“Doug Keenan finally gets the tree data“. Anthony Watts declares “victory!” because Guardian writer Fred Pearce reports that “part-time climate analyst, Doug Keenan” who “admits he has no expertise in tree-ring analysis” has used a Freedom of Information request to force Queen’s University to give him proprietary Irish tree-ring study data that covers a 7000 year time span.
Keenan hopes to somehow prove that the Irish tree-rings are evidence of a widespread medieval warm period. Dr. Baillie has published a study with his colleagues showing that Irish oaks record temperature changes poorly, so good luck with that.
Anthony says “It will be interesting to see what independent analysis shows.” Wouldn’t that presumptive eventual Global Warming disproof be the actual “victory”? I think Anthony knows that this quick celebration will be all that he can extract from it other than the start of a new round of misrepresentation.
“Keenan has become notorious for pursuing a series of vitriolic disputes with British academics over climate data.” How unusual.