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Last night if you typed the phrase ClimateGate into Google this website was #4 on the list. Today, just 12 hours later it’s buried 2 pages back with hundreds of other hits.

I was worried that this would get buried. Not going to happen, Drudge, CNBC (rumor), Rush, etc are all carrying the article now. Hopefully the majors like the BBC, CNN, etc will finally get on the stick and comment. One thing I have known for a long long time and that is most media outlets have a political bent to the way they tell stories. So, it shall be interesting to see what they say.

WSJ: “Hacked Sensitive Documents Lifted from Hadley Climate Center”
Telegraph “Climategate: the final nail in the coffin of ‘Anthropogenic Global Warming’?”
Register“Wrecking CRU: hackers cause massive climate data breach”
BBC“Hackers target leading climate research unit”

You can slant things many ways by how it’s phrased. It will be interesting to see how the different media outlets actually do it. Some stress HACKERS!!! Bad!! These are some of the ones that have really been pushing AGW like the BBC. I love how they don’t mention at all the reason for the hack or what was found. Others point more to the fraud and collusion of the scientists. These are more of the smaller skeptical AGW places.

Ah to be a fly on the wall and watch this go down.

would you trust anyone that could spin this?

You start with

Taken together, the sparse evidence of Southern Hemisphere temperatures prior to the period of instrumental records indicates that overall warming has occurred during the last 350 years. The even sparser records longer than 350 years indicate that there may have been periods of regional warmth in the past 1000 years that were as warm, or warmer than, 20th century means.

And turn it into

The additional variability implies mainly cooler temperatures (predominantly in the 12th-14th, 17th and 19th centuries) and only one new reconstruction  suggests slightly warmer conditions (in the 11th century), but well within the uncertainty range indicated in the TAR.

The regional extent of Northern Hemisphere warmth was very likely greater during the 20th century than in any other century during the last 1300 years.

Now that’s how you spin something. I’m impressed. Since the Southern Hemisphere showed warmer periods, don’t mention it.  Only mention the periods of the Northern Hemisphere that were cooler than current, and then say the other times were within the error bars. hmmm…

This is interesting reading. I’m having fun.

It seems that the Hadley Climate Research Unit has been hacked. This is the center that produces one of the temperature series used by the IPCC, Al Gore, etc.

What appears to have happened was someone started to put together a Freedom Of Information packet, which has never been released, and a hacker got their hands on it and released it. The zip file consists of 157 MB of documents, data, code, and emails.

The big question is, is the data reliable? Has it been salted with falsehoods? Not sure that it really matters at this point. Even if it is salted with juicy falsehoods, hopefully an investigation will be made and the verified data will be released.

Why is publicly funded data so secret??? Why are there emails discussing ways of circumventing FOI requests?

There are literally billions if not trillions of dollars in regulations, CO2 reductions, etc, that are based on this data, and yet it’s not available for outside review. “Don’t look at the people behind the curtain”. Well, someone pulled part of the curtain back. It’s going to be really really interesting to see what comes of this.

Oh ya, and ironically Al-Gorious Blowhardius is giving a “talk/sermon” tonight at the Supercomputing conference in Oregon. Wonder if he’ll mention this? Heck, I wonder if CNN will mention this.

I don’t condone hacking, and I don’t condone lying and hiding publicly funded data. I’m torn as to which is more damning.

I’ve been reading through some of the emails. Holy crap. They talk about twisting data so that the Medieval Warm Period shows colder than current, talk about how to circumvent FOI requests, doing synchronized data deletion,  massaging data to get a better hockey stick, etc.

I don’t care what your take on Climate Change is. I just think that things should be as see through as it’s possible to make. If your data won’t stand up to scrutiny then it’s not solid enough to publish. Period. That goes for both sides of the fence. Our climate is more complex than we currently understand, lying and hiding data does not help.

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