Don't Dismiss Climategate as a Conspiracy Theory

By Dr. Keith Lockitch

Leaked Climategate documents have exposed breaches of scientific integrity that include evidence of data suppression, excluding dissenting opinion, and evasion of Freedom of Information requests. Yet climate alarmists are trying to make the Climategate issue go away by framing their critics as conspiracy theorists.

Keith Lockitch, fellow at the Ayn Rand Center, writes, “The implication is that the only way the whole edifice of global warming science could be a distortion of reality is if there was a huge, secret conspiracy perpetrated by a fiction-like cabal of mad scientists, hidden away in some smoke-filled room plotting the destruction of the world economy.

“Well, the fact is that there is a ‘massive international conspiracy’--only, it’s not of the secret, smoke-filled-room type. The conspirators are united not by a secret plot, but by a shared philosophy that they promote openly and self-righteously: the philosophy of environmentalism.

“Environmentalism has for decades advanced the idea that any form of human ‘interference’ with nature is inherently wrong, and must therefore be inherently dangerous. It has long advanced a deep animus against industrial capitalism and a desire to see it restrained, undermined, even destroyed.

What explains the massive degree of support for green climate policies and the distorted science used to bolster them is not some sort of secret conspiratorial plot, but the widespread acceptance of green ideology. And the green ideas driving people to distort the truth in the name of ‘saving the planet’ are not hidden, they have been touted openly and proudly for decades in books and newspapers and magazines and documentaries.

“The real lesson here is much deeper than some silly conspiracy theory. It is the role of fundamental ideas in shaping political and cultural events.”

Dr. Keith Lockitch has a PhD in physics from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and is a fellow at the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights. His writings have appeared in publications such as the Washington Times, Orange County Register and the San Francisco Chronicle.