Climategate: The CRUtape Letters
Posted by Jeff Id on January 14, 2010
Michael Mann’s stimulus money nearly wrecked my whole night. This though makes it a bit better. Steve Mosher and Tom Fuller have completed the first book and most complete accounting of climategate emails to date. They put huge effort into it and delve into considerable detail as to the meaning and context of these emails.
This book has very little to do with the Air Vent and there is no compensation to me – in case you were wondering.
In late 2009, over 1,000 emails, attachments and files containing computer code were posted on
an anonymous internet site. A few weblogs that focused on global warming received comments
alerting them to the existence of these files. News of their existence quickly spread, and
thousands of people downloaded the documents. This is the story of this event.
The emails and documents were communications between a small team of elite climate scientists
and paleoclimatologists that had heavily influenced the IPCC’s view of climate change. They had
radically changed the IPCC’s views in fact, and had almost convinced the world that temperatures
had never been higher than they are today, and that they were climbing rapidly.
But the leaked files showed that The Team had done this by hiding how they presented data, and
ruthlessly suppressing dissent by insuring that contrary papers were never published and that
editors who didn’t follow their party line were forced out of their position. And when Freedom of
Information requests threatened to reveal their misbehavior, the emails showed them actively
conspiring to delete emails to frustrate legitimate requests for information. Worst of all, one
scientist threatened to actually delete climate data rather than turn it over—and that data is still