The Climategate Cover-up
By Canadian Taxpayers Federation Tuesday, December 1, 2009
The B.C. government unleashed a tax and spend program because of data showing we are heading down the road toglobal
That cover-up may have violated freedom of information laws. Before our government imposes any more taxes or spends any more money on the basis of this ‘data,’ we must first determine whether or not we are victims of a massive fraud.
On November 20, 2009, a hacker broke into email files at the Climate Research Unit (CRU) in the UK that, along with NASA, is the source of temperature data used to support the theory that man-made carbon dioxide (CO2) is warming the globe to catastrophic levels. Those emails were posted on the Internet for all to see and revealed that scientists manipulated the data to show human activity was dangerously raising global temperatures. This is the same data used by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
The emails also revealed that scientists tried to cover up their activities by deleting emails and influencing government officials to undermine the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act. For instance, CRU director Dr. Phil Jones wrote in an email in 2005: “The two MMs [two Canadian skeptics] have been after the CRU station data for years. If they ever hear there is a Freedom of Information
This went on for years. In an email from December 3, 2008, Dr. Jones wrote: “When the FOI requests began here, the FOI person said we had to abide by the requests. It took a couple of half hour sessions… to convince them otherwise.”
In the same email, he went on to write, “About 2 months ago I deleted loads of emails, so have very little - if anything at all.”
This is all the more disturbing because the IPCC, the epicenter of all things global warming, is exempt from FOI laws in any country.
In 1992, when the Freedom of Information Act was passed in B.C., then-Attorney General Colin Gableman said the Act would “empower citizens so that they can fully exercise their democratic rights. The reality is that if government has information which is denied to citizens, it becomes extremely difficult to make informed judgments about government policy or to endeavour to influence public policy.”
And he’s right. How can anyone judge whether man-made C02 is causing catastrophic global warming if the people holding the data refuse to let those who disagree with them see it? As we know here in B.C., successive governments have worked to undermine the FOI Act. The growing culture of secrecy undermines transparency and makes one ask, why the secrecy? As the Climategate scandal shows, maybe they have something to hide.
Canada will soon join other countries in Copenhagen to hash out a successor to the Kyoto Accord. If passed, this could mean draconian cap-and-tax legislation and sending billions of tax dollars every year to less-developed countries to stop global warming. But the possibly of fudged data and the reality that the globe hasn’t warmed for ten years mean the evidence supporting catastrophic global warming must be fully reviewed before we get slammed with any draconian measures. Taxpayers must not be burdened with more taxes to pay for non-existent climate crimes because of activities by scientists who arrogantly believe they are above the law.