Will climate expert, Phil Jones, be 'Black-balled' from Science?

Can he expect to find a job in his profession after the Climategate scandal? Will there be others who fall from grace? From The Times January 28, 2010 "Scientists in stolen e-mail scandal hid climate data" by Ben Webster, Environment Editor, and Jonathan Leake "The university at the centre of the climate change row over stolen e-mails broke the law by refusing to hand over its raw data for public scrutiny. The University of East Anglia breached the Freedom of Information Act by refusing to comply with requests for data concerning claims by its scientists that man-made emissions were causing global warming. The Information Commissioner’s Office decided that UEA failed in its duties under the Act but said that it could not prosecute those involved because the complaint was made too late, The Times has learnt. The ICO is now seeking to change the law to allow prosecutions if a complaint is made more than six months after a breach. The stolen e-mails , revealed on the eve of the Copenhagen summit, showed how the university’s Climatic Research Unit attempted to thwart requests for scientific data and other information, and suggest that senior figures at the university were involved in decisions to refuse the requests. It is not known who stole the e-mails. Professor Phil Jones, the unit’s director, stood down while an inquiry took place. The ICO’s decision could make it difficult for him to resume his post. In one e-mail, Professor Jones asked a colleague to delete e-mails relating to the 2007 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He also told a colleague that he had persuaded the university authorities to ignore information requests under the act from people linked to a website run by climate sceptics. A spokesman for the ICO said: “The legislation prevents us from taking any action but from looking at the emails it’s clear to us a breach has occurred.” Breaches of the act are punishable by an unlimited fine. The complaint to the ICO was made by David Holland, a retired engineer from Northampton. He had been seeking information to support his theory that the unit broke the IPCC’s rules to discredit sceptic scientists. In a statement, Graham Smith, Deputy Commissioner at the ICO, said: “The e-mails which are now public reveal that Mr Holland’s requests under the Freedom of Information Act were not dealt with as they should have been under the legislation. Section 77 of the Act makes it an offence for public authorities to act so as to prevent intentionally the disclosure of requested information.” " Bob.... so it is okay to conspire with others to delete emails? ..... okay to ignore FOIA requests? We are talking criminal stuff here. Rich..... I fear that you are right. beren.... interesting link... thank you!

Asked By: BB - 1/28/2010
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Memories are short and audacity is persistent. He will just weather the storm, pretend that nothing happened after it is over and go on with the same bunch of good ol' boys doing what they have been doing. Nothing's changed.
Answered By: rich - 1/28/2010
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Why? Because he trash talked his opponents... More
Answered By: Bob - 1/28/2010
No, this is nothing like the Schon scandal
Answered By: beren - 1/28/2010
No, he will get stimulus money from Obama. Like Michael Mann did.
Answered By: libertarian anarchist - 1/28/2010
libertarian is correct of course and that will be after he gets the Nobel Prize. Frankly I think he should be charged with fraud.
Answered By: jim z - 1/28/2010
I pity the fool.
Answered By: Super Rant - 1/28/2010
Yes beren, it's just like the Schon scandal except Jones and his buddies have billions of dollars and political backing.
Answered By: Ottawa Mike - 1/28/2010
He deserves a long prison sentence, and after that, spending the rest of his miserable days flipping burgers.
Answered By: New Deal Democrat - 1/28/2010
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