Climate is both politics and science. These fields are never independent; instead, they are connected in multiple and ever new ways. The recent elections in the US changed majorities, with effects on future climate politics, of course. In the The New Yorker, Elizabeth Kolbert writes an alarming comment. The new chairman of the Oversight Committee, Darrell Issa, wants to investigate climategate and climate scientists once again. "Not content merely to ignore the science, they have decided to go after the scientists", writes Kolbert.
This will have consequences for any climate bills in the US, for the US position in the Cancún climate negotiations, and for the freedom of science, too. They want it all. This has nothing to do with a new dialog between skeptics and mainstream science such as here on klimazwiebel; instead, this is a war on science in the name of religious fundamentalism: "I believe that's the infallable word of God, and that's the way it's going to be for His creation", says one of the four members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Seen through this lens, climate change stands as a symbol in a fight between good and evil. This is the atmosphere in which discussions on the IPCC or climate committee are no longer about improvement, transparency and good or bad science: "Why, after all, have a panel on energy independence and global warming if you don't believe in either?" Instead, this is about the end of the discussion.
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