Dec 01 2009

Phil Jones Steps Down From CRU

Published by at 4:16 pm under All General Discussions

Phil Jones is out as head of the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (CRU):

Professor Phil Jones has today announced that he will stand aside as Director of the Climatic Research Unit until the completion of an independent Review resulting from allegations following the hacking and publication of emails from the Unit.

Professor Jones said: “What is most important is that CRU continues its world leading research with as little interruption and diversion as possible.  After a good deal of consideration I have decided that the best way to achieve this is by stepping aside from the director’s role during the course of the independent review and am grateful to the university for agreeing to this. The review process will have my full support.”

Vice-Chancellor Professor Edward Acton said: “I have accepted Professor Jones’s offer to stand aside during this period. It is an important step to ensure that CRU can continue to operate normally and the independent review can conduct its work into the allegations. We will announce details of the independent review, including its terms of reference, timescale and the chair, within days. I am delighted that Professor Peter Liss, FRS, CBE, will become acting director.”

It’s about time. The man was suborning the scientific method and peer review process, conspired to hide data and code from lawful FOI requests, and gleefully played ‘tricks’ with global temp data.

There are many others who also should be stepping down right now here in the US.

Update: More at WUWT

5 responses so far

5 Responses to “Phil Jones Steps Down From CRU”

  1. Fai Mao says:

    Stepping down is good.

    Frog marching out the door would be better.

    What these people have done is incalculable in terms of damage to the academic process. It isn’t just the AGW BS, it is the trust that people have in academia to at least try and provide truthful answers through research. The social sciences and education have had this type of narrowmindedness for years but since society can, in many ways ignore them it isn’t as important. (That doesn’t mean it is right or that I don’t want to see it changed) But, this was a blatant attempt to basically take over the world through rigged research. It almost worked, it may still work as the information to refute it has come out so late.

    Phil Jones and associates are criminals of the worst kind.

  2. Tinian says:

    This will upset our “center left” friend Charles Johnson to no end.

    After all, who in their right mind would prefer raw data over “value added” Wonder Bread data?

    While it might lack the essential fiber of science it does have a healthy heaping of vitamin D.

    Deception, that is. Swimmin pools, movie stars.

  3. The University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit’s New & Improved Scientific Method …

    Well, that was quick. Phil Jones (liberally quoted in e-mails above) has stepped down as Director of the CRU while the investigation is proceeding. At least he knows that his legacy of a new improved scientific method will live on at the University of …

  4. kathie says:

    Oh no, another little scam.

    “Do not, as some ungracious pastors do,/ Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven,/ Whiles, like a puff’d and reckless libertine, Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads./ And recks not his own rede.” [Ophelia, Act I, Scene III, ‘The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark’. Photo: wind turbines off Copenhagen, by Leonard G., reproduced here under the Creative Commons ShareAlike License 1.0]

    First, there were those infamous hacked e-mails from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia. Now, a mere seven days before the Copenhagen Conference on climate change, this breaking news story takes the breath away. The whole ‘global warming’ shambles is falling apart. Today, The Copenhagen Post declares: “Denmark Rife With CO2 Fraud”:

    “Denmark is the centre of a comprehensive tax scam involving CO2 quotas, in which the cheats exploit a so-called ‘VAT carrousel’, reports Ekstra Bladet newspaper.

    Police and authorities in several European countries are investigating scams worth billions of kroner, which all originate in the Danish quota register. The CO2 quotas are traded in other EU countries.”

    And the fraud may be of massive proportions:

    “Ekstra Bladet reporters have found examples of people using false addresses and companies that are in liquidation, which haven’t been removed from the register.

    One of the cases, which stems from the Danish register, involves fraud of more than 8 billion kroner. This case, in which nine people have been arrested, is being investigated in England.”

    What can one say?

    We all knew from the start that carbon trading could prove, by its very nature, a crooks’ charter. But such an allegation relating to Denmark, of all places, at the precise moment of the Copenhagen Conference, where such cap-and-trade measures will be at the forefront of debate, must have the Little Mermaid crying so much that sea-levels may indeed rise.

    Simply staggering! How long can this ‘global warming’ nonsense be tolerated? As Marcellus declares, “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.”

    I’m off for a strong, wee dram.
    Can You Believe It? Alleged Carbon Fraud in…Denmark
    Tuesday, 1 December 2009