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Climate Scientists And The Honesty Question by Ian R Thorpe.
As the world's media turns its attention to the latest shenanigans of world leaders and climate scientists in Cancun, Mexico, The Daily Stirrer's Ian R Thorpe invites us to look at the basic homesty of the carbon trading industry. In the run up to Cancun there has been a flurry of activity in the climate science community, including contributions from those discredited crooks and liars the University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit trying to push the old line that people who see through the climate science scam "are not scientists and therefore cannot understand the science. Should we take any notice of people who have demonstrated they have serious integrity issues...

Climate Scientists And The Honesty Question
by Ian R Thorpe.
2010-11-28
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Climate Change: Climate Scientists And The Honesty Question
by Ian R Thorpe

There has been a lot of exitement among the science community over the Russell report on the Climategate Scandal this week. We expected as much, the science community or Church of Scienceology as those of us inclined to sarcasm like to call them are a shaalow, excitable lot who are apt to lose control of their emotions at the slightest provocation. Rational thinking and controlled, objective analysis is not their forte.

Let's look at a few claims made by the Science zealots:

First; the report "exonerated" the scientists involved with the East Anglia University Climate Research Unit (CRU).

This is not true, it is a complete misrepresentation of what the report avctually says:

We note that much of the challenge to CRU‘s work has not always followed the conventional scientific method of checking and seeking to falsify conclusions or offering alternative hypotheses for peer review and publication. We believe this is necessary if science is to move on, and we hope that all those involved on all sides of the climate science debate will adopt this approach.

So they did not find the "science" flawless, they found the bits of the "science" the panel's terms of reference required them to look at did not reaveal anyevidence of dishonest. But as we all know absence of evidence is not evidence of absence and if the report did not look at everything their conclusion whist true is not an aquittal.

Here is a quote from the responsible minister in the UK Parliament when presenting the report to the House:

Muir Russell's independent review is not looking at the science it is looking at allegations about malpractice. As for the science itself, I have not actually seen any evidence of any flaw in the science but I am hoping, later this week, to announce the chair of a panel to reassess the science and make sure there is nothing wrong.

So they are going to be loking at the methodology again, this time without the work being subjected to the relentless scrutiny of the British media and blogosphere. Here's the bit on the fabrication allegation. Remember - the allegation is that Professor Phil Jones, who resigned due to allegations of scientific skulduggery and was hurredly reinstated following a dubious claim that the report had "exonerated" him, inserted a groundless statement that McKitrick's findings were "statistically insignificant". Here's what Jones said in his evidence to Russell:
The basis for this statement is that if the CRUTEM3 trend is reduced by the factor claimed by MM2004, the land-based record then becomes incompatible with the ocean and the satellite record. MM2004 make no mention of this in their paper. In writing Chapter 3 of AR4 the author team were mindful of this. MM2004‘s analysis of the land surface temperature record is completely at odds with the rest of the surface and lower tropospheric temperature records. MM2004 also fails to take into account the effects of changes in the atmospheric circulation.

And the panel said:
Having read most of the relevant papers... we observe a consistence of view amongst those who disagree with MM2004 that has been sustained over the last 6 years, that the large scale organisation of atmospheric circulation produces a spatially integrated response to forcing. Although we do not comment on the relative merits of the two views, we see no justification of the view that that this response was ?invented, or even that its various expressions in the response to reviewer Gray or the final text are fundamentally different.

Jones appears to have shifted his position from "McKitrick's findings are statistically insignificant" to "McKitrick's findings conflict with other evidence". Whether this is true or not is irrelevant. What matters is that Jones when challenged was unable to provide any support for the claim that was inserted in the IPCC text. This means the allegation of fabrication is uncontestable. What should also demand closer scrutiny is the apparent attempt to hide behind joint authorship - the finger of blame can't be pointed at Jones because lots of people wrote that chapter.

So in examining two very brief findings we learn that the report's terms of reference did not require it to report on the quality of the CRU's work and that in a manner typical of the academic community Jones and his associates were judged by their peers who closed ranks to protect colleagues and friernds.

And on the most serious allegation against Jones, that of e-mails Jones asked colleagues to delete so that their contents were not available to sceptics using the Freedom Of Information act to scrutinixe the work of the CRU, well the inquiry did not get round to asking him about that even though he had previously admitted doing this in an interview with BBC television.

Is anyone surprised this whole exercise was a cover up? No we're not.

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