George Monbiot: The Conspiracy Which Proves That Manmade Global Warming is a Scam

By George Monbiot [on his personal blog], published in the Guardian, 23rd November 2009

It’s no use pretending that this isn’t a major blow. The emails extracted by a hacker from the climatic research unit at the University of East Anglia could scarcely be more damaging(1). I am now convinced that they are genuine, and I’m dismayed and deeply shaken by them.

Yes, the messages were obtained illegally. Yes, all of us say things in emails that would be excruciating if made public. Yes, some of the comments have been taken out of context. But there are some messages that require no spin to make them look bad. There appears to be evidence here of attempts to prevent scientific data from being released(2,3), and even to destroy material that was subject to a freedom of information request(4).

Worse still, some of the emails suggest efforts to prevent the publication of work by climate sceptics(5,6), or to keep it out of a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change(7). I believe that the head of the unit, Phil Jones, should now resign. Some of the data discussed in the emails should be re-analysed.

But do these revelations justify the sceptics’ claims that this is “the final nail in the coffin” of global warming theory?(8,9) Not at all…

[continues at his personal blog]


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4 Comments on "George Monbiot: The Conspiracy Which Proves That Manmade Global Warming is a Scam"

  1. I just converted my gas engine over to run on crushed baby fur seals and polar ice! I am soo 'one step ahead'…

  2. tonyviner | Nov 24, 2009 at 2:18 pm |

    If you think we aren't having an impact on the planet then you are a nitwit.

  3. Word Eater | Nov 24, 2009 at 4:16 pm |

    If there is a conspiracy, you can guarantee it is more about securing grant money and less about “pulling the wool” over our eyes.

  4. Did anyone actually read the article? Clearly monboit IS NOT saying that global warming is a scam. CLEARLY PEOPLE, READ THE FCKING ARTICLE! GEEZ.

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