Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Phil Jones Steps Down & Michael Mann In Retreat

Professor Phil Jones, left, who heads the Climate Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia in the U.K. has stepped down in the wake of the university's inquiry into allegations of misconduct in climate change research. The investigation comes after e-mails between scientists at the CRU were hacked and posted online by climate change sceptics, who claim the exchanges show that CRU researchers suppressed data in order to prove global warming was man-made.

Dr. Michael Mann, right, is being investigated by Penn State University about his comments in the more than one thousand emails released on the Internet in what is now being called Climategate. Professor Mann, who serves as the director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State, featured prominently in many of the emails making controversial comments that could confound the climate change data establishing global warming as being absolutely man-made. He is the author of the ‘Hockey Stick’ graph that was used by Al Gore in “An Inconvenient Truth.”

Dr. Phil Jones and Dr. Michael Mann are at the center of the Climategat controversy. Unfortunately, if compromised data was used by the CRU, then it could call into question some global warming research. The Center does not believe the Climategate email scandal compromises the conclusion that global warming is real and getting worse.

(WSJ, 12/2/09, TimesOnLine, 12/2/09)

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