Last edited by Dutch; 12-03-09 at 11:21 AM.
He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire. ~ Winston Churchill
You stated earlier that there's too much invested in global warming for them to backtrack. That's absolutely it. This is a pet issue for so many liberals, that to lose it would be akin to losing a family member. They won't let go easily.
The problem is the vast majority of Americans simply don't buy it anymore, and I think THAT is the reason for the silence. To defend it now would seriously hang the media out for more scrutiny, and the quickly plummeting ratings at every media outlet except Fox has them a bit leary of their own shadow at this point.
This is real news. To ignore it is stupid, not just irresponsible. It's not like people don't know by now; it's all over the internet.
Not surprising, Barbara Boxer is more worried about the leak than the contents of the emails.
Boxer: Hackers should face criminal probe over 'Climategate' - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room
Really wouldn't expect you to read them. To be honest I am neither for or against pro or anti global warming people and/or scientists. This is too important of an issue to be politicized. Unfortunately I am also not a climate research person. Therefore, we have to rely upon people to interpret the info. Makes it tough to know who is in the right.
However, falsification of data would be considered a criminal act of fraud. Most Universities rely upon funding for their research and there are very tight rules for research AND publication of scholarly material. Therefore, you would expect criminal charges of fraud if there were any truth to all of this. Arrests would follow and it would not just be anti-global warming people or Rush Limbaugh bringing it up. Not to mention that anti-global warming people are also free to submit their research findings to a scholarly journal. If they want to dispute global warming research, they just need to follow the same rules required of any research scientist.
Otherwise, just yelling "they lied!" really doesn't pass the test of having evidence.
I have read many of the emails, but the commented computer code is even more revealing. It describes the clear intent to distort the data. The emails show how dissenters were attacked and discredited and how the FOIA requests were ignored/circumvented.
Many knowledgeable bloggers on this subject insist that no hack was involved. They say either an inside whistleblower released the material or it was inadvertently placed in a public area of the server. The file that was taken was a single compressed file that was a compilation of much of the relevant material requested under the UK's Freedom of Information Act. It may have been prepared for that purpose.
This has huge implications, especially if the demand for investigations spreads, which may be happening already.
Published? If so, that is the nature of scholarly research and theory. They are trying to predict a future pattern. The key is in how accurate the instruments they are using and whether there are alternative theories. You could still look at the same data and come up with different conclusions. Unless you know more about specific content of these "papers", you're dealing in ignorance with the subject.
If not published in a proper journal, don't waste your time.
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)