Happy Thanksgiving my Ricochet buddies. You may be resting but I'm not: I've been busy most of the week covering Climategate 2.0 - the gift that goes on giving. (Well, if like me you're a climate skeptic, that is; but not if your name's Al Gore. Or Ed Markey. Or Ed Begley Jr. Or Greenpeace. Or...you get the idea)
I've got a piece in the Wall Street Journal today - my first - trying to explain for the benefit of the uninitiated what Climategate is and what Climategate isn't. The latest batch of emails, leaked by a person or persons unknown (but whoever they are they deserve a Congressional Medal of Honor at the very least) comprises 5,000 files, dumped as before onto a Russian server, revealing private correspondence between many of the scientists at the heart of the Great Global Warming scam.
These are men like Penn State's increasingly infamous Michael Mann (inventor of the discredited Hockey Stick) and the University of East Angia's Phil Jones: not just two-bit research assistants but the "experts" whose data, research papers and lobbying forms the basis of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) pronouncements on Anthropogenic Global Warming.
The IPCC, in turn, is the organization on whose doomy prognostications of man-made climate disaster our political leaders base their policy. So when Obama pours billions of your tax dollars into failed clean-tech companies like Solyndra, when you are banned from using the kind of lightbulbs that actually illuminate a room rather than merely flicker and give you a headache, when the EPA's Lisa Jackson tries reducing the number of showers you take or seeks to regulate when you use your aircon, when your energy bills rise and your flights grow more expensive due to carbon taxes - all these infringements on your economic wellbeing and your liberty can be traced back to these Climategate scientists. This is why Climategate matters.
Sure there's no email (yet) which captures any of these Climategate junk scientists saying "Tee hee! I wonder how long before our conspiracy is found out". But what there is, in overwhelming abundance, that these guys a) are a bunch of two-bit crooks (never happier than when breaching FOI or conspiring to destroy the reputations of those who disagree with them, as well as ripping off taxpayers to the tune of billions with dodgy research which, unsurprisingly, they refuse to share with outsiders) b) in private are far, far less certain about the reliability of their man-made global warming theory than they say in public. See the problem here? Trillions of dollars (no really) are being expended as Anthropogenic Global Warming is a cast iron certainty. And it's not. Nowhere near. Even the climate "experts" have their doubts about whether it's really happening.
Anyway, if you want further reading, you'll find the latest here at my website. It's also the place where you can buy my book on the subject Watermelons which gives you not only the background to the original Climategate but also explains in terrifying detail precisely why the Green movement (not Al Qaeda) represents the current biggest threat to Western Civilization. Wish I were exaggerating. But by the end of the book I think you'll be with me.
Right. Now you get back to your turkey, close your eyes, and pretend everything is still fun and lovely.