Move Over Dan Rather—There’s a Climate Crisis to Save!

It turns out that Dan Rather isn’t the only beneficiary of revisionist documentaries and feature films that pervert the truth. I somehow missed it, but two years ago a British drama attempted to reverse the narrative of the famous “climategate” scandal of 2009, when a trove of internal emails from the tight-knit circle of scientists clustered around East Anglia University in the UK revealed some serious weaknesses of the standard climate change narrative.

I wrote about it at length at the time, in “Scientists Behaving Badly.” As I noted in that article:

As in the furor over Dan Rather’s fabricated documents about George W. Bush’s National Guard service back in 2004, bloggers have been swarming over the material and highlighting the bad faith, bad science, and possibly even criminal behavior (deleting material requested under Britain’s Freedom of Information Act and perhaps tax evasion) of a small group of highly influential climate scientists. As with Rathergate, diehard climate campaigners are repairing to the “fake but accurate” defense–what these scientists did may be unethical or deeply biased, they say, but the science is settled, don’t you know, so move along, nothing to see here.

And in a subsequent article, after thousands more emails were disclosed, I argued that “Climategate did for the global warming controversy what the Pentagon Papers did for the Vietnam war 40 years ago: It changed the narrative decisively.”

At the center of the controversy was Prof. Phil Jones, the director of the Climate Research Unit (CRU) at East Anglia. One his emails, just ahead of the next IPCC climate science report in 2007, pertained to Michael Mann’s infamous “hockey stick” graph that is offered as proof of human-caused climate change in the 20th century, read as follows:

I’ve just completed Mike’s Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (i.e., from 1981 onwards) and from 1961 for Keith’s to hide the decline. [Emphasis added.]

It was necessary to “hide the decline” because several temperature series showed a moderation or even decline in global temps in the second-half of the 20th century, which doesn’t fit the catastrophe narrative.

It turns out that two years ago, a feature film was released in the UK that attempted to do for Phil Jones what 2015’s feature film “Truth” tried to do for Dan Rather: whitewash the story, say black is white, A is non-A, and other perversion of the actual truth. The movie aired on BBC and also, apparently, over here on PBS. Here are the two short trailers that differ slightly, with one thing in common—a crime was committed, by nefarious forces who want to destroy the planet:

In fact, as was known early on, the emails were leaked by an insider disgusted with the shabby science being represented as ironclad, and not hacked or stolen by an outside party. Hide the decline indeed.

Notice: All comments are subject to moderation. Our comments are intended to be a forum for civil discourse bearing on the subject under discussion. Commenters who stray beyond the bounds of civility or employ what we deem gratuitous vulgarity in a comment — including, but not limited to, “s***,” “f***,” “a*******,” or one of their many variants — will be banned without further notice in the sole discretion of the site moderator.