The University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit admitted on Sunday
that it had thrown out all raw temperature data from which the planet's global warming case has largely been built.
As world leaders prepare for discussions on sweeping climate change legislation in Copenhagen next month, the admission by the UEA scientists is yet another blemish on the push for cap-and-trade protocols and on the platform of most global warming alarmists.
The missing data is the cornerstone of the science behind the warming claims, and the fact that it has been thrown away means that others cannot analyze their findings or in any way the methods of their hypothesis. In other words, the core basis of any scientific exploration does not exist in this case.
The temperature data had been collected from a variety of weather stations around the world - and the scientists had altered the information to account for variances in methodologies and environments. The UEA scientists retained the altered data but had discarded the raw information, saying it was removed to save space when they moved offices.
“We do not hold the original raw data but only the value-added (quality controlled and homogenised) data,” the CRU stated on its web site.
The UEA's Climate Research Unit has been under scrutiny after it was revealed through hacked email strings that scientists there appeared to be suppressing alternative findings
on the cause and nature of the earth's climate change patterns. The incident has become widely known as Climategate.
“The CRU is basically saying, ‘Trust us’. So much for settling questions and resolving debates with science,” Roger Pielke, professor of environmental studies at Colorado University told The Times