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.