Around ScienceBlogs, people who don’t accept global warming as a real phenomena tend to get called denialists. In the interests of full disclosure, I should admit that I’m not a denialist but rather a global warming defeatist. Doesn’t matter how bad or not CO2 is, ain’t nothin’ gonna stop it. People will not give up electricity and transportation in the developed world (nor should they), and people in the developing world will not be give up the quest for developed-world living conditions (nor should they). As such it’s either massive and immediate worldwide switches to nuclear power and electric transportation, or we’ll just have to live with whatever happens, wherever it is on the spectrum from “nothing” to “Day After Tomorrow”. CFLs and conservation and even the climate change bill currently stalled (and honestly pretty much admitted dead even by its supporters) in congress will only make the barest scratch in US emissions. The US is increasingly a side issue anyway – the 2,400,000,000 people in China and India will matter much more than the 304,000,000 in the US in terms of CO2 release.
And since such massive rollouts of nuclear power and electric transit don’t seem to be forthcoming, I’m a defeatist.
But that’s just disclosure. I know it’s a minority opinion around here, so you should at least know that I hold it.
All this is just preliminary because ScienceBlogs needs an open thread on these leaked climate change documents. They’re all over the web at this point, so you may have seen them mentioned already. (Here, for instance.) Allegedly there’s all kinds of nasty misconduct possibly constituting scientific fraud.
I make ZERO claims about the credibility of any site discussing this. Since I generally don’t follow the subject (on defeatist grounds), for all I know the sites discussing this might like to rail about the Illuminati and sell alien urine to pay their bandwidth bills. But it has been confirmed that the leaked emails are real by the Climate Research Unit, the organization that got hacked.
If the whole thing is overblown, I want to hear about it. If not, tell me about that too. You as a group of readers are pretty astute and I’m interested to hear your analysis of this mess. Thus: open thread.