Scientists gagged


Because their interpretation of new data won’t fit with the man-made CO2 global warming “consensus”.

The chief of the world’s leading physics lab at CERN in Geneva has prohibited scientists from drawing conclusions from a major experiment. The CLOUD (“Cosmics Leaving Outdoor Droplets”) experiment examines the role that energetic particles from deep space play in cloud formation. CLOUD uses CERN’s proton synchrotron to examine nucleation.

CERN Director General Rolf-Dieter Heuer told Welt Online that the scientists should refrain from drawing conclusions from the latest experiment.

Rolf-Dieter Heuer, Director General of CERN:

I have asked the colleagues to present the results clearly, but not to interpret them. That would go immediately into the highly political arena of the climate change debate.

The new data coming out is most likely to further highlight the importance of (whoulda thunk it?) the sun, namely its cosmic rays and the affect they have on clouds which in turn are now thought to have a more than previously known effect on climate.

Hmm. Maybe Gillard should refocus her efforts into taxing the sun.


    • J.M. Heinrichs
    • September 5th, 2011

    I’d lean toward giving Dr Heuer some slack, because he could be warning his staffers to produce proper error-checking/verified science conclusions, rather than spiffy news-oriented interpretations which could be shot down as speculation. It is true that the GW adherents are not so constrained, but that’s the current situation within one must work. The good doctor might be a card-carrying GW type, and he might be looking for means to quell scepticism; he might has read the results and realised their importance, and is working to protect the results …


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