We’re a few days before a massive snowstorm whitewashes the District of Columbia, but the Climategate and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change storms are already here and as fierce as ever. Earlier this week, The Guardian shed a little more light on the flawed and hidden data from University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit:
The apparent attempts to cover up problems with temperature data from the Chinese weather stations provide the first link between the email scandal and the UN’s embattled climate science body, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, as a paper based on the measurements was used to bolster IPCC statements about rapid global warming in recent decades.
Wang was cleared of scientific fraud by his university, but new information brought to light today indicates at least one senior colleague had serious concerns about the affair. It also emerges that documents which Wang claimed would exonerate him and Jones did not exist.The revelations come at a torrid time for climate science, with the IPPC suffering heavy criticism for its use of information that had not been rigorously checked – in particular a false claim that all Himalayan glaciers could melt by 2035.”
The Environmental Protection agency heavily relied on the IPCC report to suggest there was a scientific consensus on global warming. The Himalayan glacier gaffe is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to flaws in the IPCC report. Senior Policy Analyst Ben Lieberman expands,
Similar shenanigans appear to have gone on with the IPCC’s claim that damage from hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters has worsened because of global warming. Like the Himalayan glacier melt assertion, it was based on the claim of a single researcher who had not published it in the scientific literature, and who now disassociates himself from the way it was used in the IPCC report. Indeed, when he did publish the study, he concluded that there was “insufficient evidence” of a link between warming and natural disaster damage.”
Further, the IPCC’s assessment of reductions in mountain ice in the Andes, Alps and Africa came from two sources. One was from a magazine that discussed anecdotal evidence from mountain climbers and the other came from a student’s dissertation. The student was pursuing a master’s equivalent in geography and used interviews with mountain guides for his research.
Some are suggesting the Climategate storm is subsiding with the recent exoneration of Penn State University professor Michael Mann, one of the notorious climate researchers at CSU involved in the email threads. But the university’s internal investigation is being called into question by the Commonwealth Foundation who feels an independent investigation would provide more credibility. Chris Horner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute has serious issues with Penn State’s initial report of the Mann investigation.
And Congressman Issa (R-CA) is leading a charge to freeze the $500,000 grant in stimulus money Mann received. Don’t worry, that money was put to good use. The grant has generated 1.62 jobs. The more pertinent question is: were those jobs saved or created?
We’re not sure what’s worse: The fact that some Members of Congress want to implement a cap and trade policy based on these reports that would result in $4.6 trillion in higher energy taxes, job losses exceeding 2.5 million and nearly $10 trillion lost in gross domestic product (GDP). Or, the reduction in carbon dioxide from a cap and trade bill (and the economic pain that comes with it) would not make a dent in the earth’s temperature. You can decide.