Tuesday, December 15, 2009
When Science Becomes a Casualty of Politics
Getting to the root of Climategate
Cathy Young | December 14, 2009 |reason.com
In the unfolding debate over "ClimateGate," the affair of the hacked emails from the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia that offer an inconvenient peek behind the curtain of climate science, one thing is clear. Virtually every commentator's position on the issue—is this a scandal that exposes global warming as a scientific sham, or a faux scandal stoked by climate-change denial propaganda?—can be predicted by his or her politics. You can look at the byline or the publication, and predict with near-100 percent accuracy what the article will say. It is no surprise that The Wall Street Journal deplores the arrogant and dogmatic mindset of the "warmists," or that The New Republic assails the brazenness of the "deniers."
While the facts are ostensibly the same, the interpretations differ so dramatically that we might as well be talking about two different realities.