Phil Jones, the disgraced former director of the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, admitted in an interview with BBC News that "the vast majority of climate scientists" do not believe the debate over global warming is over. Politicians ranging from President Barack Obama, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and former vice president Al Gore regularly claim "the debate is over."
Jones, gatekeeper for temperature data for the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, is among the world's most prominent scientists asserting humans are creating a global warming crisis.
In an interview published by BBC News, Jones was asked, "When scientists say 'the debate on climate change is over,' what exactly do they mean-and what don't they mean?" Jones responded, "I don't believe the vast majority of climate scientists think this. This is not my view."
Jones also acknowledged that recent warming (beginning in 1975 after three decades of global cooling) is not unprecedented and is similar to warming periods that occurred in 1860-1880 and 1910-1940.
Asked about the global temperature trend since 1995, Jones acknowledged there has been no statistically significant warming. And when asked about the global temperature trend since 2002, Jones admitted there has been global cooling, but he said it is not statistically significant.
Joseph Bast, president of The Heartland Institute, and James M. Taylor, its senior fellow for environment policy, commented on Jones' recent interview. You may quote from their statements below or contact them directly for additional information.
"Prof. Phil Jones has made some cautious concessions to his critics, but this falls well short of the retraction and apology he owes his fellow scientists, policymakers, and the millions of people who trusted him, the CRU, and the IPCC.
"I want to know when Jones, Hansen, Mann, and the rest of the Climategate Gang apologize to the 31,000 American scientists who signed the Oregon Petition saying there is no global warming crisis. I want apologies to Fred Singer, Pat Michaels, Roy Spencer, and the rest of the "skeptics" who have been ridiculed repeatedly by Jones and his colleagues, not just in email exchanges but publicly in countless speeches, op-eds, letters, and interviews with reporters."
The Heartland Institute
"It is time to call out politicians and propagandists who assert that 'the debate is over' when even the most ardent alarmist scientists say that is not true. I expect imminent public apologies from President Barack Obama, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and former Vice President Al Gore for misleading the American public by making an assertion that even global warming alarmists know is not true."
James M. Taylor,
Senior Fellow - Environment Policy
The Heartland Institute
Dan Miller is the Publisher of the Heartland Institute
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