Many, if not most, readers are familiar with the short, rather unscientific phrase “the cause” that is repeated in several Climategate emails. "The reason" for the lack of a better definition was to push the theory of potentially catastrophic global warming against any academic or political disagreement.
Here are some examples.
<3115> By the way, when will Tom C officially publish his 1500-year-old reconstruction? It would help the cause to be able to call this reconstruction a confirmation of Mann and Jones etc.
<3940> They will (see below) allow us to discuss the synthetic example with reference to the J. Cimate paper (which should be finally accepted after the revised final draft has been submitted) help the cause a little bit.
<0810> I gave up on Judith Curry a while ago. I don't know what she's thinking what she's doing, but it is not help the cause
Almost exactly a year before the first Climategate email story was posted on this website, the science fiction series Stargate Atlantis aired an episode entitled "Brain Storm," Season 5, Episode 16. Guest on this episode were two well-known experts on climate change everything
Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye.
Bill Nye was even portrayed as competent.
Harry Anderson Dave Foley plays the role of the cocky global savior.
But here's the interesting part. In the introduction to this episode, Tunney (Harry Anderson, Dave Foley) had a discussion with his funder about the safety of the project and its goal, "The Cause," more than a year before the Climategate emails were made public . Look here.
Now that Nye and Tyson are on set, both friends of the youngest Inconvenient Truth Academy Award winner, Al Gore, it's strange how that particular phrase got into the script. What was the connection between Hollywood, Gore and our lovely Climategate crew?
I'm sure we'll never know, but it's strange.
Do you remember those days from yesterday when there was still a hint of self-confidence?
I miss these times.