Muir Russell’s ‘inquiry’ changes nothing

Despite various journalists and committed climate change alarmists leaping upon Sir Muir Russell’s report to claim that it was a total vindication of their worldview (it wasn’t) and that the team at the University of East Anglia had been completely exonerated of any wrongdoing (they haven’t), nothing has changed when it comes to the settled debate about man-made global warming (it isn’t).

A commenter on the Guardian’s Comment is Free ‘Hacked climate science emails’ section (supposition not fact) puts the situation as it is today into clear context, demonstrating that for all the huff, puff and posturing of Russell’s ‘on message’ Climategate inquiry team, the facts remain the same.  He is not the only one who is FedUpWithPropaganda:

AGW can still be reduced to the following premise, on which it is all based:
That the earth is warming, and it is assumed it must be anthropogenic CO2 because we can’t figure out another plausible cause.. this premise is also made upon the once known ‘fact’ that these temperatures (in magnitude and rate of increase) are unprecedented – illustrated by the now panned ‘hockey stick’ graph that conveniently wiped out the little ice age and medieval warm period because to explain these events would have questioned seriously validity of the conclusion.

This is why words such as ‘hide the decline’ and ‘we must eliminate the MWP’ (instead of establishing it’s extent, you’ll note) are all so very worrying.

Most publications describe a warming trend (a trend that is not in disagreement with most ‘sceptics’), or loss of a species due to warming effects, and then say it’s down to human-induced climate changes – citing a few papers based on few researchers’ opinions.

Still now, nobody has proven to date in a paper that CO2 is causing catastrophic climate change, and yet so many people are utterly convinced it must be true.

Nail, hit, head.  Anthropogenic Global Warming remains nothing more than a hypothesis.  The selective use of data (remember the very limited sample of Yamal tree cores) demonstrates a flawed, perhaps even corrupt application of methods that are simply not scientific, but designed to arrive at a pre determined destination.

The climate is changing.  It always has and always will.  The only constant is the insanity – there is no more fitting word than this – of those who think the Earth’s climate is supposed to be stable, and if it isn’t then it must be down to human activity and can be controlled by a tiny reduction in the overall volume of CO2 in the atmosphere at astronomical cost.  The Russell inquiry was an irrelevance and the scientists need to be held to account.

3 Responses to “Muir Russell’s ‘inquiry’ changes nothing”


  1. 1 The Filthy Engineer 08/07/2010 at 8:48 pm

    It seems to me that science is being turned on it’s head. In days gone by an observer would think to themselves why is that happening? And take decades of research to discover the cause. Now it seems that that scientists decide the cause that attracts the most funding and then fiddle the research to suit.

  2. 2 Patrick Harris 08/07/2010 at 8:56 pm

    A report in the Telegraph carries a quote “Climate scientists were unhelpful, not crooked”
    As it is a criminal offence to ignore legitimate FOI requests, – I beg to differ.

  3. 3 Rereke Whakaaro 09/07/2010 at 8:42 am

    1. Make observations of a phenomenon

    2. Form a hypothesis to explain the phenomenon

    3. Demonstrate (explain) a mechanism that links all of the current observations to the phenomenon

    4. Apply the mechanism to forecast one or more future events.

    5. If future observations support the forecast then the hypothesis holds, and we return to step 4.

    6. If future observations do not support the forecast then the hypothesis is shown to be false, and we return to step 2.

    This process has clearly not been followed in the case of the CRU. What is more, Muir Russell clearly did not follow this process in his review, and it is a travesty that he did not.


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