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Sir Muir's ClimateGate Inquiry Loses to Blogger Peer Review

Channel Four reports that Philip Campbell has stepped down from Sir Muir Russell's review because of the statements to Chinese radio that were reported here.

CAMPBELL: It's true that it comes at a bad time but it is not true that it is a scandal. The scientists have not hidden the data. If you look at the emails there is one or two bits of language that are jargon used between professionals that suggest something to outsiders that is wrong. In fact the only problem there has been is some official restriction on their ability to disseminate their data. Otherwise they have behaved as researchers should.
Members of the research team come from a variety of scientific backgrounds. They were selected on the basis they have no prejudicial interest in climate change and climate science and for the contribution they can make to the issues the Review is looking at. Sir Muir has taken three months to form his team and to decide what they are going to examine. We, the public now have eleven working days to make our written submissions.

Oh Dear - Three months of old boy networking hits a few hours of blogs. Maybe 11 days is enough.


Three months of old boy networking is really just a few phone calls, some pleasant lunches with old friends and a chat about what the result needs to look like. It's about what the rest of us would do in an afternoon.

To no one's great surprise the inquiry is packed with "good chaps" who will do what's expected and then pick up their next reward (title, job, honour) at New Year. The Establishment is still living in the 19th century when it comes to this sort of thing and doesnt understand that the rest of us are now probably better informed than they are.

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