Whatever else this may mean for other areas of climate science, from ocean levels to ice extent and thickness, one thing is for sure, and that is the fact that the Hockey stick is dead, in spite of the staff at CRU tying string around the corpse's arms and flailing it about like an electrocuted puppet. It is DEAD!
Without the Hockey stick, there is NO empirical evidence showing anything unnatural or out of the ordinary about today's temperatures in relation to historical temperatures. The Medieval Warm period can come back and the Roman warm period as well as any other warmer periods in the last 12,000 years. We can also say a frosty hello to the little ice age with its ice fairs on the frozen river Thames.
I guess the warming from the mid 1800s can be attributed to all those executives of the East India Company flying first class in massive jets to conduct their imperial business then? Oh, silly me, we did not have Jet travel back then, did we?
The former Chancellor, Nigel Lawson is entirely correct in calling for a full and independent inquiry into the use of science and programming and data retention and everything that has happened at CRU.
As for the alleged "hack" to release this data? as one commenter put it on a Daily Mail story,
"So would you rather take the word of respected scientists or bunch of criminals who have stolen confidential mail and published it out of context?"
Does that apply to Dr Hansen? A man who has encouraged global law-breaking to cause criminal damage to power stations? A man whose own hysterical alarmism brands life giving coal trains (without whom millions of elderly and sick and infants would freeze to death every winter) "death trains!"
Well, what is good for the goose is good for the gander.
Given that this propaganda for AGW was happening, surely an insider blowing the whistle to prevent the crime of mass-murder in the form of global depopulation would be a small crime to prevent a larger crime.
Surely the climate alarmists would not be so hypocritical as to be against such a thing when they have used this in their own defence in court! That to commit a smaller crime in order to prevent a greater crime, is not only acceptable, but one's duty if all other legal means are prevented.
To explain. The long established agenda of the climate alarmist movement, according to their own leadership, is massive global depopulation as my post,
"When Hitler killed millions he was labelled a monster ...
When the Climate Alarmists want to kill off BILLIONS of people through mass depopulation, they are given the Nobel Peace Prize."
Mass Murder, or the alarmist's 'final solution', if you will, is their primary goal to save GAIA from evil humans. Though they would publicly DENY this in spite of all the documentary evidence for it, we know what a bunch of deniers they all are. Well they deny natural climate change, even though that has been the default state of climate for ever. They deny a lack of consensus, in spite of spending more and more time arguing with other climate scientists, they deny fraudulently fixing the data around the theory, in spite of the emails, documents and raw code comments that prove otherwise. They are the deniers.
So we have evidence of fraud, of hiding declining temperature data, of breaching FOI law, of intimidating scientific publications and interfering with and gerrymandering the "peer review" process to the extent that they hand-picked their own reviewers who they knew in advance would accept their already dodgy, conclusion lead papers as the data had already been fixed to support the conclusions. We have evidence of the attempt to ostracise and blacklist other eminent scientists who wanted to follow the evidence to see IF the theory stood up to testing. Whenever any part of the theory failed, the sceptical scientists were rejected, their data was rejected and anything that contradicted the theory was rejected and called silly childish names. That they did all this to propagandise for a (failing) theory that is to be used as a reason to cause mass murder shows evil intent. Leaking this data was a small crime by comparison.
Well, the Hockey stick is still dead, and I welcome back the MWP, the RWP and the LIA.
I hope that this shit-storm gets bigger and bigger. Humanity may end up depending upon it. The Emails are the small stuff in this, a mere smoking BB gun. The raw data is the mushroom cloud and long may it grow.