I have been hugely encouraged by the leaked e-mails from the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (CRU), which undermine the case for global warming. The CRU is one of the world’s leading sources of climate data, and works closely with other similar units in the USA and elsewhere.
A hacker has recently broken in to the CRU, and made available a very large file of data and internal correspondence. This material shows that scientists at CRU systematically altered data to exaggerate global warming; suppressed data showing a recent decline in temperature; urged the destruction of data and correspondence which they feared might have to be revealed under Freedom of Information requests; and conspired to prevent publication of dissenting opinions.
Former Chancellor Lord (Nigel) Lawson has demanded an investigation into the leaked material, and the behaviour of personnel at the CRU.
Governments and politicians from around the world are meeting in Copenhagen in December, aiming to achieve a new global agreement to “fight climate change”, which will involve swingeing reductions in CO2 emissions, and huge fund transfers from Western countries to developing economies like China and India to support so-called green technologies. This will impose huge costs on Western economies. It now seems that the science underlying these initiatives is deeply flawed.
I have been campaigning on this issue for several years. Most recently I organised a one-day conference in Brussels, on Nov 18th, which was addressed by scientists from Europe and America — including two who are members of the IPCC’s expert review panel — the 2,500 scientists with the IPCC, who are often presented as “the scientific consensus”. In fact a number of them profoundly disagree with the IPCC’s alarmist position.
It is clear that there has been a systematic campaign to exaggerate the global warming story and to prevent honest debate. The small changes we have seen in mean global temperatures over the last hundred years are entirely consistent with well-established, long-term natural climate cycles. It is outrageous that during the worst recession in living memory, British tax-payers are asked to pay for new green taxes, and for higher green electricity prices, and now they are expected to transfer billions of pounds for green technology to developing countries — all in pursuit of failing solutions to an increasingly speculative problem.
Links to the leak story
The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/21/science/earth/21climate.html?_r=1&hp=&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1258981217-J7yhMhEJWdwLtqx9U3uQdQ
Link to Lord Monckton story on Climate Emails: http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/viscount-monckton-on-global-warminggate-they-are-criminals-pjm-exclusive/