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Steve McIntyre of Climate Audit(one of the MMs of the Climategate emails) recently published an analysis and history of the “trick” that was accomplished and discussed in the “stolen” emails from the CRU of East Anglia. I encourage you to jump over to Steve’s article to read the full analysis but I would like to include a few paragraphs here in the hope that you will want more information that Steve supplies.
Much recent attention has been paid to the email about the “trick” and the effort to “hide the decline”. Climate scientists have complained that this email has been taken “out of context”. In this case, I’m not sure that it’s in their interests that this email be placed in context because the context leads right back to a meeting of IPCC authors in Tanzania, raising serious questions about the role of IPCC itself in “hiding the decline” in the Briffa reconstruction.
I thought that Lord Turnbull’s speach in front of the House of Lords on December 8, 2009 was very well done. It does an excellent job of praising many in the community for their efforts in addition to appropriately questioning the correct next action. As this is a public forum paid for by British taxpayers, I feel that I can include his complete comments here.
I especially like the realism in his comments about the exporting of carbon usage to China (or other less developed countries) and then blaming those countries for their dramatic increase. This is an issue that is often overlooked in the discussion of curtailing carbon output in any individual country.READ MORE
Does the problem of ClimateGate bode ill for science as a discipline? This commentary from the Wall Street Journal thinks it might.
With science, the public accepts the reliability of the scientific method. We accept that results are checked and double-checked. We accept that there is repeated analysis and inspection on the problems and that if someone disagrees, there is a mature and reasonable discussion of the issues.
Obviously, the East Anglia CRU emails show that the discussion is not very open. It shows that some people are willing to go out of their way to discredit others. It also shows a general unwillingness to publicly display the technique used to arrive at a conclusion. This all goes against the scientific methodology.READ MORE
Is Scott Adams’ Dilbert making fun of the current ClimateGate controversy?
In ClimateGate, really smart researchers on the climate took a bunch of data and made some conclusions. They didn’t think their pointy-haired constituents that paid their salaries deserved to have all of the data – instead they gave us a thimble of the data. Of course, in their case they didn’t tell us to wear the thimble like a hat – they just said that we should trust them since they are scientists and know what is good for us. In fact that big pile of paper that Dilbert is carrying doesn’t exist from Paul Jones and his friends – they threw the pile of paper away and just left the thimble!READ MORE
While Rex doesn’t deliver a joke nearly as well as Jon Stewart, his analysis on the current scandal surrounding the emails that were “released” from CRU at East Anglia is very well delivered. I don’t have a transcript of his commentary to share but in the video below you will hear him speak of the lack of professionalism that is shown in these emails. That lack of professionalism does not include the informal banter of colleagues (which is totally appropriate) but rather the general sense that there is a withholding of evidence and truth from the process.
If you are not familiar with the work of Mr. Murphy, I suggest you jump over to his written commentaries that appear on the Globe and Mail.READ MORE
David Harsanyi has an excellent editorial on the ClimateGate fiasco that has been dominating this blog and many others across the blogosphere. His editorial originally appeared on RealClearPolitics. He is allowing me to reproduce parts of it here and I encourage you to jump over to the full article to read more.
Who knows? In the long run, global warming skeptics may be wrong, but the importance of healthy skepticism in the face of conventional thinking is, once again, validated.
We found out that respected men discussed the manipulation of science, the blocking of Freedom of Information requests, the exclusion of dissenting scientists from debate, the removal of dissent from the peer-reviewed publications, and the discarding of historical temperature data and e-mail evidence.
I cannot believe that I am showing Jon Stewart on this site! You know it is bad when Jon decides to jump on the bandwagon by making fun of the “tricks” and “lost data” revealed in the CRU emalls that were recently “released” from East Anglia.
Jon Stewart Talks ClimategateREAD MORE
Phil Jones, the director of the CRU at East Anglia University, has decided to step down as the investigation into his department continues. From the East Anglia website:
Professor Phil Jones has today announced that he will stand aside as Director of the Climatic Research Unit until the completion of an independent Review resulting from allegations following the hacking and publication of emails from the Unit.
Professor Jones said: “What is most important is that CRU continues its world leading research with as little interruption and diversion as possible. After a good deal of consideration I have decided that the best way to achieve this is by stepping aside from the Director’s role during the course of the independent review and am grateful to the University for agreeing to this. The Review process will have my full support.”
The names in the leaked emails of East Anglia CRU are probably not familiar with many readers of this site. While most know of Mr. Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States and Nobel prize winner, and James Hansen of NASA, few scientists in this field get much notoriety.
MagicJavaTV put out a slide show in the form of a YouTube video. It is a great overview of the people involved in this recent revelation.
ClimateGate Who’s WhoREAD MORE
It appears that Michael Mann, the Associate Professor of Meteorology from Penn State, will be investigated regarding concerns that were brought up after the release of the East Anglia CRU emails and documents.
When I first saw the release for this investigation, it seemed a bit suspicious. It did not contain any formatting, contact information, or logos. However, I have confirmed that, as of this writing, the link to the announcement is live on the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences website (see Climate Change issue in the right column).
I am a bit skeptical that this investigation will be fair and complete but at least it is a first step to getting to the bottom of the issue.READ MORE