Uni­ver­si­ties take action on Cli­mate­gate

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The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion might think Cli­mate­gate is a non­event, but on Nov. 30, Penn­syl­va­nia State Uni­ver­sity an­nounced it was launch­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the aca­demic con­duct of Michael Mann, di­rec­tor of the school’s Earth Sys­tem Sci­ence Cen­ter. On Dec. 1, it was an­nounced that Phil Jones, di­rec­tor of the Cli­matic Re­search Unit (CRU) at the Uni­ver­sity of East Anglia, would step aside while his uni­ver­sity con­ducts an in­ves­ti­ga­tion. With so much fraud be­ing ex­posed in the aca­demic com­mu­nity that stud­ies and pro­motes global-warm­ing the­o­ries, an ex­am­ple has to be made of some­one.

There are dozens of re­searchers at other in­sti­tu­tions in­volved in this scan­dal sur­round­ing leaked e-mails that dis­cuss cov­er­ing up ev­i­dence of global cool­ing and de­stroy­ing re­search that dis­counts global warm­ing. For ex­am­ple, in the United States, the Na­tional Cen­ter for At­mo­spheric Re­search is in the thick of the e-mail chain.

Mr. Mann is front and cen­ter in the de­bate over what con­sti­tutes un­eth­i­cal re­search. In the cur­rent con­tro­versy, he is named in about 270 of the more than 1,000 leaked e-mails, many of which de­tail dis­turb­ing and im­proper aca­demic be­hav­ior. On Mon­day, he told the Penn State stu­dent news­pa­per that the con­tro­versy over the leaked e-mails was sim­ply part of a sys­tem­atic smear cam­paign to pre­vent cli­mate re­searchers from do­ing their work and that the leaks were timed to de­rail this week’s cli­mate sum­mit.

The ev­i­dence sug­gests that his trou­bles were not cre­ated by a smear cam­paign but are the re­sult of his own shenani­gans. In an e-mail ti­tled “IPCC & FOI” (re­fer­ring to the United Na­tions In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Panel on Cli­mate Change and the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act), Mr. Jones wrote to Mr. Mann, ask­ing: “Mike: Can you delete any emails you may have had with Keith [Briffa] re [the IPCC’s Fourth As­sess­ment Re­port]? Keith will do like­wise. [. . .] Can you also email Gene [Wahl] and get him to do the same? I don’t have his new email ad­dress. We will be get­ting Cas­par [Amman] to do like­wise.”

Al­though Mr. Mann ac­knowl­edges that he re­ceived this mes­sage, he claims that nei­ther he nor any­one else ac­tu­ally deleted any e-mails to hide in­for­ma­tion from a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest on how the United Na­tion’s IPCC re­port was writ­ten. His e-mail re­sponse at the time, how­ever, is quite damn­ing be­cause the lan­guage makes it seem that he went along with Mr. Jones’ pro­posed ini­tia­tive to de­stroy ev­i­dence. Far from crit­i­ciz­ing the re­quest, Mr. Mann wrote back: “I’ll con­tact Gene about this ASAP. His new email is: gen­er­wahl@ya­hoo.com. Talk to you later, Mike.”

This dis­turb­ing will­ing­ness to par­tic­i­pate in skull­dug­gery is con­sis­tent with other leaked com­mu­ni­ca­tions with Mr. Mann, in­clud­ing his now no­to­ri­ous e-mail about how “to hide the de­cline [in tem­per­a­ture],” which de­mol­ishes left­ist claims that global tem­per­a­tures are in­creas­ing.

Un­told mil­lions in fed­eral funds have been granted to Amer­i­can aca­demics and in­sti­tu­tions en­snared in Cli­mate­gate. Congress and the ad­min­is­tra­tion should be in­ves­ti­gat­ing the charges of de­stroyed doc­u­ments and data as well as the gen­eral un­will­ing­ness to share data funded by tax­pay­ers. An aca­demic in­ves­ti­ga­tion is a start, but it’s not enough, con­sid­er­ing the role of many in­sti­tu­tions in this cover-up. With so much fed­eral money for aca­demic re­search in­volved, trust­ing uni­ver­si­ties to get to the bot­tom of this scan­dal is akin to leav­ing a fox in charge of the hen­house.

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