Larry Elder

National Public Radio recently reported on the e-mails "stolen" from a British climate laboratory.

It started right off by letting listeners know, e-mails aside, that anthropogenic, or man-made, global warming and its consequences remain the "consensus" view. It provided no information on the number of dissenters, what they dissent about or whether the number of dissenters has grown.

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The piece said nothing about the e-mails' apparent effort to explain away the inconvenient fact about the lack of global warming over the past decade -- something inconsistent with the computer models used by the global warming alarmists. It said nothing about destroyed data. It said nothing about the possibility that this scandal (a word not used) may have resulted not from computer hackers, but a whistle-blower.

It never gave the listener any idea of the importance of the compromised Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in the U.K. or of its influential role in promoting the "consensus" of man-made global warming. The NPR piece gave no sense of the gravity of these e-mails or whether they shed doubt on the very question of whether man's activity is causing global warming, to what degree and whether the alarmists who demand immediate and costly action are right to do so.

NPR failed to report that some of the scientists engaging in questionable tactics -- including using self-described "tricks" to explain away phenomena that go against conventional wisdom -- are some of the biggest names in the global warming alarmist community.

It said nothing about the amount of money the U.N. wants "polluting" countries to spend. It said nothing about the loss in jobs -- assuming the United States agreed to mandate huge cuts in CO2 emissions -- or whether the hit to our economy can be justified given what the compromised e-mails say about the scientists' own doubts.

The NPR piece said little about the apparent effort to stop scientific papers challenging the "consensus" view from getting into peer-reviewed journals. This allows contrary theories to be dismissed because, after all, they aren't reviewed by peers! Though it briefly mentioned "possible boycotts" (with no elaboration), the piece said nothing about the retaliation against legitimate journals that have published skeptical papers. The e-mails urge an effort by the global warming crowd to punish journals that publish skeptical papers by not sending their own papers to them, thus undermining the publications' credibility.

Larry Elder

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