Isn't the big deal that's been made over this hacking a little ridiculous? Am I the only one who had to google "the University of East Anglia" to even know what people were talking about?
Let's say East Anglia completely made up the fact that temparatures were changing. Does anyone really doubt that temparatures have been changing? Usually, arguments against Man-Made Climate Change being real tend to follow the sort of path Wizzler has pointed out--sure, the climate is changing, but its not man-made.
So you're telling me that because East Anglia, a University ranked 20th in
decides to make up numbers, that is somehow the final "nail in the coffin" to those who argue for Climate Change? I don't know much about Climate Change beyond the political battle over it, but taking this seriously seems like foolishness to me. Instead of hacking next time, I would suggest simply checking the figures East Anglia uses. Its not like the temperature is a top-secret piece of data. I feel like it would be easier to say "hm...East Anglia says it was 80 that day, and it was actually 60" than to hack through thousands of files.
If every time someone made something up on a major issue we declared that side the loser, both sides of every argument would lose. Just because a completely random University in England made up their data doesn't mean everyone who agrees with their Conclusion also made things up.
Its not silly to think that Man-Made Global Warming isn't real. It is silly to believe this "discovery" proves Man-Made Global Warming isn't real.
It doesn't prove Anthropogenic Global Warming isn't real, what it does prove is scientists have an interest in promoting that it is and actually do skew statistics and mess with data in order to prove that it does. That is what this proves.
Actually for the last 10 years there hasn't been warming either, world temperatures have steadily decreased since 1998. Apparently that isn't "newsworthy" though. That fact isn't even debatable either.
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