Posted by Jeff Id on February 4, 2010
An article about the emails at the guardian where some guy Patrick Condon is featured. I received a surprise call at home from a reporter David Leigh asking for Patrick this weekend, and was told my info was easy to find. I tried to find it myself for a twenty minutes without success, so I at this point I don’t believe the reporter. I asked him to use Jeff, which is my middle name and the one I use, and also the one everyone knows me by. I thought it important just to limit the warminista nutjobs on my porch, but apparently my polite request was declined. So just about everything is known about me now and I do consider it a risk. My only comfort now is that the crazies out there typically aren’t as well armed as I, and they typically have a more even temper :D
The article linked above discusses why Paul Dennis would have leaked the emails. I don’t believe Paul’s work is as skeptical as described, the paper he sent was referencing Steig et al’s Antarctic warming study and heavy warming trends in the peninsula region. Again, there is no way Paul was the one who released the emails which were pre-collected in a group on a backup server. Paul, as a paleoclimatologist, would have known that at least this one file which was pointed out by the hacker/releaser wasn’t news. – “0939154709.txt * Osborn: we usually stop the series in 1960”
The stopping of the series wasn’t news to climatologists. At least from what I can tell.
There is the usual misunderstanding of the Air Vent blog as well:
The scientist also had contact with Patrick Condon, an aeronautical engineer in Morris, Illinois, who runs a similar maths-oriented sceptic blog called Air Vent, and criticises “leftists” who promote global warming theories.
Actually, I criticize extremist leftists and exaggeration of global warming, not the promotion of global warming. Hell, I promote it, but it doesn’t worry me nearly as much as the insane fixes proposed.
Finally the quote at the end is out of context, although it could be my fault. I was referring to the placing of the files on the RC server with ‘then a miracle occurred’ on Climate Audit. I explained that it’s like a kid’s prank not an international secret operation which is what Sir King had stated. I don’t in any way see the release of the files themselves as a prank.
Anyway check it out,
…………and please don’t call.