So as the Copenhagen/Hopenhagen meeting are happening within a week I though this article about tree ring data was especially timely. The goal is for a Global tax to 'reduce' CO2. It will involve a massive transfer of wealth. This BTW in top of the 650 in taxes from Waxman/Markey. This is based on the famous IPCC reports which scream of an impending calamity. The report had a lynchpin the Hockey stick graph which helped Algore his Nobel prize. The article below is Oct 2, 2009 about 6 weeks before the Climategate whistleblower released the emails detailing the abuse of the scientific method and fraud engaged in by the AGW cabal at CRU and in the US. The author Ross McKitrick had been working on the hockey stick issue for a number of years. He give a good history of that. In particular he talks of the data and the issues with the data and how it was cherry picked to give the desired(?) results. The actually got ahold of some of the tree ring data when Briffa published one of his articles in a journal that required that he make data avaiable. Flawed climate data Jones head of the CRU has been asked to step down while an investigation inthe methods and destruction of data at CRU is reviewed. Some feel the CRU is trying to get ahead of the situation to protect Jones from an independent investigation. We shall see.