Joanne Nova
ABC Unleashed

The issue of the ClimateGate emails leaked or hacked from the East Anglia CRU is not that complicated. The emails are damning because anyone who reads them understands that they show petty, unprofessional, and probably criminal behaviour. We know the guys who wrote them are not people we'd want to buy cars from. They are hiding information. We don't need a committee to state the obvious.

The emails show some of the leading players in climate science talking about tricks to "hide declines", they boast about manipulating the peer review process, and "getting" rid of papers they didn't like from the IPCC reports. It's clear the data wasn't going the way they hoped, yet they screwed the results every way they could to milk the "right" conclusion. Above all else, they feared freedom of information requests, and did everything they could to avoid providing their data. ClimateGate shows these people were not practising science, but advocacy and have been doing it for decades.

The House of Commons committee was surely supposed to be protecting the citizens of the UK from being deceived and defrauded, so what did they say when faced with obvious malpractice? Did they draw their swords and declare that honest taxpayers deserve better? Not at all. They whitewashed it.

"On the accusations relating to Professor Jones's refusal to share raw data and computer codes, the Committee considers that his actions were in line with common practice in the climate science community but that those practices need to change."

It's the nice way of saying that Phil Jones really did hide the data, but everyone else in climate science fails the basic tenets of science too (so that's alright then). Sure. Those practices need to "change", not now, not tomorrow, but at some indeterminate time in the future. No rush boys. Yes, Jones should have his job back.

This is simple playground politics, not rocket science. Even preschoolers can come up with the Phil Jones defence: "But Mum. Everyone else does it." The committee tries to defend Jones, and inadvertently damns the whole field of climate "science".

From the mouth of Jones himself: "no reviewer has ever asked to see the data". What exactly does the haloed peer review mean if you can just get a friend to "tick the box" without investigating the codes, data, adjustments and reasons? Remember that the next time you are unfortunate enough to read an IPCC report - they may have 2500 scientists on their books, but not one of them checked the original calculations for something as basic as global temperatures.

Indeed even today not one of them (not even Jones himself) could check them if they wanted too, because it's been "lost". The Met Centre says they'll need three years to reassemble the data.

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