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Posted by Andrew Roman on December 1, 2009

Phil Jones

It’s only temporary. It should not be construed as anything damning or incriminating and should, in no way, affect anyone’s certitude in the fact that the planet still faces unspeakable calamities due to man-made global warming. Those quick to draw conclusions or pass judgment are best advised to back off, relax, grab a cream soda and stop denying the reality of a world heading toward climactic catastrophe. The resignation of Phil Jones, Director of East Anglia University’s Climatic Research Unit, shouldn’t be interpreted as anything other than a provisional measure.

They just need some time to straighten this whole thing out.

Don’t go throwing away your squiggly light bulbs. There’s still all kinds of doom coming.

Don’t worry.

Hell be back.

I’m paraphrasing, of course, but I’m sure that’s what the loyal doomsayers are saying as the fairy-tale of man-made climate change continues to unravel.

In reality, “Climategate” is doing to the global warming farce what global warming was supposed to be doing to the world. Only this time, it is no myth.

The man behind many of the e-mails that have set the global warming fraud on its gluteus maximus is stepping down.

From the Associated Press:

Britain’s University of East Anglia says the director of its prestigious Climatic Research Unit is stepping down pending an investigation into allegations that he overstated the case for man-made climate change.

The university says Phil Jones will relinquish his position until the completion of an independent review into allegations that he worked to alter the way in which global temperature data was presented.

The allegations were made after more than a decade of correspondence between leading British and U.S. scientists were posted to the Web following the security breach last month.

The e-mails were seized upon by some skeptics of man-made climate change as proof that scientists are manipulating the data about its extent.

An independent review? Now that is about the funniest thing I’ve read today. What would Mr. Jones know about independent reviews?

To top it off, it looks like Penn State is going to launch its own investigation into the scandal.

From US News and World Report Online:

Among other things, the Watergate scandal of the 1970s gave us a great naming convention for future scandals. Take “Climategate” at Penn State. That’s what people are calling the controversy surrounding leaked E-mails among climate change researchers that climate change opponents say expose the researchers’ falsification of data. One Penn State professor is involved in the scandal.

The Penn State administration plans to investigate Climategate and determine if it needs to take further action, the Daily Collegian reports. A little more than a week ago, E-mails exchanged among an English university’s climate change researchers were illegally obtained from a server and posted online, the report says.

Climate change opponents say the E-mails indicate that climate change researchers—including Penn State Prof. Michael Mann—exaggerated or fabricated global warming data. And, according to the report, some E-mails indicate that the director of the research unit in question may have contacted researchers and asked them to “delete certain E-mails.”

Quite literally, a few hours ago, I received a mass mailer from parts unknown with the subject line: “Proof That Global Warming Is Real.” Despite my initial thinking, it didn’t take long to realize that it was not sent as a joke. It wasn’t meant to be one of those “pass it on for a good laugh” e-mails we all get. It was an emotional plea for environmentally-conscious citizens to not lose focus. It was meant to tug at the heartstrings, to clarify for readers that the threat to the planet is still very real, despite the distractions of “climategate.”

It featured a picture of an adorable baby polar bear with the caption, “Will you take him in when he’s evicted from his home?”

Of course, the picture was of a baby polar bear already in someone’s home. I assumed as much seeing as wicker baskets generally don’t grow in the wild north of Alberta.

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