Shocking: British Tech/Science committee “clears” ClimateGate scientists of wrongdoing

Posted by: ST on March 31, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Via Fox News:

LONDON — A first investigation into e-mails leaked from one of the world’s leading climate research centers has largely vindicated the scientists involved — although it was based on just a single day of testimony.

The House of Commons’ Science and Technology Committee said Wednesday that they’d seen no evidence to support charges that the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit or its director, Phil Jones, had tampered with data or perverted the peer review process to exaggerate the threat of global warming — two of the most serious criticisms levied against the climatologist and his colleagues.

In their report, the committee said that, as far as it was able to ascertain, “the scientific reputation of Professor Jones and CRU remains intact,” adding that nothing in the more than 1,000 stolen e-mails, or the controversy kicked up by their publication, challenged scientific consensus that “global warming is happening and that it is induced by human activity.”

However, lawmakers stressed that their report — which was written after only a single day of oral testimony — did not cover all the issues and would not be as in-depth as the two other inquiries into the e-mail scandal that are still pending. Phil Willis, the committee’s chairman, said the lawmakers had been in a rush to publish something before Britain’s next national election, which is widely expected in just over a month’s time.

“Clearly we would have liked to spend more time of this,” he said, before adding jokingly: “We had to get something out before we were sent packing.”

He might have added it jokingly, but it’s really not funny.

Noted climate skeptic Steve McIntyre slams the committee’s findings here.

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  1. Carlos says:

    Like Obama was going to “change the way we do things around here,” and Pelousy was going to have “the most ethical Congress evah!,” the jokes in Britain figure the commoner is just as stupid as the politicians think we common folk here are, so they make up soothing, Alice-meets-the-Tooth-Fairy type explanations and everything goes on just about as it has for years, only just a little worse.

    I wonder if they’ll still be screaming AWG when the glacial packs reach Minnesota again?

  2. Anthony says:

    Sounds like relatives of the group that did the Rathergate whitewash for CBS. :-w

  3. Tex says:

    I’m not shocked at all to hear this. After all, Gordon Brown is a member of the Labour Party, which is turn is a member of the Party of European Socialists and Socialist International. Global warming is a centerpiece of socialist governments worldwide in general and especially in Great Britain. So it makes sense the British government would put extreme pressure on anyone involved to “white wash” ClimateGate since members of the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit were fudging data to make sure it came down in favor of global warming. Their lies are always justified in their minds since they are smarter than everyone and never wrong.

  4. Kate says:

    So they “had to get something out before they were sent packing”? Sounds a bit like coercion to me. So any little thing was fine with them, ta ta, pip pip and cheerio to you global warming stooges!

  5. greenknight says:

    From the same great folks that brought you Monty Python:
    “Well, Prof. Jones, you’ve been charged with tampered with data and perverting the peer review process to exaggerate the threat of global warming. What have you to say for yourself and your actions?”
    ” I din’t do it.”
    “Oh, well, Okay! Gentlemen, that wraps that up. It’s time to get packing. Thank you Prof. Jones.”