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Willis Eschenbach writes a very strongly worded open letter to Phil Jones:

Here’s my problem with all of this, Dr. Jones. You tried out a variety of claimed reasons for not responding to a request for your data. None of them were even remotely true. They were all intended to hide the fact that you didn’t know where the data was. Dave clearly spelled out the problem: “we don’t know which data belongs to which stations, right?”

You gave lots and lots of explanations to me, everything except the truth—that your records were in such disarray that you could not fulfill my request. It is clear now from the Climategate emails that some records were there, some were missing, the lists were not up to date, there was orphan data, some stations had multiple sets of data, some data was only identified by folder not by filename, you didn’t know which data might have been covered by confidentiality agreements, and the provenance of some datasets could not be established. The unfortunate reality was that you simply couldn’t do what I asked

Rather than just saying that, however, you came up with a host of totally bogus reasons why you could not give me the data. Those were lies, Phil. You and David Palmer flat-out lied to my face about why you couldn’t send me the data.

I’m writing because I will not endure your new duplicity in silence. Stop this foolish, futile attempt to rehabilitate your reputation. Your reputation is so shredded and utterly lost at this point that, crazily, I find that my heart goes out to your predicament, calling on you to stop with the mendacity and prevarication, give up on the justifications, and return to your science. Your continued lies only make it worse. Only an apology could possibly begin to rehabilitate your reputation, and you seem totally unwilling to do that.

Read the whole thing on WUWT

Nov 27, 2011 at 10:42 AM | Unregistered Commentermatthu

Climate loan sharks: how the UK is making developing countries pay twice for climate change

The World Development Movement reveals in a report that not only is the UK pushing useless technology onto some of the world's poorest nations it is doing so in the form of loans rather than grants with no expectation of their ever being repaid (sounds similar to government bailouts being forced onto the most bankrupt countries in the Euro area?) and which are in reality no more than an accountancy trick to make government indebtedness look better.

The UK decided it would make its contribution to the PPCR as a ‘capital grant’ in 2007. The UK does not require any of the money to be given back, however because it was given as capital this meant that it could be defined as investment rather than current spending. The purpose of this was that by defining it as investment, it created an asset and so made a lower contribution to government net borrowing (expenditure minus assets).34 Whilst the amount of money spent was the same, the way it was accounted for lowered government borrowing figures. The idea of climate loans was created by the UK Labour government as an accountancy trick to make its balance sheet look better.

Nov 27, 2011 at 10:21 AM | Unregistered Commentermatthu

The Daily Mail is onto the latest Climategate leaks.

University staff vetted BBC scripts, used their contacts at the Corporation to stop sceptics being interviewed and were consulted about how the broadcaster should alter its programme output.

But can this really be right?

Last night Prof Hulme denied he was trying to deny space to sceptics, saying: ‘What I wanted to “starve” at source was “this type of reporting” – in which the important and complex issues raised by climate change are reduced to an argument between two voices representing different positions on climate science, as though there is one right and one wrong answer to climate change.’

Far from wanting to narrow it, he said, he had tried to widen debate about the issue for years.

I am sure there are numerous emails which shred this bit of self-delusional defence. Not least the story from

Amongst those involved in corruption of peer review are Phil Jones, Michael Mann, Jim Salinger, Tom Wigley, Barrie Pittock, Mike Hulme + others

Nov 27, 2011 at 8:33 AM | Unregistered Commentermatthu

The Telegraph reports that Chris Huhne is still making grand gestures with taxpayers' money. Do we read into this that he has dreamed up a scheme that also benefits the insurance industry?

The UK is set to pour up to £1 billion of taxpayers money into helping African countries fight climate change.

Among the projects to be funded will be schemes to help African farmers insure their crops against flooding and drought while other projects include installing solar power in rural villages

Dr Benny Peiser, director of the The Global Warming Policy Foundation, the sceptical think tank set up by former chancellor Nigel Lawson, said: "I am very cynical about this climate fund idea.

"This funding is not about adaptation that will help African people, but about forcing useless technology on these countries."

Nov 27, 2011 at 8:21 AM | Unregistered Commentermatthu

The Independant covers the same story Rich nations accused of climate-change 'bullying'

Britain and other rich countries are using aid money as a lever to bully developing countries over climate change, according to a new report by an anti-poverty pressure group.

Murray Worthy, of the World Development Movement, said: "The US, UK and EU are using the same strong-arm tactics to bribe developing countries that we saw at Copenhagen. Abandoning their previous commitments to provide finance to help developing countries deal with climate change, they are now saying finance will only be available to countries that agree to a new deal that effectively abandons the Kyoto treaty."

The report accuses countries such as America and Britain of using "unfair, undemocratic and even deceitful means to skew the climate change negotiations in their favour".

Do I get a sense that articles that would never have seen the light of day in certain broadsheet newspapers are now being published with increasing regularity? Almost as if the underlying agenda which has changed.

And what is this "new deal that effectively abandons the Kyoto treaty"?

Nov 27, 2011 at 8:12 AM | Unregistered Commentermatthu

The Guardian reports how Western nations 'used bullying tactics' at climate talks

Leading figures in western governments have been accused of using bullying tactics with developing countries during climate change summits.

One diplomat from the tiny Polynesian island of Tuvalu said at the time: "Can I suggest that it looks like we are being offered 30 pieces of silver to betray our people and our future? Mr President, our future is not for sale."

Nov 27, 2011 at 8:05 AM | Unregistered Commentermatthu

Somebody kindly linked to a post on the climategate emails that I have been looking at, and I have made an update. I have put the first half of the narrative in order, and added more commentary. I hope that it makes a better read than the original:

It is the story of a plot by the 'team' to get Chris de Freitas sacked for allowing 'contrary' articles to be published in journal of Climate Research. In addition to key member of the team being involved, Pachauri is copied in as cc in many of the most outrageous comments. He does nothing to stop his out of control 'leading scientists'.

Nov 27, 2011 at 3:03 AM | Unregistered CommenterNZCLimate

Chinese Solar Industry Goes Belly Up,

“Demand has not lived up to expectations and pricing has collapsed over the last three quarters,” Aaron Chew, an analyst at Maxim Group LLC in New York, said today in an interview. “Most of the major cell, wafer and module manufacturers are poised to report four quarters in a row of losses and this is just the first one.”

Good job Mr Huhne is around to throw them a life line.

Nov 27, 2011 at 1:42 AM | Unregistered CommenterDung

Following on from the post by Justin Ert, I found a report on American Thinker which links the fall of Enron and the sovereign debt problems of Greece, Portugal and Spain to wind farm subsidies.

The voices of Kamaoa cry out their warning as a new batch of colonists, having looted the taxpayers of Spain, Portugal, and Greece, seeks to expand upon their multi-billion-dollar foothold half a world away on the shores of the distant Potomac River. European wind developers are fleeing the EU's expiring wind subsidies, shuttering factories, laying off workers, and leaving billions of Euros of sovereign debt and a continent-wide financial crisis in their wake. But their game is not over. Already they are tapping a new vein of lucre from the taxpayers and ratepayers of the United States.

Nov 27, 2011 at 1:28 AM | Unregistered CommenterDung

Peter B
I have wondered about the same source and magnitude, and have not seen much on it, only local UHI. Surely there must be a coalesced residual UHI impact on the northern hemisphere.

Very certainly, the rather trivial recent warming is predominantly a northern hemishere phenomenon. I am intrigued primarily by the possibility of a natural solar driven geomagnetic moderated link, as also for the so-called ozone hole in the Antarctic, but I suspect climate science has not matured sufficiently into integrating astrophysical research to do much more than speculate.

Nov 26, 2011 at 10:00 PM | Unregistered CommenterPharos

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