My head is beginning to spin here but I read this as meaning that he wants the raw station data; we don’t know which data belongs to which station, correct?Yes, it does sound like Mr Palmer believes someone has his hand in the cookie jar.
The author of the Blog Post, Mr Willis Eschenbach, puts his finger on the larger issue, the issue that creates libertarian urges in the People:
My conclusion after all this time is that Phil [Jones] truly didn’t get it. He actually didn’t understand. He was not the owner of private data. He was the curator of public data. He didn’t understand that FOI requests are legal documents. Throughout the whole episode he treated them as some kind of optional request to grant or not as he saw fit. In this he was aided and abetted by David Palmer.A serious problem with the whole climate change issue is scientists trying to act like politicians.
Last evening I was in a discussion of this issue and a PhD in Marine Biology made the point that some impacts of "global warming" can be quickly reversed. That was interesting. The flip side was the mention of the question of how we reverse greenhouse gases with China and India still trying to grow to where Western economies are now. We talked soft coal, hard coal, gas and nuclear power and no one had a nervous breakdown. There are hard problems out there and we need new engineering solutions and a realization that tradeoffs will be required.
Regards — Cliff