of "warming" is nothing but a smokescreen - a convenient claim carrying a pseudo-scientific veneer that can more easily confuse the ignorant public as to the movement's true aims. If "warming" were wholly disproved it would not temper the environmentalist cause for a second. They would move on to something else as they are already doing with "climate change" or to a yet to be determined apocryphal fantasy aimed at scaring the public into accepting sacrifice and global government decrees thwarting production and economic progress.Importantly, it should be noted that the truth of falsity of AGW has nothing to do with the question of what socio-economic system is moral and practical. It seems to be a foregone conclusion that if AGW were true, this fact alone would somehow imply the necessity of global government and the throttling of industrial civilization. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, as I argued in a previous post, more freedom (not less) is the solution to potential disasters. I quoted George Reisman:
The answer to the question of how best to cope with intolerable global warming caused by Nature is obviously the maintenance of the free market, not its replacement by Socialist central planning. Indeed, the answer is to make the free market freer than it now is—as much freer as is humanly possible. This is because while the primary reason for advocating a free market is the greater prosperity and enjoyment it brings to everyone in the course of his normal, everyday life, a major, secondary reason is to have the greatest possible industrial base available for coping with catastrophic events, whether those events be war, plague, meteors from outer space, intolerable global warming, or a new ice age.If we unequivocally demonstrate that AGW is a fraud, it will not stop environmentalists from plugging in some new man-made apocalypse to justify calls for global government and the destruction of modern civilization. Man is their enemy, and until he perishes from the earth, this war will continue.