Several leading scientists of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change created a report that is considered a bible by believers of the carbon dioxide hypothesis of global warming. The IPCC refers to those who disagree with their carbon dioxide hypothesis as “skeptics” and “deniers.” This may be appropriate in religion, but not in science, where a better word might be “opponents.”
Recently, the bible has apparently lost its credibility. A large volume of e-mails was hacked (or released by a whistle-blower) from the IPCC “headquarters” at the University of East Anglia and the Hadley Climate Research Center in Britain. The e-mails contained correspondence between some leading scientists of the IPCC.
Their words reveal how science was distorted to promote the carbon dioxide hypothesis for their political agenda.
They conspired to construct a figure in which they show that global warming began unexpectedly and abruptly in the 20th century. After a very slow decrease of the global temperature during the past 900 years, the abrupt increase of the temperature after 1900 looks like the upward curve of a hockey stick, and is called by that name by climate researchers and others. A Canadian researcher found errors in constructing it. However, the IPCC has not officially withdrawn it by acknowledging the error.
There is no question that the global averaged temperature has increased during the past 100 years or so. The scientific issue here is its cause and how much.
The leading scientists have almost exclusively advanced their carbon dioxide hypothesis. To do so, they at the IPCC have executed so many unethical practices as a group in promoting a political agenda that their organization should not be considered a scientific organization.
For example, their e-mails revealed that they conspired to stifle scientific publications by their opponents. They tried to muddle the fact, a sort of “inconvenient truth,” that global warming has stalled from about 2000, in spite of the fact that carbon dioxide is still rapidly increasing.
Their “consensus” is nothing but their fabrication. About 2,500 innocent scientists were manipulated to serve the IPCC’s political purpose.
In 2008, I published an article in EOS, the American Geophysical Union’s newsletter, in which I stated “I am also concerned about the inevitable backlash against science and scientists when the public ultimately learns the correct information.” Are we ready for the backlash from “Climategate” or “Warmergate?”
Unfortunately, members of many scientific organizations not specializing in climate research and environmental groups support the carbon dioxide hypotheses by firmly trusting the fabricated “consensus.”
If the carbon dioxide hypothesis has no firm foundation, it will be disastrous for science, because scientists have portrayed it as one of the most serious issues facing the human race.
Syun-Ichi Akasofu is a former director of the Geophysical Institute and the International Arctic Research Center, both on the campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks.