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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Climategate II e-mails Show U.S. Government Colluding with Jones at CRU to Hide Data

Timothy Birdnow

There is evidence the U.s. government is actively engaged in covering up temperature data to advance global warming theory, according to the Climategate II e-mails.

This from Fox News:

"Making that case in 2009, the then-head of the Research Unit, Dr. Phil Jones, told colleagues repeatedly that the U.S. Department of Energy was funding his data collection -- and that officials there agreed that he should not have to release the data.

“Work on the land station data has been funded by the U.S. Dept of Energy, and I have their agreement that the data needn’t be passed on. I got this [agreement] in 2007,” Jones wrote in a May 13, 2009, email to British officials, before listing reasons he did not want them to release data.

Two months later, Jones reiterated that sentiment to colleagues, saying that the data "has to be well hidden. I’ve discussed this with the main funder (U.S. Dept of Energy) in the past and they are happy about not releasing the original station data.”

A third email from Jones written in 2007 echoes the idea: "They are happy with me not passing on the station data," he wrote."

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Chris Horner at the Competitive Enterprise Institute has filed a Freedom of Information request with the Department of Energy demanding to see the memo sent to Jones. The DOE has failed to respond thus far; they have until December 29 to comply by law. Doubtless shredders are hard at work.

According to Fox News:

"When contacted by, DoE spokesman Damien LaVera declined to comment.

However, climate change researcher and blogger Steve McIntyre forwarded an email exchange from 2005 in which climate scientist Warwick Hughes asked an official at a DOE lab if he could get the data that the government paid Jones to collect.

"I am asking you to provide me with the following data … DoE has been funding [the data] since the 1980s," Hughes noted in his request.

But Tom Boden, of the DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, told Hughes at the time that the DOE itself did not have the data, and that "you will need to contact Phil [Jones] directly. I spoke today with the DOE program manager who indicated Phil was not obligated under the conditions of past or present DOE proposal awards to provide these items."

McIntyre said he himself later had a similar exchange with the DOE, after which "I suggested that they amend this as a condition of further financing."'

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Anthony Watts made the point that; "The fact that they are trying to keep people from replicating their studies -- that's the issue," and he's right; science is about replicating results. Why would anyone in a position of authority in science try to hide their work? Either to keep it from being stolen, or to hide the fact that you are cheating. Clearly, somebody has been cheating.

And the U.S. Department of Energy has been helping them. Now why do you suppose that is?

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