I listened to, and occasionally watched the UK Parliament’s Select Committee Hearing on the Climategate Scandal held in the House of Parliament today. Mostly it sounded like a whitewash was coming; no one really wanted to be there. But it was entertaining to watch Professor Phil Jones of the University of East Anglia.
Most of the witnesses seemed like polished BSers. But Jones isn’t as polished. He seemed very nervous.
He was all over the place on his answers regarding the question of if data was withheld and why, but he did end up admitting that he had withheld some scientific data about global temperatures.
Why would he not want to release it? Well, for one thing, even though he said it would be a good idea, it was “not standard practice.” Following up, Labour MP Graham Stringer asked him: “If that’s not standard practice, how can science progress?” Professor Jones replied: “Maybe it should be but it isn’t.”
He also said, “because all he [a skeptic] wants to do is find something wrong with it.” To which Mr. Stringer again challenged Jones: “But scientists make a name by proving and disproving things, don’t they? The statement seems to be anti-scientific. It is an absolutely clear denial of the man’s attempt to get at what you were doing. He wanted your information and you refused to give it to him? Why?”
Jones’ answer: “Because we had invested a lot of work and resources in it, and this was before FOI [Freedom of information legislation] started.”
And he’s calls himself a scientist?
Oh wait, there is some good news: Jones says that children will likely still see some snow someday.
To see Phil Jones squirm, watch the video beginning at aorund the 01:02:00 hour/minute/sec mark.
Source: Independent UK
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