The science is scuttled

Nasa, as evidence that we are doomed unless we make sufficient sacrifice to Gaia and tithe to Gaia’s high priesthood, has long had on its web page

Mountain Glaciers and snow cover have declined on average in both hemispheres and may disappear altogether in certain regions of the planet, such as the Himalayas, by 2030

Which web page has silently changed

So was it a lie, or an error?

I knew data hadn’t been verified … we thought if we can highlight it, it will impact policy makers and politicians and encourage them to take concrete action.

In other words, a lie. And if one lie, all lies.

As Patrick Archibald told us of an earlier scandal with the same lesson, the science is scuttled

2 Responses to “The science is scuttled”

  1. Occupant says:

    In related news, Pew reports that the public ranks global warming dead last as a top policy priority:

    “Dealing with global warming ranks at the bottom of the public’s list of priorities; just 28% consider this a top priority, the lowest measure for any issue tested in the survey. Since 2007, when the item was first included on the priorities list, dealing with global warming has consistently ranked at or near the bottom.”

    Warming is shaping up into a major vote loser. A public force fed cap-and-trade or CO2 red tape à la EPA is apt to gag and choke

    • jim says:

      The proper scientific approach is to look at the data and analyze it, and address everyone respectfully even if you are fairly sure that some of those involved are liars, cheats, and crooks. But it is not practical for the ordinary member of the public to decide on this basis. He has not got the time.

      Anthropogenic Global Warming has the characteristics of a religion and a movement. This, the public can understand.

      The climategate files revealed cherry picking data, ignoring inconvenient results, “adding value” to insufficiently scary data, and sexing up the graphs. This, the public can understand.

      That the climategate files revealed that peer review was more like theological review for doctrinal correctness agitates scientists, but to the public sounds like whining.

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