COMMENTARY | A new piece in the Times of London tells a story of politically motivated suppression of science that indicates once again how political global warming, or climate change, or climate disruption or whatever it is now being called has become.
“Research which heaped doubt on the rate of global warming was deliberately suppressed by scientists because it was “less than helpful” to their cause, it was claimed last night.
“In an echo of the infamous ‘Climategate’ scandal at the University of East Anglia, one of the world’s top academic journals rejected the work of five experts after a reviewer privately denounced it as ‘harmful’.”
The paper, which was co-written by Lennart Bengtsson, a leading climate change skeptic and a research fellow at the University of Reading, was submitted to the Environmental Research Letters. It was rejected by a peer review panel, not because the science was faulty, but rather because “Actually it is harmful as it opens the door for oversimplified claims of ‘errors’ and worse from the climate sceptics media side.”
Of course this news has opened the door to well justified claims of politicized science and suppression of data that some have compared to the iron reign of Joe McCarthy. The dirty little secret is that climate science has been thoroughly compromised and corrupted by political considerations. Climate science is being used to serve the agendas of a certain class of politicians, who want to use a made up crisis to garner more political power. Hungry for more government grant money, to many in that community are only too happy to oblige, But that means that any dissenting views, like those of Bengtsson and his fellows, has to be suppressed.
How this problem can be addressed is unclear. The scientific community is largely self-policing, but when the scientific process has broken down, that tends to resemble “secret self-policing.” One does not what political pressure brought to bear to support any side of a scientific dispute. The only thing left is to shine the light on the problem and hope a sense of shame does the rest.