More than enough has already been written about Climategate 1.0 and Climategate 2.0, but these two points are worth looking at simultaneously.
Point 1. In August 2011, the National Science Foundation completely exonerated University of Pennsylvania climatologist Michael Mann whose “hockey stick” graph was/is the basis for claims of sudden and critically dangerous global warming in the last few decades. This was/is the engine that has produced such great notoriety for alarmist climatologists. This was/is the engine that has produced tremendous prosperity for climate alarmists in every walk of life, from extreme politics and ruinous regulation to making huge profits from government grants and pie-in-the-sky technologies.
Point 2. E-mails released during Climategate 2.o (i.e. the most recent flood of released e-mails from the University of Anglia Climate Research Unit) show that Mann’s colleagues knew his research was faulty, and yet ran with it.
This extraordinary instance of scientific corruption is the very model of the “danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific technological elite” that Dwight D. Eisenhower had warned us about in his 1961 farewell address.
The hundreds of billions of dollars that climate alarmists had wasted in pursuit of their feverish fantasies could have fed the entire world I-don’t-know-how-many-times over.
Is there guilt? shame? sorrow?