Saturday, February 13, 2010

Climate consensus not so solid now

Phil Jones, head of the Climate Research Unit (CRU) of East Anglia now makes several key admissions to the BBC:

"He said he stood by the view that recent climate warming was most likely predominantly man-made. But he agreed that two periods in recent times had experienced similar warming. And he agreed that the debate had not been settled over whether the Medieval Warm Period was warmer than the current period."

This is what skeptics have been saying for years. Other periods of history show similar warming trends, and it is unlikely those were CO2-related. In addition, is it probable that temperatures were warmer 1000 years ago than they are today. Phil Jones finally admits that the "debate" is not "settled." All right, then.

"His colleagues said that keeping a paper trail was not one of Professor Jones’ strong points. Professor Jones told BBC News: 'There is some truth in that.'

“'We do have a trail of where the (weather) stations have come from but it’s probably not as good as it should be,' he admitted."

One would think that if a person is promoting programs that will cost the nations of the world trillions of dollars, one ought to have a cast-metal air-tight record of stations where the data is coming from, and a full record of the data!

The CRU produced sloppy science at great cost. Now finally, they admit it. It is unlikely they will ever admit the full extent of their bias and data manipulation. But facts are facts.