Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Dueling Climate Headines... and Realities

Holy disconnect, Batman!
  • WSJ: Climate Emails Stoke Debate.  "The scientific community is buzzing over thousands of emails and documents -- posted on the Internet last week after being hacked from a prominent climate-change research center -- that some say raise ethical questions about a group of scientists who contend humans are responsible for global warming."
  • NYT (opinion): ClimateGate: The Very Ugly Side of Climate Science. "If you are a fan of science, this is a pretty grim day. If you are a fierce partisan on either side of the global-warming issue, you are either gnashing your teeth or clicking your heels. If you are a government official heading to Copenhagen soon for the climate summit, you are probably wondering what the hell you’re supposed to think now."
  • PJTV: Three Things You Absolutely Must Know About Climategate. "First, the scientists discuss manipulating data to get their preferred results.... Secondly, scientists on several occasions discussed methods of subverting the scientific peer review process to ensure that skeptical papers had no access to publication.... Finally, the scientists worked to circumvent the Freedom of Information process of the United Kingdom."
  • AP: Obama says 'step closer' to climate deal. "US President Barack Obama said Tuesday the world has moved "one step closer" to a "strong operational agreement" on climate change at next month's Copenhagen summit after his talks with Indian and Chinese leaders."
The absurd - and potentially disastrous - disconnect between current events and the President's "climate progress" reminds me of a classic scene from the movie "Planes, Trains and Automobiles":

Let's hope the President and his fellow leaders wake up before impact.

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