March 20th, 2007

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Big Surprise.

From The New York Times:
Material Shows Weakening of Climate Reports
WASHINGTON, March 19 — A House committee released documents Monday that showed hundreds of instances in which a White House official who was previously an oil industry lobbyist edited government climate reports to play up uncertainty of a human role in global warming or play down evidence of such a role. (More here.)

In the immortal words of Iago, from Disney's Aladdin:
Wow! Theres a big surprise! I think I'm going to have a heart attack and die, from that surprise.

This is what it boils down to, folks. "Editing" is the polite term for it, but juggling data and misrepresenting the statements and conclusions of those who collected it to further the profits of private concerns is fraud, by any legal definition, and should be prosecuted as such.

This is the "controversy" about Human Climate Impact. A Texas A&M drop-out lied on his resume to land a job at NASA, then took it upon himself to falsify scientific reports to downplay stuff he didn't want people to hear. That's the "two sides of the issue": there's the Reality-Based Community, and there's the Fantasy Fairyland of the Complusive Liar. That's the sum total of the "scientific opposition", gang.

You know what? I'm a Texas A&M drop-out, and I when I worked at NASA, I didn't lie on my resume to get in. If you're gonna argue with me about climate change, if you're gonna take Phil Cooney's Red Pencil of Perfidy as a prop for your delusions that "Global Warming Isn't Real, Or If It Is, It's Not Out Fault", then you should keep in mind that I'm at least as qualified as he is.
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