The distinct odor of scam continues to emanate from the climate science community. David Appell does a good job of sorting through the latest emails from the University of East Anglia. He's absolutely correct that even the most innocuous email can be taken out of context. As he puts it, "(e)ven trying to guess at the context and keeping it in mind, some of these excerpts are inexplicable. Some seem innocuous. Others seem just scientists being people, gabbing and gossiping and blowing off steam the way we all do." That said, here are three that seem especially damning about the honesty and integrity of some of the leading climate scientists:
Somehow we have to leave the[m] thinking OK, climate change is extremely complicated, BUT I accept the dominant view that people are affecting it, and that impacts produces risk that needs careful and urgent attention.
We don’t really want the bullshit and optimistic stuff that Michael has written [...] We’ll have to cut out some of his stuff.
<1485> Mann: the important thing is to make sure they’re loosing the PR battle. That’s what the site [Real Climate] is about.