Criminal charges are being pursued in what is being dubbed as “ClimateGate.”
It all started when an alleged whistleblower from the UK’s Hadley Centre leaked e-mails detailing how temperature data was being forged to prove alleged “manmade global warming.” Lord Christopher Monckton, a noted “climate skeptic,” says the actions were criminal and should be prosecuted.
“The Hadley-CRU temperature data set is simply a joke. It has no scientific data whatsoever,” he asserts. “It’s simply made up; it’s just nonsense.
Monckton notes that the information was available under the UK’s Freedom of Information Act, and accuses the Hadley Centre of conspiring with the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (CRU) to destroy the data and e-mails before the public got a hold of it.
“They conspired together and with other people to destroy Freedom of Information Act data which they knew had been requested and they knew had been validly requested,” states Monckton.
“That is a serious criminal offense [which] carries a very large fine,” he continues. “There are scales of one to five for fines, and this one is a five which I think at the moment is at least £10,000 — and if you don’t pay it you go to prison.”
Monckton argues that the criminal offenses go beyond the Freedom of Information Act, that they are crimes against science itself. He notes that temperature data sets from the Hadley Centre and CRU are used to calibrate NASA satellites that are in turn used to track global temperatures.