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"A failure of honesty, a failure of diligence, a failure of integrity",
This review is from: Hiding the Decline (Paperback)
A photograph of Andrew Montford on the back of the book suggests an amiable cove, but don't be misled. He's a terrier who pursues his prey relentlessly, and once his teeth are into his quarry he doesn't let go.
As an interested amateur I found his book was not an easy read. Following the ramifications of the emails between the protagonists it is easy to get lost in the welter of skulduggery and malfeasance. However what one loses in some of the detail is subsumed in the general impression of the corruption of science by those in the orthodox climatology community.
However I think that what is most astonishing about this book is not the corruption of science which it reveals but its exposure of the abysmal failure of those appointed to investigate the suspicion of that corruption. The three committees charged with this task (those chaired by Sir Muir Russell and Lord Oxburgh and the Government's Science & Technology Committee) failed so comprehensively to look at many of the most basic problems that one wonders how they can have any credibility at all. Compared with the rigour with which Montford has explored the issues their efforts appear positively infantile, and one is left with the impression that their main priority was not to rock the boat of the establishment view on anthropogenic global warming.
One of the most interesting aspects of the book is the revelation that as soon as Montford was known to be working on a critique of the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit for the Global Warming Policy Foundation he and his colleague Benny Peiser were subjected to a crude smear campaign by The Times and The Guardian.
What would be really interesting would be to read a review of this book by an establishment climatologist. I don't suppose we'll get one because their only possible response is to ignore it, as with Montford's last book, The Hockey Stick Illusion.