Memorandum submitted by Martin Brumby
I write to you as Chair of the House of Commons
Science and Technology Select Committee.
I understand from a report on the BBC News website
that the Committee has requested an explanation of the apparent
wrongdoing at the University of East Anglia Climatic Research
Unit, including extensive cherry picking and manipulation of raw
data, use of inappropriate statistical methods and computer programming,
refusal to comply with legitimate FOI requests and destruction
of data that has been requested under FOI and systematic attempts
to prevent publication of research papers which conflicted with
I respectfully remind you that, whatever your
own view of the "science", that these "scientists"
are in receipt of very considerable funds from the public purse
and that the computer models they have constructed and the papers
they have published have been hugely influential in the policy
of all three major Political Parties in the UK and are effectively
the only "evidence" (as opposed to bold assertions)
that there is any "Dangerous Global Warming" and that
anthropogenic CO2 emissions are responsible for this.
I suggest that a proper Inquiry into this affair
is essential. I also suggest that the rumoured use of Lord Rees
of Ludlow to hold an UEA inquiry is completely unacceptable as
he is a well known AGW alarmist.
The same objection applies to Professor Sir
John Houghton, chair of the IPCC's first science panel, who says
"he would not support an inquiry as many of those demanding
one were biased" And he isn't perhaps?
I strongly suggest that if anyone is to have
confidence that an Inquiry is not just another Greenie alarmist
whitewash, this must be a job for a High Court Judge who has not
allowed himself to be embedded into either the "alarmist"
or "skeptic" camps.