This is one of my favorite days of the year, as I spend it away from work, catching up on reading, movies and the early shuffling through Christmas decorations.
Today though I am going to catch up on Climategate, using the resources pulled together by PajamasMedia.com and using Powerline’s John Hinderaker’s careful analysis as a guide. (Here’s John’s most recent, typical careful post in which are linked his earlier posts.)
As Mark Steyn and I discussed on air Wednesday, we know the climate Chicken Little’s have suffered a serious blow, but it won’t do the truth any good to overstate what we have learned about the “scientists” at the Hadley CRC or misrepresent it, thus opening the side of careful reason to the same sort of withering attacks now being leveled at the panic mongers. The global temperature record is what it is, and if it has been warming slightly over the past many decades –though not our current one– as a genuine consensus seems to say, opponents of cap-and-tax shouldn’t get caught in the trap of denying that truth of that rise or of using the East Anglia credibility meltdown as an excuse to dismiss all of the arguments/data on the side of alarm. Climategate cripples the credibility only of conclusions built upon data that is no longer trustworthy. The effort now will be to trace where that tainted data traveled and for which conclusions did it provide a flawed foundation.
The CRC “scientists” have earned all the opprobrium previously reserved for tobacco executives given that both groups treat data and opponents the same. But critics of cap-and-tax should marshall the arguments about what was manipulated and why in the same way they did the arguments from Rathergate days. Expertise is being marshalled and the indictments drawn up. No need to rush.
What will be interesting will be to see which scientists from among the alarmed camp step forward to denounce the cooked books and to point to flawed studies/conclusions that can no longer be trusted. Who, in other words, are the real scientists who will follow the truth and who will deeply resent having been misled in whole or part by those who manipulated the data or the process.
Need a read this Thanksgiving Day? Here’s a transcript of yesterday’s conversation with Mark Steyn on Climategate. Here’s the transcript of the God debate between Dinesh D’Sousa and Michael Shermer. (Audio of Steyn and the debate is at the Hughniverse, as is an open thread on the debate at the blog there.)
Long car ride ahead today? Never fear, as we will replay the entire show from last month featuring the studio interview of Five for Fighting’s John Ondrasik. John takes us inside the process of a musician working in 2009 on a new album release (or whatever it is called today), including the stories behind the title cut and the hit “Chances” which is the key song in the hit movie The Blind Side.
John is a great supporter of the American military, and will shortly be making available CD for the Troops III, but today’s show is about an artist’s staying on top through the tumultuous past decade when techonolgy turned the music business upside down and inside out. Every musician, especially aspiring ones, should give it a listen. You can listen online at www.KRLA870.com or www.KSKY.com from 3 to 6 PM Pacific, or on www.560WIND.co from 9 to midnight, EST.
If hearing “Chances” today reminds you of your applause at the end of The Blind Side, please also consider hitting the button above or at the side for Children International and sponsoring a child in the Dominican Republic. My account of my trip to the DR last year is here, and the needs on the island have grown greater since then as the recession in America is a depression in the toursin-dependent islands of the Caribbean. “Adopting” one of these children won’t be as dramatic as the Touhys taking in Michael Oher, but the impact on the life of the child you sponsor and get to know will be incredibly dramatic and indeed life-saving.
Have a great Thanksgiving.
To Whom Are We Giving Thanks? A Thanksgiving Eve Debate Between Dinesh D’Sousa and Michael Shermer. The Great God Debate Continues.
UPDATE: The CBS story by Declan McCullagh I referred to in my conversation with Mark Steyn is here. As I remarked to Mark, every duplicitous practice ever attributed to the tobacco companies regarding their candor turns out to be true about the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia.
There is certain to be some taxing traffic this afternoon and evening, so for your journey to grandmother’s house, a special program.
We will open with Mark Steyn, and then in hours two and three, I will moderate a conversation/debate between Dinsh D’Sousa and Michael Shermer on the question of who it is that we are thanking tomorrow.
I have opened a thread on the debate, The Manhattan Declaration and my new book at The Hughniverse.
A transcript of the debate will be posted here later this weekend. The audio will be available at The Hughniverse tonight.
Dinesh is the author on many books including the new Life After Death: The Evidence:
Dinesh is also author of the best-selling What’s So Great About Christianity
Michael Shermer is the editor of Skeptic, and one of the band of merry (or in the case of Richard Dawkins, not so merry) atheists whose appearance on the scene in the past few years has led to many interesting conversations between people of faith and those who deny the existence of God. Michael’s most recent book on this subject is Why Darwin Matters
Michael is also author of Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time.
I for one am thankful for the appearance on the scene of the “new atheists.” From the first debate on my program –between Christopher Hitchens and theologian Mark D. Roberts, one of the first that Hitchens engaged in on air and extensively analyzed here— to today, every one of the conversations has helped believers understand that their faith is not only rational, but the most rational choice available to men and women.
The Manhattan Declaration issued on Friday and has attracted 110,000 signatures in four days. My new book, The Good and Faithful Servant, began to ship this week, and I look forward to hearing the reactions of those who use it as a small group study guide to the obligations of a Christian as a citizen in a democratic republic like ours.
Enjoy your over-the-river-and-through-the-woods drive and the debate and have a great Thanksgiving.