The part about an intent to delete a file rather than release it under an FOI request is very important. It highlights how the whole peer review process on Anthropogenic Climate Science needs to be called into question.
Actually, all Scientific Peer Review Processes are now under some doubt. If this level of fraud could have been allowed to exist this long, unchecked, and unchallenged, we have to wonder how much of the rest of the scientific peer review process has also been hijacked by politicians posing as scientist.
The controversy is not likely to go away too soon. Republicans in Congress are launching their own investigation. Conservative newspapers and Web sites are buzzing. Of particular note has been the exchange between Professor Phil Jones, the head of the Climate Research Unit at East Anglia, and Professor Michael E. Mann at Pennsylvania State University.
Among the emails tapped by a hacker is one in which Jones talks to Mann about the “trick of adding in the real temps to each series … to hide the decline [in temperature].”
“If they ever hear there is a Freedom of Information Act now in the UK, I think I’ll delete the file rather than send to anyone,” Jones allegedly told Mann.
Their AGW Climate Change con was just too big for them to maintain. It would have been revealed at some point in time. It is disturbing that the scientific community let the fraud go on for as long as they have.
Carol Browner and her fellow travelers may hope that this will all just blow over.