Thursday, July 08, 2010

The Betrayal of Science | John Rentoul | Independent Eagle Eye Blogs

The Betrayal of Science | John Rentoul | Independent Eagle Eye Blogs:
"The third inquiry into the University of East Anglia climate change emails imbroglio has cleared Professor Phil Jones of any misconduct, although it still hasn’t quite explained why he wrote to a colleague that he had used “a trick” to “hide the decline” in temperatures implied by tree ring data.

I would have thought that the science of the human contribution to climate change is well established, but that it is surrounded by more uncertainty about the scale of change to date, and, more significantly, about the future, than the group-think of scientists has allowed.

For me, the most worrying of Prof Jones’s emails is not one of the confidential ones that was leaked, but one that he sent to a climate-change sceptic who was demanding data under the Freedom of Information Act, which Steve Connor, The Independent’s excellent science editor, quotes today:

We have 25 or so years invested in the work. Why should I make the data available to you, when your aim is to try and find something wrong with it?

In that one question, Prof Jones reveals his fundamental betrayal of science, the Enlightenment and the search for truth."