A few weeks ago, I had commented (with tongue at least partially in cheek):
I do not subscribe to the “conspiracy theory of history”. But, it seems to me that if the CRU crew and their buddies around the world (who together succeeded in getting the “CO2 causes global warming” bandwagon rolling) expected the high level of funding for their “research” to continue after Copenhagen, the very last thing they should have been touting is that “the science is settled” (or too often heard words to that effect).
You see, if the outcome of the Copenhagen CarbonFest were to meet their wildest dreams, it would be “irresponsible” of the nations of the world to continue funding the CRUdites, wouldn’t it? More likely the response would be “thank you very much, your work is done here”.
So, with the CarbonFest in chaos – and the “real” agenda finally forging its way to the fore – a presumably non-binding “agreement” , rather than a binding “treaty”, appears to be in the works. This could keep the door open for continued funding of “climate science” research.
Perhaps in anticipation of this newly opened door, we now have the Russians stepping up to the (funding?!) plate, since it increasingly appears that the Hockey-stick Team has at least three strikes against them (and we’re still counting those strikes!)
Not that I’m patting myself on the back for this prescient (but unscientific!) musing, but … in today’s (well, it’s already tomorrow there) “Lead” Opinion at The Hindu, Vladimir Radyuhin offers the following [h/t Andrew30 via WUWT]:
Russia’s open mind on climate issues and emphasis on independent studies could pave the way for a truly objective international review of the causes and effects of climate change.
The “Climategate” over the alleged rigging of temperature data in support of global warming might not have contributed to the failure of the world summit in Copenhagen but it highlighted the need for a fresh look at the problem of climate change. Russia, for one, has pledged to undertake such a review. A new climate doctrine signed into law by President Dmitry Medvedev during the Copenhagen conference stresses the importance of making “independent assessments and conclusions on the basis of exhaustive, objective and authentic information on the current and possible future climate changes.”
Russian researchers poured more fuel in the scandal, accusing British climatologists of manipulating weather data for Russia.[…]
The Hadley Centre ignored data from three quarters of the weather stations in Russian territory. This means 40 per cent of Russia’s territory is not represented in the world’s most important temperature database, on which the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and others have relied for more than two decades.
The new Russian doctrine reflects the widespread scepticism in the Russian scientific community over climate change. “The doctrine mirrors the view of our scientists that the human impact on climate change is still unclear and hard to gauge,” Mr. Medvedev’s economic adviser Arkady Dvorkovich said. “In large measure, climate change is linked with long-playing global trends, and irrespective of what we do changes will persist due to natural causes; therefore, we will take measures to adapt to changes.”
“Our country accounts for half of all emission reductions in the world over the last 20 years,” Mr. Medvedev said at the summit. “This has gone a long way towards offsetting increases in harmful emissions in other countries.”
His use of the term “harmful emissions,” instead of “carbon dioxide” or “greenhouse gases” is significant. Many Russian scientists believe that the anti-CO2 warriors are diverting attention from the real problem of air and water pollution. “We should fight real harmful emissions, such as nitrogen oxides and a range of other pollutants spewed by our industry and vehicles, not carbon dioxide, a perfectly harmless gas which is moreover essential for the life of plants and animals,” said academician Andrei Kapitsa, a renowned Russian geographer.
Climatologists deliberately confuse the two issues, claiming that a low-carbon economy would kill two birds with one stone — save the world from global warming and improve ecology. […]
Russia’s open mind on climate issues and emphasis on independent studies could pave the way for a truly objective international review of the causes and effects of climate change. “It is necessary to fund and organise climate research in such a way that scientists are protected from the state’s political interference and even from fellow scientists,” says Prof. Konstantin Sonin of the New Economic School in Moscow
A vast body of scientific evidence challenging the man-made warming theory has been accumulated in Russia and other countries. It shatters the myth of a Global Warming Consensus. The BRIC group, whose sustainable development plans would be derailed if the West imposes its selfish climate agenda on the world, could take the initiative in launching climate research outside the framework of the U.N. Panel on Climate Change, which has sought to exclude critics from the debate. The two-decades-old Indo-Russian Integrated Long-Term Programme (ILTP) of scientific collaboration could provide an initial basis for multination across-discipline studies of climate-related problems. [emphases added -hro]