I like the environment it's where I keep all my stuff, but I don't like fear mongering, and I don't like a faction that says we aren't allowed to question them. It has always pissed me off that asking the environmental movement to stand up to scientific rigor, asking if they have considered other possibilities before jumping to a conclusion, or just asking to know more where always rebuffed with accusations like "you must be in the pockit of the oil industry", "why do you hate the world", "only a right wing crazy extremist would ask that", or "are you so stupid you actually want to know more, the truth is obvious just give us your money"
so I am rather happy that the recent "climategate" has happened. In short a hacker broke into a england based center where they collect and crunch the numbers that prove global warming happens. The hacker released there confidential files that shows that all of the data has been slanted, rigged, skewed or flat out ignored. Statements between the researchers show state that the temperature has actually been cooling not warming, that the sharp rise since the industiral revolution are because they switched measuring instruments, and that they where under orders to destroy if a freedom of information act was made to request it.
Despite republican claims this does not prove global warming is a lie, (it does proves the scientists behind it are more concerned with winning then finding the truth) there are still two other stations that support global warming. It does however mean that global warming will have to prove itself as a proper scientific theory. You see up until now the science was on environmentalists side because anyone opposing the theory was not allowed to see the date, was not allowed to do any science basically. Hopefully an investigation will liberate the data from the other two sites.
ok my rant over. The fact that scientist would completely ignore well science for there own personal gain or just to win an argument does not surprise me. What does surprise me is that a segment of the hacker community has been attacking environmentalism. Between this hack as well as a recent string of vandalism attacks against environmentalist sites it makes me wonder if the internet is slipping to the right. I am not sure how I feel about that thought.
for the quickest low down see Jon Stewarts skit on it
for the most fare, moderate, and rational view I have seen on the subject I give you what showed on the front page of the New York Times science section: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/01/science/01tier.html?_r=1
and for really creepy claymation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEiLgbBGKVk