Steppin in it
Posted by Jeff Id on July 1, 2010
There is a post at CA which deserves a bit more attention than it has been getting. It has come to light that Phil (climategate) Jones made a statement during the Oxburgh ‘investigation’ to the effect of:
It is probably impossible to do the 1000-year temperature reconstructions with any accuracy
Well, I have to admit he has nailed this one right on the head. Apparently this information came from a reliable source to SteveMcI. So he took the time to appoach the head man of the alleged ‘investigators’.
I accordingly sent the following letter last week to Oxburgh (both to his House of Lords email and the UEA email address used for the “inquiry”), copying the letter to two members of the Parliamentary Committee and two journalists and forwarded it to the Muir Russell inquiry.
Dear Dr Oxburgh,
I am writing to you in your capacity as Chairman of the Science Appraisal Panel, which reported on April 14, 2010 on the independent external reappraisal of CRU’s science that had been announced by the University of East Anglia in February 2010.
It has come to my attention from a reliable source that, during one of his interviews with the Science Appraisal Panel, Phil Jones (of CRU) admitted that it was probably impossible to do these [1000-year temperature] reconstructions with any accuracy.
Given that this has been one of the most contentious, if not the most contentious issue, in the disputes about CRU’s science, the failure of the Science Appraisal Panel to record this important information appears to me to be a material omission that, in this case, distorts the research record.
Under the circumstances, I request that you forthwith issue an addendum that clearly reports Jones’ evidence on the probable impossibility of doing the 1000-year reconstructions with any accuracy.
This morning, I received the following remarkable response:
Dear Dr Mcintyre,
Thank you for your message. What you report may or may not be the case. But as I have pointed out to you previously the science was not the subject of our study.
Now Steve did a fine job pointing out that the study was alleged to be about the science at his post here but my favorite bit is that the Ox sob acknowledged (politician style) that Jones made the statement.
I’ve writtenmany times here that the hockey stick stuff is bad science and he scientists know it. They know damned well that these plots have as much to do with temp as the ant population in Burma. Jonesy stepped in it again.