Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Central Climategate figure Jones 'steps down'

To hell, one hopes. WUWT has the UEA press release. Classic:
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.”
No Doubt (to employ equally peculiar capitalization).
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.
Better and better.

More: Australian senate defeats ETS (via Tim Blair)

And more. An AFP piece in the SMH: "Cold comfort: The psychology of climate denial":
If the evidence is overwhelming that man-made climate change is already upon us and set to wreak planetary havoc, why do so many people refuse to believe it?

The UN's panel of climate scientists, in a landmark report, described the proof of global warming as "unequivocal".

That was two years ago, and since then hundreds of other studies have pointed to an ever-bleaker future, with a potential loss of life numbering in the tens of millions, if not more.

Yet survey after survey from around world reveals deep-seated doubt among the public. . . .
Read whole thing for the surprising (yuh-huh) explanations of this denialist mentality.

(via commenter "Puzzled" in the Tim Blair thread)

Update: William T. Sherman links to Lindzen in the WSJ. I saw it but forgot.

And Monckton writes a little book (pdf).

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