February 27, 2012

The Guardian on what became Fakegate

We can still read The Guardian piece of 15 February, including for instance the statement that
DeSmogBlog, which broke the story, said it had received the confidential documents from an "insider" at the Heartland Institute.
We know that's not true now.

Plenty of science blogs have commented on the detail. What's striking to a layman is the tone. Thus
If authentic the documents provide an intriguing glimpse at the fundraising and political priorities of one of the most powerful and vocal groups working to discredit the established science on climate change and so block any chance of policies to reduce global warming pollution.
It's as if the Roman Catholic church was discussing a pernicious heresy.
"It's a rare glimpse behind the wall of a key climate denial organisation," Kert Davies, director of research for Greenpeace, said in a telephone interview. "It's more than just a gotcha to have these documents. It shows there is a co-ordinated effort to have an alternative reality on the climate science in order to have an impact on the policy."
The contorted English of "an alternative reality on the climate science" seems to refer to the temerity of scientists daring to critique a scientific theory. Oh the scandal!
The documents confirm what environmental groups such as Greenpeace have long suspected: that Heartland itself is a major source of funding to a network of experts and bloggers who have been prominent in the campaign to discredit established science.
This is The Guardian reporting as fact that the science is established. When we read of "several prominent voices in the campaign to deny established climate science", the parallel with the Church and heresy is complete. How dare these itinerant preachers try to cast doubt in the minds of true believers?

When the history of the AGW scam comes to be written, Suzanne Goldenberg's embrace of dogma will deserve a dishonourable mention.

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