Monbiot issues an unprecedented apology – calls for Jones resignation

From Andrew Bolt, my “mate” down under at the Herald Sun, comes this surprise. I’ll have to say, it is to George Monbiot’s credit to do this. I embrace his first statement, because it succinctly sums up the situation:

It’s no use pretending that this isn’t a major blow. The emails extracted by a hacker from the climatic research unit at the University of East Anglia could scarcely be more damaging(1). I am now convinced that they are genuine, and I’m dismayed and deeply shaken by them.

– George Monbiot on his personal blog

George seems to realize that, “it’s worse than we thought”.

From Andrew Bolt:

Even George Monbiot, one of the fiercest media propagandists of the warming faith, admits he should have been more sceptical and says the science now needs to be rechecked:

It’s no use pretending that this isn’t a major blow. The emails extracted by a hacker from the climatic research unit at the University of East Anglia could scarcely be more damaging. I am now convinced that they are genuine, and I’m dismayed and deeply shaken by them.

Yes, the messages were obtained illegally. Yes, all of us say things in emails that would be excruciating if made public. Yes, some of the comments have been taken out of context. But there are some messages that require no spin to make them look bad. There appears to be evidence here of attempts to prevent scientific data from being released, and even to destroy material that was subject to a freedom of information request.

Worse still, some of the emails suggest efforts to prevent the publication of work by climate sceptics, or to keep it out of a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. I believe that the head of the unit, Phil Jones, should now resign. Some of the data discussed in the emails should be re-analysed.

Sure, Monbiot claims the fudging of what he extremely optimistically puts as just “three or four” scientists doesn’t knock over the whole global warming edifice, yet…

If even Monbiot, an extremist, can say that much, why cannot the Liberals say far more? And will now the legion of warmist journalists in our own media dare say as Monbiot has so belatedly:

I apologise. I was too trusting of some of those who provided the evidence I championed. I would have been a better journalist if I had investigated their claims more closely.

Scepticism is the essential disposition of our craft, yet too many journalists have abandoned it. Remember: the opposite of sceptical is gullible.

UPDATE: Here’s the screencap from Monbiot’s blog on the Guardian:

Click to see the original.

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mark in austin
November 23, 2009 8:05 pm

this is amazing! where does it end? i hope that the clamor continues to grow….

November 23, 2009 8:07 pm

Quote Monbiot:
“Yes, the messages were obtained illegally.”
If the person who copied this data had legitimate password access to the server with the data files, then his dissemination of the data may very well have violated CRU’s policies, but it would not have been “obtained illegally”.
And this Monbiot guy is supposed to be a journalist?

Douglas DC
November 23, 2009 8:07 pm

He’s like oh, a Jonestown follower who drank the Kool-Aid and it didn’t work.When this
all falls there is going to a gold mine in psychoanalysis and counseling .This will be hard work but it can happen as I have said:E-mail,Forward,E-mail….

JP Miller
November 23, 2009 8:10 pm

Here’s the note I left on George Monbiot’s blog. I think he needs support and encouragement…
George, thank you for your brave act of journalism, calling for Phil Jones’s resignation and apologising for not being a more demanding reporter.
However, the last part of your article seemed to say you would not change your mind on AGW until the heavens part and the Almighty Himself makes a pronouncement — or something to that effect. Let me suggest you carefully review the science.
AGW researchers have NOT accounted for cloud cover effects, for PDO/ENSO effects, for UHI effects (see the temp record manipulations and admissions), for GCR, for ozone interactions. There is a lot still unknown about how our climate works. And, now, the temperature record may be such that there is no “signal” of warming of any kind from any causes in the last 50 years if one properly handles the data pre-1960.
The AGW advocates’ case is weakly circumstantial. That CO2 causes warming through IR interaction with H2O is a phenomenon demonstrated in the lab but absolutely not demonstrated in the far more complex atmosphere. AGW research lacks some fundamental findings, most importantly the 10KM tropospheric tropical hot spot.
Most AGW findings seem reasonable only if one assumes that CO2 has an effect on temperatures AND if one assumes there is no other “reasonable” explanation. Well, there ARE other reasonable explanations. It’s just that those would not be “news” and people wouldn’t pay attention and politicians would not see an “issue” on which they can build visions of how they want society to operate.
George, take this opportunity to step back and re-examine what you believe you know and how you know it. This is very hard to do, I know. But, you now have the chance to help us find truth and not be easily comforted by an ideology (the “green” movement) that allows so many to feel they now have a way to atone for their sins since they no longer believe in the Almighty.
I wish you well in what now should be a serious phase of investigative journalism for you. How exciting!

November 23, 2009 8:12 pm

Kudos to him for owning up. Good on you sir.

November 23, 2009 8:13 pm

Perhaps George could find some of these non-mainstream papers Phil Jones refers to in 1168356704.txt “That darned diagram”
> This is all getting quite complex. It clearly isn’t something that
> should be discussed online on RC – at least till we know all
> the detail and have got the history right as best we can. A lot
> of this history is likely best left buried, but I hope to summarise
> enough to avoid all the skeptics wanting copies of these
> non-mainstream papers. Finding them in CRU may be difficult!
Dog ate the homework…again?

November 23, 2009 8:13 pm

“I would have been a better journalist if I had investigated their claims more closely.”
This takes the cake!
George forgets that he wasted that investigative time on pumping up the fear volume and helping to bring into question anyone who dared to be skeptical.
Yes George, as a journalist, you should have been skeptical. You should have started that way.

R Shearer
November 23, 2009 8:15 pm

Monbiot apologizes for the actions of a few rouge scientists. Does he really think that is all? What would Hansen’s email’s reveal?

Larry M
November 23, 2009 8:17 pm

Better read the rest of that Monbiot blog. Doesn’t sound like an apology to me.

November 23, 2009 8:18 pm

The begining of the antidote? or another spin?
Is there more info that links to more than 3 or 4 dirty hands? If what was released was a sample, then i think so ,,,,, you guys have rammed a hole into Great Ship Global Warming. The cold water is entering, and the rats are scampering. The coverup is worse than the crime.
Is this Monbiot the Scribe of the CRUtape….. like Toadpipe was in
Will Monbiot like to add more sunshine disinfectant to this expose, or just wash his hands and not harm his friends?

David Alan
November 23, 2009 8:21 pm

This story from Monbiot is so bizzarre, that it must be read now….. by everyone!
“Luckily for the sceptics, and to my intense disappointment, I have now been passed the damning email which confirms that the entire science of global warming is indeed a scam. Had I known that it was this easy to rig the evidence, I wouldn’t have wasted years of my life promoting a bogus discipline. In the interests of open discourse, I feel obliged to reproduce it here..”
[…]Gentlemen, the culmination of our great plan approaches fast. What the Master called “the ordering of men’s affairs by a transcendent world state, ordained by God and answerable to no man”, which we now know as Communist World Government, advances towards its climax at Copenhagen. For 185 years since the Master, known to the laity as Joseph Fourier, launched his scheme for world domination, the entire physical science community has been working towards this moment.[…]
I don’t know what this means. Has Monbiot been duped? Is this e-mail Monbiot produces genuine. I am utterly shocked.
Shocked and speechless.

November 23, 2009 8:21 pm

George if you’re reading this, we got your back.
And JP, that is an excellent comment.

November 23, 2009 8:21 pm

To admit you have made a mistake is not an easy thing to do. I applaud this action by Monbiot.
As a seperate point there are quite a few comments at RC regarding the damage being done to reputations by the release of these emails. Is not the reputation of a scientist based to a large degree on their publication record? Is not the concerted action to deny a scientist a chance at a fair peer review in order to get published damaging to their reputation? In one case you have reputations damaged by words and actions unbecoming. In the other case you have reputations and careers damaged by no fault of their own other then their research led them to a conclusion that some in positions of power disagreed with. Imagine who will get my first dose of sympathy.

November 23, 2009 8:24 pm

The water is gushing into the ship, an observant rat notes that, and exclaims “I should have know the timbers were rotten. A pox upon those 3 or 4 termites”
But does the rat abandon the sinking ship?
Me thinks the rat is a Toadpipe

November 23, 2009 8:24 pm

Wonder if George supports this sort of behaviour from Susan Solomon? Didn’t Feynmann have a phrase for this (Cargo Cult Science?)
from 1169238969.txt Shorter presentations at Paris
“A number of the policy people will be lawyers, and a number will be legalistically looking to find anything that can advance their position. Most of them will however just be looking to ask questions and to better understand, and many will be constructive in how they use the information provided. So it is quite a mix.
They should not be given input that distracts from the job at hand. “

Tony Hansen
November 23, 2009 8:25 pm

But how serious was George M when he concludes with the fake e-mail?
And as for GeorgeW using a Ford Mustang….. I thought they used goats!!

November 23, 2009 8:27 pm

Not meaning to spam (last copy of this), but I did post my analysis to Monbiot’s article to show there is more than emails here:
There is CRU data and reports which show there is no significant global warming.

November 23, 2009 8:28 pm

Well, his lucidity only lasted half his article, before he slipped once more into moonbattery and was dragged into that dark place that consumes his reason;-)

November 23, 2009 8:28 pm

This gift just keeps on giving…1169653761.txt Re: 2006
Kevin (Trenbath)
> Thanks. The averages of the values in Fig 3.6 over 1961-1990 turned out
> not to be exactly 0.000 owing to missing data in the reference period (a
> perennial problem Phil is well aware of). But Susan (?) wanted the SPM
> curve to average exactly 0.000 in 1961-1990 so the values were shifted
> by somewhere between 0.02 and 0.03.
> Regards
> David Parker

Hans L
November 23, 2009 8:29 pm

Wow! Impressive and an honorable statement. Now if RC would just fess up. they are still in defensive mode over there.
Will our politician listen now?

November 23, 2009 8:30 pm

In his text we can feel someone seeing his professional life flash before his eyes. We can only praise him for being honest and humble the way he was, but we must not let him forget his wrong behavior. Journalists are journalists, they have no scientific training and lack the intuition on what a reasonable scientific argument looks like. That could be a valid excuse. However, most of them showed a blatant violation of their impartiality, taking sides, and that’s no excuse. Especially when their stories violate common sense, as they did so many, many times. Common sense exists for a reason!

November 23, 2009 8:30 pm

Uhm anyone read the Monbiot blog post, he is making fun of you, me, us. He does not believe what he posted, it is a sacarsm laden poke in the eye.
The lead in is simply to set you up for the punchline.
People be a little wary in our reading of the reactions of AGWers.

Steve S.
November 23, 2009 8:31 pm

Dear Oregonian an every other newspaper,
Repeat after me,
“I apologise. I was too trusting of some of those who provided the evidence I championed. I would have been a better journalist if I had investigated their claims more closely.”
Dear Al,
Repeat after me,
“I apologise. I have been championing what I knew to be a sham and have profited mightily while doing so. I encouraged others to trust evidence I knew to be untrustworthy. I was urging those who provided the evidence to find date where none existed. I championed a cause which has been the biggest hoax in history.
I will return the Nobel and fade away in shame.”

November 23, 2009 8:32 pm

All of this clearly points out the importance of what Anthony has been doing. When garbage goes in, garbage will always be the outcome. Instead of arguing about how the garbage looked smelled or was shaped, researchers should have been working at replacing the garbage input with actual and reliable data.
Temperature data from the years before satellites should have been know to have margins of error far larger than the small changes that were actually measured and (supposedly) recorded, even if the measurements were done properly and accurately.
“To err is human, to forgive divine” ~ Alexander Pope
This time around, I am not about to attempt to do the Almighty’s work for Him.

November 23, 2009 8:33 pm

As you say, stout fellow for admitting his gullibility.

November 23, 2009 8:35 pm

BBC Richard Black’s Blog update:
After being shut down for more than 3 days it up and running again.
Looks like the BBC had a change of heart and realized that the massive cover up that they orchestrated just made them look like the bunch of silly green zealots that they are. We will not forget that they tried to cover up fraud. The BBC were complicit in this entire manipulative alarmist agenda.
Update 2309: Because comments were posted quoting excerpts apparently from the hacked Climate Research Unit e-mails, and because there are potential legal issues connected with publishing this material, we have temporarily removed all comments until we can ensure that watertight oversight is in place.
Update 2 – 0930 GMT Monday 23 November: We have now re-opened comments on this post. However, legal considerations mean that we will not publish comments quoting from e-mails purporting to be those stolen from the University of East Anglia, nor comments linking to other sites quoting from that material.
Update 3 – 2116 GMT Monday 23 November: As lots of material apparently from the stolen batch of CRU e-mails is now in the public domain, we will not from now on be removing comments simply because they quote from these e-mails.

Steve S.
November 23, 2009 8:35 pm

find “data”

Paul Vaughan
November 23, 2009 8:35 pm

“Worse still, some of the emails suggest efforts to prevent the publication of work by climate sceptics, or to keep it out of a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.”

Daryl M
November 23, 2009 8:36 pm

Wow, wonders never cease.

Calvin Ball
November 23, 2009 8:36 pm

Not to pour salt on moonbat’s wound, but:
Iowahawk Geographic: The Secret Life of Climate Researchers

November 23, 2009 8:37 pm

…. and this from the BBC, lifted from another thread:
Is this whole thing falling off a cliff ??
Was this planned ?? With China and Russia and other countries making obvious noises that Copenhagen would be an excellent way to fleece the US and Europe, did someone finally realize that now would be a good time to apply the brakes ?? Better late than never, eh ?? Just thinking aloud.
If so Phil and the Motley Cru – don’t bother getting up from under the bus. There are plenty more coming.

Jesper Berg
November 23, 2009 8:40 pm

Wow, this is a gift that just keeps on giving! You better watch out, sanity is coming to town!

November 23, 2009 8:41 pm

Will George publish a new book? – A rebuttal of the tones he has written such as “Heat”. Will he refund my time to read his misleading books and the cost of purchases? I doubt it. George Monbiot will capitalise on this and make money. Another Al Gore in the wings.

November 23, 2009 8:42 pm

J.Hansford (20:28:05:
Well, his lucidity only lasted half his article, before he slipped once more into moonbattery and was dragged into that dark place that consumes his reason;-)
These guys have invested their lives and the institutions they control into this – it’s not just gonna go away politely once the dishonesty has been exposed.

November 23, 2009 8:45 pm

I’m confused though… is the apology sincere? Whats with the clearly ironic email at the end?

Neil O'Rourke
November 23, 2009 8:46 pm

As several others have pointed out, this feels mostly like the apology George was given in Seinfeld by Jason Hanky (
HANKE: (talking with two men in Monk’s) Guys, there’s no doubt that the pay is good. But I don’t just know if I see myself working with ice cream.
MAN #1: You get pretty buff forearms.
HANKE: I don’t know if I’m into that.
GEORGE: (entering Monk’s) Oh, hello, Hanke, others.
HANKE: George.
GEORGE: You know, Jason, I, uh, I couldn’t help notice, I… I didn’t get my apology.
HANKE: Apology? For what?
GEORGE: A drafty apartment? A… sweaterless friend? A ball-game giveaway Metlife windbreaker?
HANKE: George, come on, not that neck hole thing.
GEORGE: Yeah, the neck hole thing, and I would appreciate it if you would say you’re sorry.
HANKE: No way, you would’ve completely stretched it out.
GEORGE: You’re an alcoholic! You have to apologize. Step Nine! Step Nine.
HANKE: All right, George, all right. I’m sorry. I’m very, very sorry. I’m so sorry that I didn’t want your rather bulbous head struggling to find its way through the normal-size neck hole of my finely knit sweater.

Alan Wilkinson
November 23, 2009 8:49 pm

“The hacked emails are a hard knock, but the science of global warming withstands much more than that.” – Monbiot
As a scientist, I don’t have much interest in a journalist’s opinion on science. So let’s just take his apology at face value assuming that journalism IS something he knows something about.

Chris Thorne
November 23, 2009 8:51 pm

Over at the _Grauniad_ site, it has been common for quite some time that any pro-AGW article, by George Monbiot or anyone else, will have the overwhelming majority of skeptical comments promptly editorially censored.
I have seen a few comment threads there on AGW articles where quite literally nine-tenths of the entries on the page, over and over, consist simply of the stern admonition that
“This comment has been removed by a moderator. Replies may also be deleted.”
So fierce is their desire to dampen out any embers of dissent that you will have your post yanked even if that post simply quotes the _Grauniad_ itself in a manner or context which they consider to cast aspersions upon the AGW theory.
Of course, the wildest and most hysterical sorts of pro-AGW comments are left entirely alone by the moderators. I’ve never seen one be pulled.
So does Monbiot’s recantation mean that all of those enormous numbers of vanished skeptical comments will now be restored in full, and that future censorship will not be practiced by the gnomes of the _Grauniad_?
I doubt it. I doubt it highly.
Recall that these people took the comical Catlin crew seriously.

Ron de Haan
November 23, 2009 8:52 pm

In the mean time the AGW propaganda machine is firing from all guns.
Today prominent in the news: IPCC scientists issue warning. Never before in human history our atmosphere has been so polluted by greenhouse gasses!
Very scary, very untrue.
It’s time to smoke this gang of criminals out.
We need more push and power to get moving.
Lord Moncton has issued a complaint, read here: but is not sure the British Government will take an action.
Senator Inhofe has called for an Investigation (which is a good idea because it could force the British Government to undertake action) But the AGW Conspiracy currently relies on the support of Princes, Presidents and Celebs who will look very stupid if the general public finds out they are supporting a bunch of scam artists.
I say we push this through. The price we have to pay now will be peanuts compared to the price we ahve to pay if those loons turn their scam into legislation.
So send links from articles, youtube video’s and to your representatives, to the press, and push the scam.
This has to stop.

November 23, 2009 8:52 pm

Moonbat’s post, now that i have read it, looks like a liberal’s attempt at clever distraction. It is spin, not apology. He is “dismayed and deeply shaken” ….
He tries to equate the CruTape Letters with a Kooky email from a ?fictious Carbonic Knight, thereby discrediting both. Its a false association and straw man argument disguised in false apology.
“This (carbonic knight) is the kind of conspiracy the deniers need to reveal to show that manmade climate change is a con. The hacked emails are a hard knock, but the science of global warming withstands much more than that.”
A real apology would not read that way.
The real clue: “published in the Guardian, 23rd November 2009”. That paper refuses to publish any anti-Watermelon story or column.

November 23, 2009 8:53 pm

Folks, “Me thinks he doth protest too much!” Do NOT fall for his fake sincerity. He is still AGW thru & thru! He is laughing at us all right now!

Kip Kotzan
November 23, 2009 8:53 pm

This week has been an amazing moment in the history of science.
We had all suspected that behind all the smoke and mirrors the Wizards of Climate Oz were really quite different from what their followers expected,
and now that the curtain has been pulled back we see how small and petty and pathetic they really are.
You can hear them screaming ” Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!”
just a beautiful moment for those who have labored so hard to pull back the curtain.
Thank you all so much.

November 23, 2009 8:54 pm

Hey guys. Are you sure Monbiot is not making a practical joke?
I know its not April Fools but that does seem more likely……

November 23, 2009 8:54 pm

Thanks for that update, the BBC and the NYT will make good bed fellows when this is all said and done.
Oh, wait, I forgot, Revkin is STILL not allowing any of the the emails to be posted on his blog.

November 23, 2009 8:55 pm

As far as forgiving a dolt and a fool. Forget it.
I read some of the forgiving remarks here and want to puke.
This is one of the big cheerleaders who has been complicit in a fraudulent manipulative alarmist agenda.
These journalists are in a unique position of authority to influence millions of people – they are supposed to be the very ones whom we can trust to be independent. They are supposed to behave responsibly. They are required to investigate what they claim.
The apology of such a fool is not worth anything at all.

Jesper Berg
November 23, 2009 8:57 pm

Or at least to a town near Mr. Monbiot …

back to the future
November 23, 2009 8:57 pm

As I tell my staff at work all emails are admissable evidence in a court of law.

November 23, 2009 9:00 pm

I hope this story stays alive for a while. In one of those emails, somebody said a media blitz is coming in December for Copenhagen. We’re going to need all the ammo we can get.

April E. Coggins
November 23, 2009 9:02 pm

Oh, brother. No way, Jose. Slick Willy has a brother and his name is George. In other words, I’m not buying it. Too easy and too late. If I could think of some other way to communicate a cheap attempt, I would. How about, GADS!!, we are being struck from the rear?

November 23, 2009 9:02 pm

Climate news story breaks on the front news page of the BBC.
pity it’s a story about how alarming the science is and that floods, extreme weather and thremaggedon are on the way if we don’t cut co2 now, it must be true the met office say so.
I’m sick.
The BBC “we are not biased” have gone to far, they forget they are a public body and this is breaking their charter.

November 23, 2009 9:03 pm

CYA comes to mind, and there will be a lot of that in the days, weeks, and months to come. This whole sorted affair is taking on a life of its own. Now if Congress could only cut off all the funding for climate research immediately like they did with ACORN till this whole affair is sorted out… OK, I won’t hold my breath, but it would send the right message to the conspirators and would be conspirators, and that’s what I demand to be done right now.

Ron de Haan
November 23, 2009 9:03 pm

How is this possible:
With the bill still in Senate, how can the US make any official statement to cut CO2 emissions especially now we know that the entire data on which the IPCC based it’s IPPCC 2007 report has been cooked?
This is a nothing more but an unprecedented power grab and it’s in conflict with the constitution of the USA.

Chris S
November 23, 2009 9:05 pm

I think Monbiots post was a tongue in cheek apology.
He wants to appear as the “reasonable man” to his followers, but will be preaching hellfire come next week.
If he’s deleted my comment by morning then I’ll know his words were just posturing.

November 23, 2009 9:05 pm

It certainly takes a huge dose of courage and humility to write what he has, but that silly adendum about the “Knights Carbonic” shows that he does not understand the roots of his own world view. You don’t need a vast “conspiracy” like the one depicted in G.K. Chesterton’s “The Man Who Was Thursday”, rather movements that start with the best of intentions and the highest ideals can split and transform into mirror images.
The Utilitarian School of Philosophy that arose in England during the Enlightenment championed human rights, democracy, an end to slavery, and championed the right pf women to vote. This movement split into a number of parts, one being the “Classical Liberalism” of thinkers like John Stuart Mill, which looked much like our modern Libertarianism and espoused free markets and limited government, while another , under Robert Owen, evolved into modern European Socialism.
At the beginning of the 20th century The Frankfurt School emerged in Germany, disenchanted Marxists who tried to retain the most intellectually rigorous aspects of Marxian thought and combine them with “modern” Freudian theory. It was oriented toward exposing the ways modern society supresses the individual. Much of modern social science can trace its roots back to these thinkers and tends to dominate the discourse. It is out of this tradition that people Saul Alinsky, and Herbert Marcuse, the Father of the American New Left, originated. The New Left initially opposed oppressive big government aligned with special interests (capitalism), but eventually came to see in big government the answer to social ills as well. This is a point of view which tends to dominate most universities today.
Which leads us to where we are today. It doesn’t take a vast conspiracy, all it really takes is for a single paradigm to become hegemonic.

November 23, 2009 9:05 pm

“I’m confused though… is the apology sincere? Whats with the clearly ironic email at the end?”
My thought as well. Where, exactly, did the sarcasm start? He didn’t use the sarcasm font.

November 23, 2009 9:05 pm

Larry M (20:17:28) :
“Better read the rest of that Monbiot blog. Doesn’t sound like an apology to me.”
I haven’t read it, but I’m willing to bet you are right. From his vile and nasty attacks on anyone who aren’t “believers,” I doubt his apology is sincere.
Does this look like the behavior of any sane person you know?

a jones
November 23, 2009 9:14 pm

But is this Saul on the road to Damascus? have the scales fallen from his eyes? or rather a shrewd opportunist who knows when to turn his coat? And do it so artfully that he can now manage to keep a foot in both camps until he perceives how the battle goes? And which way to jump.
I do not know, but I do know it pays to be on the winning side: and that there are always new fashionable causes to champion with your pen.
After all Defoe was a master at it: but I do not suppose Monbiot to be any Defoe.
For make no mistake, as I said on here a few months ago I sensed a change and it seems that battle, so long avoided by the AGW camp, is now joined. It will be a long affair, you cannot turn a great liner on a sixpence and this one has many vast and monied interests.
Who will win I cannot say, nothing is certain in this world, Pharsalus do you think? I do not know but I do know which side I am on: for I am a true diehard who fights for his beliefs.
But if I am right then as the walls wash away like those of a sandcastle before the incoming tide how many more of these creatures are we going to see? You may yet be amazed. After all poor things they were deceived you see. They could not possibly be to blame and so deserve our sympathy.
Well not mine. They may have been hired knaves paid to lift their staves but if so they were well educated ones out to profit from their knavery.
So I for one will not congratulate Mr. Monbiot, all I see is a shrewd Grub Street hack planning an escape route off what is likely a sinking ship.
And no matter where an astute rat ends up in some pasture new when he may yet again gorge himself upon the fat of the land: a rat is still a rat. Or longtail if you prefer.
Kindest Regards

November 23, 2009 9:15 pm

Well blow me down with a carbon credit!

November 23, 2009 9:15 pm

I did a quick search of “sunspot” in those files. They mention that when they (sunspots) return (along with an el-nino coming), there will be another “dramatic upward spike”, somebody says volcano’s often occur “co- incidentally” in sunspot minima periods, there is a “nice correlation” between the last 400 years of sunspots and d18O in N-pachy, and finally, somebody says when the sunspots return, their grandchildren will find it “exceedingly warm.”
I thought the general consensus among climate researchers was that sunspots play no role in climate?

November 23, 2009 9:15 pm

The way I read it is that he does not like the actions of some of the researchers but has not changed his mind on the topic in general. No suprise that the actions of a few wouldn’t change his outlook.

November 23, 2009 9:18 pm

Whenever I read the word “MonBiot”, my brain says “moon bot.”

November 23, 2009 9:19 pm

I don’t trust Monbiot as far as I can spit. I don’t believe his apology is motivated by anything other than damage control, especially after reading the second part of his blog article. He has been a point man for East Anglia for years, don’t forget.
In the article he calls for the resignation of one man (Dr. Phil Jones), concedes the damaged credibility of three or four others, and suggests that certain data discussed in the emails should be re-analysed. But then he sets up his heavily sarcastic Communist World Government fake email with two very interesting sentences that refer to the CRUtape emails:
“They raise questions about the integrity of one or perhaps two out of several hundred lines of evidence. To bury manmade climate change, a far wider conspiracy would have to be revealed.”
He is still a true believer willing to sacrifice Phil Jones for the cause.

November 23, 2009 9:20 pm

He is acknowledging the mistakes but saying the battle is lost but the war is far from over. Good on him for seeing the mistakes made by jones et al. as being serious.

November 23, 2009 9:25 pm

I am taking the view expressed by several other commenters.
I am still a strong skeptic–of Monbiot’s sincerity.
He is still a believer !

November 23, 2009 9:26 pm

So it was the grant money that corrupted the scientists so it’s not really their fault. It’s the governments fault who dangled the money in front of them. Not. I think finger pointing and laying blame is the first order of business. Everyone who is directly, and those indirectly involved where evidence is found ie government officials, need to be sought out, prosecuted, and justice served to them on a silver platter as soon as possible. Heads must roll.

November 23, 2009 9:27 pm

The CRU crew will now do lunch under the Bus, for that is the ticket they have earned for themselves, and it’s high time for it to be punched.
I’ll credit Monbiot for standing up and being honest about things.
Now, don’t forget that Dr. James Hansen is also in on a lot of those emails.
It’s dead Jim, and so is your credibility.

November 23, 2009 9:30 pm

There is one catch, though. Before re-analysis can take place, data worldwide must be authenticated as being unaltered. That will take years. So be it.

A Spencer
November 23, 2009 9:33 pm

Nothing short of Criminal! A massive and costly scam! I want my tax dollars back and I want criminal charges brought!

Mikael H
November 23, 2009 9:34 pm

C’mon.. it’s SARCASM! hehe

Oliver Ramsay
November 23, 2009 9:38 pm

Anybody, even the moonbat, can see that there’s trouble ahead.
His apology came, not in his post but as a response to a commenter who had demanded it.
He called for Jones’s resignation; that would be a very risky gameplay in the circumstances.
My impression was that the preponderance of commenters was either sceptics or warmers disavowing Mann, Jones et al. They weren’t all moderated away.
He’s not doing a U-turn, just ducking down some back alleys. AGW is not dead and he’d look really silly giving it all up in one fell swoop.

November 23, 2009 9:39 pm

Judging by the entire content and context of Monists blog, I can only conclude that while his “faith” in some have been shaken, his conviction that all will be well with the CAGW world remains intact.
This was no apology.
I see no conversion on the road to Damascus. The latter 2/3 of his post was extremely sarcastic. Rhetorically, he equated some of our belief that an alleged (albeit false) conspiracy has been revealed – and is mirrored in that fatuous “Carbonic Knights” email.

Gene Nemetz
November 23, 2009 9:40 pm

Yes, the messages were obtained illegally.
Huh, really? We don’t know yet if they were.

Gene Nemetz
November 23, 2009 9:42 pm

Yes, all of us say things in emails that would be excruciating if made public.
Huh, we do?

April E. Coggins
November 23, 2009 9:44 pm

A Jones: Your writing is why I still long for England after all these generations. Sigh. Well put and with all the correct words. Please now, resume.

November 23, 2009 9:45 pm

The apology was hollow, as evidenced by the fact that he used it as a launching pad for some irrelevant, sardonic social satire. In the future, he will be able to disavow the comments early on in the piece by saying they were part and parcel of the satire that followed.
He’s a fraud, he’s always been a fraud and that will never change.

November 23, 2009 9:46 pm

I found that last part of the Monbiot piece to be a huge piece of sarcasm, which made me doubt the first part.

November 23, 2009 9:48 pm

Whereas I commend him for saying that Phil Jones should resign dont be fooled by that apology. He is sarcastic and tongue-in-cheek.
This is what he says:
“.. do these revelations justify the sceptics’ claims that this is “the final nail in the coffin” of global warming theory?.. Not at all. They damage the credibility of three or four scientists. They raise questions about the integrity of one or perhaps two out of several hundred lines of evidence. To bury manmade climate change, a far wider conspiracy would have to be revealed. .. Had I known that it was this easy to rig the evidence, I wouldn’t have wasted years of my life promoting a bogus discipline.”
From “Global warming rigged? Here’s the email I’d need to see”
The email:
Sent: 29 October 2009
To: The Knights Carbonic
Gentlemen, the culmination of our great plan approaches fast. What the Master called “the ordering of men’s affairs by a transcendent world state, ordained by God and answerable to no man”, which we now know as Communist World Government, advances towards its climax at Copenhagen. For 185 years since the Master, known to the laity as Joseph Fourier, launched his scheme for world domination, the entire physical science community has been working towards this moment.

Then began the most hazardous task of all: our attempt to control the instrumental record. Securing the consent of the scientific establishment was a simple matter. But thermometers had by then become widely available, and amateur meteorologists were making their own readings. We needed to show a steady rise as industrialisation proceeded, but some of these unfortunates had other ideas. The global co-option of police and coroners required unprecedented resources, but so far we have been able to cover our tracks.
The over-enthusiasm of certain of the Knights Carbonic in 1998 was most regrettable. The high reading in that year has proved impossibly costly to sustain. Those of our enemies who have yet to be silenced maintain that the lower temperatures after that date provide evidence of global cooling, even though we have ensured that eight of the 10 warmest years since 1850 have occurred since 2001. From now on we will engineer a smoother progression.
Our co-option of the physical world has been just as successful. The thinning of the Arctic ice cap was a masterstroke. The ring of secret nuclear power stations around the Arctic circle, attached to giant immersion heaters, remains undetected, as do the space-based lasers dissolving the world’s glaciers.
Altering the migratory and reproductive patterns of the world’s wildlife has proved more challenging. Though we have now asserted control over the world’s biologists, there is no accounting for the unauthorised observations of farmers, gardeners, birdwatchers and other troublemakers. We have therefore been forced to drive migrating birds, fish and insects into higher latitudes, and to release several million tonnes of plant pheromones every year to accelerate flowering and fruiting. None of this is cheap, and ever more public money, secretly diverted from national accounts by compliant governments, is required to sustain it.
The co-operation of these governments requires unflagging effort. The capture of George W Bush, a late convert to the cause of Communist World Government, was made possible only by the threatened release of footage filmed by a knight at Yale, showing the future president engaged in coitus with a Ford Mustang. Most ostensibly capitalist governments remain apprised of where their real interests lie, though I note with disappointment that we have so far failed to eliminate Vaclav Klaus. Through the offices of compliant states, the Master’s third grand law has been established: world government will be established under the guise of controlling man-made emissions of greenhouse gases.
Keeping the scientific community in line remains a challenge. The national academies are becoming ever more querulous and greedy, and require higher pay-offs each year. The inexplicable events of the past month, in which the windows of all the leading scientific institutions were broken and a horse’s head turned up in James Hansen’s bed, appear to have staved off the immediate crisis, but for how much longer can we maintain the consensus? Knights Carbonic, now that the hour of our triumph is at hand, I urge you all to redouble your efforts. In the name of the Master, go forth and terrify.
Professor Ernst Kattweizel, University of Redcar. 21st Grand Warden of the Temple of the Knights Carbonic.

This is the kind of conspiracy the deniers need to reveal to show that man-made climate change is a con. The hacked emails are a hard knock, but the science of global warming withstands much more than that.
What he still cannot see is the confusion between GW and AGW.

Gene Nemetz
November 23, 2009 9:54 pm

Did anyone bother to go to his blog? I kinda get the impression he’s being sarcastic and isn’t apologizing at all–don’t you?

November 23, 2009 9:55 pm

Whatever Monbiot really means, it somehow brings to mind that there must be an awful lot of restraint now taking place at keyboards in CRU. Nobody wants to produce the next interesting email.

November 23, 2009 9:56 pm

David Alan (20:21:29) :

David, did you read through to the end?

This is the kind of conspiracy the deniers need to reveal to show that manmade climate change is a con. The hacked emails are a hard knock, but the science of global warming withstands much more than that.

To me, this shows that Monbiot is still full of BS (bad science).

Gene Nemetz
November 23, 2009 9:58 pm

I would have been a better journalist
Huh, he’s a journalist?

November 23, 2009 9:58 pm

Shout out to a. jones (21:14:21) :
“But is this Saul on the road to Damascus?…”
Looked at from a far star, humanity has once again come out ahead to thus deserve our lonely place in the Universe. Indeed we both fretted about abusing our good host of a planet and then likewise took unfair advantage of our period instrumental era doubt.
Now we are set free…to bathe ourselves in glorious realization that we are a benign part of the trees and the algae that pulsate with glowing determinate meaning.
And so it’s O.K. to slaughter a fat pig and lick our fingers in guilt free joy, secure in the knowledge that spare ribs just more or less no matter what anybody else says, taste like that which God intended good food to taste like.

November 23, 2009 10:00 pm

It is a sad attempt at humour. Monbiot is simply making a tactical move. Admit the obvious, act self righteous and then do exactly what you planned to do in typical Humphrey Appleby style. The satire muddies his intent. But Monbiot fundamental view as a Watermelon has not changed.

November 23, 2009 10:00 pm

I’m with some of the others here (climate heretic, Lucia, etc)…it is not really an apology. It reminds me of how Roy Spencer’s April Fools Day joke actually fooled some people.

November 23, 2009 10:04 pm

steven (20:21:56) :

I give NO sympathy to anyone how cannot exhibit the simplest of actions … honesty. For that is all that was necessary. The simplest of things … honesty. Why is honesty so difficult to find these days?

November 23, 2009 10:04 pm

When reading the complete blog entry, this appears to be a highly sarcastic entry – I don’t think he’s apologising one little bit – and you’re playing right into his hands if you think he is.

Gene Nemetz
November 23, 2009 10:07 pm

They damage the credibility of three or four scientists
Huh, three or four?
It’s more than four. And they are the centerpiece of global warming—not just some scientists representing “one or perhaps two out of several hundred lines of evidence”. There are no “several hundred lines of evidence”.

November 23, 2009 10:09 pm

Very strange. Yes, Moonbat seems to be willing to slice off an arm (Jones) to save the patient. Other than that, the ‘apology’ is pure sarcasm, amateur damage control.
Next step: the MSM will weigh in heavily with a full propaganda barrage to discredit the emails.
nth step: although this is not a conspiracy per se, there are probably people who are orchestrating the true-believing puppets like Hansen, Jones, Mann, Briffa, et al. If one of the puppet masters themselves should defect, the investigation could rapidly work its way up the chain to the IPCC and beyond. This is too great a risk. I suspect that these key people will soon start to turn up dead in UN building stairwells. That is real damage control.

Cassandra King
November 23, 2009 10:11 pm

I think what this scandal shows above all else is that the AAM industry is essentially a political narrative using the MSM and bought off stooge ‘scientists’ to provide a fake consensus and a fake veneer of sicentific evidence added to cover the whole thing.
It looks like the IPCC was set up to filter evidence out that contradicted the narrative, the governments involved used their financing and ‘editorial’ control of scientific institutes like the CRU/Hadley/met office/GISS etc placing toady yes men and paymasters in control of research budgets and buying in the services of green fanatics like FoE/GP/WWF by providing generous funding.
The close links to all these groups was a compliant MSM science and environment cabal that could be relied upon to report the science as settled.
It is to be expected that if the scandal cannot be killed and or ignored/downplayed then scapegoats will be presented, a few bad apples will be left out for the wolves in an attempt to kill the story.
It was just a few bad apples on the edges of the consensus they will say, the science is still robust and the vast bulk of the evidence for AAM is still valid, it should be noted that the MSM is still peddling the Copenhagen manufactured propaganda and it highlights perfectly how the MSM is outdated, incompetent, out of touch, compliant, bought off and ideologically compromised.
In the UK it looks like the BBC and the met office both with very close links to the government and green groups have been exposed as hugely biased and compromised, the two organisations are staffed and run by people who are very sympathetic to the AAM cause and have close links to green pressure groups, in effect the met office and the BBC are willing tools and have been extremely active in presenting the AAM science as settled, the scandal has yet to reach those two bodies and if it does the whole AAM charade will collapse.

November 23, 2009 10:12 pm

I’ll respect anyone who has the courage to question deeply held beliefs, especially someone in such a prominent and influencial position in media as Monbiot. The world and its issues are complex, and anyone should be forgiven/excused for thinking one way about things when the reality is different.
So credit indeed to Monbiot, if he is indeed being genuine- which I assumed on first read of his article. Here is is targetting Phil Jones, who is the author of many of the most revealing/damaging emails. It would be a strange move to single out the most guilty if he were simply trying to get a kick out of sceptics by feigning shock/indignation. Calling for Jones’ resignation seems pretty harsh unless the feelings invoked by the hacked emails are genuine feelings.
If he’s not being sincere, then it’s quite disapppointing. The most revealing thing about the emails to me is the attitude, which doesn’t seem to me the correct attitude for a scientist. At all. Perhaps Monbiot shares this attitude (his other articles which I’ve read suggests he may, or may have), and therefore imagines that the Team and the ‘side’ and argument that the Team represents is beyond reproach. If everything the Team stands for is right, and every argument raised to the contrary wrong, then Monbiot can feel empowered enough to say whatever he likes (even if this may be confusing for a few AGW faithful who are reading his blog at this senstive time).
Anyway, the emails do seem to have struck a chord with a lot of people. Whatever Monbiot or others do or say now, some kind of cat is out of the bag, and it’s not going to go back in a hurry.

Gene Nemetz
November 23, 2009 10:13 pm

To bury manmade climate change, a far wider conspiracy would have to be revealed. Luckily for the sceptics, and to my intense disappointment, I have now been passed the damning email which confirms that…
More of his caustic, smug sarcasm.

November 23, 2009 10:13 pm

Where’s the apology? I’ve reread his statement here and directly on but I cannot find an apology. What I do find are several admissions, some damage control, and then an attempt at humor to toss it all aside.
Monbiot’s effort is focused on admitting several points, offering out a fall guy and “three or four scientists,” and a recheck of one or two recordsets. He’s attempting CYA for himself and the religion of global warming. I do not see this working.
First, I’ve seen several references in recent days to 42+ and even as many as 75 scientists intimately involved with Jones and the email released so far clearly offer up at least a dozen regularly sharing email and many others intermittently. Elsewhere I recall reading or hearing that there may be 500 leading global warming scientists around the world. The core group is likely much less with most being just followers and wannabes. Anyway, my point is that a significant percent of the leading global warming scientists are likely involved in Jones’ and company shenanagans. As a whole, they no longer have any credibility.
Second, Montbiot admits to some data problems and suggests (hopes) that only a couple are suspect enough to require rechecking. I’m guessing the bad data is very widespread as data is reused and manipulation appears from the email to be common practice. Who can be trusted to say without rechecking that data A is good and data B is bad?
Montbiot statement that this is not the final nail in the coffin of global warming theory is about like Nixon saying he wasn’t a crook.

November 23, 2009 10:14 pm

While his carbonic knights spoof email bit was sarcastic, I think in this instance it would be best for our side if we acted the bigger men and took his apology at face value *while holding him to it in the future*. I would encourage everyone to send him things to investigate objectively. The proof of his sincerity will come out in his subsequent actions: Will he lead the charge to ensure Jones is canned? Will he support similar efforts against other bad actors? Will he stand with us in demanding that all climate researchers uphold the highest standards of data transparency, openness and disclosure of raw data, meta data, methods, etc? As these emails demonstrate, the public facades they present at RealClimate are drastically different from their real faces, which lends credence to the argument that all scientific discussion SHOULD be done publicly, in the open, on blogs, in a collaborative manner between investigator, skeptic, peer reviewer, auditor, and the general public. Only by engaging in the entire scientific process in this way in public will science recover the publics trust.

November 23, 2009 10:15 pm

Monbiot’s staging a tactical retreat, he’s not suing for peace.
But what we’ve got here is that some of the guys implicated in misdeeds by the released data are near the top of the climate-science food chain. This might not cut the head off the snake, but it might just disrupt the organism enough to shake loose some other interesting responses further down.

Gene Nemetz
November 23, 2009 10:15 pm

Huh, I think he’s being sarcastic and not contrite.

November 23, 2009 10:16 pm

Climate Heretic (20:30:37) :
Uhm anyone read the Monbiot blog post, he is making fun of you, me, us. He does not believe what he posted, it is a sacarsm laden poke in the eye.
The lead in is simply to set you up for the punchline.
People be a little wary in our reading of the reactions of AGWers.

Climate Heretic is absolutely correct!
Anthony, I would strongly suggest that you append this story to include the entire story. Monbiot is ridiculing skeptics, not apologizing for anything. Your story is very misleading as it is!
I encourage everyone to read all of Monbiot’s blog post, especially the final paragraph. He is simply trying to piss in your eye!

November 23, 2009 10:19 pm

cbullitt (20:33:35) :
As you say, stout fellow for admitting his gullibility.

He’s NOT!!! Read his entire blog post! Read ALL of it!
He’s full of crap and mocking you!

Keith Minto
November 23, 2009 10:20 pm

” Climate Heretic (20:30:37) :
Uhm anyone read the Monbiot blog post, he is making fun of you, me, us. He does not believe what he posted, it is a sacarsm laden poke in the eye.
The lead in is simply to set you up for the punchline.
People be a little wary in our reading of the reactions of AGWers.”
Heretic,you may be right……….but,
Having read the rest of the email including that extraordinary riposte, the ‘Knights Carbolic’,I am in two minds.
1.One is that (sincere or not), he is in survival mode, sees the writing on the wall and apologises first, gaining notoriety (he is getting good press out of this) for doing so, this gives him publicity, and,oddly enough, a foot in both camps as I believe that genuine believers will take a lot of convincing and he could change his mind back again just as quickly. I am suspicious of the speed of conversion.
2.The other thought is that he is genuinely remorseful and the Knights Carbolic nonsense is literary way of dispelling embarrassment.
I favour No1.
I am angry right now about this, these people are not even worthy opponents, my response? I am going out to trim my front bushes to within an inch of their life.

November 23, 2009 10:27 pm

With the fraud now exposed will the Nobel Prize be revoked?
This would be no different from disqualifying an Olympic Gold Medalist when they test positive for drugs?
Surely a fraudulently obtained Nobel Prize that was given for the greatest hoax since the Piltdown Man should be returned and awarded to someone actually worthy?

November 23, 2009 10:27 pm

I think some of you need more coffee. GM repents ..yea ..right. In other news Satan injured by rogue snowball. The tags must have been stripped as he was posting

Doug in Seattle
November 23, 2009 10:28 pm

Climate Heretic (20:30:37) :
Uhm anyone read the Monbiot blog post, he is making fun of you, me, us. He does not believe what he posted, it is a sacarsm laden poke in the eye.
The lead in is simply to set you up for the punchline.
People be a little wary in our reading of the reactions of AGWers.

Please people read Monbiot’s ENTIRE post.
This is no mea culpa. Its what the Heretic says.

November 23, 2009 10:31 pm

Another lie from a professional liar.
Why pay attention?
The way to win is to refuse playing the conman’s game.

Gene Nemetz
November 23, 2009 10:36 pm

I believe that the head of the unit, Phil Jones, should now resign.
What’s the big deal that he says this?? Monboit never understood or cared about the science in the first place. He doesn’t really understand who Phil Jones —or at least he wants everyone to believe that. It’s a simple choice for him to call for his resignation. He’s just downplaying the significance of the scientists involved so he can minimize the damage done from ClimateGate. His activism, or agenda, or whatever is the appropriate term, is more important than these scientists. So—downplay them to minimize the damage to his machine.
And BTW, who cares who George Monbiot is? He is a mindless propagandist. We already knew that, didn’t we?

November 23, 2009 10:36 pm

Coffee needed by me also …
The &lt sark &gt tags must have been stripped as he was posting.

November 23, 2009 10:36 pm

…. Hey guys, don’t knock him. He is right for half his article. He admits he was wrong and calls for the science to be reassessed…. That’s fine by me.
He’s probably hating himself now for his sarcastic lapse…. So hold him to it;-)

November 23, 2009 10:37 pm

Well this is progress. How much and how sincere we can’t know. To me it seems more like Monbiot is just taking a safer postion until he knows the importance of this battle in the larger war.
He knows this may ebb away with absolutely no valid investigations or adverse effects to those implicated. I haven’t heard of any authority taking actions yet.
Is it CYA, or rats leaving the ship, or a confession of being gulled? Who knows?
Dr. Curry has given a statement. With her usual courtesy. She has always supported skeptics on this vital point; Climate Scientists should produce their data and metadata. In nearly every case their work has been publicly funded and disclosure is the law.
She takes the approach that those involved perceived queries from McIntyre, et al, as somehow evil or threatening. And they reacted in a tribal manner. They would defend by any means necessary because their cause was just and they could not err.
I disagree somewhat with Curry’s premise. But it is not an unreasonable one and she has considerable experience with some of the people involved.

Roger Knights
November 23, 2009 10:40 pm

“If so Phil and the Motley Cru [ha ha!] – don’t bother getting up from under the bus. There are plenty more coming.”
Over on Malkin’s site (see link above) the thread is headed by a picture of Gore with his hands in a praying gesture below his chin, with his eyes close and head bowed. Malkin’s caption reads, “Yeah, you better pray.”

DJ Meredith
November 23, 2009 10:40 pm

Squidly is right, Monbiot is mocking the ‘skeptics’. There’s no apology there, just clever sneering.
I read it, Squidly’s right.

D. King
November 23, 2009 10:42 pm

Look, this whole issue is a means to an end.
It’s not about science, it’s about ideology. Any
way to get there is fine. There is no scientific
process, because there are no rules. Lying
is a moral concept and moral relativism is
unsustainable and self consuming. They eat
through their own reality to chase a false god.
These people are afraid of life because they
can’t explain it. If they were truly interested
in science and its processes they would not
make statements like this: “The fact is that we
can’t account for the lack of warming at the
moment and it is a travesty that we can’t”.
Why is that a “travesty” and not a challenge?
Answer: Ideology.
George Monbiot is only sorry they got caught.

Gene Nemetz
November 23, 2009 10:43 pm

I don’t know how to say this because I really, really don’t want to offend —I love WUWT—, but
this post may have been put up in haste. I suggest it is removed.
Just my 2 cents
REPLY: I hear what you are saying, and I was aware of the sarcasm in the bottom half when I published, but the fact is that Monbiot went on record with: 1) An apology 2) A call for Dr. Jones resignation. That’s hard news, and just because George can’t keep himself from being smarmy in the other half of the article is no reason to ignore those two points. Later, they will be important. Best to get them on record elsewhere now. – Anthony

November 23, 2009 10:46 pm

<sark /> tags. There Coffee does work.

Keith Minto
November 23, 2009 10:46 pm

Jeremy (22:27:10) :
With the fraud now exposed will the Nobel Prize be revoked?
I am still trimming, Jeremy, which one ?

November 23, 2009 10:48 pm

If someone had claimed a week ago that Monbiot would write that the science needs checking and that Jones should resign, who among us would have believed it?
Spin or no spin, this is huge.

Gene Nemetz
November 23, 2009 10:51 pm

David Alan (20:21:29) :
Nope, he hasn’t been duped. He’s a sarcastic s.o.b.

Gene Nemetz
November 23, 2009 10:54 pm

You’re probably right Anthony. After 2 1/2 years of dealing with trolls I may be a bit jaded.

November 23, 2009 11:00 pm

Maybe Mr Monbiot should offer close-captioning for the humor-impaired. Honestly, folks — if you didn’t find his ’email’ at least mildly amusing, you need to turn off the computer and go outdoors for a while. Maybe a couple of weeks.
Monbiot earned respect from me today, anyway, and I salute him. It took guts and good humor to write something like that — a rare combination. I’m pretty sure I disagree with him about a lot of things, but I’m ready to pay much more attention to him now, no matter what his views are.

November 23, 2009 11:03 pm

We have sceptics, scammers, squawkers, suckers and skimmers in this debate. The scammers provide fodder for the squawkers, and have now been exposed. The squawkers turn the fodder into fine food for the suckers. The skimmers set up renewables businesses to fleece the suckers, and may also fund the scammers. The suckers swallow the food faster annd faster, and grow the fleece. As for the sceptics, they go hungry, and are covered in vomit from the scammers, squawkers and suckers, but rise above it all, thank goodness. And sometimes a squawker can become a sceptic.

Tor Hansson
November 23, 2009 11:04 pm

Whatever his sentiment is (contrition within defiance) we can all see that this has opened the door for a public airing.
This is not going away.
The emails clearly indicate that these jokers have been in the habit of making little “adjustments” where they find it necessary. Now we just need one decent journalist to draw a nice clear picture for the general audience.

joshua corning
November 23, 2009 11:04 pm

I read some of the forgiving remarks here and want to puke.
This is one of the big cheerleaders who has been complicit in a fraudulent manipulative alarmist agenda.

Nah. If one is willing to adjust their view because of undeniable evidence then all I can say is good job.
I would like to think if more forth coming and convincing evidence of global warming were presented to me that I would have an open mind and adjust what i think is true to that evidence. I would also hope that if i did that the people whom I previously disagreed would not chastise me for it.

Alex Harvey
November 23, 2009 11:05 pm

To those questioning Monbiot’s sincerity or seriousness here, note that there is one thing that he has done unambiguously: he has called for Prof. Phil Jones’ resignation.
This is, to me, a big step forward, because we all know that Jones isn’t the only one. It must surely send a message to many scientists with similar guilty evidence of scientific fraud committed in the name of ending fossil fuel use that the tide of opinion is suddenly turning against them.

November 23, 2009 11:09 pm

I’m surprised we haven’t seen any Climategate jokes circulating yet. Let’s see, there was an American, an Englishman, and an idiot…. no, no, try again, they were all idiots…

Antonio San
November 23, 2009 11:10 pm

The Globe and Mail Thomson Reuters and Le Figaro have yet to even inform their readership about it. Reuters was busy advertising a Green Fund in Canada…

November 23, 2009 11:12 pm

He’s laying the foundations for his post Global Warming apocalypse career as a commentator. The call for resignations will be proof in the future that Monbiot was on the sceptic side all along.

Lars Dane
November 23, 2009 11:15 pm

Monbiots silly essay clearly shows that he hasn’t got a clue. Nobody disputes that adding CO2 to the atmosphere can give a slight warning. Indeed, reasonable people like Lindtzen, Spencer, Monckton and others have, in different ways, proved that a doubling of CO2 from pre-industrial 280ppm to 560ppm should give a temperature rise of approx. 1 or 1.1 degree celsius. We may have seen some of that already. It is the unfounded theory of water vapour as a positive forcing which is the problem and the reason for all the hysteria that we are so sceptic about.

Claude Harvey
November 23, 2009 11:18 pm

The man acknowledges that as a journalist he should have investigated the CRU claims before swallowing them, hook-line-and-sinker, but then proceeds to vow confidence in the wider body of AGW work which he also has not investigated.
I don’t think this boy has learned a thing from this experience. He simply threw Jones under the bus and resumed “business as usual”.

Gene Nemetz
November 23, 2009 11:21 pm

New headline at the top of the page at Drudge :
“Call for Congressional investigation into ClimateGate…”
Whether you like, dislike, or are neutral about Drudge doesn’t matter, IMO. Drudge gets more than 20 million hits every day. We should all be happy about the exposure Drudge gives this story. Even Monbiot should be happy since he is calling for a deeper look in to things!
BTW I’m in the neutral camp.

November 23, 2009 11:26 pm

The hacking of CRU and general AGW is being discussed on Londons premier radio phone-in, LBC 97.3 at this moment (7.25am). This is as close to main stream I’ve heard.

Gene Nemetz
November 23, 2009 11:26 pm

also in right column at Drudge :
Climate scientists accused of ‘manipulating data’…
at link
Lord Lawson calls for public inquiry into UEA global warming data ‘manipulation’
Throw a party Monbiot, you’re getting your wish!!

November 23, 2009 11:27 pm

I pretty much nearly fell off my chair when I read this – all credit to George Monbiot that takes guts.

November 23, 2009 11:28 pm

rbateman (21:27:23) :
Now, don’t forget that Dr. James Hansen is also in on a lot of those emails.
It’s dead Jim, and so is your credibility.

There is only one email from Hansen in the archive
I suspect tht privately, Jim doesn’t set too much store by treemometers, and didn’t involve himself with the Cru crew much.

November 23, 2009 11:49 pm

On the one hand they impose a nanny state for the 1 in 10,000 chance a child bumps their head too hard while riding their bicycle et al, in the name of protecting the children, as opposed to allowing us to teach our children responsibility. On the other hand they scare the hell out of our children giving them nightmares of climate catastrophe. These are sick twisted people we are dealing with. They need to be taught a lesson they will never forget.

Pete of perth
November 23, 2009 11:51 pm

And yet in Oz our dear Leader KRudd is still insistent on passing his “Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme” by the end of this week…. My heart sinks.

Pete of perth
November 23, 2009 11:52 pm

A new policy at CRU – all email accounts closed & replaced by whiteboards.

November 23, 2009 11:57 pm

tallbloke (23:28:11) :
He’s copied on way too much, which means he is Incriminated by his silence.

November 23, 2009 11:58 pm

Published on Tuesday, November 3, 2009 by The Guardian/UK
“Climate Change Deniers Are Not Skeptics – They’re Suckers”
… “These people aren’t sceptics; they’re suckers.”….
“Almost all my fiercest arguments over climate change, both in print and in person, have been with people in their 60s or 70s. Why might this be?”
Maybe they remember the warming scare then the cooling scare and now the warming scare. Maybe they also remember many, many “The end is nigh” stories.

Stephen Wilde
November 23, 2009 11:58 pm

He admits the CRU issue is a major blow but not a final nail in the coffin.
He goes on to indicate how powerful any such final nail would need to be with his sarcastic invented email.
To limit damage from the powerful blow he is proposing some limited concessions including the removal of Phil Jones, the disciplining of 3 or 4 others and the re examination of some code.
He leaves it entirely open as to what further evidence might come to light and has positioned himself as a ‘reasonable guy’ in the meantime.
Unfortunately he has rather compromised his purpose with the silly fake email section.
In reality it needs nothing as outlandish as that to provide the final nail.
Just a lack of confidence on the part of the general public is quite sufficient and that may well have been present even before the CRU revelations.

November 23, 2009 11:59 pm

A new policy at CRU – all email accounts closed & replaced by whiteboards.

Don’t laugh at that. I have seen companies in Silicon Valley where all the walls are covered with whiteboards. If you meet someone in a hallway and start a conversation, there is a whiteboard right next to you.

Martin Mason
November 24, 2009 12:03 am

Don’t laugh too hard because the laugh is on us. He is taking the mickey that’s all. His life revolves around AGW being true and if he actually ever got to any belief at all in what he has said there he would have ended it all. Don’t worry, he is still the same eco-loonie Moonbat. I believe that it’s really shaken him though and it may be some time before he is back to his obnoxious self.

November 24, 2009 12:05 am

I’m very surprised at the number of comments here which seem to misunderstand Monbiot’s writing. What’s up with that?

Jon Adams
November 24, 2009 12:06 am

Guys, wake up! read moonbat again… he thinks he is quite cute and also thinks the ‘science is ok’ – nothing but bs from down under…

November 24, 2009 12:07 am

Remember the solar minimum is still in full swing for over 2 years now and the planet is continuing to cool. Please keep injecting the science into the conversation when discussing the issue.

November 24, 2009 12:23 am

The first part said this is a serious matter – not just a few ill-considered emails, as other defenders have said – the second part is for the moonbats that might continue to be followers.
On balance, a win for skeptics but more to do.

Martin Brumby
November 24, 2009 12:38 am

OK some credit due to the Moonbat. But I struggle to take anything printed by the Grauniad very seriously and, after his disgraceful ‘journalism’ over many years, I wouldn’t be all that impressed if Monbiot’s admission (without the smart arsed fake email) was written in a suicide note, discovered ex post facto.
But, to look on the bright side, this is a great thing to paste into emails to all those AGW True Believer contacts who rubbish everything you send them along the lines that “Well what do you expect from Christopher Brooker” or “Delingpole? – I’m disappointed in you” or “Plimer? – well he’s just an Ozzie Geologist. What would he know?”

Barry Foster
November 24, 2009 12:47 am

Over at realclimate (perhaps to be re-titled realconspiracy) DavidCOG has suggested to all the pro-AGW posters there that they counter sceptics on forums who keep referring to Climategate with this…
“So? How does that refute any of the *science*?”
Genius, or what? I mean, that’s stumped me!

November 24, 2009 12:48 am

Whats central here is not whether the CRU emails destroy/don’t destroy the case for AGW, but the issue of intellectual dishonesty in science. Scientists clearly need to be reminded the the end does not justify the means. Even if the end is as important as ‘saving the world’, that does not justify faking the data. I was amazed that Michael Mann held on to a job in academia, after his work was destroyed by M&M, Wegman etc etc: in that case, again, the charge was essentially intellectual dishonesty, proclaiming a conclusion that the data was not truly able to support – inadequate data/data used inadequately/uncritical ‘buddy’ peer review, were the main findings by Wegman. Much the same is going on at CRU. If Jones is not dismissed (or invited to step down) I shall be astonished. If he holds on to his position, the notion of scientists as experts in any field will be devalued to the point of ridicule.,

November 24, 2009 12:49 am

An interesting opinion piece from the WSJ Europe about the UEA e-mails et al – seems fairly balanced and calls for further investigation:

Barry Foster
November 24, 2009 12:49 am

…And DavidCOG is already using it apparently!

Patrick Davis
November 24, 2009 12:50 am

OT, but I heard on the radio on the way home tonight that an Aussie lad who’d setup a facebook page ‘coz he was pissed off with the local “Bobby” is being charged under laws governing inflammatory remarks (These laws in Australia at least, apply to people making comments on sites like facebook, but e-mail and blogs too. Also the host of the website can be held responsible too. Scary sheet).
I guess we now have to be careful who we call an idiot.

November 24, 2009 12:50 am

There’s one glaring conclusion to be drawn from the conversation going on here: many of you lack the faculties to correctly distinguish between truth and falsehood. Anyone managing to read Monbiot’s piece and not pick up on the blatant sarcasm has a deficiency in their understanding of reading, logic and humour.
Many equivalent examples can be found among the comments generated on your side of this argument. Like the failure to recognize that FOX NEWS is in part a propaganda tool for corporate interests, and that its populist rhetoric is a tool to attract gullible people (yeah, that’s you guys). Some here even picked up on that but, incredibly enough, failed to make the mental connection that the “skeptic” side is largely fuelled by the same corporate interest. One guy talked about being fooled by Nixon back in the days, but that he now – by golly – was 100% on the right side of things, guaranteed!
It’s quite clear that you, deep down, are aware of your deficiency in this regard, but that you have jujitsu’d it into an almost religious fervor against what you have wrongfully identified will hurt you. And while I’m sure that once in a while you’re correct about one thing or the other, does it not give you the slightest pause when you detect the abundance of faulty reasoning and sloppy analysis coming from your side? It should. Your analysis of the leaked letters has been as laughably bad as your misreading of Monbiot. And you could stand to learn to see that.

November 24, 2009 12:50 am

More important than Monbiot are the warmist scientists who are begining to break away from “the Team”.
Warmer Scientists starting to distance themselves from “The Team”?
Judy Curry – slightly deprecating? of the team, Yet defending AGW on CA
Dr. Hans von Storch –
1. Data must be made public so that “adversaries” may check the analysis. [Now this is the basic prinicple of science]. This must be enforced!
2. Scientists like Mike Mann, Phil Jones and others should no longer participate in the peer-review process or in assessment activities like the IPCC!

Maybe an appeal should be launched to other genuine warmist scientists that they should also, at the very minimum, endorse these recomendations of Dr. Hans von Storch.

Nigel S
November 24, 2009 12:51 am

I don’t think that ‘I was too trusting of some of those who provided the evidence I championed.’ is going to work as an excuse at the Climate Trials.
‘He’s got ’em on the list — he’s got ’em on the list;
And they’ll none of ’em be missed — they’ll none of ’em be missed.’

November 24, 2009 1:12 am

R Shearer (20:15:06) :
Monbiot apologizes for the actions of a few rouge scientists.
Red faced indeed!

Evan Jones
November 24, 2009 1:12 am

hans, your self confidence is sublime, but I fear your perceptions leave much to be desired.
You need to parse more carefully. You have overlooked not one but both segues and believe it to be all one patch.
(You should also, perhaps, consider that in a different context in a blog on the other “side of this argument”, your comment would never have survived moderation. Yet here it sits.)

November 24, 2009 1:14 am

hans (00:50:05) : ..Anyone managing to read Monbiot’s piece and not pick up on the blatant sarcasm has a deficiency in their understanding of reading, logic and humour.
Many equivalent examples can be found among the comments generated on your side of this argument. Like the failure to recognize that FOX NEWS is in part a propaganda tool for corporate interests, and that its populist rhetoric is a tool to attract gullible people (yeah, that’s you guys). Some here even picked up on that but, incredibly enough, failed to make the mental connection that the “skeptic” side is largely fuelled by the same corporate interest. ..
..Your analysis of the leaked letters has been as laughably bad as your misreading of Monbiot. And you could stand to learn to see that.

hans – you have a defiency if you fail to recognise that Monbiot’s words “..It’s no use pretending that this isn’t a major blow. The emails extracted by a hacker from the climatic research unit at the University of East Anglia could scarcely be more damaging. I am now convinced that they are genuine, and I’m dismayed and deeply shaken by them…
..there are some messages that require no spin to make them look bad. There appears to be evidence here of attempts to prevent scientific data from being released, and even to destroy material that was subject to a freedom of information request.
Worse still, some of the emails suggest efforts to prevent the publication of work by climate sceptics, or to keep it out of a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. I believe that the head of the unit, Phil Jones, should now resign…”
Are genuine, without any sarcasm whatsoever, and from the heart.
This alone speaks volumes of you.

November 24, 2009 1:17 am

The problem I have with the purported apology from the Moonbat is that he is a typical leftie useful idiot for the AGW cause. Useful idiots are usually the very last to accept the fallacy of their central belief even if it is staring them straight in the face.

Bill Radcliffe
November 24, 2009 1:19 am

I would urge reading the Monbiot Guardian article in its original form. I agree entirely with Larry M (20:17:28) and several later posts. This is weasel of an apology. To be sure he’s dumping on his friends at UEA but has he altered his position? Not one bit. This is the man who is on record as demanding Nuremberg-type trials for sceptics. Put no trust in his “apology”. By the way the “comment is free” statement that appears daily in that newspaper is a travesty. They are among the most assiduous deleters of critical emails.

November 24, 2009 1:27 am

This is Mr A. Mohamad the Sudanese UN Ambassador, and currently chairman of the G77 block of developing countries representing them at the Copenhagen summit, giving an interesting interview on HARDTALK at the BBC last night. 23rd Nov 2009.
Basically they want the Wests money, and lots of it. ‘100 Billion Euro’s a year is peanuts’ “We need between 500 and 600 Billion for climate action and a simliar 500 to 600 Billion for adaptation”
The gravy train is warming up.

Allan M R MacRae
November 24, 2009 1:27 am

Monbiot is just another rat leaving the sinking ship “HMS Global Warming”.
He’s now trying to save himself, and pretending he was not part of this deceitful, criminal plot.
He won’t be the only one.
Time to lawyer-up, you gang of scoundrels.

November 24, 2009 1:29 am

hans (00:50:05) :
I’ll trust my own reading and understanding of the issues, thank you very much, despite your certainty that I lack the faculties. I guess I’m just stupid that way. 🙂
But I do believe that there is a propaganda war going on right now, as you state. These emails are, in part, just such a window onto that battlefield.
And actually han, deep down, I fear the continued erosian of scientific integrity in climate science regardless of the CRUtape fallout. Will it be business as usual in six months or a real transarency? I can accept transparency, han, can you?

not important
November 24, 2009 1:31 am

I think his “Knights Carbonic” is a sad version of Andy-Kaufman-comedy

Rhys Jaggar
November 24, 2009 1:33 am

The BBC had a significant discussion of this last night on ‘Newsnight’ which is the heavyweight political/news discussion programme hostly each evening by senior figures, notably Jeremy ‘Paxo’ Paxman.
The two figures interviewed were Dr Fred Singer, unfortunately standing on a street in London (seems strange they couldn’t get him a taxi to Wood Lane) and a senior Govt advisor, who was, of course, a warmist.
Paxman was trying to imply it wasn’t that serious, which it is.
But at least the BBC is now being required to put 50% coverage of alternative positions in play.

November 24, 2009 1:33 am

Monbiot plays the game well. remember that he refers to 3 or 4 scientists. He has had to address this because the Guardian as not lost its soul completely.
But next week or the week after he will be blogging away on Comment is Free if you agree with the same old nonsense. Telling you how disgusted with moderation whilst his censors stifle debate.
When the centre, gets on board then we can start cheering?
His and the Guardians love in with our Gav is very moving.
You must remember this a Trick is just a Trick
A hide is just a hide
Upon this you cant Deny as time proves lies.
Trick or Cheat
Hidee o Hidee I

November 24, 2009 1:36 am

“There may come a time” W.C. Fields liked to say: “When one must take the bull by the tail and face the situation.”
One might have hoped for a better reaction from NYT’s Revkin, whose status as kept poodle has so recently been exposed. He may be one of the last but in the end he too will jump on this crime syndicate.
And when the tide begins to turn, and it will, the other poodles will then come about with the fierce response of all jilted brides and reformed smokers.

November 24, 2009 1:36 am

Monbiot is a 100% bought and paid for corporate journalist. He has had no morals or principles since he took the Guardian’s money. He is having a laugh. Sacrificing a few peasant scientists for trillions of dollars of City of London carbon trading is good business.
Monbiot’s family is upper class and they are politicians of the fairly hard right.
Monbiot’s father, Raymond Geoffrey Monbiot, was the deputy chairman of the Conservative Party and Chairman of the National Convention. His mother Rosalie, the elder daughter of Roger Gresham Cooke, M.P. is a Conservative councillor who led South Oxford district council for a decade.
London’s financial centre is the main home to the incipient global carbon market. Prof Heal believes that in a decade, the trade could be worth trillions of dollars.

November 24, 2009 1:40 am

RC should not be given any respectability. It is obvious it is trying to desperately save face. Do not post there. Just let the team go on as before.

November 24, 2009 1:44 am

Anthony, I have not read any of the comments here. I’d urge that extreme caution needs to be exercised. As far as I am aware there is no university of Redcar (Redcar is better known for its racecourse), and this guy kattweizel does not seem to exist. I do not think that email is part of the CRU “release”. And it is way, way, way over the top.
All I can say is that this stinks.

November 24, 2009 1:46 am

Its interesting to note the BBC has had the CRU hack email for a month ( see here ) and suggest they are authentic.

November 24, 2009 1:49 am

@Eric Smith – quite honestly I find the idea that Monbiot is a closet corporate lackey very unlikely indeed.
He a genuine pain in the rear leftie as far as I can tell, who clearly, and as some considerable shock to many of us, has some integrity.

November 24, 2009 1:55 am

The great thing about Truth is this: It remains true even when there isn’t a single person with the spine to stand up and speak It.
Truth is harder than diamonds and purer than gold. It cannot be eroded.
Therefore, when people sneer at the Truth, and deem truth-speakers naive and overly trusting, and prefer deciet, they are up against something they can’t defeat. They may get rich, and they may bask in fame, but Truth stands there, watching them…
….watching them…
…………..watching them…….
Eventually a day comes when the person who has mocked Truth is old, ill and weary. Money can’t cure them, and the flattery of fame can’t cure them. All that seduced them into abandoning Truth has lost its lustre. The party is over.
On that day they face the Truth, which simply tells them, silently and needing no words, “You have been a liar.”
I understand Briffa has been ill. Makes me wonder…..

November 24, 2009 2:09 am

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November 24, 2009 2:12 am

People read the Guardian because they have a certain world view, they don’t have a certain world view because they read the Guardian. Moonblat is simply doing what all journalists do: satisfying the needs of his audience. Indeed, it seems our scientists have been doing the same!

P Gosselin
November 24, 2009 2:19 am

Now that’s what I would call [snip] amazing!
It takes a man with a lot of character and courage to do what George has just done.
My hat’s off.

November 24, 2009 2:22 am

(You are welcome to spread this! I think humour may be a good way to get a message out! –AE)
The first few jokes in this file are by Feel free to add your own and share the fun with others!
Question: How many Climate Gate deniers does it take to change a light bulb? (Q repeated for every answer)
What light bulb? The EU has banned them for environmental reasons.
None. Media prefers to stumble around in the dark.
Thirty. Because when you’ve done you need a whole platoon to dig trenches and put up barbed wire to defend your position to the very last man.
2501. That’s the number in the Intergovernmental Panel of Light-bulb Change. 2451 of them are only formally members and couldn’t care less, though everyone flies their jet planes to expensive international conferences to get pisssed and allow their names to be used in several thousand pages thick reports, sure to lay substantial areas of forests barren. There are about 50 that sit and cherry-pick the light bulbs that are suited for “the cause”. Of these only about a dozen check that the correct light bulb – and only the correct light bulb – is selected. Finally Al Gore climbs to the very top of the ladder and make sure that everything becomes totally screwed up.
What a bloody bickering about light bulbs! We will not change light bulbs. The light-bulb science is settled once and for all. You’re only a gang of conspiracy theorists that deny the Holocaust, think the US Government blew up the Twin Towers and see Flying Saucers in the sky.
None. because you can use the trick of hiding the decline in luminosity.
What’s a ”light bulb”? We only have camp fires, where we come from, and are almost freezing to death. Oh, how we long for Medieval times! It’s supposed to have been a Warm Period then.
It will be impossible to change any light bulbs. You see, even if we here on the BBC are about 23 000 employees, every single one of us is fully occupied with making new programmes where we repeat the same old message about “climate change”, day out and day in. That’s public service TV for you!
Changing a light bulb, you said? I’m from the government and I’m here to help you. Of course you have to pay the light-bulb tax, the electricity tax and of course the CO2 tax, not to forget the climate-change fee, the environment duty and the fossil-fuel charge. What? Well, mortgage your house, for heaven’s sake! Think of the poor panda bears, please. First we must make sure that the light bulb complies with regulation 4.71, paragraph B) in sub section…
Subject: Annoying idiot wants scientific openness
Howdy amigo!
I got this outrageous E-mail by some idiot that wants to check our light-bulb figures. If I see him I promise you I’ll beat the crap out of him. Suggest that you immediately delete everything. Chris will do the same. We can’t have others coming and checking our light bulbs. Scientific scrutiny and freedom of information in my ass! I propose that we gang up and oust this annoying man from everything. BTW, I attached the latest version of our program code, with should fix the travesty about that the increase simply hasn’t happened.
Ps. Send the money in chunks below 10 000 dollars, so authorities won’t find them, though I know that’s a heck of a job for the 100 billion of tax-payer’s money we have gotten so far.

P Gosselin
November 24, 2009 2:22 am

Sorry for all the times I called you “Moonbat”.

40 Shades of Green
November 24, 2009 2:23 am

George has a great title for his piece.
“The Knights Carbonic”
It is up there with
“The Climat-ati”
Which I read somewhere else.

Barry Foster
November 24, 2009 2:28 am

BBC’s Paul Hudson was sent the emails concerning him on October 12th!

Roger Knights
November 24, 2009 2:29 am

Look at it this way: OK, GM is performing a modified, limited hangout, which is the absolute minimum the situation calls for. We could say that this isn’t very courageous, etc.
But still, what he’s done is better than what 95% of his fellow CAWGers have done–they’re still “in denial.” They refuse to give an inch. Think what that implies about them. They can’t even do the minimum!

Graham Bartholomew
November 24, 2009 2:29 am

Moinbot should still debate Plimer. Should this happen Moinbot will have no arms and legs. Have people seem Plimer speak? he is an outback Aussie mining guy as well as a highly qualified academic, cruxifiction cometh…

November 24, 2009 2:30 am

From the post:
“If even Monbiot, an extremist, can say that much, why cannot the Liberals say far more? And will now the legion of warmist journalists in our own media dare say as Monbiot has so belatedly: […]”
Nahhh… here’s the headline (yes, front page top and center) from my local paper yesterday.
Since ’97, global warming has just gotten worse
By Seth Borenstein, Associated Press
I honestly thought they’d have something about the CRU emails, maybe on page 4 or 5, but they had that instead. Sigh.
Which just goes to show, you can lead some journalists to water..
…but they’ll jump back ’cause “it could rise by 20 feet any minute now.”

November 24, 2009 2:33 am

Late reply, and cheers for having me (despite my confrontational tone)!
About misreading Monbiot, you may have overlooked the structure of his argument. He’s saying:
A) OMG, things do look bad
B) This is how frickin’ bad they’d have to be to change anything
Due to the extreme sarcasm used in B) he is effectually trivializing A) and what I was reacting to was anyone taking this for an apology. What he’s saying is: your most explosive interpretation of the letters wouldn’t be able to make a dent in the main argument. He supplies a friendly, to your way of looking at things, interpretation of the letters just to drive home his actual point. He’s not really saying that things are all that bad either, but that they can be made to look that way. I do think he was honest when saying that this has not been good for the AGW side and that some details/data should be reanalyzed because of this whole affair; mainly to clear the air of accusations.

November 24, 2009 2:34 am

OT but we are going into meltdown mode in politics over here in Australia. Extraordinary scenes as the leader of the opposition walks out, then claims victory for the ETS despite not having it. Looks like Turnbull wont last the week and I would say K Rudd is next in line.
Also see Andrew Bolt’s blog – its going into meltdown over the issue;

November 24, 2009 2:34 am

Robinson (02:12:48) :
Summarised best here methinks…

Anything of a political nature was addressed at some time or other in Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister. As Hacker says “…the Guardian is read by people who think they ought to run the country…”

November 24, 2009 2:36 am

“In the article he calls for the resignation of one man (Dr. Phil Jones), concedes the damaged credibility of three or four others,” Let us take these words from oakgeo a bit further. Surely there are more folks who have taken part in this fraud? I bet that even the office cat knew what was going on.How many are people actually involved in the institutions ? Are they all as innocent and pure as the driven snow? Should an amnesty be offered to anyone who comes clean and admits to aiding and abetting ?

November 24, 2009 2:39 am

In troubling situations, people pull on deep unconscious parts of their being to kick in. Almost always IMO there are monsters in the depths as well as angels. I see GM revealing both. What I will watch, however, is what he does with his angel and his monster. Does he use his angel “I am sorry. I would have been a better journalist…” etc to discipline his monster, to write another blog to say “I wrote a dreadful piece about the Carbonic Knight. It was tasteless in the extreme, given the current situation, and uninformed about other skeptical claims, and all I can say is …sorry, again…”
During Watergate, Nixon’s right-hand man Charles Colson did a complete turnaround. Colson eventually chose to ‘fess where he need not have done, but did it for his conscience’s sake, and as a result he went to prison. What he did there is a testimony to the power of Spirit and Truth to work good in a very bad situation.

P Gosselin
November 24, 2009 2:43 am

Well, I’ll take that back.
I’ve just read your Knights of Carbonic piece.
…you’re still a moonbat.

P Gosselin
November 24, 2009 2:44 am

but at least you were man enough to make the right call on these leaked docs.

Ron de Haan
November 24, 2009 2:45 am

David Archibald, Turn the Heat on the High Priests of Global Warming.

Perry Debell
November 24, 2009 2:46 am

Read this please.
” Paul Hudson | 13:07 UK time, Monday, 23 November 2009
Very busy with forecast duties right now, but I do intend to write a blog regarding the UK Climate research centre (CRU) being hacked into, and the possible implications of this very serious affair.
I will add comment on this page as soon as I can free up some time. But I will in the meantime answer the question regarding the chain of e-mails which you have been commenting about on my blog, which can be seen here, and whether they are genuine or part of an elaborate hoax.
I was forwarded the chain of e-mails on the 12th October, which are comments from some of the worlds leading climate scientists written as a direct result of my article ‘whatever happened to global warming’. The e-mails released on the internet as a result of CRU being hacked into are identical to the ones I was forwarded and read at the time and so, as far as l can see, they are authentic.
More later. ”

Dr. Jones Sucks
November 24, 2009 2:49 am

Don’t fall for Monbiot’s so called change of heart as I don’t trust him for a second. Jones is obviously expendable and Monbiot is aware of this.. Send in someone else of like mind and get the same result and get a better impact.

November 24, 2009 2:52 am

Gee whiz, can’t anyone see that Moonbat is simply trying to be too cute? Essentially, he’s making fun of everyone who’s reacting to the CRU emails as though this is the smoking gun of a great AGW conspiracy (which of course, it is).
The guy is playing you and you’re falling for it.

el gordo
November 24, 2009 2:54 am

Plimer once had a debate with a Creationist and won handsomely.

stephen richards
November 24, 2009 3:01 am

He’s pratt and a very very bad reporter. Typical of the quality of those employed under the BBC’s need for reporters that can do other things like dancing and singing.
Pratt, Pratt Monbiot.

November 24, 2009 3:05 am

OK, he’s the first. WIll there be more?

November 24, 2009 3:08 am

This was an interesting article UNTIL the sarcasm in the bottom 1/4 of the page.

not important
November 24, 2009 3:13 am

kattweizel? Catweazle?
Wasn’t that a character in a british childrensprogram in the 70’s, a magician/alchymist from the middle ages sent to our time?

P Gosselin
November 24, 2009 3:17 am

The German press has wasted no time.
Without missing a beat!
Suddenly, the SUN may be resposnble for climate change!
Them Germans are so cutting-edge in science, I’ll tell ya!

November 24, 2009 3:31 am

Bah, these global warming believers!
If you discovered that the entire emmental cheese was mouldy, they’d tell you the holes are still edible.
That’s the trouble with post-modern types; they can always recontextualise everything to suit themselves; which means they get to protect their egos.
Instead of showing genuine concern that some people have corrupted the process, they dismiss it as irrelevant. I’m sure the police could use the same argument when a few racist officers are found; just dismiss them as a couple of bad apples that in no way reflect upon the force, and anyone who claims the police might have a problem with institutional racism is just a conspiracy nut. The irony is that post-modernism is what brought the deconstruction of institutionalised power structures to everyone’s consciousness. Now they can’t discern their own institutional power structures–how ironic.
Still, it is the hardest thing to look at one’s self objectively. I don’t think any of these people are bad or evil, they’re just lacking sufficient objectivity in the face of mistakes.

P Gosselin
November 24, 2009 3:35 am

By George, that’s a good one!

November 24, 2009 3:43 am

I found this e-mail ewhile searching in anelegantchaos. Does anyonw know what this “Earth Government” is? I am just curious about what this is and would appreciate any tips.
Thank you.
Sorry for the lenght of the post.
From: Earth Government
Subject: Press release from Earth Government and April Newsletter
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2003 16:05:07 -0800
Press release from Earth Government and April Newsletter
This Press release from Earth Government is found at
Formation of Earth Government for the good of all
March 27th, 2003
To all Peoples of the Earth,
Earth has long been waiting for a truly global governing body based on universal values,
human rights, global concepts and democracy. Earth Government might as well be created now,
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November 24, 2009 3:46 am

Here in the UK “Climategate” is the top story on the TaxPayers Alliance website. Hopefully, they will get to the truth as to where and what our hard earned money has been squandered on.

Paul Coppin
November 24, 2009 3:47 am

“This is the kind of conspiracy the deniers need to reveal to show that manmade climate change is a con. The hacked emails are a hard knock, but the science of global warming withstands much more than that.”
Whatever you think of his “email”, the moonbat is exactly right with his closing comment. What he probably doesn’t get, is its now time for to be a journalist and do the hard digging. We have been fortunate to tip over a rock and actually see the roaches scurrying away in broad daylight. It is now incumbent on every profesional journalist to begin to tip over rocks everywhere.
While we suspect, with good, but inconclusive evidence, that AGW is a con, there is also evidence for the sake of argument, that it is not. Skeptics need to be rigorous, thorough and relentlessly repetitive in their presentation of the counter-science to ensure that a) its valid, and b) everybody knows what the scientific truth really is.

Adam Gallon
November 24, 2009 4:00 am

Whatever “Moonbat’s” motives, the fact that this has now made it to the most left-wing of the mainstream British media is gratifying.
I watched most of “Newsnight’s” 15 minute slot, Fred Singer apeared to be very jet-lagged and the CRU’s Tom Watson did the standard defence, agreeing that enquiry was needed, but mostly to see how the “hack” occured.
The Strata-Sphere link is good, interesting as the e-mails are, both from the “Office Politics” and the pretty obvious response to the desire to shoe-horn the data to fit the theory and the desires of the politicians and the wish to bury some of it, it’s the data that’s been released that needs scrutinising. That data is showing quite clearly what has been suggested from the sceptical side of things, that there’s precious little evidence that there’s any major Anthropogenic component in any Global Warming.
Now, as to how far this is going to be taken is the moot point, as all of the mainstream political parties in the UK, are banking on getting a big chunk of money from “Green Taxes”, the EU’s banking on getting even more and I dare say that both the Republicans & Democrats are doing the same.
Throw out AGW and the voters will really start asking why they’re being taxed this way and it’s going to take very brave politicians to accept that it’s simply because they want the money!

Johnny Honda
November 24, 2009 4:03 am

“which is to say that the evidence for man-made global warming is as strong as the evidence for Darwinian evolution, or for the link between smoking and lung cancer”
Huh? So Mr. Monbiot, show the evidence to me!
“And could it be that the rapid growth of climate change denial over the last two years is actually a response to the hardening of scientific evidence?”
Hmmm, maybe, just maybe, rapid growth of denial is due to lack of scientific evidence?

November 24, 2009 4:06 am

Anthony, did Monbiot actually apologise? The word “apologise” does not appear in his blog article. Nor does the word “trusting” etc.
If you have already responded to this above, I apologise, But I think you could be accused of misrepresenting him here..?

November 24, 2009 4:07 am

I wonder whether George has anything to say to Ian Plimer now…?

November 24, 2009 4:11 am

“J.Hansford (20:28:05:
Well, his lucidity only lasted half his article, before he slipped once more into moonbattery and was dragged into that dark place that consumes his reason;-)”
Indeed. This is what is known as a limited hang-out in PR terms. Admit and show contrition for a tiny, but ultimately meaningless, sub-set of whatever mistake has been made, and then continue as before as if nothing major has happened.
Only respond to a single and controllable sub-section of the information and, above all, do NOT get dragged into acknowledging the real significance of the mess!
As with all the “warmists,” they are only responding to a “few emails” even if they now are beginning to admit that some of them really do seem to mean what they say they mean.
What they have all refused to touch (with the proverbial barge pole) is the leaked code, the meta data and the comments in that data.
THAT is where the real damning evidence lays and that is what they are avoiding like the plague.
That data shows that the entire temperature reconstruction is extremely flaky at best, and completely unreliable and utterly worthless at worst.
The implication of that is that all the other “peer-reviewed” papers that use that temperature reconstruction are also now suspect and proof (alongside the admissions in the emails) that the peer-review process has utterly failed to stand up to the rigours of impartial science, and instead has been corrupted and this suggests, (or at least these people can not disprove that) it was used to validate papers based on conclusion, rather than the soundness of the actual scientific method or the soundness of the data used.
This is damning indeed, and for “eminent” scientists to attempt to cover this up, instead of actually deal with the issues, demonstrates that these people are wholly unfit to be the “guardians” of the AGW theory, or the scientific investigation thereof.
I wonder how many more times the hull of the good ship AGW can be holed below the water-line and yet still float?

November 24, 2009 4:14 am

The BBC Newsnight programme had Susan Watts saying “Some climate models have have suggested we may be in for a couple of decades of cooling. Others, like this one here at the Met Office, disagree. So if is no wonder that people can be confused abouts what’s going on and who to believe.”
Now I’ve heard the the “two decades of cooling” before but thought it was an opinion. Was she right, have some climate models be tourtured enough to give this result?

Peter S
November 24, 2009 4:15 am

It’s a good idea not to take Monbiot at all seriously. He’s a character who lives in a black and white world flip-flopping between extremes (largely to feed his insatiable appetite for attention-seeking). Pretty much all of his journalese is infantile (including this piece).
Yesterday the Guardian was throwing all it had the the CRU scandal to try to rescue its beloved AGW agenda (and was savagely culling damaging comments from CiF). The newspaper [sic] brought in Mark Lynas – which was like presenting a red-rag to a bull, and then George Marshall – who was a laughing stock. Finally it hoiked in Monbiot to try to defuse the situation with this gimmick. It’s like the stuff coming out of pre-fall East Germany all over again. The BBC is pretty-much doing the same.
Opponents of the AGW scam need to remain ruthlessly focussed at all times.

November 24, 2009 4:16 am

Couldn’t the journalists just pretend they got hold of some classified Bush terrorist interrogation plans and go with it? Isn’t that what the New York Times did?
As far as I am concerned, this proved what everybody implicitly knew … All the errors never go one way in nature, without the helping hand of man.

November 24, 2009 4:18 am

Folks, the main point of that article is some rather heavy-handed sarcasm to demonstrate that the revelation of some ill-chosen words and alleged dodging of FOI of a few individuals does not bring down the entire thesis of AGW. This is not Monbiot deciding he’s been wrong for 20 years, but putting some perspective on the scale of the “problem”. A big dose of perspective would be my prescription, too.
Actually, I’m not even sure what he’s apologising for not investigating; as far as I’m aware from the summaries I’ve seen in the public domain (I’ve not looked at the files, nor do I intend to, given their provenance) the worst charge is that CRU got themselves into a siege mentality and were sometimes more concerned with defending the message than the science, and that their internal data management and software process have been pretty poor – and, evidently, their data security as well.
I’m not seeing anything that indicates, for example, that HADCRUT3 is not to be relied on. In fact, there’s a dog that’s not barking in the night here: we’ve been given an illicit view into the dirty laundry of one of the prime data sources and there’s nothing much to see beyond a bit of soup on someone’s tie. So in a way this gives me *more* confidence in that data, not less.
Put another way: Egg on face for some people, a major boost for those who have always argued the whole process should be open and easily verifiable by the public (that’s partly what WFT is about, of course), but in a month’s time, nothing much else will have changed.

November 24, 2009 4:30 am

He’s not serious guys. Come on, “The Knights Carbonic?” He’s equating the fake, (joke) email with the “victory” implied by the CRU emails. He’s still an ass.

Barry Foster
November 24, 2009 4:31 am

I have to agree with others here, in that I wouldn’t trust Monbiot AT ALL. He isn’t a good journalist (not even adequate) and I feel sure that he is taking the p*ss. He’s written that piece to say ‘Look, it would have to be this bad before I give up’. PLEASE see him for what he is, just one look at his face tells you everything! It seems to me that many here have fallen for the ‘joke’. It isn’t even good reading, it’s just a silly p*sstake.

Luke Warmer
November 24, 2009 4:34 am

Wall Street Journal:
A good selection of the e-mails.
Even the beeb can now publish them I guess

Bill Illis
November 24, 2009 4:47 am

I think this is also about throwing Phil Jones under the bus – he is going to be the fall-guy. (Mann will also have to be a fall-guy).
This will allow them to say “it was just an over-eager researcher, he has resigned now, the science is still sound and settled.”
Interesting that the emails almost suggest Keith Briffa was going to be sacrificed before this. They all knew that Briffa’s Yamal couldn’t be defended so he was already on his way out.

November 24, 2009 4:48 am

Please change the misleading title of this topic, Monbiot isn’t apologizing, though the does think Phil Jones should resign.

November 24, 2009 4:48 am

Please change the misleading title of this topic, Monbiot isn’t apologizing, though he does think Phil Jones should resign.

November 24, 2009 4:50 am

Thus says the LORD,” Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind
And makes flesh his strength,
And whose heart turns away from the LORD.
Jeremiah 17:5
Believing in the Almighty leaves me safely skeptical of everyone else including, hopefully, myself.

November 24, 2009 5:21 am

This is more like “I’m mad at you because you got caught” rather than “I’m mad at what you did”

Nigel S
November 24, 2009 5:22 am

Bill Illis (04:47:18) :
Shouldn’t that be ‘throw him off the sledge’ (in the hope of slowing down the wolves)?
I agree with the rest of your post, a very likely damage limitation strategy.

Bryan Clark
November 24, 2009 5:23 am

Who is responsible for the warming alarmist Google Ads on WUWT? Rather a disgrace, in light of all that’s happening. Someone needs to cancel that ad agreement.

Tony B (another one)
November 24, 2009 5:28 am

Luke Warmer (04:34:39) :
You mentioned the Beeb, who continue to religiously ignore the growing storm over CRUgate.
They prefer to run this unbelievably risible item, in their quest to get the word “climate” in every story, whilst avoiding the real story.
I don’t suppose African conflict has anything to do with, say, religion, or the availability of vastly increased numbers of weapons, or the amount of corrupt money flowing around? No – its all to do with climate!
We need a thread on BBC Stupidity/Complicity in CRUgate…

Tim S.
November 24, 2009 5:28 am

I think Monbiot should resign after that terrible attempt at sarcasm.

son of mulder
November 24, 2009 5:32 am

” Hans Erren (04:48:43) :
Please change the misleading title of this topic, Monbiot isn’t apologizing, though he does think Phil Jones should resign.”
In his response to a posting by Sabraguy in
George Monbiot says “I apologise. I was too trusting of some of those who provided the evidence I championed. I would have been a better journalist if I had investigated their claims more closely.”

Chris Wright
November 24, 2009 5:34 am

Like several others, I was worried that the actual apology was not genuine, as it did not appear in the main piece. I was actually starting to think that the ‘apology’ had been fabricated. With great relief I saw that WUWT provided the link to the apology, which was part of the ensuing thread and, as such, easily missed.
Just a suggestion: it would have been better if WUWT provided a separate link to the apology, as it was not, strictly speaking, part of the main piece.
Having said that, I feel I must pay tribute to Monbiot for his words and his apology, although the latter part of his post is nonsense. Clearly he’s not going to become a sceptic any time soon. But it does seem quite possible that the seeds of doubt have been sown in his mind. Just a short week ago those quotes would have seemed like utter fantasy. That apology is actually quite stunning.
I would also like to pay tribute to WUWT for excellent coverage for something that may – if there’s any justice in the world – prove to be a world-chengeing event.
Now it seems this story has escaped the confines of the Internet. Today’s printed Daily Telegraph has a full page spread on it, though it does include the obligatory photo of a stranded polar bear. With this growing publicity, and a call from the arch-warmer Monbiot for Jones to resign, these people must be feeling very sorry for themselves.

November 24, 2009 5:37 am

big news from Australia
Malcolm Turnbull will be booted out tomorrow morning probably. But even more interesting… labor will lose the next election based on AGW unless they change stance pretty soon ( Which they will of course) which by then will be AGW = 0 Skeptics = 100, deniers 110% LOL

November 24, 2009 5:43 am thats what the whole post on Monbiot’s blog is (including …”the head of the unit, Phil Jones, should now resign.”)
Above Paul Clark has already expressed things well.

Arthur Glass
November 24, 2009 5:53 am

I’m waiting to hear from Lyndon LaRouche.

November 24, 2009 6:01 am

why is Gavin posting at RC and answering questions / censoring, instead of doing his day job?

Bruce Cobb
November 24, 2009 6:03 am

What a snake GM is. First he says “It’s no use pretending that this isn’t a major blow.” But then he trivializes it, saying “They damage the credibility of three or four scientists. They raise questions about the integrity of one or perhaps two out of several hundred lines of evidence”, and he then goes on to portray the typical AGWers straw man argument of a “global conspiracy” using sarcasm as his weapon of choice to disembowel said straw man.
I’d trust him about as far as we can throw him.

A Lovell
November 24, 2009 6:05 am

We really ought to be kinder to poor George Monbiot.
It is a matter of public record that he suffers from cerebral malaria.
(Google george monbiot cerebral malaria.)

November 24, 2009 6:06 am

The problem going forward with this is to maintain the public’s focus. Assuming, of course, that CRUgate has capture the general public’s attention in the first place. The 24 hr news cycle is like a drive by shooting, and the public says: “Oh how terrible. ” Then moves on to the next one a day later.

November 24, 2009 6:06 am

Copenhagen cancelled!!? The heat in the kitchen will be very hot, and politicians do not like to be under this kind of microscope.

Frank K.
November 24, 2009 6:12 am

Bill Illis (04:47:18) :
“I think this is also about throwing Phil Jones under the bus – he is going to be the fall-guy. (Mann will also have to be a fall-guy).”
I frankly don’t think any of them will be fired from their current positions, and given their tenacity, I doubt they’ll resign on their own.
What will be more interesting to me is if the climate and science journals they serve, either as authors and reviewers, will permit their involvement in the future. I think they should be ** banned ** from ever reviewing another paper for anyone, given the obvious collusion and political maneuvering that was so evident in the e-mails. I also think that the scientists who were besmirched by this bunch should collectively call for some action on the part of the professional societies (AGU, AMS, etc.).

Martin Brumby
November 24, 2009 6:14 am

From my Company Newsletter (firmly warmist):-
HUGE billboard adverts have started to appear in over 900 locations across England today, depicting what the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) describe as “typical British seasons” that could soon look very different because of the impacts of climate change.
With just 13 days left until the start of negotiations in Copenhagen which will involve 192 countries gathering “to decide the fate of the planet”, DECC say the adverts offer a stark message to climate change sceptics. Energy and Climate Change Minister Joan Ruddock says it is essential that the public are informed and aware of the threats posed by serious climate change.
A recent poll carried out by DECC revealed that over 50 per cent of people questioned don’t believe climate change will affect them, and only 18 per cent believe that climate change will take effect during their children’s lifetime. Only 26 per cent believe that climate change is already impacting on the UK; 52 per cent of people believe that their actions as an individual can help stop the effects of climate change, and 74 per cent would take immediate action to change their lifestyle now “if they knew that climate change would affect their children’s lives.”
The advertising campaign has been launched at a time when a British climate change research centre is at the hub of a controversy over the release of world-wide temperature data, information which
sceptics say undermines the claim that the planet is warming due to manmade emissions. The row over alleged “junk science” involves the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit and its involvement with HadCrut, a major project creating a record of global temperatures based on surface weather stations around the world and which assists with short-term weather forecasting including warm, dry, and ‘barbecue summers’ in recent years.

November 24, 2009 6:18 am

The change of tone at RC is suspicious. Everything is getting through and yes Gavin is saying yes to everything (ie we will post all data). Either he’s been told to adapt or we will shut down the site (Soros et al), or you will have no job,…. or he really has been born again! LOL he certainly is taking it hard

November 24, 2009 6:22 am

Yes, Jones must go as head of CRU. I’ve been saying it for several days now. That he will be replaced by another warmist is of course inevitable –but that’s not the point. He must be replaced by someone who does not believe that it is the proper course of business to thwart legitimate requests for information/data, subvert the peer review process, destroy data, and just in general act like a mafia godfather.
Very refreshing to see that some in their own camp are beginning to realize it as well. Until Steve McI and others finish analyzing the data/code parts of the leak, it is hard to say if there is much of a “science” scandal here. But there is clearly a “scientist scandal”, and it is time for accountability to visit Dr. Jones.

Luke Warmer
November 24, 2009 6:25 am

BTW if anyone wants to watch the men behind the curtain working in real time rather than from the hack, watch the way this is playing out on its Wikipedia page.
The article is about 1/10th the size of the discussion and some of the issues are priceless – how they’re trying to control this one.
I mean I love this quote in the article: “Leading climate change scientist Kevin Trenberth said that it “may be aimed at undermining talks at next month’s Copenhagen global climate summit”.[8]” which is sourced, however the wiki guys can’t even recognise that some of the FOI requests run back years.
It’s quite hilarious.

Andrew Miceli
November 24, 2009 6:27 am

I was once taught examples of how to to tell if a person is a true psychotic. Two folks believed they could walk on water, but the truly psychotic still believed it even after walking out, nearly drowning and having to have CPR on the beach to save his life – and even right after, would wade back out to show everyone how they could actually walk on the water…
It sort of relates here – we’ll now see who the truly “religiously brainwashed” are versus those that maybe still have some grasp of reason.

November 24, 2009 6:29 am

Perp-walk all of them.

Henry chance
November 24, 2009 6:33 am

Monbiot is apologizing for being embarrassed by Jones. So he wants Jones out. Then nothing else changes.
Looks like Monbiot has lost face by reason of being gullible in regards to Jones.
Jones will not be redeemed for the content of his messages by finding a hacker.
Finding a hacker or leaker won’t change a single biased message.
For some reason, some shallow minds believe what is don’t with hope of privacy doesn’t matter. Can’t blame the delivery boy or messenger.

November 24, 2009 6:35 am

It’s fine to post on blogs like this but it is preaching to the converted. Why not also take the time to email your Representative as I do from time to time qv below:-
Dear David
Earlier this year I sent you an email warning that the Conservative Party should row back from their naive position of total acceptance of the tenets of AGW which, as I endeavoured to explain at that time, was based on tenuous and highly suspect evidence .
Now that the blogosphere is full of the material liberated from the University of East Anglia detailing the unprofessional shenanigans of it’s climate scientists and their falsification of data in order to prove their now discredited theories, I again suggest that your party disassociates itself to at least a position of neutrality on the entire concept.
To have allowed yourselves to become embroiled in this deception to the extent that you are was foolhardy by any standard, but to persist in peddling what may prove to be the scam of the century in the run up to June will lose you the Election.
As this continues to unfold, and more revelations may well be on the way, any party that continues to support the hysterical output of the green agenda will be taken for either fools or knaves – and I will vote for neither!
Roger Pascoe

Rik Gheysens
November 24, 2009 6:37 am

Here in Belgium we heard the news today that the US government will lie on the table concrete target figures for the reduction of GHGs at the climate conference in Copenhagen. The Obama government promises to reduce the emission of CO2 in 2020 with four percent in comparison to 1990.
It is the first time that the US gives a target figure.
Is this the end of the U.S. sovereignty and the creation of a new ‘world government’?

November 24, 2009 6:37 am

Monbiot is mocking those that believe the release of the emails will finish the debate in the favor of the skeptics.
Monbiot apologised for being too trusting of those he communicated with and that apology seems sincere.
Monbiot does want the misdeeds as indicated in the emails to be punished.
I don’t see why anyone would believe that the release of the emails would finish the debate that was already over but has still been going on. The only thing that will finish this debate is that the lack of warming continues and the models are proven statistically unviable or the warming continues in such a way as to make those still doubting irrelevant.

November 24, 2009 6:38 am

Folks… get a dose of reality! As I posted extensively on the Glenn Beck thread, old media is NOT your friend. They are the ENEMY. They have been in on this scam from the get-go carrying the water and running cover for the IPCC/CRU. Do not read or watch them and do not think that this leopard can be trusted to change its spots. Use your address book and some good pensmanship to get the story out to everyone you know….. and let the corrupt old media die its slow, painful but essential death.

son of mulder
November 24, 2009 6:39 am

Watt Tyler (05:51:33) :
That’s not satire …. this is satire…or have you forgotten?

November 24, 2009 6:45 am

Monbiot states that “They damage the credibility of three or four scientists. They raise questions about the integrity of one or perhaps two out of several hundred lines of evidence. To bury man-made climate change, a far wider conspiracy would have to be revealed.”
Let’s help him out there. With a quiet 2009 Atlantic Hurricane season winding down, Global Hurricane Frequency hitting record lows, the Ocean Temperature Anomaly dropping and Al Gore Photoshoping in hurricanes to try to gloss over these facts, a good synopsis article on hurricanes can damage the credibility of a bunch more scientists (Al Gore has no credibility to damage), raise questions on the integrity of several more lines of evidence and come one step closer to burying the catastrophic anthropogenic global warming narrative.

Jimmy Haigh
November 24, 2009 6:48 am

Watt Tyler (05:51:33) :
Yup. I fell for it too – I thought he was being sincere. He’s going to make another post and ridicule us skeptics on how easy it is to fool us and how gullible we all are.

Pamela Gray
November 24, 2009 6:59 am

Me thinks Monbiot is minding his ars. I have heard of these kinds of apologies. One hole says one thing, the other says something else. The apology is genuine but the sphincter had to be tightened to say it. He is likely caught between a rock and a hard place. So he apologized to the rock while protecting his ars.

November 24, 2009 7:00 am

While I appreciate that one of the most strident AGW advocates has admitted that he was wrong based on overwhelming evidence, I’m not ready to play make up with these guys yet. After years of them advocating for the use of my tax dollars on a bogus scam all the while calling me a denier or a flat earth moron I’m more than happy to let them stew in the mess they created for themselves for a while.
If he wants to apologize for being a bad journalist he’s welcome to. But that is more an apology to himself than to me.
I’ll hold off on the kudos until I get my apology. A refund would be nice, too.

November 24, 2009 7:01 am

Monbiot: Phil Jones, “should now resign.”
Help me here. Aren’t most emails sent to someone else?

November 24, 2009 7:02 am

Arrrgg! No!
This guy is making fun of the whole thing. He still thinks it’s some kind of made up conspiracy. The letter to the Knights of Carbonic is thumbing his nose at us. He thinks that’s how we see all this, as some kind of demonic conspiracy.

Not Amused
November 24, 2009 7:07 am

Yes, he is mocking us.
It wasn’t an apology at all people. Nor was he admitting to any kind of global warming ‘scam’.
He’s ‘flipping us the finger’ with a huge dose of sarcasm behind it.
Reread his blog, it’s all too obvious.

Fred Lightfoot
November 24, 2009 7:09 am

RT (Russian Television on satellite) in English has for the last 24 hours using the hacked emails as its lead story lasting approx 5 minutes saying that the British police have ask there Russian counter parts for help over the hacking. The reporter does a good job in enlightening the viewers as to the costs involved to the world and how much the ‘science’ is distorted.

Tom Jones
November 24, 2009 7:12 am

Monbiot made a nominal apology. So, what? Don’t be deceived. He still believes in AGW as much as ever, he only paused to throw a few former inconvenient friends under the bus. Expect his propaganda to continue, as ever.
His words say it all: But do these revelations justify the sceptics’ claims that this is “the final nail in the coffin” of global warming theory? Not at all. They damage the credibility of three or four scientists. They raise questions about the integrity of one or perhaps two out of several hundred lines of evidence.

November 24, 2009 7:13 am

Important: cloud project (climate and solar) has begun:

November 24, 2009 7:16 am

Well… I am shocked by this turn of events. By the same token as a skeptic all I have ever wanted was for journalists to actually try to be a little skeptical about the story lines they were being fed. Look unfortunately if you only feed people that global warming is man-made a lot of them are not going to take the time to find out if it is or not, they are simply going to accept it as being man caused. This is unfortunate but many people do not feel like they have the time to get into the complexities of the science. That is why we are supposed to have journalists that do not simply take what people say and parrot it. However it is not simply climate change that they do this in. Many stories about health, dieting, and other scientific endevours are gleefully bandied about without ever trying to find a dissenting view. Seriously if it wasn’t for sensational Journalism may of the stupid ideas people create for themselves in the name of science would not exist.
I applaud Monboit for his honesty. I hope his ability to be skeptical, whether the science is pro AGW or against AGW. Even as skeptics I have seen people grab onto alternative explanations for the increase in global temperatures much too readily. Science is best left to a questioning mind and is only proved when every question asked arrives at the same conclusion because that is simply all that the data says.

November 24, 2009 7:18 am

The reactions of various people are somewhat surprising and couldn’t be expected.
Who could have thought that Monbiot and Juliet Eilpeirin will be essentially shocked by the news?
And on the other hand, there are others who may have looked more moderate and who are still saying that things are rosy.
The difference between these two groups probably arise from their different expectations and, therefore, different moral standards. Those who say that everything is fine probably agree with the mafia methods of Jones et al., so they expected them and they are not surprised.
I don’t really want to say that Monbiot is more ethical in this sense, but I do want to suggest it. 😉