It seems every now and again this idea for (what seems to be) a brilliant post on Climategate flashes across my mind and then fades before I have a chance to write it down or otherwise record it.
When I try to recall those thoughts or call them up by reading other thoughtful posts on this scandal of considerable consequence (and apparent media ignorance), all that comes up are two notions, both which may perhaps be a brilliant insights, but the first is definitely not my own. It is something I have read on a number of conservative blogs and heard from other thoughtful conservative individuals–and may even have read in an intelligent conservative column or two (or three).
Basically, it boils down to this: they’ve been doctoring the data on global warming because they need it to be so. First, if private industry has created this problem, then it becomes to easier for them to demand increased government control over our society, giving greater power to a certain “anointed” class (which must needs include them). And second, it makes it easier to be critical of our species, particularly that part of our species which resides in the industrialized West or otherwise contributes to the civilization of the West.
If I do have anything original to offer, it might be about that second point, though I’m pretty sure I’m not the first to raise it.
There is a fascinating irony to the attitude under consideration in that second point. The very notion of self-criticism is a a key aspect of Western civilization. And yet, some have taken it to an extreme. It’s not just some problems that can be attributed to our society, our culture, our civilization, our species, but every major problem must needs be one of human design. Some have taken a key aspect of Western civilization to indict that very civilization (and, in other fields of endeavor, to blame the West while excusing the rest even when their crimes are far worse).
Thus, if the temperatures of the earth are increasing, it must be due to carbon emissions, and that any evidence of a Medieval Warm Period must be discredited.
The long and the short of it that there is more to climategate than meets the eye. It’s not just about doctoring the data. It’s why certain scientists thought it necessary to do so. And that may be fodder for much discussion and future posts, but now I’m a little tipsy and sated from a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner at my sister’s, so will leave this now for your commentary and criticism.