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Monday, November 30th, 2009

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This is the worst scientific scandal of our generation
I am in this place reprinting, without comment or ellipsis, an article by Christopher Booker of the London Telegraph. For some reason Google search engines no longer found it after it had been near the top of any searches related to 'Climategate'. I offer it in this spot both for its own sake, and just in case it gets lost again, and you want to reread it.

Added Later (hattip to Lubu): an article on where the money went.

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Climate change: this is the worst scientific scandal of our generation

By

Christopher Booker
28 Nov 2009

A week after my colleague James Delingpole , on his Telegraph blog, coined the term "Climategate" to describe the scandal revealed by the leaked emails from the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit, Google was showing that the word now appears across the internet more than nine million times. But in all these acres of electronic coverage, one hugely relevant point about these thousands of documents has largely been missed.

The reason why even the Guardian's George Monbiot has expressed total shock and dismay at the picture revealed by the documents is that their authors are not just any old bunch of academics. Their importance cannot be overestimated, What we are looking at here is the small group of scientists who have for years been more influential in driving the worldwide alarm over global warming than any others, not least through the role they play at the heart of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Professor Philip Jones, the CRU's director, is in charge of the two key sets of data used by the IPCC to draw up its reports. Through its link to the Hadley Centre, part of the UK Met Office, which selects most of the IPCC's key scientific contributors, his global temperature record is the most important of the four sets of temperature data on which the IPCC and governments rely – not least for their predictions that the world will warm to catastrophic levels unless trillions of dollars are spent to avert it.

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