Saturday, 9 October 2010

Reheating The AGW Fraud

A little spark ricocheting its way around the tubes last weekend was the news that Harold Lewis, a senior physics professor at the University of California has resigned his membership of the American Physical Society. Part of his spiritedly worded resignation (reprinted in full by James Delingpole at the Telegraph) runs thus:
"It is the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life as a physicist. Anyone who has the faintest doubt that this is so should force himself to read the ClimateGate documents, which lay it bare. (Montford’s book organizes the facts very well.) I don’t believe that any real physicist, nay scientist, can read that stuff without revulsion. I would almost make that revulsion a definition of the word scientist."
At the time the Climategate scandal broke last year, I sent letter after letter after letter to the Timid Times and not a single one was published. If I recall correctly, they didn't even acknowledge the scandal had happened at all, let alone report it, until some months later after the feeding frenzy had died down a bit. That was a disgraceful dereliction of journalistic values which was simply stunning. The Taipei Times does not even display that level of political bias on Taiwan party politics. Their decision to publish Paul Deacon's response to Charles Hong's response to him earlier was therefore no surprise at all. Look at this pillock:
"There is not anything like the equivalent weight of evidence on the side of skeptics and it is therefore a consensus that needs urgently to be acknowledged in some quarters before we can move on to thinking more seriously about tackling the possible consequences..."
There is no onus on skeptics to prove a negative - Deacon clearly doesn't know the first fucking thing about science. The evidence in favour of anthropogenic global warming is not at all conclusive and even if it was, the methods proposed for dealing with it are just more boiler-plate, warmed over the lip of the cannibal pan socialism.

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