I’m trying out a new feature, “Hits and Misses” which will highlight some of the on-target and brightest things in science and climate juxtaposed with some of the off-target and silliest things in the past week.
Hit: Almost two years to the day from Climategate 1 in 2009 the Climategate leaker/hacker known as “FOIA” brought us another fresh batch of email from CRU and The Team this week. Verity Jones has a timeline of the blog drops for the download link. WUWT was first November 22, 2011 at 1:02 am (PST – 09:02 GMT) and “FOIA” wanted to be sure we got it so at 1:34 am (PST – 09:34 GMT) he/she added: “moderator can you acknowledge if you get the file ok, thanks”. True to the way WUWT conducted the operation the first time in 2009, we didn’t publish this revelation immediately, but checked into the release to make sure it was real. Andy Revkin, who tells me in an email that he’s never, ever watched Seinfeld, didn’t get the joke of my title update (See here) related to how UEA didn’t recognize the veracity of the emails and the connection to Vandelay Industries.
Some 5000+ new messages plus supporting documents have people poring over details and connections that weren’t clear in the Climategate 1 release. There’s so much info that searchable databases have already been setup. Scores of editorials, blog posts, and calls for investigations have been published. With this new batch, connecting the dots, charting the conversation, and connecting the relationships has become much easier than with the first limited release. There’s even MIMES involved.
There’s an Easter Egg within the FOIA2011.zip file that contains almost a quarter million new messages locked behind an AES 256 bit encrypted password which is tough nut to crack. Speculations abound as to the motive, but one thing is clear, the fat lady has not sung yet.
Miss: In typical style which personifies the ongoing “failure to communicate” that is RealClimate.org, we get a dose of Gavination.
The Team announced that the Climategate 2 email release is a two year old turkey, and offered the usual “nothing to see here, move along” advice. Strangely though they say (as does Mike Mann) these extra 5000+ emails lead to an “out of context” interpretation. Apparently over there in upside down Mann-Tiljander world more information results in less context.
I wonder what the out of context take away of this little gem from the new batch is:
Email 1485.txt Mike Mann says:
…the important thing is to make sure they’re loosing the PR battle. That’s what the site [Real Climate] is about.
Hit: The US pulls out of the UN’s Green Climate Fund. Somebody came to their senses.
Miss: EU Carbon trading is headed for the netherworld, reaching a new record low this week on Thanksgiving Day in advance of Durban.
Hit: Jeff Id comes out and just says what we all know about Paleoclimate, even more sure than before, and so are the people who practice it. McIntyre agrees that Behind Closed Doors: “Perpetuating Rubbish” is team science.
Miss: Stacking the
deck panel to make sure all goes well “These guys are solid”.
Hit: Climate, not so sensitive to CO2 after all according to the new study in Science it is overestimated.
Miss: Global warming didn’t roast a quarter million caribou in Canada after all. Never mind.
Hit: James Delingpole recognizes the magic of a Climategate Christmas, and it’s a travesty.
Miss: BBC says “ho ho” You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. ~Inigo Montoya
Hit: The Mail online concludes that collusion helps make a strong climate message.
Miss: Supermandia jumps tall climate tales with a single bound.
“Hits and Misses” will appear weekly on WUWT, most likely on Saturdays, or whenever I get around to it.