More Commentary #4: Wall Street Journal Editorial

Further to the lengthy article by Antionio Regalado on Feb. 14, 2005, the Wall Street Journal on Feb. 18, 2005 had an editorial referring to the present matter:

Mr. Mann’s chart was both a scientific and political sensation. It contradicted a body of scientific work suggesting a warm period early in the second millennium, followed by a "Little Ice Age" starting in the 14th century. It also provided some visually arresting scientific support for the contention that fossil-fuel emissions were the cause of higher temperatures. Little wonder, then, that Mr. Mann’s hockey stick appears five times in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s landmark 2001 report on global warming, which paved the way to this week’s global ratification–sans the U.S., Australia and China–of the Kyoto Protocol….

… as the Journal’s Antonio Regalado reported Monday, Mr. Mann tried to shut down debate by refusing to disclose the mathematical algorithm by which he arrived at his conclusions. All the same, Mr. Mann was forced to publish a retraction of some of his initial data, and doubts about his statistical methods have since grown. Statistician Francis Zwiers of Environment Canada (a government agency) notes that Mr. Mann’s method "preferentially produces hockey sticks when there are none in the data." Other reputable scientists such as Berkeley’s Richard Muller and Hans von Storch of Germany’s GKSS Center essentially agree…

It says something that it took two non-climate scientists to bring Mr. Mann’s errors to light.

But the important point is this: The world is being lobbied to place a huge economic bet–as much as $150 billion a year–on the notion that man-made global warming is real. Businesses are gearing up, at considerable cost, to deal with a new regulatory environment; complex carbon-trading schemes are in the making. Shouldn’t everyone look very carefully, and honestly, at the science before we jump off this particular cliff?

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One Comment

  1. TCO
    Posted Sep 10, 2005 at 7:35 PM | Permalink

    No. If you look too carefully you are evil. And too mathematical. Besides truth is not decided by rsq or t-test but by Pravda. Truth is what serves the interests of the party.

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