CRU Refuses FOI Request for Yamal Climategate Chronology

By Steve McIntyre

Probably no single issue damages the reputation of the climate science community more than the refusal to show the data that supports their work, even under an FOI request. The public believes that scientists who purport to be concerned about the future of the planet should not place their own financial interests, including future grants, ahead of this concern, particularly when their research has been done with public funds.

Recently I sent an FOI request to the University of East Anglia for a regional chronology combining Yamal, Polar Urals and shorter (presumably Schweingruber) chronologies referred to in Climategate email 1146252894.txt, as well as a request for even a simple list of sites used to make the chronology. This request is for data that is central to Climategate. Yamal was in controversy in the days prior to Climategate. I drew particular attention to this issue and this series in my own submission. Unfortunately, the “inquiries” avoided the issue.

Not only did East Anglia refuse my request for the regional chronology, they even refused to identify the sites. The University claimed that even identifying the sites would result in “financial harm” to the university though an adverse impact on their “ability to attract research funding”. See here.

It’s hard to imagine an institution purporting to justify its conduct in such crass commercial terms.

via CRU Refuses FOI Request for Yamal Climategate Chronology « Climate Audit.

One Response

  1. The TRUTH, is impossible to REFUTE!

    It IS absolutely, unequivocably IRREFUTIBLE!

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