Full disclosure: I make sure to always turn my office light off, even as others leave theirs on to give the appearance of still being at work. I try to unplug electronic devices that I am not using whenever I can. I recycle. I take short showers. We buy energy efficient devices. I've planted my share of trees. I don't litter. I love to hike (have a love/hate relationship with camping).
But this editorial needs to be read. I started this blog with the intention of taking those things that are generally accepted and challenging those ideas to the extent that they are at least talked about. I am concerned by ANY politically charged scientific theorem in which there is a lot of money to be made. Yes, oil companies fund research, but they also have invested billions of dollars in the green industry (and there is a GREEN INDUSTRY). Cap & Trade has the possibility of inventing value where none previously existed. There is plenty of money that funds the "climate change" side as well and I think it is disingenuous to ignore it.
My view on climate change is that if there is a 10% that it is true, we need to do everything we can to address it. As such, Climate-gate really doesn't effect my world-view on this issue. However, I think that if there is a 10% chance that it is NOT true, we need to have a vigorous and fair debate. Even the appearance of impropriety in the scientific literature should be of great concern. I have yet to see a reasoned response to the claim that Anthropomorphic Climate Change "doubters" were excluded from the scientific literature, as noted in the above editorial. I'm still swapping out my light-bulbs, but I want to let the scientists speak.
ADDENDUM: Well someone's having fun in Copenhagen.