Posted by Jeff Condon on December 4, 2011
You might think Climategate 2.0 is losing wind due to the light coverage by the media and the “out-of-context” dismissal by Real climate before anyone made any context. In fact I believe the opposite is happening. Several new articles are out today and more will be coming as the media begins to grasp that unlike stopping the use of fossil fuel, the story is financially viable. In the meantime, can someone tell the great communicators of climate science that you can’t state out-of-context before someone gives them context. Sometimes I really think that they would best serve their open advocacy by not writing anything at all.
This first article is from the Global Warming Policy Foundation. It is very well written and a fun popular science style read of the story as we currently know it.
This second article is at the strata-sphere site and it features some of what I’ve written as well as a considerable amount of additional emails placed in context.
Just to give a flavor of what is being said by our unbiased media, here is a dismissal by Discover. Read it at your own risk:
However, it was clear to anyone familiar with how research is done that this was complete and utter bilge; the scientists were not trying to hide anything, were not trying to trick anyone, and were not trying to falsely exaggerate the dangers of climate change.
AAAS.org published this dismissal disguised as reporting:
There’s nothing really new in a second massive cache of e-mails
Planetsave doesn’t do terribly well either and took the time to lie about the committee coverage in blogs. Good for them.
In each of these reports the CRU was found free of any wrong-doing, if maybe a little silly from time to time.
Unsurprisingly, none of that has been made known by those currently enjoying their second 2 minutes in the spotlight.
What is amazing is that these three dismissive articles all came within 1 day of the email release. I’ve read these as diligently as anyone and even by Dec 4, am only through a fraction of the mess.
I have to add that I’m really not enjoying reading these emails. It stinks that we have to piece together mountains of rubbish so that the public can understand the meaning of what is going on. I would rather be a climate blogger than a climategate blogger but with this new context, I am happy to do any work which exposes the foul play.
This is going to keep growing for a while.