I have earlier discussed other problems relating to the Briffa proxy temperature data sets revealed by Steve McIntyre relating to the Yamal tree ring data from Siberia. Steve McIntyre had much earlier been able to obtain enough of Michael Mann's data to figure out how it had been used to generate false hockey stick temperature data.
Note that the instrumental land temperature record goes back to 1881, but these scientists preferred to use the tree ring data up to 1960, rather than splicing in the instrumental data back in 1881, or anytime earlier in the 20th Century. The tree ring data interpretation gave them lots of room to get the results they wanted or maybe it just happened to give them the result they wanted. If the instrumental record had offered as low a baseline or stick for their hockey stick, they would no doubt have spliced it in earlier at some advantageous time. As I noted earlier, the recent release of CRU documents has also made the very sorry state of the documentation of the original data sets and the adjustments made on them over the years at CRU impossible to reconstruct. The unscientific and sorry state of this data made it impossible for CRU to release this data to Freedom of Information Act requests without huge embarrassment. Their own scientists could not reconstruct results scientists at CRU had published earlier. The released documents clearly show scientists pulling their hair out and going stark raving mad trying to deal with the mess. This being the case, destroying the data, as Jones threatened to do, would have appeared to be the best thing to do!
I am going to call out the two universities I studied at in particular for having disappointed me by not having a single scientist who argued against this AGW fraud publicly. In fact, both Case Western Reserve University and Brown University promoted the AGW fraud as politically correct on campus and in the school newspapers and the alumni magazines. Shame on you, Brown University and Case Western Reserve University! As in so many other issues, you have both made your bias toward socialism obvious by favoring its appetite over reality.
I also believe that those major companies that jumped on the AGW and alternative energy subsidy bandwagon should be scolded severely. Among these companies are GE, GM, Ford, Exxon Mobil, Shell Oil, and many others who have been claiming to be reducing CO2 emissions in order to save the Earth from a man-made greenhouse gas-induced warming catastrophe. They had a civic duty to declare AGW nonsense and not to seek subsidies and other benefits from the AGW frenzy.