The real cause for alarm

The Climategate emails, outed by an internal whistleblower, relate to an iconic graph purporting to show that 20th-century temperatures were the highest for 1000 years.

Known as the “Hockey Stick”, it eliminated the Medieval Warm Period and has been promoted by the UN’s IPCC as central to the thesis man-made global warming.

All the secrecy and data manipulation uncovered by the scandal make it clear that, far from being settled, the case for global warming remains weak and unconvincing.

Governments everywhere have thus granted an effective monopoly on advice to a scientific clique now looking corrupt, biased and beset with conflicts of interest.

The wholesale acceptance of this alarmist hypothesis by the political establishment and the popular media is in itself somewhat alarming.

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