A fresh tranche of private emails exchanged between leading climate scientists throughout the last decade was released online on Tuesday. The unauthorised publication is an apparent attempt to repeat the impact of a similar release of emails on the eve of the Copenhagen climate summit in late 2009.
Oh, no… here we go again. Is this move pathetic? Yes. Biased? Yes. Will it even work? I’m not so sure. Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice… well, we know how the first fiasco played out. The scientists were vindicated, the data is the data. But, it sure did a number on public opinion.
Phil Plait clues us in on Climategate 2.
The evidence is overwhelming, and no amount of noise will stop that. But that’s why the noise is made, to distract you. We are long past the time when this was simple skepticism — the open and honest questioning of evidence — and are now well into full-blown denial. This second release of emails is more evidence for that, especially given the timing.
Climate change is an INCREDIBLY difficult subject to comprehend. Not only is the science multi-disciplinary and very high level, there are social and economic factors that are fighting to sway your opinion of it. There is the reality of the evidence and then there is the question of “what do we do?”
Science informs policy, it should not dictate it. But, if you are going bring other factors to bear in this policy debate, do it fairly, do it above board. This repeat of the first slimy attack on scientists is another example about who really plays fair and who will do ANYTHING to promote their agenda.