The ClimateGate scandal has finally claimed it's first victim. Patient Zero, a.k.a. Phil Jones, director of East Anglia University's Climatic Research Unit is temporarily stepping down while an investigation is conducted.
"What is most important is that CRU continues its world leading research with as little interruption and diversion as possible," Jones said in a statement. "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.Please note the 'temporarily'. Because, of course, as soon as the investigation clears his good name of this groundless smear, he will be right back on the job. Either the fix is in, or the man is delusional. Considering his alarmist tendencies towards planetary doom even though he knows the science doesn't support that theory, I'd say it's the latter.
A potential second victim is lining up, too. Michael Mann of Penn State is now under investigation by the university.
"I would be disappointed if the university wasn't doing all [it] can to get as much information as possible" about the controversy, Mann tells the Daily Collegian.It will be interesting to see how these investigations progress. The universities in question must be aware that the world is watching, so hopefully the investigations will be thorough, in depth, and above board.
I would expect these two investigations to be just the tip of the iceberg.
Sen. Inhofe, for example, has asked Sen. Boxer to investigate a possible conspiracy among prominent scientists essential to the climate change debate.
Considering her 'green agenda' position on the matter and her tactics on forcing the liberal agenda, even to the point of breaking committee rules, the chances of a transparent, honest, thorough investigation are slim, at best. Let's hope Inhofe keeps a close eye on it.
There are other universities and distinguished scientific research centers that have been touched by this scandal and may possibly be investigated, such as the National Center for Atmospheric Research and NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
It's time to start following the money on this. As with most things these days, greed is a main motivator. The 'green' in the green movement is money, pure and simple. Universities are raking in money hand over fist with their climate research, and politicians the world over are looking at diverting trillions of taxpayer dollars to do with as they see fit. Al Gore, who so far has kept a low profile on this boondoggle (I wonder when he will be cancelling his book tour, after this and this happened, though) has got a major horse in this race, but will the High Priest of Gaia get caught for his fraud?
I'm sure if there were an email implicating him it would have come to light already, so the smoking gun would most likely be at the end of the money trail.
The bottom line on all of this is that the global warming alarmists are losing the PR battle. The house of cards is collapsing around their ears. They tried to spin it, they tried to marginalize it, they tried to pretend it didn't happen or that it isn't important, but the story is picking up steam. More and more Americans doubt the global warming theory, and have been for a while.
Now we need to watch the politicians and see if they are going to face reality and put their global warming cash cow out to pasture.
UPDATE: Well blow me down -
Leaked e-mails allegedly undermining climate change science should be treated as a criminal matter, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said Wednesday afternoon.Is anyone surprised that she is talking about investigating the hacking, not the widespread fraud revealed in the emails? I'm having ACORN flashbacks. It's getting to be more and more trouble to be a whistleblower these days. I feel like I'm in a 1930's film noir sometimes....