Somebody didn’t pay attention to the sign, and it’s not surprising:
Scientists at the University of East Anglia have admitted throwing away much of the raw temperature data on which their predictions of global warming are based.
It means that other academics are not able to check basic calculations said to show a long-term rise in temperature over the past 150 years.
The UEAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Climatic Research Unit CRU was forced to reveal the loss following requests for the data under Freedom of Information legislation.
The data were gathered from weather stations around the world and then adjusted to take account of variables in the way they were collected. The revised figures were kept, but the originals Ã¢â‚¬â€ stored on paper and magnetic tape Ã¢â‚¬â€ were dumped to save space when the CRU moved to a new building.
The CRU is the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s leading center for reconstructing past climate and temperatures. Climate change sceptics have long been keen to examine exactly how its data were compiled. That is now impossible.
There’s no need to fear “peer review” if there’s nothing for your peers to review.
It seems that people claiming the “science” behind global warming is indisputable wouldn’t have any problem with others examining their formulas and data — as a matter of fact, they’d go out of their way to ensure its preservation. Would anybody have believed Einstein if he said “E=mc2″ but “lost” the papers on which he worked out the problem? Granted, it wouldn’t have mattered to Al Gore as long as he thought there was a fortune to be made in general relativity.
These people do nothing but confirm Mencken each and every day: “The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.”
Update: Meet Baghdad Bob’s successor.