Re: GLOBALNE ocieplenie (cd)
- From: Andrew Karts <andrewkarts@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2010 20:20:02 -0800 (PST)
On Jan 28, 7:49 pm, quark <quark...@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Jan 28, 9:20 am, Andrew Karts <andrewka...@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Jan 28, 5:22 am, "brat_olin" <brat_o...@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Scientists in stolen e-mail scandal hid climate data
Ben Webster, Environment Editor, and Jonathan Leake
The university at the centre of the climate change row over stolen e-mails
broke the law by refusing to hand over its raw data for public scrutiny.
The University of East Anglia breached the Freedom of Information Act by
refusing to comply with requests for data concerning claims by its
scientists that man-made emissions were causing global warming. The
Information Commissioner's Office decided that UEA failed in its duties
under the Act but said that it could not prosecute those involved because
the complaint was made too late, The Times has learnt. The ICO is now
seeking to change the law to allow prosecutions if a complaint is made more
than six months after a breach.
The stolen e-mails , revealed on the eve of the Copenhagen summit, showed
how the university's Climatic Research Unit attempted to thwart requests for
scientific data and other information, and suggest that senior figures at
the university were involved in decisions to refuse the requests. It is not
known who stole the e-mails.
Professor Phil Jones, the unit's director, stood down while an inquiry took
place. The ICO's decision could make it difficult for him to resume his
Details of the breach emerged the day after John Beddington, the Chief
Scientific Adviser, warned that there was an urgent need for more honesty
about the uncertainty of some predictions. His intervention followed
admissions from scientists that the rate of glacial melt in the Himalayas
had been grossly exaggerated.
In one e-mail, Professor Jones asked a colleague to delete e-mails relating
to the 2007 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
He also told a colleague that he had persuaded the university authorities to
ignore information requests under the act from people linked to a website
run by climate sceptics.
A spokesman for the ICO said: "The legislation prevents us from taking any
action but from looking at the emails it's clear to us a breach has
occurred." Breaches of the act are punishable by an unlimited fine.
The complaint to the ICO was made by David Holland, a retired engineer from
Northampton. He had been seeking information to support his theory that the
unit broke the IPCC's rules to discredit sceptic scientists.
In a statement, Graham Smith, Deputy Commissioner at the ICO, said: "The
e-mails which are now public reveal that Mr Holland's requests under the
Freedom of Information Act were not dealt with as they should have been
under the legislation. Section 77 of the Act makes it an offence for public
authorities to act so as to prevent intentionally the disclosure of
He added: "The ICO is gathering evidence from this and other time-barred
cases to support the case for a change in the law. We will be advising the
university about the importance of effective records management and their
legal obligations in respect of future requests for information."
Mr Holland said: "There is an apparent Catch-22 here. The prosecution has to
be initiated within six months but you have to exhaust the university's
complaints procedure before the commission will look at your complaint. That
process can take longer than six months."
The university said: "The way freedom of information requests have been
handled is one of the main areas being explored by Sir Muir Russell's
independent review. The findings will be made
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THE EAST GOES NUCLEAR WHILE THE WEST HEADS FOR THE CAVES
by Michael Billington
January 18, (LPAC)—In the midst of the greatest international
financial crisis in modern history, all of Asia, including,
emphatically, the Russian Federation, is engaged in a process of rapid
expansion of nuclear power construction, a source of great pride to
the nuclear producer-nations, and of great hope to their clients among
the developing sector nations. These former colonies have been
systematically deprived of their natural right to the use of nuclear
power by the continuing legacy of British imperial power. What was
promised by the Atoms for Peace process of U.S. Presidents Dwight D.
Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy—access to the virtually unlimited power
potential of nuclear energy, to escape from the colonial legacy of
backwardness and poverty—was abruptly sabotaged in the 1970s. This was
done under the cover of the anti-nuclear hysteria fostered by Prince
Philip's environmentalist movement, and the fraudulent argument that
non-proliferation of nuclear weapons required a halt to peaceful uses
of nuclear power. Now, the nations of Asia has definitively rejected
British imperial dictates, asserting their long-term development to be
centered, necessarily, upon expanded nuclear power capacities.
Unfortunately, the West is still mired in the British Empire's muck.
While Asian nations are currently engaged in the construction of 43
nuclear plants, the entire rest of the world is constructing only 12.
The United States, once the unquestioned leader in nuclear power
development, is now constructing but one facility—and that is simply
the completion of a mothballed TVA plant, suspended in the 1980s. All
of Western Europe is constructing only two plants, while Germany and
Sweden have determined to phase out all their nuclear power plants—
although the global economic collapse is forcing a reconsideration of
In the United States, 224 nuclear scientists, engineers, and others
have issued a public letter this week to President Obama's Science
Advisor John Holdren, himself an anti-nuclear, anti-science zero-
growther, warning that "the world is leaving us behind." The letter
reads in part: "Our nation needs to proceed quickly—not twenty or
fifty years from now—while the people who pioneered this science and
engineering can still provide guidance to a new generation of
scientists and engineers. There is no political, economic, or
technical justification for delaying the benefits that nuclear power
will bring to the United States, while the rest of the world forges
Contrast this to South Korea, where the Ministry of Knowledge Economy
announced Jan. 13 that South Korea intends to export 80 nuclear
plants, with a total value of $400 billion, by 2030. South Korea
recently became only the sixth nuclear exporter, by winning a contract
to build four nuclear units for the UAE.
Lyndon LaRouche described this situation starkly: "What you are seeing
in the trans-Atlantic region is a dying civilization, a dying, self-
doomed civilization. What you are seeing in the trans-Pacific region—
especially on the Asian side, and the Indian Ocean side of that—you're
seeing progress! When you look at the Pacific economy, the Pacific
Ocean orientation, you find nuclear power increasing all over the
place. But when you look at the trans-Atlantic area, you find nuclear
power is almost banned, and backwardness goes back almost to the
depths of the cavemen."
- Russia Leads the Way -
The Oct. 13, 2009 agreements signed between Russia and China during
Prime Miniser Vladimir Putin's visit to Beijing, which centered on
cooperative development of nuclear power and high-speed rail
transportation systems, characterize the transformation of all of Asia
taking place today. Similar agreements were signed by India, with both
Russia and China. The three-way development process between Russia,
China, and India, which is to be financed, in part, by China's use of
its huge dollar reserves, was described by LaRouche as an historic
step towards realizing the "Four Power Alliance" among Russia, China,
India, and the United States, an alliance proposed by LaRouche as the
necessary bedrock for creating a new world credit system to replace
the current bankrupt world monetary system.
Asia was historically divided up for looting among the European
colonial powers, and, after the Second World War, divided by those
same powers along "Cold War" lines. Today, for the first time in
history, the Asian nations are cooperating on the idea of Great
Projects, understanding that their sovereign interests lie in the
mutually beneficial development of the entire region. One question is
repeatedly posed by leaders of these Asian powers: Why has the West,
and the U.S.A., in particular, not joined them in this physical-
economic solution to the collapse of the world financial system?
Russia has pledged to China that it will both expand its aid in
developing the Tianwan nuclear complex in Lianyungang, and provide
China with two breeder reactors, which will breed as much or more fuel
than is used up in the energy generation process. Russia is also
building a uranium enrichment facility for China, and providing a
supply of uranium.
India's long-standing economic cooperation with Russia had been
stalled for several years after the fall of the Soviet Union, but the
relationship is now back on a fast track. Sergei Kiriyenko, the head
of Russia's state nuclear corporation Rosatom, told Prime Minister
Putin in December, that Russia "will supply 12-14 units made according
to Russian technology," based not on individual units, but "series of
such power units." Kiriyenko added that Russia's nuclear industry is
"planning a signal event—the resumption of mass construction of
nuclear power plants, and these are not just plans, but practice."
Russia will commission at least one new nuclear power unit per year, ...
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