|Alarmist scientist James Hansen|
The scientific research enterprise is built on a foundation of trust. Scientists trust that the results reported by others are valid. Society trusts that the results of research reflect an honest attempt by scientists to describe the world accurately and without bias. But this trust will endure only if the scientific community devotes itself to exemplifying and transmitting the values associated with ethical scientific conduct.
Although the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a political body, it pretends to be scientific. How often has that body violated the trust?
The ClimateGate e-mails have shown many times how the alarmist scientists have violated the trust. "Hide the decline" and "I’ve just completed Mike’s Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years" are just two examples that come to mind. Can you trust a scientist that tries to hide the temperature decline? Can you trust a scientist who alters temperature data? Surely that trust has been violated.
Peter Gleick violated that trust. As Seth Borenstein (AAP) writes:
In the field of climate science, when someone — especially skeptics — did something ethically questionable or misrepresented facts, scientist Peter Gleick was usually among the first and loudest to cry foul. He chaired a prominent scientific society's ethics committee. He created an award for what he considered lies about global warming.Not only did he distribute media sensitive documents, he also included some fake documents. Did the dishonourable Gleick win his own award? Gleick won a MacArthur genius award. How clever is he really?
Now Gleick admits that he posed as a board member to get and then distribute to the media sensitive documents from a conservative think tank that is a leader in questioning mainstream climate change science.
Is being a political activist within the realms of science? James Hansen has been arrested several times (see pic above) at political demonstrations. Is this a violation of trust?
"What a mess," said Mark Frankel, head of scientific responsibility for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's leading scientific society, which also had Gleick as a panel member on some committees. "It's compounded by the fact that he was chairman of the ethics committee of a professional society. ... It's an ethical morass that he finds himself in."
"And Gleick's actions cast unwarranted doubt on the work of other scientists," Frankel said.Unwarranted? Or indeed warranted for the majority of the alarmist scientists?
TCS blog must make clear that we trust the independent scientists who are not paid politically: Bob Carter, Ian Plimer, Stewart Franks, Bill Kininmonth, Garth Paltridge, Tim Ball, Richard Lindzen, Fred Singer, Tom Harris, Chris de Freitas, Nils-Axel Morner, Sallie Baliunas, Willie Soon, William Happer, David Legates, Roy Spencer, Nir Shaviv, Henrick Svensmark, John Christy, Ivar Giaever, The Idsos, Patrick Michaels, David Deming (who exposed the hockey stick fraud before there was a hockey stick) and so many others, we salute you.