Monday, January 25, 2010

"Scientist" Admits Fudging on UN Report...But It Was In a Good Cause

Here's a bit more about that popular (but alas, completely bogus) claim in a Nobel Prize-winning UN report that Himalayan glaciers will have all melted by 2035 that I mentioned to you last week.

It turns out that the glacier scientist who included the claim in the UN report, Dr. Murari Lal, knew full well that the claim skated on thin ice and was not supported by peer-reviewed scientific research.

So why put it in? Why prostitute his profession and risk damage to his standing as an objective scientist?

Simple. When it comes to global warming, politics trumps science.

"[The Himalayan matter] related to several countries in this region and their water sources. We thought that if we can highlight it, it will impact policy-makers and politicians and encourage them to take some concrete action."

In other words, if the scientific facts don't swing the deal, just throw in scientific-sounding lies.