Global warming: The Oxburgh Inquiry was an offer he couldn't refuse.

Guest post by Thomas Fuller, San Francisco Environmental Examiner

Some background.

1. The Climatic Research Unit at East Anglia University has published science that was integral to the decision of the EU and the UK to immediately implement programs subsidizing the installation of green energy generation systems.

2. Those subsidies amounted to approximately $50 billion U.S. dollars in 2008 alone.

3. Organised crime has already moved to profit from these subsidies, which appear to lack adequate controls to prevent misuse.

4. When the authorised leak of emails and documents resulted in the Climategate scandal of November 2009, it caused considerable havoc in stock market prices of green energy companies, especially when it was followed by Copenhagen, a cold winter, and scandal in carbon certificate trading.

5. East Anglia University commissioned an investigation into the practices of its research unit and asked Lord Oxburgh to chair the panel.

6. Lord Oxburgh is chairman of Falck Renewables, a manufacturer of windfarms and the UK subsidiary of The Falck Group, a Milan-based manufacturer.

7. A sister company of Oxburgh’s Falck Renewables, Actelios, is publicly traded and had suffered serious falls in its stock price during the period of Climategate, etc.

8. Lord Oxburgh’s company, its parent and more than one of its sister companies have had organised crime activities surrounding their acquisition of property and installation of green energy systems.

9. The green energy industry, organised crime investors, Falck Renewables and its parent and sister companies stood to benefit from an investigation the results of which did not overturn the science findings of CRU.

10. The investigation by Lord Oxburgh was perfunctory. The report was 5 pages. It interviewed no-one who was not employed by the University. It reviewed 11 papers that were not part of the Climategate controversy. Those papers were selected either by the University itself or a committee of the Royal Society on which Phil Jones, director of CRU, was a member.

Do I believe the ‘mob directed the investigation?’ Of course not. Do I believe that Lord Oxburgh had additional reasons to weight the findings of his investigation in favor of the status quo? It’s certainly possible. Do I think that having an underworld connection to renewable energy subsidies prejudices almost every decision made about renewable energy? Definitely. Do I believe East Anglia University chose the wrong person to chair its investigation? Absolutely.

When Lord Oxburgh was asked to chair the inquiry into the scientific practices at CRU, home of the Climategate emails, many sources questioned whether he would be able to be objective. This is because of his leadership of a company that builds windfarms in the UK and Europe. There may have been other reasons to question his ability to be objective. The sister company of Falck Renewables, the publicly traded Actelios, had lost half its value in the preceding months, following the Climategate scandal, the failure of Copenhagen climate talks and perceptions of a cold winter in Europe and America. Lord Oxburgh may have had a lot on the line, and may well have needed the verdict his panel produced.

But there may well be more. Much like the late 19th century produced plenty of sordid stories and crime in the development of the oil industry, there is a lot of organised crime rushing to get involved in renewable energy. We can either praise the mafia’s newfound sense of ecological correctness or note the large amount of government subsidy being thrown around rather carelessly.

Lord Oxburgh is chairman of Falck Renewables, a windfarm manufacturer that is a subsiidiary of the troubled Falck Group in Milan, Italy. The projects that Falck Renewables build seem to follow a pattern:

Their project in La Muela, Spain, was associated with the arrest of 18 people on organised crime issues.

“Powerful wind turbines churned the air above La Muela last week but the stir in this small Aragonese town was caused by the arrest of the mayor and 18 other people on charges that reveal a new phenomenon in Spain: eco-corruption.”

And at Falck’s windfarm at Buddusò – Alà dei Sardi: “Four people arrested, seven wind farms and 12 companies under sequestration, and ‘that’s the outcome of the operation’ Gone With the Wind ‘for which the magistrate court of Avellino has issued arrest warrants for Oreste Vigorito, 62 years Naples lawyer, administrator and president of IVPC Benevento Calcio; Vito Nicastro, 52 years of Alcamo, Ferdinand Renzulli, 42 years of Avellino, and Vincent Dongarra, 46 years of Enna. Another 11 people were investigated in various capacities for accountability in organized fraud for receiving government grants for the construction of wind farms. Nine of the seized companies are based in Avellino, the other 3 in Sicily.”

As for Falck’s windfarm at Minervino Murge, we reported on Friday,”the Anti-Mafia prosecutor in Trapani gave life operation “Aeolus”, with 8 arrest warrants issued at the time of men linked to local clans, public administrators, municipal officials and entrepreneurs “for allowing the association called La Cosa Nostra mafia, and in particular the Mafia family Mazara del Vallo control of economic activities, permits, contracts and public services in the production of electricity through wind turbines and the exchange of vows political mafia. ” identification of persons and companies involved in the investigation Sicilian revealed disturbing links with the construction of wind farms in the territory of Puglia: Minervino Murge, Spinazzola and Poggiorsini municipalities in whose territories some companies have shown interest and in some cases initiated installations without the necessary concessions.”

As for their wind farm near Palermo, Petralia Sottana, what do “Puglia, Sicily, Mazara del Vallo-Minervino Murge have in common? Nothing but interest for wind power. Companies interested in plant wind turbines in Apulia are committed to the same plant in Sicily, the same involved in an investigation initiated by the hot anti-Mafia prosecutor in Trapani and actually called, “Aeolus.”  On 17 February, the Anti-Mafia prosecutor in Trapani gave life operation “Aeolus”, with 8 arrest warrants issued at the time of men linked to local clans, public administrators, municipal officials and entrepreneurs “for allowing the association called La Cosa Nostra mafia, and in particular the Mafia family Mazara del Vallo control of economic activities, permits, contracts and public services in the production of electricity through wind turbines and the exchange of vows political mafia.”

Italian and EU subsidies for the building of wind farms and the world’s highest guaranteed rates, €180 ($240, £160) per kwh, for the electricity they produce have turned southern Italy into a highly attractive market exploited by organised crime.

As a 2009 story by the Financial Times put it, “Multinationals are starting to find out something that is well known to Italian investors: that concealed beneath Europe’s most generous system of incentives – supported by “green credits” that industrial polluters have to purchase – there exists a web of corruption and shady deals.

Rossana Interlandi, recently appointed head of Sicily’s environment department, explains that project developers – she calls them “speculators” – were also lured by the appeal of a law that obliges Italy’s national grid operator to pay wind farm owners even when they are not producing electricity.”

The number of Italian cities with a windfarm nearby has doubled within a year, thanks to EU subsidies. It would be astonishing if the Mafia hadn’t gotten involved.

The situation has deteriorated in Italy to the point that they are moving to residential solar to cut CO2 emissions, in large part to minimize Mafia involvement.

Wind energy has become big business and it’s growing in a hurry. Lots of shady people are getting involved, in no small part because of government subsidies for both construction and feed in tariffs for green electricity.

The parent group of Oxburgh’s Falck Renewables is the Falck Group of Milan. As with so many Italian businesses, it’s a complicated maze of crossholdings and interlocked ownership that makes it almost impossible to decipher. However Falck’s sister company Actelios was the target of an anti-Mafia investigation, as reported last week.

Nobody from Falck Renewables or its parent company has been arrested, although Achille Colombo, its former head, has resigned, and news reports of questionable dealings with a Sicilian incinerator project that was cancelled have arisen. The deal, which was cancelled and is still under investigation, was worth an estimated € 4 billion. Falck Group is a Milan based company that has built windfarms in Calabria and Sicily that have been part of an anti-Mafia investigation. Some of the windfarms, including one near Corleone, were completed quite some time ago, but haven’t been connected to the grid. However, generous EU subsidies were forthcoming nonetheless.

Falck’s sister company Platani Energia Ambiente was part of an anti-mafia investigation regarding a controversial land deal that lasted from 2002 to 2007 and involved the removal from office of the contract administrator, Gioacchino Genchi.

Just about the last thing they needed was news that wind energy wasn’t crucial to the planet’s survival. Just about the last thing they needed was news that the research unit that told the world that current warming was unprecedented in the past 1,000 years was probably wrong. The recession had hammered stock prices in green technology. The failure of COP15 in Copenhagen, the collapse of carbon pricing and various scandals about trading permits had not helped.

A quick investigation focussing on internal interviews and a review of papers selected (it seems) by a committee on which one of the targets of the investigation served, and pointedly did not review any of the papers that had been criticized by skeptics, left the CRU smelling like a ‘slightly disorganized but committed’ rose.

The reaction of major media sources and governments to the Oxburgh results show that his findings were more than welcome–they may well have been necessary to continue the momentum for widespread conversion to green energy.

I’ll repeat here that I have no evidence linking Oxburgh or his company to the mafia–even honest companies in Italy can’t get far away from the mafia and can be surprised when they are linked in an investigation. I have interviewed none of the principals in this story, which would be the first course of action for an investigative reporter, which I am not. I am an opinion commentator who happens to read Italian, having lived there for seven years.

But the pressure Lord Oxburgh’s company was under due to general financial conditions and being enmeshed in legal difficulties in Italy make it inevitable that someone would raise the question of whether he could have been impartial.

More importantly, the flood of new government money, new deals and new partnerships for projects in faraway countries makes due diligence difficult, if not impossible. This is a Wild West frenzy of renewable building and carbon trading, and there have been scandals for years–and there will be more. What was the thinking behind choosing someone (even one so respected as Oxburgh) to sit in judgment on issues that affected his company’s health–even survival? I’ll repeat I’m not questioning Oxburgh’s integrity–but could anyone from the renewable sector have escaped some kind of association of this sort? In 2009 alone, 19 were arrested in Spain in connection with corruption surrounding a wind farm, there was a scandal regarding recycled carbon trading permits in Hungary, a regulator in Maine accepted an ownership interest in a company he regulated and which he went on to lead, a Washington biologist is accused of steering wind farm funding to his non-profit, Canada is investigating lobbying violations by green lobbyists, the list literally goes on and on.

And now a company with so many controversial ties to scandals in renewable energy comes up with a verdict that provides needed breathing space for renewable energy companies in general, and his own and his sister companies to boot.

It was a most convenient finding, this exoneration of CRU.

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Richard Sharpe

Follow. The. Money.

geo

I agree with Judith Curry that 5 pages is a joke –it’s the executive summary, not the report.
But here’s the thing, given the approach –carefully looking in the wrong places– then if an effective whitewash for pecuniary reasons was the real goal, he could have done a much better job. When you’re looking in the wrong places –places that the “defendent” asked you to look– you can lovingly go on in incredible minutia for page after page after page. Oxburgh didn’t.
So I don’t know exactly what the malfunction was here, but I tend to doubt it was meant to be about the money –or it would have been more superfically effective in doing so. Those of us who have had a professional duty to respond to government regulators know that one of the more effective ways you do it is in sheer volume of paper. There are plenty of regulators that will practically “weigh the paper” without even reading it (or at least only barely skimming it) in determining how serious you’ve been in your due diligence in responding.
That nothing of the kind happened here tells me it is something else.

singularian

4. When the authorised leak of emails and documents resulted in the Climategate scandal – Heh.
Paragraph starting “As for Falck’s windfarm at Minervino Murge,” is partly repeated in the para below.

Mike McMillan

Maybe some connections over on the western side of the Atlantic need scrutiny, too.

Amino Acids in Meteorites

Lord Oxburgh is chairman of Falck Renewables, a manufacturer of windfarms…
Awww, isn’t that just so cute….

Amino Acids in Meteorites

7. A sister company of Oxburgh’s Falck Renewables, Actelios, is publicly traded and had suffered serious falls in its stock price during the period of Climategate, etc.
I guess he wasn’t like the big American bankers that shorted when they saw a crash coming.

Amino Acids in Meteorites

8. Lord Oxburgh’s company, its parent and more than one of its sister companies have had organised crime activities…
Don’t these revelations get better and better all the time! What a wonderful world of global warming!

Amino Acids in Meteorites

We can either praise the mafia’s newfound sense of ecological correctness…
I always did like that scene in Goodfellas where they were changing out the incandescent light bulbs and replacing them with twisty straw bulbs.
Dang, can’t locate that clip in YouTube to attach it.

CRS, Dr.P.H.

…I’m reading this from Chicago, where our impeached Governor of Illinois is going to trial and making threats to subpoena the Commander-In-Chief-From -Chicago, Pres. Obama!!
Jeez, I thought WE were corrupt on this side of the pond!!
Forget the mafia, when the carbon-industrial complex in the USA gets revved up, it will be impossible to stop. You know the players, GE, Exxon, Goldman-Sachs etc.

Amino Acids in Meteorites

….the arrest of the mayor and 18 other people on charges that reveal a new phenomenon in Spain: eco-corruption.”
Oh come on! That’s just ‘standard practice’ in global warming. Are you people trying to make it look like something wrong is happening??

Tenuc

Lord Oxburgh was a former chairman of big oil (Shell), who has gone ‘green’ and is now a CAGW believer.
I’m sure our government felt he would be the ideal choice to run an enquiry into the Climategate scandal! This attempted cover-up will do more damage to the ’cause’ than was done by the leaked documents!

kwik

GOOD GRIEF!
Its much, much worse than we thought!

pat

Aw shucks. You mean that shallow, meaningless review of AGW was a complete fraud? Who knew. mean the in depth review of measured data was so impressive./

Richard111

Ironic to think that organised crime might save us from CAGW.

P.G. Sharrow

“Free Government Money” draws bad actors like sweets draw ants. They can’t help them selves. Cleptos have to steal. The renewable push of 30 years ago yielded the same results and after a dozen years the programs were ended. Lots of money spent and little benefit realized. What I found hard to believe was that they could have made good money by doing things right, but they had to scam it.
Bureaucrats mainly funded the scamers as they made the the most wonderful promises of results. After the bureaucrats discover they have been had, they bury it and cover up. Bureaucrats and politicans must be dumber then fenceposts as they never learn, and keep on doing the same things, expecting different results.

max

“We can either praise the mafia’s newfound sense of ecological correctness”
There is nothing newfound about this, the Mafia has long been a proud steward of the environment, a position which has repaid them handsomely. They have been involved with the waste management business for decades and, as visitors to Sicily can attest, the completely Mafia run waste management systems are unparalleled in the developed world (the 3rd world a different matter). Any place where money can be made regardless of whether product or service actually works, you are sure to find the Mafia (because they realize that if whether it works or not doesn’t matter then there is no need to waste money on trying to make it work in the first place).

Amino Acids in Meteorites

And now a company with so many controversial ties to scandals in renewable energy comes up with a verdict that provides needed breathing space for renewable energy companies in general, and his own and his sister companies to boot.
It was a most convenient finding, this exoneration of CRU.

How will they patch this one over? Damage control will be forthcoming and will be spread by trolls waiting under the bridge for their marching orders. Will they be bringing out Ed Begley for this one? How about that guy with the fish eye glases? Will Al Gore be able to answer about this as he walks down the hall chewing?
I’m interested to hear Monckton’s thoughts on this one! I got some popcorn!

JohnD

Post-normal extortion.

NZ Willy

“Falck Renewables” indeed. Why not cut through the East-Anglia BS and just call it “Flick Renewables” in the spirit that JFK called his ladies “flickers”, or even cut further and just call it F…

Andrew30

Tenuc (23:11:50) :
Lord Oxburgh was a former chairman of big oil (Shell), who has gone ‘green’ and is now a CAGW believer.
Shell has been funding the CRU from the very beginning.
That’s right, Shell and BP have been funding the CRU the whole time.

baahumbug

Deeee dede deeeee de deeeeeeee
I can see another series of parody videos coming, like the “Downfall” ones.
Scenes from the Godfather…
Godfather: “Globul Warmin, wind farms, it’s all hot air. Not solid like gamblin.”
Sonny: But pops, we gotta keep up wid da times. And I aint givin up any of ma territoris to them scum from UEA. Ayl give em som warmin from da end o my tommy gun.

UK Sceptic

Welcome to the EUSSR, the gangsters paradise…

stan stendera

Save two there were no birds on my birdfeeder today. Even Fat Albert, the gluttonous dove was absent. The only two birds present were the wrens [my wren has found a mate!] on picket duty. I had to get my binoculars to read the tiny signs they were carrying. One said: “On Strike”, the other said “Close Altamont”. I mIss them but I don’t blame them.
In the last twenty years over 8,000 Golden Eagles, a federally protected species, have been sliced apart by the wind turbines at Altamont. Frequently they spiral to earth with a broken wing only to be killed by the scavengers who have learned to hang around wind “farms”. To call such an industrial project a farm is an abomination.
Because of scavenger activity no one knoes how many birds are killed by wind projects. The American Bird Conservany estimates up to 275,000 a year. 10,000 a year at Altamont is another estimate. Both are probably conservative. It is worth noting that, in spite of the National Audubon Society’s support of the global warming myth, a number of local Audubon societys around Altamont have banded together to sue to stop the bird slaughter. They have won in court but little has been done.
This is in stark contrast to what happened to the greenies favorite whipping boy, Exxon-Mobile. They had an incident at one of their facilities that killed 85 birds. They were fined $600,000. No action has ever been taken against any wind project for bird slaughter.
Then there are the bats. Now I know bats are creepy, but when we used to sit on our deck at twilight watching the birds we got chewed up by mosquitos. Then we put up a bat box. Now we get to watch not only the birds but also the bats, knowing each quick swoop they make kills a mosquito. The bite quota is way down. Ain’t Nature wonderful.
At Backbone Mountain in western North Carolina 4,000 bats a year are killed at a wind project.
All of this might be worth it if wind projects actually generated any useful electricity. They don’t. All they generate is government handouts to promoters. Is it any wonder crime has moved in? Let’s call them the ecomafia.

Jimmy Haigh

It’s all really starting to look like a duck now.

DirkH

Now you see why that Club is called the Club Of Rome…

Kate

This is no surprise. Oxburgh announced the result of the CRU investigation before it had even begun, as I pointed out at the time. I also posted the findings of an investigation by HMRC that over 80% of carbon trades and VAT-related carbon credits were fraudulent (the “Carousel” system). But then again, if politicians, bureaucrats, green fascists, bankers, and the mass media want to create a financial system based upon the biggest scientific fraud in history, what they will produce is the financial equivalent of a massive cash sewer in the middle of a legal and political swamp.

Tom

€180 per kwh? Really? That’s… about one thousand times the retail price of electricity. Did you mean per MWh, perhaps?

Erik

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world’s highest guaranteed rates, €180 ($240, £160) per kwh, for the electricity they produce
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€180/kwh ? – I doubt it, but then again I am a skeptic

The Ghost Of Big Jim Cooley

I’m 50 years old – so nothing surprises me anymore. We all knew that nothing would come of the CRU debacle. However, I hope one of the British newspapers gets this and runs with it. There’s one thing you can say about British newspapers, and that’s when they get their teeth into something, they just won’t let go – as has been seen many, many times.

mikael pihlström

So, the mafia sat around idle for centuries?, no incomes?, waiting
for renewable projects to start. No one should take lightly infiltration
by organized crime, but please get some sense of proportion.

Dave Wendt

The seemingly ubiquitous involvement of OC figures in the EU green energy market adds an interesting spin to the post from earlier in the month about potential scams involving pumping high priced energy from supposedly green sources into the grid to reap big profits on the spread.
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/04/13/the-insanity-of-greenery/#more-18452

toby

Oxburgh’s report was short and sweet because the accusations were groundless.
I notice the more substantial House of Commons report has been forgotten. Since Oxburgh’s report was short and therefore wrong, the HoC report was longer but therefore right.
Conspiracy theories, now! The MAFIA are behind AGW? The wingnut index of this site is growing.

Robert of Ottawa

The rot goes deeper. There are large swathes of government and academic bureaucracy now dependant on government green money. In the US itself, 18,000 people work for the EPA and that organization is salivating at the opportunities of further money.
Same applies here in Canada. Here’s a typical story of self-serving warmists http://winnipeg.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20100401/climate_funding_100403/20100403/?hub=WinnipegHome

bobby222

Readers may like to know that Lord Oxborough used to be Sir Ronald Oxburgh, the President of Queens’ College, one of the many ancient colleges which constitute the University of Cambridge in England. He is an eminent scientist in the field of geology. Here are some interesting connections you might not know…
As a member of the house of Lords, and active for many years in government work, he will have come into contact with Lord Falconer. Falconer used to be Charlie Falconer. Not only was Falconer a member of Tony Blair’s government (its chief law officer I think), he was a close friend of Blair’s and later elevate to the house of Lords. Falconer was also a fellow Queensman, having studied there as an undergraduate. As for Blair, I notice that there have been many connections, or at leat sympathies, between some of Blair’s inner circle and Al Gore.
I do not suggest anything untoward. I just raise my eyebrow!

Politicians throwing subsidies at any problem attracts dodgy ‘entrepreneurs’ like meat attracts flies at an Aussie barbecue.
Politicians thinking they can repeat the same failed tactics and expect successful outcomes proves nothing more than the essential stupidity of politicians.
And this is OT, but I appreciate how civilised the posters on WUWT are,
while contrary views from the majority posted in the Guardian attracts inredibly vicious comment. Nice contrast!
Anthony’s standards of civil behaviour on WUWT are to be commended.

Capn Jack

Toby,
Go back to moonbot land. You know that top secret place in your head.
We heard you folk were organising, we just never thought we would see a moonbot land here.
Lo and behold a moonbotian and Hawkings said space aliens would not be friendly, he is right.
Nanoo Nanoo Toby.
Say hello to Loopa Loopa George for us.

Richard Sharpe

toby (01:12:50) said:

Oxburgh’s report was short and sweet because the accusations were groundless.
I notice the more substantial House of Commons report has been forgotten. Since Oxburgh’s report was short and therefore wrong, the HoC report was longer but therefore right.
Conspiracy theories, now! The MAFIA are behind AGW? The wingnut index of this site is growing.

Keep spouting your bullshit. I am sure you will find some moron to believe it.

mikael pihlström

Thomas Fuller
“The green energy industry, organised crime investors, Falck Renewables
and its parent and sister companies stood to benefit from an investigation
the results of which did not overturn the science findings of CRU.”
How many investigations do you need before you get it: nothing will
overturn the main science findings of CRU. There will be new details, complementing views perhaps, but the science findings about theses
past events will stand, corroborated by a load of independent evidence.
If you are true sceptics, why not concentrate on the core matter of
modelling RF, the IPCC models and scenarios etc.

Mooloo

Conspiracy theories, now! The MAFIA are behind AGW? The wingnut index of this site is growing.
No. You are the one reading things in that are not there. No-one has claimed any crime link to the belief in AGW, just a possiblity that they are taking advantage of it.
History tells us that many of greatest of humankind’s failures are when we try to hard to be good. Revolutions start with the best intentions and end with the Gulag. People give money to desperate children in Africa, only to find 90% is spent on “administration” because their chosen “charity” was actually not.
Whether AGW is real or not, there is a desperate need to stop the idiotic throwing of money by politicians trying to look like they care. Why are people paying other people to not chop down forests that they had no intention to chop down, for example?

Thomas,
the proce is either 180/MWh (most likely) or 180/kW of available capacity,

That might be “price”

toby (01:12:50): Oxburgh’s report was short and sweet because the accusations were groundless.
I notice the more substantial House of Commons report has been forgotten.

No way! We are still chuckling! If you bothered to read it, the Commons have printed one of the best dismissals of climate science I have ever had the fortune to read. The only way the climategate gang got out of this at all was by effectively redefining their discipline as not being subject to the rule of science.
OK, they went away with their integrity in tact because they decided that the standard they wanted their “scientific” discipline to be judged by was that: “they weren’t proven to have lied”. So, they have joined the throng over other distrusted professions like politicians and effectively admitted that climate forecasting was not a science based on the rigorous “proof by test”, statistics, physics, chemistry, etc. … basically it can now be classified along with the arts
or to put it another way one bunch of scoundrels have said that another bunch of scoundrels can’t be proven to have (intentionally) lied (on the specific issues being considered – by the specific witness they chose as being least likely to have the evidence to prove a lie, etc.).

A C Osborn

toby (01:12:50) :
Oxburgh’s report was short and sweet because the accusations were groundless.
Tell that to all those Scientists that passed compliants to both Committees which did not actually interview them or investigate their claims.
You obviously either didn’t bother reading the emails or read them through Rose (AGW) coloured glasses.

Kailer

That must be MWh right? They’re not really giving windfarmers 180,000 euros/MWh of electricity are they?

Rick Bradford

Ey, give da guy a break, willya? Anythin’s better’n being strapped to one a dose windmills, am I right or am I right?

toby (01:12:50): Oxburgh’s report was short and sweet because the accusations were groundless.
Toby, the fact is that most people and certainly most scientists were able to read for themselves what was happening in climate “science”. They didn’t need an inquiry to know that e.g. the process of peer review had been distorted or that they were saying one thing about sulphates in private which they were not telling the public.
The damage was done by the emails themselves and the only way to limit that damage was to have shown that such behaviour was totally unacceptable in climate science and to have shown this academic discipline set the highest scientific standards for itself.
Paradoxically the best outcome for the climate “scientists” – What the credibility of climate “science” needed was a very strong rebuttal of the kind of activity seen in the emails. The more heads that rolled, the more people who think: “wow they do set high standards in that subject”.
In contrast climate “science” has all but admitted that what we saw in the emails was perfectly acceptable for their subject.
This hasn’t raised the credibility of those in the climategate emails, far from it! It has in fact lowered the public perception of this subject so that e.g. most people will now view anyone working in this field as endorsing the kinds of behaviour seen in the climategate emails. All work from climate “science” will be viewed with much the same credibility as we all view Party Political Manifestos – unlikely to be blatantly untrue – but certain in some way to hide the real truth.

Henry chance

This is what peer review looks like in an investigation.
Peer reviewed endorsement. I suspect the CRU wrote the report before the inquiry commenced.

3x2

toby (01:12:50) :
Oxburgh’s report was short and sweet because the accusations were groundless.
I notice the more substantial House of Commons report has been forgotten. Since Oxburgh’s report was short and therefore wrong, the HoC report was longer but therefore right.
Conspiracy theories, now! The MAFIA are behind AGW? The wingnut index of this site is growing.

I don’t really think you need a conspiracy, just hundreds of billions in free money moved around in an endless shell game with no accountable end product.
If my BBC pension depends on “the green markets” or my windfarm company is about to tank, I don’t have to be in league with the “mafia” to know where my interests lie regarding climategate or anything “climate” related.

CRS, Dr.P.H. (23:10:17) :
Forget the mafia, when the carbon-industrial complex in the USA gets revved up, it will be impossible to stop. You know the players, GE, Exxon, Goldman-Sachs etc.

I would argue that it already is revved up and impossible to stop.
Goldman-Sachs (Lehman, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank … big oil, big everyone …) all taking their 10%. The current and future pensions of millions. This list could go on for pages. Already impossible to dismantle even if temperatures plunged back into a Little Ice Age by next week. Got to love the “green” economy.

Atomic Hairdryer

Organised crime has been active in Italian green projects for a while, including their own take on recycling-
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/09/090916-italy-toxic-video-ap.html
“September 16, 2009—Authorities are using a robotic submarine to investigate whether the Mafia dumped “hundreds” of radioactive-waste barrels into the sea off Italy.”
Shouldn’t be any great suprise finding fraud in any bubble.

Steve (Paris)

I am intriuged by the use of ‘authorised’ here:
‘When the authorised leak of emails and documents resulted in the Climategate scandal of November 2009’
The implication being that Climatgate was an exercise in damage control. Which means what we have seen is the tip of the iceberg, doesn’t it? Anyone out there following up on this? FOI? Lawson?