This is what WattsUp had to say about it, himself citing Andrew Bolt, another top class climate change debunker that I - and, I suspect, many thousands of others - only recently discovered. The post is titled, in typical American summarise-the-story-for-the-thickoes fashion, "Monbiot issues an unprecedented apology - calls for Jones' resignation":
Naturally, if you check Moonbat's
From Andrew Bolt, my “mate” down under at the Herald Sun, comes this surprise. I’ll have to say, it is to George Monbiot’s credit to do this. I embrace his first statement, because it succinctly sums up the situation:
It’s no use pretending that this isn’t a major blow. The emails extracted by a hacker from the climatic research unit at the University of East Anglia could scarcely be more damaging(1). I am now convinced that they are genuine, and I’m dismayed and deeply shaken by them.
- George Monbiot on his personal blog
George seems to realize that, “it’s worse than we thought”.
From Andrew Bolt:
Even George Monbiot, one of the fiercest media propagandists of the warming faith, admits he should have been more sceptical and says the science now needs to be rechecked:
It’s no use pretending that this isn’t a major blow. The emails extracted by a hacker from the climatic research unit at the University of East Anglia could scarcely be more damaging. I am now convinced that they are genuine, and I’m dismayed and deeply shaken by them.
Yes, the messages were obtained illegally. Yes, all of us say things in emails that would be excruciating if made public. Yes, some of the comments have been taken out of context. But there are some messages that require no spin to make them look bad. There appears to be evidence here of attempts to prevent scientific data from being released, and even to destroy material that was subject to a freedom of information request.
Worse still, some of the emails suggest efforts to prevent the publication of work by climate sceptics, or to keep it out of a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. I believe that the head of the unit, Phil Jones, should now resign. Some of the data discussed in the emails should be re-analysed.
Sure, Monbiot claims the fudging of what he extremely optimistically puts as just “three or four” scientists doesn’t knock over the whole global warming edifice, yet…
If even Monbiot, an extremist, can say that much, why cannot the Liberals say far more? And will now the legion of warmist journalists in our own media dare say as Monbiot has so belatedly:
I apologise. I was too trusting of some of those who provided the evidence I championed. I would have been a better journalist if I had investigated their claims more closely.
Scepticism is the essential disposition of our craft, yet too many journalists have abandoned it. Remember: the opposite of sceptical is gullible.
UPDATE: Here’s the screencap from Monbiot’s blog on the Guardian:
He (and, indeed, all his little fellow zealots) reverted to type p-d-q. Quelle surprise. But the emails won't go away, and neither will the doubt they have rightly seeded, and will continue to seed, in millions of people's minds about the veracity of the science underpinning what used to be called global warming but is now, very suspiciously, simply (and simplistically) branded 'climate change'. We all now know why. The skids are now under this rampant thought disease, which has been deliberately spread by people who did know better.
Hide the decline, George. You know you want to.
Dubito ergo cogito; cogito ergo sum to quote Descartes - accurately.
Yes, it's been a good time recently for debunking current scares, what with the Health Protection Agency telling us today that a third of school-kids have already had the dreaded swine flu and half of them didn't even notice!ReplyDelete
The "science" doesn't need re-checking, D, it needs to be taken outside and burned!ReplyDelete
This seems to stand out: "I would have been a better journalist if I had investigated their claims more closely."ReplyDelete
Realistically, given what sceptics have been saying for years, and which is now confirmed by the leaked emails, how could Monbiot, if he were so inclined, which he *wasn't*, not even slightly, ever have "investigated their claims more closely"?
He couldn't, because he'd have been resisted or deceived (more than usual, that is) in the same way as anyone else trying to get to the bottom of the festering AGW dungheap. Nothing changes, the Monbiot media-fag gravy train trundles on. And, as you point out, anything hastily conceded in the white heat of disclosure is subject to swift and comprehensive retrospective qualification.
Wise after the fact, yet again, is old Georgie boy.
At this point, the urge to profane is strong =)
Profanity is quite welcome here, BHS. Where else should any right-thinking and reasonable person be able to let off steam than in the comments section of a blog?ReplyDelete
It's what keeps the Barking Spider sane, after all ;)
As for Monbiot...ah, Monbiot. It's difficult to imagine a less attractive, more blinkered individual than that unutterable menace to professional journalism - and common sense.
He should retire.