James Delingpole on the significance of the Climategate e-mails.
Delingpole writes in the Wall Street Journal:
“This is the real significance of the climategate emails. They show that major scientists who inform the IPCC can’t be trusted to stick to the science and avoid political activism. This, in turn, has very worrying implications for the major international policy decisions adopted on the basis of their research,” says
That brings us to the motives of the person calling himself “FOIA” who leaked the emails onto the Internet last week.
In his introductory notes, he writes: “Over 2.5 billion people live on less than $2 a day. Every day nearly 16,000 children die from hunger and related causes. One dollar can save a life. . . . Poverty is a death sentence. Nations must invest $37 trillion in energy technologies by 2030 to stabilize greenhouse gas emissions at sustainable levels. Today’s decisions should be based on all the information we can get, not on hiding the decline.”
For the service he has performed in pursuit of this larger end, FOIA deserves not opprobrium but gratitude.