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Fakegate is like Rathergate

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Opinion reads: The New York Times produced the line that summed up the scandal when it declared that the Rathergate memo was “fake but accurate.” The fraud was acceptable, in other words, because it promoted a story that the media establishment just knew to be true. This is now the standard for the global warming establishment, too. Call it “fake but accurate” science.

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More on Peter Gleick

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Article reads: Gleick confessed on Monday, February 20, that he was the person who had deceived Heartland into emailing their board documents. Gleick claimed, though, that he had received the phony strategy memo anonymously early in the year by mail. He explained in a column for the Huffington Post: “I attempted to confirm the accuracy of the information in this document. In an effort to do so, and in a serious lapse of my own and professional judgment and ethics, I solicited and received additional materials directly from the Heartland Institute under someone else’s name.”

Climate scientist on the ropes

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Article reads: The furore now looks set to eclipse what had until now been an admirable career for Gleick. He was forced to step down as chairman of the American Geophysical Union’s taskforce on scientific ethics. On Tuesday, the San Francisco Chronicle dropped him as a columnist.

Fakegate: warmist creating a fake document

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Article reads: So it was pretty obvious that the “confidential strategy memo” was not a Heartland document at all but a fraud pasted together after the fact by someone who wanted to discredit Heartland, but who didn’t know enough about IT to cover his tracks.

The national herd

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Article reads: It is eugenics, the belief that society’s fate rested on its ability to breed more of the strong and fewer of the weak. So-called positive eugenics meant encouraging those of greater intellectual ability and “moral worth” to have more children, while negative eugenics sought to urge, or even force, those deemed inferior to reproduce less often or not at all. The aim was to increase the overall quality of the national herd, multiplying the thoroughbreds and weeding out the runts.

More on Vahrenholt and global warming

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Article reads: After carefully studying the matter Vahrenholt decided, “ I couldn’t take it any more. I had to write this book.” He explains that then after digging into the IPCC’s climate report he was horrified by what he found. On top of discovering numerous factual errors there were issues involving 10 years of stagnant temperatures, failed predictions, Climategate e-mails, and informative discussions with dozens of other elite skeptical scientists. The book cites more than 800 sources to back up conclusions, including many peer-reviewed papers that appeared after the IPPC’s 2007 report was released.

Darwinism and the left

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Article reads: Darwinism, along with other determinist theories of modernity, such as Marxism, dovetails neatly with this purely fideistic belief. Hence unquestioning belief in the Enlightenment has to presuppose similar faith in Darwinism, regardless of how much proof to the contrary is on offer. Far be it from me to denigrate unquestioning faith. However, persevering with it against all available evidence is hardly a sign of intelligence.

The Galileo of global warming

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Article reads: This is the way things are going to be from now on. The discoveries of the Galileo of global warming—to appreciate the irony, call Svensmark’s view the heliocentric theory—is out there, the evidence for it is building, and that fact can no longer be hidden or ignored. If more brutal methods of suppression couldn’t stop the truths spoken by Galileo, today’s soft suppression of science isn’t going to work, either.

Fritz Vahrenholt on climate change

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Vahrenholt says: In the second half of the 20th century, the sun was more active than it had been in more than 2,000 years. This “large solar maximum,” as astronomers call it, has contributed at least as much to global warming as the greenhouse gas CO2. But the sun has been getting weaker since 2005, and it will continue to do so in the next few decades. Consequently, we can only expect cooling from the sun for now.

Trusting science on global warming

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Opinion reads: The experts had, for years, been twisting the evidence, abusing the scientific process, breaching Freedom of Information requests (by illegally hiding or deleting emails and taxpayer-funded research) and silencing dissent in a way which removes all credibility from the scaremongering reports they write for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.