E-mail exchanges roiling climate change debate

December 14, 2009 at 10:10 AM Leave a comment

Here are excerpts from some of the 1,073 climate e-mails from climate scientists that were apparently hacked from a computer network server at the English University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit and posted online last month.

Many of them capture exchanges between Penn State University climate scientist Michael Mann and Phil Jones, who has stepped aside as director of East Anglia’s climate center pending an investigation of his behavior regarding the e-mails. Critics accuse the scientists of seeking to make the case for global warming stronger than it actually is.

Several messages also mention the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nations body charged with taking stock of the scientific evidence of climate change.

“There is nothing we can do about them aside from continuing to publish quality work in quality journals (or calling in a Mafia hit).” — A climate scientist in a March 12, 2003, e-mail about the work of two skeptics. Their paper minimizing the impact of human activity on climate change was eventually discredited when it was found to have been funded in part by the oil industry.

“In an odd way this is cheering news !” — A climate scientist reacts Jan. 29, 2004, to the death of a climate change skeptic.

“Next time I see [a certain climate skeptic] at a scientific meeting, I’ll be tempted to beat the crap out of him. Very tempted.” — A climate scientist, writing in an Oct. 9, 2009, e-mail.

“Personally, I wouldn’t send him anything. I have no idea what he’s up to, but you can be sure it falls into the ‘no good’ category.” — Mann, in a Sept. 2, 2004, exchange with Jones about scientific rival Steve McIntyre’s requests for data.

“I can’t see either of these papers being in the next IPCC report. [A fellow scientist] and I will keep them out somehow — even if we have to redefine what the peer-review literature is.” — Jones, in a July 8, 2004, e-mail to Mann marked “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL.” In fact, the two papers did appear in the IPCC report, according to the journal Nature.



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