"More interesting is what is not contained in the emails. There is no evidence of any worldwide conspiracy, no mention of George Soros nefariously funding climate research, no grand plan to ‘get rid of the MWP’, no admission that global warming is a hoax, no evidence of the falsifying of data, and no ‘marching orders’ from our socialist/communist/vegetarian overlords. The truly paranoid will put this down to the hackers also being in on the plot though."
This rather empty straw man exercise was dispensed with here. But on further reflection it is clear that something missing from the record files is significant, namely the absence of any mention of the raw data sets that had been repeatedly petitioned through various Freedom of Information requests. These data sets were the bedrock upon which the AGW argument was built, and now we are told that they have been lost. Yes, apparently in the move from one building to another, the raw data somehow got lost in the shuffle. It happens. Can't be helped. Let's be mature about this. No sense crying over spilled milk. Nothing to do about it now.
The data upon which all this scientific research rests became lost? This is the same data that had repeatedly been requested by Steve McIntyre, and others, for which he had received refusal after refusal from Dr. Jones. Now all lost, apparently.
Chris Horner explores this problem further over at Watts Up With That?
"First, it does seem odd that Jones would so firmly and crisply articulate his many, very specific excuses for so many years about why he could not provide something that in fact they had, as he now tells it, lost."
One would think Dr. Jones could have saved himself all the work of those detailed explanations as to why the data could not be released, and simply said: "The data cannot be released for your review because I lost it when we moved." But he did not.
What's more, he never mentions their absence in any of his e-mail correspondence with his CRU colleagues. Many mentions of arguments detailing reasons why the documents could not be released. Many mentions that e-mails should be deleted. Many mentions of issues with FOI requests. Many mentions that those requesting the information were jerks. No mention that the information no longer existed. It no longer exists now.