"Few people understand the real significance of Climategate, the now-famous hacking of emails from the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit (CRU). Most see the contents as demonstrating some arbitrary manipulating of various climate data sources in order to fit preconceived hypotheses (true), or as stonewalling and requesting colleagues to destroy emails to the United Nations...
Quotes on Politicization of Global Warming & Climate Change
"In the long run, the replacement of the precise and disciplined language of science by the misleading language of litigation and advocacy may be one of the more important sources of damage to society incurred in the current debate over global warming."
"The IPCC summaries for policy makers are merely a political interpretation of the IPCC's scientific reports. These reports do not take into consideration recent research showing that increasing atmospheric CO2 content has negligible affect on global climate. The proposed reductions in consumption of fossil fuels will do nothing about controlling climate change but will horrendously impact the economic well-being of many of the world's most deprived communities."
"In my view, our approach to global warming exemplifies everything that is wrong with our approach to the environment. We are basing our decisions on speculation, not evidence. Proponents are pressing their views with more PR than scientific data. Indeed, we have allowed the whole issue to be politicized-red vs blue, Republican vs Democrat. This is in my view absurd. Data aren't political. Data are data. Politics leads you in the direction of a belief. Data, if you follow them, lead you to truth."
"The IPCC's Rules of Procedure mandate not the normal scholarly peer review process but 'review by governments.' Furthermore, the IPCC states that, 'In taking decisions and approving, adopting and accepting reports, the Panel, its Working Groups and any Task Force shall use all best endeavors to reach consensus.'
Both rules suggest something other than a process committed to sound science. Science does not proceed by consensus or government review but by reliably replicable, public results always open to doubt and falsification.
Injecting government review into the scientific process corrupts the process by switching from one in which science drives policy to one in which policy drives science. In truth, these rules reveal the IPCC process for what it really is: politicized science in the service of government, rather than science in the service of the truth."
"The public discourse on global warming has little in common with the standards of scientific discourse. Rather, it is part of political discourse where comments are made to secure the political base and frighten the opposition rather than to illuminate issues. In political discourse, information is to be 'spun' to reinforce pre-existing beliefs, and to discourage opposition."
"If the market liberal position on global warming cannot rely on science alone, what should it be built on? The answer, to take the lead of market-liberal thinking as applied to other environmental issues, is a theory of property rights. Following our plan to go back to first principles, we can begin with the writings of John Locke (1690), whose views on property rights and just government are the very cornerstone of classical liberalism. Locke's thinking on property can be summarized in terms of three rights and three corresponding duties:
- To property in one's own person.
- To property in the fruits of one's own labor.
- To property in land and natural resources taken from nature when mixed with one's own labor.
- To abstain from harming others.
- To abstain from taking property of others.
- To leave enough and as good for others when taking from the Common."
"When an issue becomes a vital part of a political agenda, as is the case with climate, then the politically desired position becomes a goal rather than a consequence of scientific research."
"Climate science has been targeted by a major political movement, environmentalism, as the focus of their efforts, wherein the natural disasters of the earth system, have come to be identified with man's activities - engendering fear as well as an agenda for societal reform and control... This greatly facilitates any conscious effort to politicize science via influence in such bodies where a handful of individuals (often not even scientists) speak on behalf of organizations that include thousands of scientists, and even enforce specific scientific positions and agendas."
"The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) new Summary for Policymakers is a political document that downplays assessments of uncertainty from the scientific reports. It omits much contrary evidence. In several cases, it even disagrees with the reports on which it is based."
"Just five years ago, Charles Monnett was one of the scientists whose observation that several polar bears had drowned in the Arctic Ocean helped galvanize the global warming movement.
Now, the wildlife biologist is on administrative leave and facing accusations of scientific misconduct.
The federal agency where he works told him he was on leave pending the results of an investigation into 'integrity issues.' A watchdog group believes it has to do with the 2006 journal article about the bear, but a source familiar with the investigation said late Thursday that placing Monnett on leave had nothing to with scientific integrity or the article."
"The United States provided a total of $31.1 million (in constant 2010 dollars) in financial support for IPCC activities from fiscal years 2001 through 2010, using two funding streams, according to documents and senior officials from State and NSF. Average annual U.S. funding during this 10-year period was about $3.1 million. The State Department provides one of the two U.S. funding streams through its International Organizations and Programs Account, which provided $19 million to IPCC’s Trust Fund from fiscal years 2001 through 2010. According to IPCC documents, contributions to the Trust Fund support IPCC’s core staff in Geneva, Switzerland; participation among experts from developing nations; the organization of meetings; and the publication and translation of IPCC reports, among other activities."