Många har väl förfärats över de närmast parodiska processerna att söka rentvå de Climategate-inblandade från någon form av skuld. Ingemar beskrev detta väl här på TCS den 3 och 10 juli. Att AGW:arna anammar dessa “granskningar” är väl inte så konstigt, men att journalistkåren inte reagerar är högst anmärkningsvärt. Man bör också erinra sig att det läckta materialet var på 62 MB. Trots detta söker man desperat klamra sig fast vid meningarna om “the trick” och “hide the decline”, som om det vore det enda. De i mailen inblandade visar i mina ögon en alldeles förfärande vetenskaplig attityd. Nog om detta nu, för tillfället.
Jag fann dock ett roande påpekande på en blogdiskussion om den naturliga kopplingen mellan koldioxid och whitewash:
“Whitewash is a very low cost type of paint made from slaked lime (calcium hydroxide) and chalk (whiting).
Whitewash cures through a reaction with carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to form calcium carbonate in the form of calcite, a reaction known as carbonatation.
When the paint initially dries it is uncured, and has almost no strength. It takes up to a few days, depending on climate, to harden.
It is usually applied to exteriors – however it is traditionally used internally in food preparation areas – particularly rural dairies – for its mildly anti-bacterial properties. Occasionally it is coloured and used on structures such as the hallways of apartment buildings, but it is not popular for this as it can rub off onto clothing to a small degree. In Britain and Ireland whitewash was used historically – both externally and internally – in workers’ cottages and still retains something of this association with rural poverty.”
We can see that, very appropriately, there is a link between whitewash, carbon dioxide and the climate.
However we can also see that whitewash is not a good substance to use in a cover-up job as it comes off easily and needs regular re-coating. It is cheap though, which explains why it is ineffective.
Wikipedia listar annars den andra beskrivningen av Whitewash – vem bör kallas “förnekare” egentligen?
To whitewash is to gloss over or cover up vices, crimes or scandals or to exonerate by means of a perfunctory investigation or through biased presentation of data. It is especially used in the context of corporations, governments or other organizations.
Many dictatorships and authoritarian states, as well as democratic countries, have used the method of whitewash in order to glorify the results.
During the Soviet-era, Stalin adjusted photographs of himself with Lenin, in order to position himself closer as to give an impression of a closer relationship between the two.
Later, during the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia following the Prague Spring of 1968, the Press Group of Soviet Journalists released a collection of ‘facts, documents, press reports and eye-witness accounts’, which was promptly nicknamed ‘The White Book’ both for its white cover and its attempts to whitewash the invasion by creating the impression that the Warsaw Pact countries had the right and duty to invade.
North Korean radio broadcasts claim to have an abundance in food supplies, yet the government receives food aid from foreign states.
Japan is accused of whitewashing its history of warfare and imperialism by omitting or minimizing subjects such as the Nanking Massacre in textbooks.
Novels by George Orwell have dealt with the subject of whitewash as well. In Animal Farm, the pig Napoleon tries to whitewash history by deleting a few characters from the minds of the other animals. This was perceived as a direct reference to the USSR under Stalin.
- Greenwashing describes the practice of companies spinning their products and policies as environmentally friendly, or “green”.
- Bluewashing is used to describe either publicity-driven humanitarian relief efforts, or efforts to be perceived as having a small water footprint
Professor emeritus i Fysikalisk Kemi vid KTH. Klimatdebattör sedan 2003.