I was going to leave the big non-troversy over the so-called global warming scandal but The Times article in which it mischievously takes the words of Phil Jones, director of the Climatic Research Unit and frames it as if relevant and "damning" data was supposedly destroyed requires correction.
NO data was destroyed. Check this link where the scientists fire back - no data was destroyed.
Oddly enough The Times' article just happens to leave out that part of the explanation. Here's what actually happened:
What? The data is still there?!
According to CRU’s Web site, “Data storage availability in the 1980s meant that we were not able to keep the multiple sources for some sites, only the station series after adjustment for homogeneity issues. We, therefore, do not hold the original raw data but only the value-added (i.e. quality controlled and homogenized) data.”
Phil Jones, director of the Climatic Research Unit, said that the vast majority of the station data was not altered at all, and the small amount that was changed was adjusted for consistency.
The research unit has deleted less than 5 percent of its original station data from its database because the stations had several discontinuities or were affected by urbanization trends, Jones said.
“When you’re looking at climate data, you don’t want stations that are showing urban warming trends,” Jones said, “so we’ve taken them out.” Most of the stations for which data was removed are located in areas where there were already dense monitoring networks, he added. “We rarely removed a station in a data-sparse region of the world.”
Refuting CEI’s claims of data-destruction, Jones said, “We haven’t destroyed anything. The data is still there — you can still get these stations from the [NOAA] National Climatic Data Center.”
And again, read who is funding the sceptics and in particular the group spreading the “destroyed data” claim: Competitive Enterprise Institute.
Again, the connection to energy industries and big tobacco. Ding a ling people, someone is yanking your chain..
CEI is a think tank funded by donations from individuals, foundations and corporations. CEI does not accept government funding. Past and present funders include the Scaife Foundations, Exxon Mobil, the Ford Motor Company Fund, Pfizer, and the Earhart Foundation. …
CEI is also active in the legal aspects of antitrust and government regulation. As part of its “Control Abuse of Power” (CAP) project, CEI launched lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the 1998 tobacco Master Settlement Agreement and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), respectively.
Almost every one of the main anti-AGW front groups is connected to either big energy or big tobacco, and often both.
Houston, we have a problem.
Climate change is real and unfortunately both ends of the loon fringe are controlling the debate while moderates like us are being confused with the issues. Meanwhile, possibly, climate change is becoming irreversible so in a few years it won't matter anyway.
Like I've said before, we can see it, we can feel it, we KNOW the climate is changing and to deny that 6 500 000 000 beings had no part in it is denialism of the highest order.
What must happen is that you engage your representatives to get their take on the subject and then vote accordingly. Changes to the way we live will come, of that you can be certain. What kind of change is up to us. Get involved.