FOIA E-Mails: Politically Inexperienced, Publicity-Hungry Scientists Get Burned In Political Arena

FOIAUnfolding is the latest chapter in the sad state of climate science and the tragic consequences scientists face when they decide to go political without having the experience to do so.

One has to wonder what these people were thinking when they expected dissenters to just roll over and waive their precious free speech rights.

A Virginia judge has ruled in favor of The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) in a Virginia Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against George Mason University, which was ordered yesterday to release documents and e-mails related to a group of scientists calling for the prosecution of organizations that promote manmade climate change skepticism – all under the US Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).

Full story here.

WUWT sees the scandal surrounding the controversy as one that is even more serious than the 2009 “Climategate” – an affair where e-mails exposed climate scientists exaggerating climate trends, manipulating the peer-review process, and skirting the freedom of information act.

A total of 5 PDFs have been released concerning George mason University, and with climate scientist Jagadish Shukla with a leading role.

Pages 1- 59
Pages 60-102
Pages 103-133
Pages 134-178
Pages 179-190

As one reads the e-mails, it quickly emerges that some of the involved scientists (unwittingly) meandered out of their academic realm, with which they are comfortable and familiar, and into a political one that is very unfamiliar to them. Their scheme was ultimately aimed at intimidating and silencing scientific dissent.

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    I live amongst many professors from a nearby university with a large college of natural science. Not surprisingly, they are all experts on this subject – just ask them… They are mostly very nice people until they combine their extreme-left politics with climate science. On this subject they are myopic, intolerant, arrogant, entitled, and sometimes vicious.

    As my perspective is unknown to them and assumed to be copacetic, I have been the fly on the wall to several of their intolerant and naive political tirades at certain social events. These guys can honestly see no reason why climate change dissenters should not be punished in one form or another… [b]This[/b] from a group of political activists-turned-professors who have built a lifestyle around dissent and free speech themselves.

    It appears they are so politically and financially invested in the climate change industry through grant funding and group-think that true science has now become irrelevant.

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    Great observation and I suggest you remain ” fly on the wall ” in the face of such ignorant intolerance.

    I have a semi-similar situation, but I can’t keep my mouth shut. Therefor in the face of my question of scientific proof of the mythical greenhouse effect, I have been ridiculed and ostracized even though they can’t demonstrate ANY scientific proof of their mythical ” greenhouse effect .”

    I believe we have a case of true science versus ” scientism ” wherein the established tenured know-it-alls summarily reject any form of thought that has not been submitted for their previous approval, imprimatur, nihil obstat, or genuflective fellatio.

    Since when is intolerant close-minded arrogance science ?

    The reality is that most of these comfortable tenured asses could stand to be remedially instructed in the Scientific Method.

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    This grows more anymore troubling. Free speech is being redefined as “acceptable speech, or else.”

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    Thanks for the encouragement. I work in a field that requires verifiable and repeatable scientific reference and impeccable methodology for nearly everything we do. And still, nearly all of it is open for constant review, challenge, and debate. What now stands for climate “science” looks more like voodoo practice by comparison… yet we dare not question or doubt.

    About 20 years ago there was a very popular bumper sticker among my professor friends that read, “Question Authority”. For some reason that sentiment has now been checked at the door.

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