Phil Jones, the former head of the Climate Research Unit at East Anglia University, and the guy responsible for most of the exaggerated claims about global warming, and the leader of a wolf-pack of scientists who went through the scientific review process attacking anyone who would let a critical paper through to publication, is engaging in some back-peddaling.
An interview with the BBC has some interesting tidbits.
But he agreed that two periods in recent times had experienced similar warming. And he agreed that the debate had not been settled over whether the Medieval Warm Period was warmer than the current period.
These statements are likely to be welcomed by people sceptical of man-made climate change who have felt insulted to be labelled by government ministers as flat-earthers and deniers.source
Darn tootin' it is nice not to be considered a kook; and it only took a monumental hacking job to get the data out on the table for one and all to see how abysmally poor were the claims of those who said everything was settled.
He also says that there has been no statistical warming since 1996. Many of the sheeple-thinking global warming beleivers have denied the recent cooling, yet here is the main scientist saying what critics have been saying for years. How sweet.
The political fallout is occurring rapidly, with the mistakes and quotations of non-scientific opinions in the IPCC reports being dug up daily. New Scientist has an interesting editorial which finally allows that critics should be listened to in the climate debate. After pointing out that the job of a scientist is to "test theories to destruction", they go on to finally say:
"So let the IPCC embrace such debates, rather than retreat from them in the name of spurious consensus. Climate scientists have felt under siege from critics, as leaked emails last year amply demonstrated. But that is no reason to dismiss all criticism as necessarily unwarranted, uninformed or politically motivated."
"Some argue that the views of an untutored blogger, or even a scientist from another discipline, should never carry the same weight as those of someone with a lifetime's expertise in a relevant field. But if occasionally the emperors of the lab have no clothes, someone has to say so. The wider review of science made possible by the blogosphere can improve science and foster public confidence in its methods. Scientists should welcome the outside world in to check them out. Their science is useless if no one trusts it." "Let the sunlight in on climate change," New scientist, Jan 30, 2010, p. 5
Finally some sense on the pages of a scientific journal. This is an implicit admission that critics were suppressed and that outsiders do have a role to play in scientific criticism. It is truly amazing.
We are now winning the battle for free expression and open researh--something needed very badly by governmentally funded science.