Ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls (again) for ClimateGate. The Independent Climate Chage Email Review, the third such body to look into East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (CRU), has released its report stating that:
Their rigour and honesty as scientists are not in doubt.
My exceedingly lazy analysis of the document (it is the third report to exonerate them, after all), the phrase ‘no evidence’ appears no less than 17 times. For die hards, Hot Topic does a good overview of the report.
More interesting to me was the gossip from George Monbiot, who himself had called for Phil Jones’ scalp:
Overall it shows, in most cases persuasively, that there is no evidence of fraud, manipulation or a lack of rigour and honesty on the part of the CRU scientists. The science is sound; the IPCC has not been compromised.
So was I wrong to call, soon after this story broke, for Jones’s resignation? I think, on balance, that I was. He said some very stupid things. At times he squelched the scientific principles of transparency and openness. He might have broken the law. But he was also provoked beyond endurance. I think, in the light of everything I’ve now seen and read, that if I were to write that article again I’d conclude that Phil Jones should hang on – but only just. I hope the last review gives him some peace.
Some peace indeed. All the scientists deserve it. And what about those New Zealand scientists who have been dragged through the mud by politicians hiding behind parliamentary privilege? Russel asked the other week if they would apologise and withdraw. I doubt it. At least Rupert Murdoch did.
I also doubt whether the frothing climate denial blogosphere here in NZ will apologise either. No doubt this is just more proof of the ever widening global conspiracy. These things tend to become a self fulfilling prophecy. We few who know the truth must stand against the whole world! (and the scientific evidence)
Frankly, I’m over it. Unfortunately, man made climate change is far from over. It’s just beginning.