And the “scientific consensus” around global warming continues to crumble:
The Met Office plans to re-examine 160 years of temperature data after admitting that public confidence in the science on man-made global warming has been shattered by leaked e-mails.
The new analysis of the data will take three years, meaning that the Met Office will not be able to state with absolute confidence the extent of the warming trend until the end of 2012.
The Met Office database is one of three main sources of temperature data analysis on which the UN’s main climate change science body relies for its assessment that global warming is a serious danger to the world. This assessment is the basis for next week’s climate change talks in Copenhagen aimed at cutting CO2 emissions.
So in light of “shattered” public confidence in the “scientific consensus” behind global warming you’d expect the government to get behind a thorough review of the data and research to make sure that they’re basing their policies on sound facts, right?
The Government is attempting to stop the Met Office from carrying out the re-examination, arguing that it would be seized upon by climate change sceptics.
Right. Why make sure the data is accurate before seizing more tax dollars and liberty in the name of stopping “global warming”?
The reaction of the big government types to the climategate scandal should illustrate, once and for all, that this was never really about saving the environment so much as having a handy excuse for these jerks to empower and enrich themselves.