Pajamas Media has put together a complete database for the Climategate documents here. The docs make for fascinating reading. On a whim I did a search using the term Hitler. The e-mail that came up is from February 21, 2005:
“From: Phil Jones <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Fwd: CCNet: PRESSURE GROWING ON CONTROVERSIAL RESEARCHER TO DISCLOSE SECRET DATA
Date: Mon Feb 21 16:28:32 2005
Cc: “raymond s. bradley” , “Malcolm Hughes”
Italics added by me. It seems that the reluctance to release supporting data by these scientists has been going on for years. These documents give us an astonishing look inside a group that has been spearheading the global warming movement.
A search using the phrase freedom of information brought this up:
Yes, we’ve learned out lesson about FTP. We’re going to be very careful in the future
what gets put there. Scott really screwed up big time when he established that directory
so that Tim could access the data.
Yeah, there is a freedom of information act in the U.S., and the contrarians are going
to try to use it for all its worth. But there are also intellectual property rights
issues, so it isn’t clear how these sorts of things will play out ultimately in the U.S.
I saw the paleo draft (actually I saw an early version, and sent Keith some minor
comments). It looks very good at present–will be interesting to see how they deal w/
the contrarian criticisms–there will be many. I’m hoping they’ll stand firm (I believe
they will–I think the chapter has the right sort of personalities for that)…
Will keep you updated on stuff…
talk to you later,
At 09:41 AM 2/2/2005, Phil Jones wrote:If they ever hear
there is a Freedom of Information Act now in the UK, I think I’ll delete the file rather than
send to anyone. Does your similar act in the US force you to respond to enquiries within
20 days? – our does ! The UK works on precedents, so the first request will test it.
We also have a data protection act, which I will hide behind. Tom Wigley has sent me a worried
email when he heard about it – thought people could ask him for his model code. He
has retired officially from UEA so he can hide behind that. IPR should be relevant
here, but I can see me getting into an argument with someone at UEA who’ll say we must adhereto it !
Are you planning a complete reworking of your paleo series? Like to be involved if
Had a quick look at Ch 6 on paleo of AR4. The MWP side bar references Briffa, Bradley,
Mann, Jones, Crowley, Hughes, Diaz – oh and Lamb ! Looks OK, but I can’t see it
getting past all the stages in its present form. MM and SB get dismissed. All the
right emphasis is there, but the wording on occasions will be crucial. I expect this to be
the main contentious issue in AR4. I expect (hope) that the MSU one will fade away. It
seems the more the CCSP (the thing Tom Karl is organizing) looks into Christy and Spencer’s
series, the more problems/issues they are finding. I might be on the NRC review panel,
so will keep you informed. Rob van Dorland is an LA on the Radiative Forcing chapter, so he’s a paleo expert by GRL statndards.”
I presume congratulations are in order – so congrats etc !
Just sent loads of station data to Scott. Make sure he documents everything better
this time ! And don’t leave stuff lying around on ftp sites – you never know who is
trawling them. The two MMs have been after the CRU station data for years.”
Italics added by me. Quite a few other documents come up when doing searches using either “freedom of information” and “foi”. These documents clearly reveal an intent to not release any data which could be harmful to the global warming theory. This was not science but rather mere political advocacy.
Have fun perusing these documents!