Dear all, who are so indignant about ClimateGate,
A question: how to phrase conclusions with not too much emotion?
So far only a single newspaper gave attention in the Netherlands. The KNMI has not given a reaction. Next Monday a journalist will visit me, and ask my opinion as a ‘specialist’ on judgement of allegations of scientific fraud. In the past I dealt with the Lomborg case for his defence. At other occasions I have been the ‘prosecutor’. I learnt to be a bit forgiving. Everybody makes mistakes, also scientists. Now, how to summarize for laymen the situations that has arisen?
With respect to what happened Monckton gave in my opinion a good summary:
“Astonishingly, what appears to have emerged is that (a) the (AGW) scientists have been manipulating the raw temperature figures to show a relentlessly rising global warming trend; (b) they have consistently refused outsiders access to the raw data; (c) the scientists have been trying to avoid freedom of information requests; and (d) they have been discussing ways to prevent papers by dissenting scientists being published in learned journals.”