“The temperature records cannot be relied on as indicators of global change,” said John Christy, professor of atmospheric science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, a former lead author on the IPCC.
Phil Jones, keeper of the records, has refused FOIA requests and it may well be his records are such a mess that he can not produce the data or even thet he can’t find it. This craters the IPCC predictions because it can no longer be documented. In addition, there is real disagreement as to whether that stations were reporting accurately, given that at least some were moved during the measurement period..
The data is crucial to the famous “hockey stick graph” used by climate change advocates to support the theory.
Some meteorologists break with science of global warming
“It has become completely political — it’s not about science at all,” he wrote in an e-mail. “If science were the objective, then we would be seeing an entirely different debate. But there are agendas at play, and it has undermined the credibility of climate science.”
This is undeniable, on both sides too. However, sloppy datakeeping and deliberate evasions by climate change scientists have done serious and continuing damage to the credibility of everyone in the field. For a start, Phil Jones should be fired.