Now we know that the numbers were fudged, data was hidden, and scientific objections were suppressed. The case for global warming is looking pretty shabby. Now, distinguished academics are popping up and saying “yeah, it was all bunk.” So, what happened here? Why did so many climatologists try to paint such a misleading picture? As Bret Stephens describes, just follow the money. Millions have been pouring into climate studies from governments and foundations. My guess is that climate studies never really got the funding that its practitioners thought it deserved. Global warming changed all that and few wanted to slow down the milk train.
Why did so many others follow the global warming banner? Easy. The global warming scare created lots of opportunities for folks like Al Gore to get very rich, usually at taxpayer expense.
So why did politicians jump on the bandwagon? (Remembering that many are there still, politicians always being the last to know). Global warming was a great excuse to have greater government control over everything, enhancing their ability to reward their friends and punish their enemies. This is just about the oldest game in town. Usually it’s the threat of war that lets politicians centralize power, but global warming scare has worked just as well.
It’s shameful, of course, but not unexpected or even unusual. Many of the gullible are still believing and politicians are still hoping we won’t see though the mess. I’d be happy to accept the reality of global warming if the data wasn’t mangled and critics silenced. I’d be happy to accept the findings of good science. But it ain’t happened yet.