Climate Science and “The Cause”

Russ Steele

One of the very first things that Anthony Watts noticed about the Climategate 2.0 emails was the use of the phrase “The Cause” by the email writers. I posted on his discovery HERE.

Science is supposed to be about cause and effect, causality, etc, not an advocacy of a position in the name of a cause. Elmer at M4GW offers this video, well worth watching.

H/T to WUWT

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About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

One Response to Climate Science and “The Cause”

  1. gjrebane says:

    On an equally serious note, we recall that about 95% of published papers in science and technology are wrong, and need to be corrected by follow-on work and other workers. Perhaps even more disturbing is that a large fraction published experiments in science cannot be replicated by others. And as we know, replication of experiment is the sine qua non of confirmation in science. The 2dec11 WSJ has a major piece on this as it relates to the pharma industry (which should provide a gleam of light to progressives who don’t understand risk in capitalistic ventures, but I digress). In that same issue, Daniel Botkin argues the foolhardy position of absolute certainty that the religionists trumpet, and that “global warming alarmists betray their own cause when they declare that it is irresponsible to question them.”

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203764804577059841672541590.html
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204630904577058111041127168.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop

    When we apply these truths to the interpretation of politically induced and politically correct climate science, the result is what we see today and what will henceforth be revealed in Climategates 3.0, 4.0, … . Being labeled a scientist does not automatically wash away greed, pride, sleaze, and hubris.

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