Posted by: New Class Traitor | February 16, 2010

ClimateGate update: Instapundit edition

I can add very little to what Glenn Reynolds has to say:

SO YESTERDAY I COMPARED THE RESPONSE TO CLIMATEGATE TO THE BELLESILES SCANDAL. Now all the fraud, critical “lost” data, suppression of criticism and so on doesn’t prove that there’s no global warming — people can lie about things that, nonetheless, turn out to be true — but it has to induce a certain degree of skepticism. So what should we do?

Nothing. At least, in my opinion, we should continue to try to minimize the use of fossil fuels regardless. Burning coal and oil is filthy, and they’re more valuable as chemical feedstocks anyway. We should be building nuclear plants and pursuing efficiencies in the shorter term, while working on better solar (including orbital solar), wind, etc. power supplies for the longer term. That doesn’t mean “hairshirt” environmentalism, where the goal is for neo-puritans to denounce people for immorality and trumpet their own superiority. It just means good sense.

I actually had a long post on this here and Amory Lovins has it right: “He also says — and I agree — that it doesn’t matter whether you believe ‘peak oil’ catastrophe scenarios because you ought to be doing the same thing anyway.”

UPDATE: Rand Simberg responds: “What do you mean ‘we,’ white man?”

For rolling updates on ClimateGate news, check out Tom Nelson. (H/t: American Digest, in a jaw-dropping story on Andy Revkin describing how the NYT loved his climate reporting only as long as it was inconvenient for Bush and Republicans.)

Don Surber notes that Lake Erie is frozen over for the first time in 15 years, as well as that the BBC (!), tellingly, no longer refers to AGW “deniers” or even the more neutral “skeptics”, but to “doubters”.

UPDATE: James Taranto, “Consensus or con?

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  1. It’s absolutely amazing how often divination figures in AGW predictions of the future.

    There’s aeromancy or acromancy (divination by examining what the air does to certain things).

    There’s arithmancy (divination by numbers). Also botanomancy (divination by herbs), hydromancy (divination by examining what certain things do in water), kapnomancy (looking at smoke), and ornithomancy or orniscopy (interpreting the flights of birds).

    All of these ’scrying’ mechanisms can be found at work in the IPCC reports. Someone needs to add ‘dendromancy’ (divination by tree rings), though.

    Likely, there’s quite a bit of oinomancy (divination by wine), and gyromancy (divination by walking around a circle of letters until dizzy and one falls down on the letters or in the direction to take).

    Link: http://www.skepdic.com/divinati.html


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