by Edgar L. Gärtner
“Climategate” is perhaps not the end of the global warming myth. But it is quite possible that British star blogger James Delingpole was not premature but right when he started his first blog after the appearance of 1079 rather confidential e-mails and 72 documents from the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (CRU) on the web with the following recommandation: “If you own any shares in alternative energy companies you should start dumping them NOW!” In fact, the other day a friend of mine working in a big investment bank confirmed that financing green projects is no longer regarded as priority by his employer.
So I think that the official statement released on 24 November by the British Met Office, the Natural Environment Research Council ant the Royal Society and the “Copenhagen Diagnosis” published the same day by leading IPCC members implied in “Climategate” are ridiculous and probably vain attempts to continue CO2 business as usual. By the way it seems that there was no hacker attack at all against CRU’s data server but a deliberate release of consciously selected files by an insider who was allegedly acting on behalf of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). I don’t know the “traitor’s” real motivation. But I’m sure that his action did not displease big finance which is actually confronted with other big challenges.
But maybe this is pure speculation for Anthony Watts and Steve McIntyre have found an alternate explanation: The incriminated zip archive FOI2009.zip was prepared internally by CRU’s director Phil Jones in response to Steve McIntyre’s FOI requests, in parallel with attempts to deny the request in case the ability to refuse was lost. Steve McInyre’s request was finally denied on 13 November. The last e-mail in the zip dossier is from 12 November. By accident Jones left the zip dossier on an open FTP server and the files were accessible via CRU’s intranet.