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The Politics (and Science) of Panic

Great col­umn by George Will this morn­ing in the Wash­ing­ton Post; here’s the final paragraphs.

Some cli­mate sci­en­tists com­pound their delu­sions of intel­lec­tual ade­quacy with mes­siah com­plexes. They seem to sup­pose them­selves a small clerisy entrusted with the most urgent truth ever dis­cov­ered. On it, and hence on them, the planet’s fate depends. So some of them con­sider it vir­tu­ous to embroi­der facts, exag­ger­ate cer­ti­tudes, sup­press incon­ve­nient data, and manip­u­late the peer-review process to sup­press schol­arly dis­sent and, above all, to declare that the debate is over.

Con­sider the soci­ol­ogy of sci­ence, the push and pull of inter­ests, incen­tives, appetites and pas­sions. Gov­ern­ments’ attempts to manip­u­late Earth’s tem­per­a­ture now com­prise one of the world’s largest indus­tries. Tens of bil­lions of dol­lars are being dis­pensed, as by the U.S. Energy Depart­ment, which has sud­denly become, in effect, a huge ven­ture cap­i­tal oper­a­tion, spec­u­lat­ing in green tech­nolo­gies. Polit­i­cal, com­mer­cial, aca­d­e­mic and jour­nal­is­tic pres­tige and advance­ment can be con­tin­gent on not dis­rupt­ing the (pos­tu­lated) con­sen­sus that is pro­pelling the gigan­tic and fab­u­lously lucra­tive indus­try of com­bat­ing global warming.

Copen­hagen is the cul­mi­na­tion of the post-Kyoto maneu­ver­ing by peo­ple deter­mined to fix the world’s cli­mate by break­ing the world’s — espe­cially America’s — pop­u­la­tion to the sad­dle of ever-more-minute super­vi­sion by gov­ern­ments. But Copen­hagen also is pro­logue for the 2010 cli­mate change sum­mit in Mex­ico City, which will be planet Earth’s last chance, until the next one.

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Gore Bailing on Copenhagen

Looks like the for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent, Acad­emy Award Win­ner, and Nobel Lau­re­ate will be can­cel­ing a pub­lic rela­tions event for his new book at the United Nations’ con­fer­ence in Den­mark next week.  As if his M.O., Al Gore will run and hide than defend his stances in what is the con­tin­u­ing neg­a­tive light of “ClimateGate.”

For­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Al Gore on Thurs­day abruptly can­celed a Dec. 16 per­sonal appear­ance that was to be staged dur­ing the United Nations’ Cli­mate Change Con­fer­ence in Copen­hagen, which begins next week.

As described in The Wash­ing­ton Times’ Inside the Belt­way col­umn Tues­day, the mul­ti­me­dia pub­lic event to pro­mote Mr. Gore’s new book, “Our Choice,” included $1,209 VIP tick­ets that granted the holder a photo oppor­tu­nity with Mr. Gore and a “light snack.”

Berlingkse Media, a Dan­ish group coor­di­nat­ing ticket sales and pub­lic­ity for the event, said that “great annoy­ance” was a fac­tor in the can­cel­la­tion, along with unfore­seen changes in Mr. Gore’s pro­gram for the cli­mate sum­mit. The deci­sion affected 3,000 ticket holders.

We have had a clear-cut agree­ment, and it is unusual with great dis­ap­point­ment that we have to announce that Al Gore can­cels. We had a huge expec­ta­tion for the event.… We do not yet know the detailed rea­sons for the can­cel­la­tion,” said Lis­beth Knud­sen, CEO of Berlingske Media, in a state­ment posted by the company.

The ClimateDepot,com, an online news aggre­ga­tor that tracks global-warming news reports, referred to the sit­u­a­tion as “Nopen­hagen,” and evi­dence that pop­u­lar momen­tum for the Copen­hagen con­fer­ence “is fading.”

Real pity too, was hop­ing for a re-enactment of this too.

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Screw the Science, Follow the Politics!

You know, for a prac­tic­ing attor­ney, I would think that Tom Foley of the “illu­sory ten­ant” blog would have seen the news from today’s Times of Lon­don about what’s being called “Cli­mate­Gate” the same way I did.  That the destroyed data on cli­mate, universally-accepted, but now impos­si­ble to prove in any sort of sci­en­tific peer-review, would be akin to being a defense attor­ney and find­ing out the pros­e­cu­tion had decided to elim­i­nate evi­dence dur­ing the dis­cov­ery phase of a trial.

It’s about the best anal­ogy I can think of for what seems to be the biggest scan­dal in the Sci­en­tific Com­mu­nity in a long, long time; if not ever.

Ah well, pol­i­tics trumps all I sup­pose…even one’s pro­fes­sional decorum.

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