Resolving the Global Warming Fraud
posted at 12:34 pm on February 12, 2010 by Doctor Zero
Students at Penn State are rallying today, to demand an independent investigation into Michael Mann, one of the primary architects of the global-warming swindle. As the organizers of the Rally for Academic Integrity point out, the university’s internal review “consisted of three Penn State employees who have strong incentives to protect the school’s reputation, and the millions of dollars it receives from global warming research grants. There was no external oversight.”
The university’s internal review was laughably superficial, relying largely on Mann’s own claims of innocence to prove his innocence. Normally, the “peer review” con jobs that kept the global-warming racket afloat involved politicized scientists vouching for each other’s work, and using strong-arm tactics to keep dissenting scientists from getting published at all. Penn State seems to have designed a far more efficient version of this process, in which Mann peer-reviewed himself.
Michael Mann produced the fraudulent “hockey stick” graph, which used carefully manipulated data to make it look like human industry had produced a massive surge in global temperatures. The business end of this hockey stick was used to beat huge amounts of cash out of businesses and taxpayers around the world. There are people who still take it seriously, since the media has not exactly been eager to spread the word that it’s a lie.
The Rally for Academic Integrity has the right idea. The global-warming scam is the crime of the century, and it will not be completely resolved until the perps have been brought to justice. These people should be prosecuted. Vigorously.
One of the major goals of law enforcement is deterrence. As things stand right now, the global-warming fraud was a very low-risk, high-reward operation. Only a few of the worst offenders have lost their jobs. Meanwhile, they raked in millions in funding, and opportunistic politicians used their phony research to seize billions of dollars, and assume vast new powers for themselves. “Climate change” has become the most widely-abused excuse for totalitarian power since the heyday of militaristic fascism in the 1930s. Criminals tend to be rational actors, especially when they’re highly educated and self-righteous. The only way to scare the next gang of con artists out of launching the next big eco-fraud is to start putting the global-warming crew in the dock.
High-profile trials would also force the media to begin covering a story they’ve been working very hard to downplay, or ignore completely. Like most other stories inconvenient to the Left, these trials would come as a mind-blowing shock to anyone who relies on the New York Times for their news. They would also go a long way toward breaking the wall of propaganda built around school children. I doubt any kid stuck in a public school has been told about the East Anglia emails, unless they’re lucky enough to have parents who can bring them up to speed. Civics classes during the first weeks of the global warming trials would be fascinating.
Putting the global warming scam artists on trial would also help to knock some sense into the dim-bulb celebrities who still believe in it. They still have some influence over people who don’t follow science and the news carefully. Someone who seriously thinks global warming causes earthquakes is not going to respond to reasoned argument, but they might settle down if they’re shamed into it. At a minimum, we can cleanse the airwaves of fanatics who think questioning their pseudo-religion is equivalent to treason.
It’s high time we forced junk scientists to face the same legal standards we apply to medical malpractice. Western nations handed over a stunning amount of economic influence to the global-warming charlatans. Anyone who asserts influence over billions of dollars should face at least the same level of legal scrutiny as the doctors targeted by oily John Edwards types. Environmental radicalism has killed far more people than medical malpractice.
Of course, many of the high priests of global warming live outside of American jurisprudence. The United Nations, and international courts, should step in to pick up the slack. We could make U.N. funding and foreign aid conditional on their doing so. The purpose of international courts is to prosecute crimes against humanity. The climate-change scam was a textbook example of one. It has already done tremendous damage to standards of living around the world, and if the East Anglia emails hadn’t come to light, it was about to get much worse.
Legal sanctions are a definitive way for society to strip away the veneer of trust that allows dishonest operators to defraud innocent people. In a world full of disinformation, mis-education, and media activism, a lot of people put their faith in official credentials. Nothing will strip those credentials away faster than prison time for those who manufactured this elegantly peer-reviewed lie, and deep shame for those who accepted their fantasies without question. No one will ever take investment advice from Bernie Madoff again… just as no one should ever mistake Rajenda Pachauri for a climate scientist.
Cross-posted at www.doczero.org.