ClimateGate gets even more bizarre

by Fran Smith on December 3, 2009

in Blog

ClimateGate is serious.  When prominent climate scientists fudge results, refuse FOIA requests, take steps to restrict publication of dissident views, etc., it’s serious business, especially when their global temperature records were used by policymakers to call for a transformation of modern economies.

However, there is some humor in ClimateGate.  Here’s some odd stuff a commenter on the website Climate Audit picked up as a result of checking out the file HARRY_READ_ME.txt – one of the hacked files.  The “Harry” file tells the tortured story of a programmer at CRU struggling to make sense of inconsistent, missing, and incompatible data files and seemingly to try to replicate them.  Many of those files had earlier been compiled by someone named “Tim,” who seems to have really made a mess of things.  According to the commenter, this “Tim” seems to be Tim Mitchell – who worked at the Climactic Research Unit at University of East Anglia when he was a Ph.D. student and then received his degree.  At the time, he also was a member of — no joke — South Park Evangelical Church, as he notes in his religious writings on climate change and religion.

Here’s an example:

The government urges us to reduce our energy usage so that we may indulge ourselves in other ways, but we have a higher motive for reducing waste (1 Timothy 6.17-19). Although I have yet to see any evidence that climate change is a sign of Christ’s imminent return, human pollution is clearly another of the birth pangs of creation, as it eagerly awaits being delivered from the bondage of corruption (Romans. 19-22).

That does make me a little uncomfortable about this guy being in charge of global temperature records to show we’re destroying the earth.  Can’t check out his academic/research papers at CRU.  Surprisingly, they’ve been taken down.

simonthong December 6, 2009 at 5:01 am

I'm an evangelical, too and I find that equally bizarre.

betwthelines December 7, 2009 at 10:54 am

Just like the medieval church, the global warming church has science on its side
tom ‘home runs are often boring’ p

mimsea December 9, 2009 at 11:07 am

Right, right, that’s what all the paranoids said back when scientists found that our planet was round, not flat… But here’s some basic “no think” info for the more challenged of the group: an average auto in idle puts out the same heat as an average barbeque grill – now, think of that amount of heat coming from the number of vehicles in idle at any one time, all over the U.S. and all over the world. Heck, L.A. would warm the planet all by itself given all the cars in idle even at this moment. Then, throw in powerplants, the 7000 airplanes that fly at any given time in the world, the heat from the pavement and buildings all over the world… and gee, makes some sense that the planet is warming, quickly…

It doesn’t take much to understand that there’s a problem, it just takes a little bit of brain to get it…

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