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Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Hackers at CRU - time for a reasoned debate on Climate Change

Perhaps we will now get a more reasoned and public debate about the credibility of anthropogenic climate change, since hackers have exposed the secrecy and un-scientific practices at the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) in East Anglia.

If the sientific method is followed, conclusions should be unprejudiced and repeatable. The scientists at CRU have consistently denied outsiders access to their raw data, which they have manipulated without giving details of the algorithms used. Hence their results cannot be repeated or verified - this is bad science.

The science of climate is incomplete and extremely complicated; temperature data is unreliable; climate models are far too simplistic (and they start with the assumption that CO2 is driving temperature.)

Unfortunately political interests have taken this incomplete and uncertain science, and inflated it into a global crisis. Yes we do need to take care of the environment, and look for alternative energy sources for many good reasons , but man-made climate change is not one of them.