Senior Fellow, Competitive Research Institute
The fight over global warming science is about to cross the Atlantic with a U.S. researcher poised to sue NASA, demanding release of the same kind of climate data that has landed a leading British center in hot water over charges it skewed its data.Chris Horner, researcher.
Chris Horner, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, said NASA has refused for two years to provide information under the Freedom of Information Act that would show how the agency has shaped its climate data and would explain why the agency has repeatedly had to correct its data going as far back as the 1930s.
Christopher C. Horner serves as a Senior Fellow at CEI. As an attorney in Washington, DC Horner has represented CEI as well as scientists and Members of the U.S. House and Senate on matters of environmental policy in the federal courts including the Supreme Court. He has written on numerous topics in publications ranging from law reviews to legal and industrial trade journals to print and online opinion pages, and is the author of two best-selling books: Red Hot Lies: How Global Warming Alarmists Use Threats, Fraud and Deception to Keep You Misinformed (Regnery, 2008) and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming and Environmentalism (Regnery, 2007), which spent half of 2007 on the New York Times bestseller list.What the world needs now are more researchers like Chris Horner. As Daniel Henninger writes in the Wall St. Journal, [cue laser beams] ***SCIENCE*** is a matter of absolute certainty, and government-funded scientists simply can't be as certain as industry-funded researchers.
This has harsh implications for the credibility of science generally. Hard science, alongside medicine, was one of the few things left accorded automatic stature and respect by most untrained lay persons. But the average person reading accounts of the East Anglia emails will conclude that hard science has become just another faction, as politicized and "messy" as, say, gender studies. The New England Journal of Medicine has turned into a weird weekly amalgam of straight medical-research and propaganda for the Obama redesign of U.S. medicine.As messy as gender studies. And gender studies is a messy, messy field. We need scientists who are certain that global warming doesn't exist. Otherwise, we'll wind up with scientists who sabotage their own field to bring about socialist DOOM.
If they are looking for a suspect, however, they need look no further than James Hansen "the world's pre-eminent climate scientist" – a man known to endorse criminal activity and support civil disobedience.Real researchers--like those from the Competitive Enterprise Institute--would never do such a thing.
Although he might seem an unlikely suspect, in The Guardian today, he reveals his underlying motivation, telling the paper that it would be better for the planet and for future generations if next week's Copenhagen climate change summit ended in collapse.