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Did anyone else just hear the “bump-bump” of the Jones bus running right over the infamous Hockey Stick?
Dr. Phil Jones, the man at the center of the Climategate scandal, has for the first time admitted that the Medieval Warm Period could have been warmer than the present day, flying directly in the face of the stupid HockeyStick Graph that caused so much of the Climate panic in the first place. From the BBC report, titled “Climate data ‘not well organised“:
Phil Jones, the professor behind the “Climategate” affair, has admitted some of his decades-old weather data was not well enough organised.
He said this contributed to his refusal to share raw data with critics – a decision he says he regretted.
But Professor Jones said he had not cheated the data, or unfairly influenced the scientific process.
He said he stood by the view that recent climate warming was most likely predominantly man-made.
But he agreed that two periods in recent times had experienced similar warming. And he agreed that the debate had not been settled over whether the Medieval Warm Period was warmer than the current period.
Here is why that is important. If there was a warmer Medieval Warm Period, then the current warming could be more likely due to natural variation, instead of CO2 and man-made. as the models don’t account for this earlier warmer condition. At the very least, the “certainty” and of doom and gloom warming predictions is overstated, as the world may have been warmer and the world didn’t end.
These statements are likely to be welcomed by people sceptical of man-made climate change who have felt insulted to be labelled by government ministers as flat-earthers and deniers.
Yes, in fact, it does. Thank you Dr. Jones for finally being honest. I sincerely wish it didn’t have to come to this point where your life is in turmoil. Let this be a cautionary tale to others. Just be honest and open, and this kind of thing would be avoided.
PS. There have been some questions as to the source of the graphs in this post.
The first graph is Mann’s Hockey Stick. (if you don’t know this one, you have a lot of catching up to do on the research)
The second graph is the Hockey Stick temp presumptions vs the accepted temp record, pre-hockey stick, according to the IPCC 1990 and 1995 reports. (Link)
The third is from the cemetery where dead scientific ideas are laid to rest. Of course, this one seems to have the tenacity of a zombie, so it probably won’t be down for long.
UPDATE: Looks like the Jones bus has shifted into high gear and is doing donuts on the lawn of “consensus”.
69 Comments to “Huge Climate Story…. Honesty. UPDATE.”
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