When The New York Times first reported on this mares nest of scientific fraud, it strove to downplay its effect: “The evidence pointing to a growing human contribution to global warming is so widely accepted,” said Andrew Revkin in our former paper of record, “that the hacked material is unlikely to erode the overall argument.”

Wrong on both counts, Andy. The evidence is that human activity has at best a negligible effect on climate change. And as for global warming: where is it? (A headline as I write: Up to 4 inches of snow in the foothills coming, a light dusting in Sacramento.) As the climatologist Roy Spencer shows in his forthcoming book The Great Global Warming Blunder: How Mother Nature Fooled the Worlds Top Climate Scientists, “The public has been misled by politicians and the news media who have selectively filtered the science and economics related to climate change and energy use. We have even reached the bizarre point where carbon dioxide is now considered a pollutant, rather than a scarce nutrient which is necessary for life on Earth to survive.” Spencer presents incontrovertible evidence showing that 1) the climate system is much less sensitive to greenhouse gases than has been claimed and 2) the climate system itself, not SUV-driving energy hogs, are responsible for the ever-present variability in the climate. (Though speaking of energy hogs, how about the carbon footprint of the Copenhagen conference itself: 1200 limos, 400 private planes, untold caviar wedges: its almost as bad as Al Gore’s Tennessee homestead.) The bottom line is that change is what the earths climate does. The old New England quip that If you don’t like the weather, just wait, turns out to a home truth about the climate, not grounds for exploitable left-wing hysteria.

As I noted in this space in October, that hysteria has nothing to do with science and everything to do with politics. At bottom, I wrote, it is a “wealth transfer scheme in which rich countries send money to poor countries because they, the rich ones, have (so the story goes) done more to insult the environment.” The findings (i.e., the manufacturings) of institutions like the Climate Research Unit are merely the trumped up (i.e., mendacious) pretexts for embarking upon the most gargantuan left-wing internationalist initiative in history.

The real story about the activities of the developed world in the last century or so is that through a combination of technological prowess and humanitarian largess, Europe, Australia, and the United States have enriched the entire world beyond the dreams of Croesus.

But not, of course, beyond the dreams of your common or garden variety progressive, who is always willing to suborn truth in the interests of a given political program.