From The Guardian: "Phil Jones, the beleaguered British climate scientist at the centre of the leaked emails controversy, is facing fresh claims that he sought to hide problems in key temperature data on which some of his work was based."
Every day it seems there is yet another news article showing the data behind "Man-Made" or Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) is either faked, wrong or misleading. It has gotten to a point that Meteorologist Anthony Watts is calling it climate-gate Du Jour.
This time it is all about the effects of "heat islands" and if city growth and weather station placement has caused false or abnormally high readings.
(Perhaps the best reading on this subject is the "Surface Station's Project". This project has been documenting the placement of weather surface stations and the "interesting" readings that come from bad placement of surface stations versus the surface stations that are placed in "good" locations.)
Now, I believe that our climate fluctuates and perhaps it is even changing somewhat. But, I do not believe that this "climate change" is man-made or in any way caused by man.
The fact remains that earth has faced warm periods in history. The "medieval warm period" which lasted from 800-1300 AD was so warm that wine grapes were grown by the Romans in Great Britain. This is supported by Roman tax records of the period. This warming period was then followed by "The Little Ice Age"- a period of cold that gripped the Northern Hemisphere."
The largest issue I have with AGW, besides the fact that more and more reports are coming out that data is being faked, is the supposition that Man is more powerful than God or Nature.
To me, AGW is shear arrogance. The idea that 160 years or so of industrialization can "destroy the planet" is ridiculous. The history of our planet is one of eruptions or super-volcano's, of asteroids or comets smashing into the planet and wiping out huge percentages of species, of one disaster after another, of ice ages and warming periods. Yet, through all of this, life still exists.
There are those that would have us believe that driving from point A to point B in a car using gasoline will destroy the world. Rubbish. Whether one believes in God or not, the Universe was created in an instant- in one moment the laws of physics were set aside (based on the inflation theory) and the universe was created- either through the "Big Bang" or because, "And God said, Let there be..." and there was. Man does not have this power.
Yes, I do agree, if mankind unleashed every nuke in every inventory on the planet, we would do damage- severe damage- but we would not "destroy" the planet-- the Earth would recover. After all, the Bikini Atoll still exists, and although it is dangerous for man to live there, life is there.
Mankind builds cities. We dam rivers. We move earth. This takes years for us to do these things. However, Mother Nature or God (depending on your beliefs) can undo man's changes in a matter of moments.
How much time did it take for Katrina to destroy years and years of construction in the Gulf? How long does it take for an earthquake to destroy the works of man? How quickly can a tsunami wipe clean a coast-line that man has taken decades to build up? How many seconds does it take for a tornado to wipe out a sub-division? How long will it take for a volcano to send down a lahar to scour a plain, or bury a city or town in feet of ash? The power of each of these events can exceed the power that man-made device can create.
Now, to be clear, I do believe that we should care for the planet. I love the outdoors. I love hunting, camping (when I can) and photographing nature is a passion of mine. I believe in leaving "no trace" when I am enjoying the outdoors. Recycling is important and I believe that use of alternative fuels makes good sense- especially in that it makes us less dependent on an area of the world where there are a lot of people that hate us or that are enemies of freedom.
However, I am becoming more and more angered over the AGW crowd wanting to damage our economy, infringe upon our freedoms with pointless laws, and politicians, like Obama, who claim "overwhelming scientific evidence" for AGW, and then reading practically daily, of reports based on bogus science, unsubstantiated claims, and "fudged" data.
It is time for these "scientists" to answer for the "fraud" they are perpetuating, the panic they are causing, and the economic damage they are contributing to, all in an effort to line their own pockets.
UPDATE: Penn State will be investigating Professor Mann for his part in Climate Gate