Friday, December 4, 2009

British university to probe integrity of climate date

Phil Jones the director of the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia stepped down on Tuesday. Thursday the university announced it would investigate whether scientist at CRU manipulated data on global warming. (link)

When institutions investigate themselves I am suspect. Does anyone see a whitewash coming? Will anyone be surprised if the University concludes that the information revealed in the leaked documents and email reveal no significant malfeasance that would invalidate any of the CRU’s research? Will you be surprised if Phil Jones is reinstated? I will not be reassured if this is the outcome.

To have confidence in the outcome of any inquiry, the inquiry needs to be conducted by a high-level blue-ribbon panel of respected scholars and statesmen and the inquiry needs to be conducted in the light of day. There also needs to be a vigorous skeptical press keeping the players honest. If left up to the mainstream press this story would never have seen the light of day. I suspect the MSP will assist in the whitewash.

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1 comment:

  1. Now if only we could get our own government to investigate rather than rely on the U.N.'s report. We all know how honest the U.N. is!