Blasted deniers… and the Internet!
In the Climategate 2.0 collection, Phil Jones complains about universities being subject to Freedom of Information (FOI) requests:
date: Wed Aug 5 16:58:21 2009
from: Phil Jones
subject: My earlier comments
My comments were tongue in cheek! The agreements that we’re talking about
are not really confidentiality agreements that you’re talking about. Lots are
unwritten agreements that we make scientist to scientist. Where there are
written agreements they are signed between me (or previous Director’s
of CRU) with other academic institutions, which were not with their
central administration (but again a sub part). CRU doesn’t initiate these,
but if the other side wants it and it will help us do some work then we go
ahead and sign. There is never any obligation on CRU or UEA. They are generally
about agreeing to work together on something.
The agreements Dave is talking about are ones that relate to us not
making climate data available to third parties, which we have got from a
National Met Service.
FOI is causing us a lot of problems in CRU and even more for Dave, as he has
to respond to them all.
It would be good if UEA went along with any other Universities who might be
lobbying to remove academic research activities from FOI. FOI is having an
impact on my research productivity. I also write references for people leaving
CRU, students and others. If I have to write a poor one, I make sure I get
the truth to the recipient in a phone call. I’m also much less helpful responding
to members of the public who email CRU regularly than I was 2-3 years ago.
I’ve seen some of what I considered private and frank emails appear on websites.
Issue here is blogsites have allowed these climate change deniers to find one
another around the world.