"Don't bother me with facts, Son. I've already made up my mind." -Foghorn Leghorn
As world leaders prepare to gather in Copenhagen to discuss a global strategy for combating climate change-a strategy likely to involve a substantial growth of government power at the expense of individual and economic liberty-a shock wave of controversy threatens to shatter what many have come to view as settled science.
As a result of the intrepid work of several warming skeptics skilled in the art of hacking into computer systems, an extensive network of corruption at the heart of the international climate change movement has been exposed. According to thousands of e-mail exchanges now made public, it has been discovered that several of the individuals responsible for the scientific evaluation and verification of global warming theories are guilty of systematically manipulating, withholding, or destroying data http://tech.mit.edu/V129/N57/davidson.html that threatened to undermine the veracity and legitimacy of arguments for man-made climate change.
This is a classic example of the politicization of science. In a gross affront to their vocation's guiding credo, men and women of science allowed an emotionally and politically charged ideology to muddle their thinking and corrupt their work. Guided, no doubt, by a fierce conviction in the righteousness of their cause, these scientists have abused the public's trust in their professional integrity; they have abused the power of their position to take an entire industry hostage. Without hesitation or shame, they sought the professional ruin of dissenters within their ranks and knowingly perpetrated intellectual fraud upon the global community-all in service of a narrow political agenda that resonated with them on a personal level.