Climate Scientist Phil Jones Exonerated by British House of Commons.
31 Mar 2010
The British House of Commons today issued a report exonerating Professor Phil Jones, the director of the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia. Dr. Jones was embroiled in controversy following the theft of internal emails and documents from the University's servers in November of last year.
The report states that "the focus on CRU and Professor Phil Jones, Director of CRU, in particular, has largely been misplaced," and that Dr. Jones's actions were "in line with common practice in the climate science community," and the CRU's "analyses have been repeated and the conclusions have been verified."
The review by the House of Commons' Science and Technology Committee began in January in the wake of the 'Climategate' media frenzy. While the committee's report recommends that climate scientists should seek to improve transparency in their work, release raw data when possible, and provide more detail on their methodologies, the committee firmly concludes that there was no dishonesty on the part of Dr. Jones and the CRU. The committee compared the results of other independent analyses of climate data to that of the CRU, and found that they are consistent and independently verifiable.