Head of Embattled UK Climate Center Steps Down Amid Misconduct Allegations
December 3, 2009 12:50 AM
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Phil Jones is stepping down as director of the the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit, one of the world's leading climate research centers, after emails were released implicating him in academic misconduct.
(Source: University of East Anglia)
Director admits emails about apparent warming deception "do not read well"
University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit is one of the world's
primary sources for climate data
analysis and a close partner to the
UN's International Panel on Climate Change
. Its researchers have published much of the work that has helped the theory of anthropogenic causation to global warming to gain acceptance in much of research community.
Last week the CRU was the
subject of a cyberattack
. Hackers released a 160 MB archive of stolen information from the center, including a number of emails from the center's director, Professor Phil Jones.
Some emails were merely embarrassing, such as Jones gloating over the death of a climate change skeptic. Others offer signs of misconduct, with Jones appearing to carry out a campaign to remove climate skeptics from peer review boards. The emails also show Jones discussing how he and researchers under him purposefully altered data to make warming trends seem greater -- what seems to be academic fraud.
The information in the emails has not been confirmed or denied, but the center has confirmed a leak occurred and that it is investigating the matter. On Monday Jones announced via a
that he would be stepping down as director while the investigations runs its course. He says he still stands by his center's research, though, including his own.
The University's Vice-Chancellor Professor Edward Acton supported Jones' decision to step down. Jones said the move was necessary for the CRU to "[continue] its world leading research with as little interruption and diversion as possible."
Supporters of warming have sought to minimize the results. While they have not necessarily questioned the authenticity of the leaked archive, they argue that the leak is a smear campaign. Jones has personally endorsed this theory, writing, "One has to wonder if it is a coincidence that this email correspondence has been stolen and published at this time. This may be a concerted attempt to put a question mark over the science of climate change in the run-up to the Copenhagen talks."
The leak indeed offers unfortunate tidings for proponents of climate change legislation. With the U.S. preparing to commit to
unprecedented and expensive emissions reductions
at the UN Copenhagen global warming talks, members of the U.S. government are now voicing doubts.
Rep. James Sensenbrenner, Wisc.-R, is quoted as saying the emails "read more like scientific fascism than scientific process." His colleague Rep. Ed Markey, Mass.-D, however complains that such criticism is merely a distraction from the "catastrophic threat to our planet."
Jones, at the center of the scandal, has made a comment that indicates the emails may be valid. He admitted in a post that the emails "do not read well", but dismisses claims of data alteration and misconduct as mere "confusion".
A close supporter of Jones, Lord Stern, author of the U.K.'s 2006 Stern Report, on Tuesday looked to help the embattled climate change movement by speaking out on his views. He says that the evidence of manmade warming is "overwhelming". He added that all views on the topic should be heard, but that the opinions of warming skeptics might not be valid views in his estimation. He called the skeptics "muddled and confused".
Confusion indeed seems afoot, but perhaps more at the CRU than anyplace else. It should be noted that some researchers appear in the released emails to have not cooperated with Jones' campaign and risked their jobs to preserve their academic integrity.
Kevin Trenberth was among those who refused to participate and questioned the certainty of the CRU's conclusions on manmade warming.
The CRU has moved to silence one point of criticism. It has agreed to publish missing land surface temperatures shortly. The research center says that 95 percent of its data has been publicly available for "several years". The center says that its conclusions that man is responsible for warming "correlate well to those of other scientists based on the separate data sets held by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS)."
It is apt that the CRU's release mentions America's GISS as the CRU warming scandal closely mirrors the controversy over data alterations by
Dr. James Hansen director of NASA's
Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS)
. Dr. Hansen's data was shown to have errors both in
which exaggerated warming trends.
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12/3/2009 11:20:52 AM
You've been buying the liberal line for far too long.
Outsourcing/offshoring - 1994 NAFTA is introduced, unemployment declines.
Jacob Funk Kierkegaard, a research associate at the Peterson Institute for International Economics found that 1 million people out of a workforce of approximately 150 million were part of a mass layoff in 2004 and 2005. 4 Percent of those jobs went overseas. 4 Percent. I bet you think the 'Employee Free Choice Act' gives more free choices, too.
Big government has NEVER, NEVER served the interests of the many. Find me one group who has been dependent on government welfare that has, as a whole, risen up from it, and benefited from being dependent. You won't find a single one. World government is nothing more than creating an international welfare state that is singularly sovereign and accountable to no one. We have enough problems keeping our own politicians in check, there is no way in hell we could do better with MORE government.
You, obviously being a Statist, will look for anything to justify your social engineering experiments. Find one of these massive welfare programs that have worked. Beyond that, and probably a more simple approach, is to find a world government solution that has worked. There aren't any. Where was the UN during the Rwandan genocide? Sudanese genocide? Remember when Saddam Hussein was paying off UN diplomats with oil fields so they would lift sanctions and he could continue WMD production? Bet you didn't hear about that, did you? Look it up, Duelfer Report. Stop buying everything you're spoon-fed in the media. World government cannot and will not work. There can never be one sovereign body to govern all men.
Global economy is one thing. Free trade is how we get things done. The times when capitalism don't work, is when it's not capitalism AT work. Great Depression, for example: look up the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act, and you'll find out why the market crashed. Then, research the New Deal and find out why we stagnated for so long. Socialism doesn't work. Never has, never will. I find it hard to believe why people still believe in it. Check out our unemployment numbers during that period:
It was the war that saved us, not socialism. FDR killed our economy, especially when the Smoot-Hawley Act was signed into law in 1930. This is, of course, in addition to the credit and money supply cuts the Federal Reserve used to slay our economic growth.
Government NEVER helps anyone or anything. Stop believing the lies you've been fed.
BTW, if aliens had been visiting Earth, they'd come to the United States. We obviously run the planet, no contest. There is no other nation comparable to our capabilities in anything; military, industry, economy, etc.
12/3/2009 11:40:23 AM
Some good info there, but some mistakes as well.
The stock market crashed in 1929, the Smoot-Hawley Tarrif act was written into law in 1930, therefore not causing the crash itself. Also, Smoot and Hawley were both staunch conservatives, FDR had nothing to do with it, try Herbert Hoover, also a conservative. While Hoover may have been against it, he also didn't veto it. See FDR's campaign, he also denounced it.
12/3/2009 12:24:29 PM
Agreed that the war machine is the fastest way out of a depression/recession. I am a firm believer that GWB will be hailed a hero in the future based on deployment of troops to Iraq/Afghanistan. If the US did not have the increased military spending from 2001 to current, our economy would be much worse. Based on the recent elections, the GOP is regaining strength since change has not happened fast enough. I am not a liberal nor conservative, but a moderate.
Similar to the war machine, is the creation of green collar jobs and market for something that didn't really have a demand yet. As IT becomes more commoditized, the environmental friendly route will ensure a continued revenue stream as Mdogs pointed out globally.
12/3/2009 12:56:04 PM
PS - Definitely not a Statist.
"We basically took a look at this situation and said, this is bullshit." -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng's take on patent troll Soverain
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