The Climate Change Data Manipulation
From: Kevin Trenberth (US National Center for Atmospheric Research). To: Michael Mann (Pennsylvania State University). Oct 12, 2009
“The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t… Our observing system is inadequate”
From: Phil Jones. To: Many. March 11, 2003
“I will be emailing the journal to tell them I’m having nothing more to do with it until they rid themselves of this troublesome editor"
From Phil Jones. To: Michael Mann (Pennsylvania State University). Date: May 29, 2008
“Can you delete any emails you may have had with Keith re AR4? Keith will do likewise.”
The three quotes above compounded by a phrase from the mail of a Prof. Phil Jones, Director of the UAE climate research Unit, coupled with others, are responsible for the new heated debate on the veracity of the impact of man's activities on climate change.
It is worthwhile to gaze intensely into the matter at hand. What Exactly could be deduced from the said evidence of a possible manipulation? Why would scientists just want to create a political situation by drawing conclusions on false premises? Or, an initial misrepresentation has given rise to a monster that must be concealed.
Consider the quote: "We can't account for the lack of warming at the moment" This statement does not say: "we can't account for warming at the moment". Then, where is the dispute coming from? How could this be an evidence of manipulation of climate change Data? But it is there making the news as part of the intercepted mails that attempts to conceal a lack of evidence. Perhaps, it means 'we should not account for lack of warming at the moment'.
And the second quote says: "I will be emailing the journal to tell them I'm having nothing more to do with it until they rid themselves of this troublesome editor" The conclusion drawn from here is that they were trying to hide something. But what kind of pressure has the so called editor put on the man? Could the Editor be a skeptic whose inquisition was to tilt to a doubt? What about an attempt to avoid a misrepresentation?
Then terminate with this: "can you delete any email you may have had with Keith re AR4? Keith will do likewise" Delete what type of email? Climate change Data manipulation email?
The most contagious, "a trick to hide the decline" from Prof. Phil Jones. Although this might hold water but it is unassociated with climate change. One could only assume it to be linked with fall in temperature.
If they are attempting to manipulate recent Data, how would they be successful considering the existence of independent researchers whose works have shown a reduction in recent temperatures?
One would want to adopt conclusions drawn from false premises. But considering the various forces that have a stake in a diversion from fossil fuel to green energy sources, or the extra task of complying with imminent regulations in carbon(iv) oxide emission, easy debunk without any direct link to the subject cannot be an attractive sell. Crude oil and other fossils fuels such as coal are a very strong force that could do anything to slide down climate change therapy. That it came at a point when there is hope on possible cooperation between nations, points to an attempt to derail.
Acid Rain, Political Unrest, Civil War, Terrorism, Nuclear Armament, Air Pollution, Aquatic Pollution, and more; are the deductions from the status quo energy source. Even if Carbon emission has no impact on Global Warming at the moment, What about the others. Carbon cutting could just be the push to take man thinking in the other direction. And what if there used to be warming and some recent changes have initiated a reverse? And what about the navigation in areas initially inaccessible? The climate is cooling and the ice melting?
America today is at the Copenhagen with 'empty hand' because of the strong divide between pro- and anti-climate change opinion. It is so tense that it has become a political mover. Hence, arrival at a concrete climate decision was impossible. But we must reason also with a people who might lose what they consider a lifestyle. It is not so easy to throw what they know away with a promise of an untested Glory.
On the skepticism, they said they intercepted thousands of mail exchanges but they could only come up with less than four emphases that are unconnected with climate change. But they were enough to charge the media. What ever is the case, Climate change awareness is good news that could make man to pay more attentions to his activities on the surface of the Earth, and as well a pointer to a future when choice will have to be made, as well as a stimulus to combat certain evils that are associated with the present energy source.