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Phil Jones Steps Down

Posted by Jeff Id on December 1, 2009

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This will likely turn into a witch hunt now with a few taking the blame rather than the whole corrupt culture being investigated. Here’s the report:

UK climate scientist to temporarily step down

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s University of East Anglia says the director of its prestigious Climatic Research Unit is stepping down pending an investigation into allegations that he overstated the case for man-made climate change.

The university says Phil Jones will relinquish his position until the completion of an independent review into allegations that he worked to alter the way in which global temperature data was presented.

H/T reader  Boballab

UK climate scientist to temporarily step down


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LONDON (AP) — Britain’s University of East Anglia says the director of its prestigious Climatic Research Unit is stepping down pending an investigation into allegations that he overstated the case for man-made climate change.

The university says Phil Jones will relinquish his position until the completion of an independent review into allegations that he worked to alter the way in which global temperature data was presented.

The allegations were made after more than a decade of correspondence between leading British and U.S. scientists were posted to the Web following the security breach last month.

The e-mails were seized upon by some skeptics of man-made climate change as proof that scientists are manipulating the data about its extent.

19 Responses to “Phil Jones Steps Down”

  1. KevinM said

    About dang time!

  2. william said

    Phil Jones will be admonished after the review and then kicked upstairs to be “replaced” by another concensus lackey who will continue to take direction from “the man behind the curtain”.

  3. boballab said

    One thing I noticed is that all along it appears that none of these guys have “lawyered up” yet. I find it beyond crediblity that a lawyer would have let Phil prattle on to the press that he has since this all started or Mann as he has. Even more Gavin wouldn’t have been let within a mile (metaphorically) of RC. Me thinks with Mann being investigated by PSU and now Phil stepping down that will change. All it would take is just one of the “inner circle” to basically turn states evidence so to speak and all of these will be in a world of hurt.

  4. stan said

    I think the one certainty is that all the data and all the code will be made available to the public. That is all that matters in the end. Reputations will be made and lost when the public gets to pore over the work and comment. Who actually gets canned or not is relatively trivial in the big picture. Jones will have no credibility left regardless. And as long as the public can look over his shoulder, he can’t “hide the decline”.

  5. mrpkw said

    ” independent review ”

    Yea, I can’t wait to see what that is !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I have very LOW expectations of any thing big coming out of ths.

    But it is a good start.

  6. […] December, 2009 (13:48) | Data Comparisons Written by: lucia Boballab , and matthew h, Jeff Id broke the news before me: LONDON (AP) — Britain’s University of East Anglia says the […]

  7. tallbloke said

    Lovely time of year for a spot of gardening.

  8. Peter S said

    This seems like an appropriate move to make.

    What is necessary immediately for Jeff, Anthony and Steve to push HARD for CRU to release all the data and methodologies NOW. It can be accepted that some small amount of material (2%?) needs clearance from foreign territories, but that must not be used as an excuse for CRU to delay the immediate release of the rest. ‘Several month’s delay’ (whilst they try to figure out a way to further cook the books?) should be seen as an unacceptable tactic.

  9. Also push for Harry please read me to be IDed and brought to testify on what he found. In public. In detail.

    Harry can be made into a hero.

    T-shirts, mugs, umbrellas, THERMOMETERS.

  10. StuartR said

    Like boballab said, it is interesting how naive Phil Jones has been. I mean he gave a well known sceptic -Ian Wishart (kudos to him!)- the first dynamite quote when he blurted out “Can you remember the exact context of what you wrote ten years ago?”.

    It was downhill from there from Jones’ POV.

    I personally think the problem is that these guys had it incredibly easy in the UK, it was flattering that we limeys had a “world leading” authority on something – in East Anglia. However even the Washington Post quoted one of the most damaging exchanges from the emails “change peer-review” line early on, where no UK source would touch it. I don’t see Phil Jones et al as machialvelian conspirators, rather as scientists who had “greatness” thrust upon them by the NGOs and lazy media. They were just stupid and vain to accept the responsibility without making the effort to be worth it.

  11. boballab said

    Now for the Osterich POV on Dr. Jones action we go to RC.

    I went over there to see what the teams response is and boy did it find it. Not by the header of the post nor by any of the comments on it but by the complete lack of any notice of it. They have nothing and its been over an hour, No seperate piece and nothing that I saw in 2 threads.

    I wonder if there is some friction in the team and Igor err I mean Gavin was caught completely off guard.

  12. Joe NS said

    The fix is in guys. The result of the “investigation” has been agreed upon before hand. The l;ine of argument will be what has already been broached: some fine scientists dedicated to the truth as they see it have been overzealous, but it has nothing to do with the unchalleangeable truth of anthropogenic global warming.

    We’ve been hearing basically that for two weeks now, and it’s not going to change. It CAN’T change in the long run or the short. What? Is the University of East Anglia going to discredit itself, its very own world-famous Climatic Research Unit, in any way that matters? The only difference after the”investigation” is completed and what we’ve been hearing in the conclusions already drawn by Monbiot et al. will be that now those asinine, self-serving defenses will have “OFFICIAL REPORT: Tempest in a Teacup” stamped all over them. Anyone still inclined to bitch can go knit.

    For my part, I am encouraged by the words of Whistleblower: “. . . a random selection.” Perhaps he is waiting before letting the other shoe drop. A second file!

  13. mack520 said

    goin absolutely nuts, my best wishes to ryan

  14. Joe NS said

    Just read that Penn State is investigating Mann.

  15. Keith W. said

    I looked at the curricular vitae of Jones’ stand-in. It actually looks like we might be getting an actual scientist in there during the investigation, Professor Peter Liss. He’s a marine biochemist, and while he has been examining the sea/atmosphere gas exchange, it hasn’t been concentrated on carbon dioxide. Even better, in examining his published papers since 2000, he has not co-published with Briffa, Jones, Mann, Hansen, or Schmidt.

  16. Joe Hockey said

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  17. Robert Morris said

    Perhaps a little known fact about UK employment Law is that if an employer believes a disciplinary offence has occurred and is of such seriousness as to potentially warrant dismissal then the employee should be suspended on full pay pending the investigation and where ultimately necessary until a full disciplinary hearing is held. The logic being if he/she has been so naughty then their presence cannot be tolerated until the evidence is in and they have had a chance to explain.

    I find myself wondering if Dear Phil was told he was suspended and he simply said, “I agree!”? Our Phil so loves to spin.

  18. boballab said

    The House Select committee on Energy Independence is about to have a hearing on the State of Climate Science. The Grillie is Dr. Holdren.

    From the Link below is a page that has a link to the webcast of this hearing:

  19. Bill said

    I think Joe NS is right, the investigation will probably just be a complete whitewash. The UEA announcement of the investigation itself was largely just the usual blather about how settled the science was etc etc. I’d love to be proven wrong but I bet even Jones will be exonerated.

    One good thing is they will actually release all the original data, (that they havent lost that is). Even that will take months due to those non disclosure agreements with national meterological services, (the agreements
    may well exist only to frustrate FOI enwuiries).

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