• ‘Climategate’, ‘Amazongate’ – When Will The Truth Be Told?

    • Date: 04/07/10

    What are we to make of the efforts by the political and academic establishments to hold the line against all those revelations, such as “Climategate”, which last winter rocked the authority of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change? The most obvious feature of the four official inquiries into the “Climategate” emails (a fifth report […]

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  • Michael Mann: Cleared Of Charges That Nobody Made

    • Date: 03/07/10

    Michael Mann was cleared on Thursday of the fourth in a series of questions investigated by his employer, Penn State University. He had been cleared of the first three in a preliminary phase of the investigation earlier this year. (Michael Mann is the scientist who created the now infamous Hockey Stick chart that suggested that […]

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  • Oxburgh And The Jones Admission

    • Date: 02/07/10

    A bombshell from the Oxburgh “inquiry”. Obviously, the most contentious issue in the Hockey Stick controversy has been, uh, the hockey sticks – an area where CRU scientists Jones, Briffa and Osborn have been intimately involved as authors of key proxies, authors of multiproxy studies in the IPCC spaghetti graph, peer reviewers of journal articles […]

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  • University Says Cuccinelli Subpoena A Sweeping Demand That Imperils Academia

    • Date: 30/06/10

    The University of Virginia told a court today that Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s request for information about a former university scientist is so sweeping that it bears no relevance to an investigation of whether the scientist violated a Virginia fraud statute Cuccinelli used to issue the demand. Instead, they accuse Cuccinelli of pursuing an ideological […]

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  • Climategate And The EPA Endangerment Finding

    • Date: 21/06/10

    While considerable attention has been paid by me and others to the cozy UK “inquiries”, Climategate is featuring prominently in another not-so-cozy forum in the US, though the connection has not been articulated to a larger audience. A June 18 article in the New York Times reports: Three judges issued an order (pdf) Wednesday that […]

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  • Attorney General: Mann’s Academic Freedom Not Threatened

    • Date: 18/06/10

    Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has told a judge that his request for documents related to the work of former University of Virginia climate scientist Michael Mann should be granted because neither academic freedom nor the First Amendment “immunizes” a person from a fraud investigation. The university has petitioned a judge to set aside Cuccinelli’s […]

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  • Open Data In Climate Research?

    • Date: 15/06/10

    Yesterday evening I went to a discussion at the Royal Institution. I’ll first give the abstract of the occasion and then my motivation and conclusions. Please read what I write very carefully, because I am not commenting on the primary science – I am commenting on how the science and its conclusions are, or are […]

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  • Climategate: If The Science Is Solid, Why Stoop?

    • Date: 14/06/10

    I must preface my remarks by saying that I believe that there has indeed been climate warming over the past few decades and I believe that human action may be one of the causes. While Climategatemay bring into greater question some of the work underlying climate warming, it decidedly does not disprove it. Having said […]

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