Sunday, November 29, 2009

CRU to release all its data … sort of

Now that Climategate is heating up, the scientists at the Climatic Research Unit at the University of Anglia have agreed to release all their data to the public.

The U-turn by the university follows a week of controversy after the emergence of hundreds of leaked emails, "stolen" by hackers and published online, triggered claims that the academics had massaged statistics.
In a statement welcomed by climate change sceptics, the university said it would make all the data accessible as soon as possible, once its Climatic Research Unit (CRU) had negotiated its release from a range of non-publication agreements. 
First, one has to wonder why this information was never made public from the get go. One would think with so many world governments willing to wreck their economies over climate change, that the very data supporting climate change would have been exposed to the light of day already.

While exposing this data to millions will seem to be the answer to clearing up the whole climate change debate once and for all, there seems to be a major fly in the ointment. This from the UK Times Online [emphasis added mine]: 
SCIENTISTS at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have admitted throwing away much of the raw temperature data on which their predictions of global warming are based.
It means that other academics are not able to check basic calculations said to show a long-term rise in temperature over the past 150 years.
The UEA’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU) was forced to reveal the loss following requests for the data under Freedom of Information legislation.
The data were gathered from weather stations around the world and then adjusted to take account of variables in the way they were collected. The revised figures were kept, but the originals — stored on paper and magnetic tape — were dumped to save space when the CRU moved to a new building.
The admission follows the leaking of a thousand private emails sent and received by Professor Phil Jones, the CRU’s director. In them he discusses thwarting climate sceptics seeking access to such data.
In a statement on its website, the CRU said: “We do not hold the original raw data but only the value-added (quality controlled and homogenised) data.”
In other words all we are going to see is data that has already been manipulated with no way of proving just how the data was manipulated. The more you peel back the onion here, the more man made climate change is looking like a big fat hoax carried out by a bunch of bullies masquerading as scientists. 

It will be interesting to see if the Democrats are still going to be willing to push Cap and Trade with climate change looking so shady. It will also be one hell of a YouTube moment when some enterprising journalist corners Al Gore on Climategate.


Osumashi Kinyobe said...

There was a report on the state-funded CBC with the Inuit declaring that the polar bear population is NOT going down. They ought to know as they live up North but why listen to them? Is Al Gore among them?
Just my thoughts.

GW said...

Mr.l Kinyobe: All reports for the past several years show polar bear population at or near its zenith over the past half century and at or near optimum levels. Two years ago, when the greens were suing to have the polar bears declared endangered, they did so on the basis of the "computer models" projectings massive global warming. About a month ago, a Brit journalist cornered Al Gore and challenged him on the fact that its not warming (who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes moment). Gore responded by asking, with great disdain, whether the journalist believed that the polar bears weren't endangered? The guy is shameless. If anyone needs to go to jail for this massive fraud that has already drained billions from the world economy, with a sizable chunk ending up in his own bank account, its Gore.

Osumashi Kinyobe said...

Miss Kinyobe responds:

Indeed. My quibble is the reliance on urban "greens" as opposed to the people who live in the north and can attest to what they see. has Mr. Gore spent some time in Iqaluit or Churchill, Manitoba? Not likely.

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