History in a hurry: the first book about Climategate is published

Climategate The Crutape Letters By Steven Mosher, Thomas W. Fuller, 186 pages - click for details

UPDATE: This book is now available for purchase online at Amazon.com click here

UPDATE 2: Kindle version now available for purchase online at Amazon.com click here

Electronic publishing has revolutionized the art of writing, now less than two months since it happened, we have the very first book about Climategate. My first story on Climategate appeared on November 19th, 2009: Breaking News Story: CRU has apparently been hacked – hundreds of files released

I’ve read the book, and it appears to be an accurate and detailed portrayal of the history not only of the Climategate events and the players, but also of the events leading up to it. I’m flattered that this book mentions me and my surfacestations project several times. I was interviewed for the book, and this website is featured prominently–and they borrowed liberally from both the posts and the comments.

For those of you that want to follow a detective story, this one has as the twists and turns of Mickey Spillane with a Hardy Boys approach to a matter of fact story line. I highly recommend it.

This book is being published in electronic downloadable form, and is available for purchase online. You’ll recognize the authors as regulars here and at Climate Audit. Please consider purchasing this book, as it will provide funds to get Mosh out of the flat in San Francisco he shares with Charles The Moderator, who are becoming the climatic odd couple of our time.

Here are excerpts of the book:

In October of 2004 McIntyre and his criticism was on the radar of climate scientists. Tom Wigley writes Phil Jones about McIntyre’s and McKitrick’s work ( MM03) which is making its way around the internet. Wigley is not as dismissive of McIntyre’s and McKitrick’s work as is Michael Mann. In fact, Wigley calls Mann’s paper a very sloppy piece of work…

At 20:46 21/10/2004, [Tom Wigley]

Phil,

I have just read the M&M stuff critcizing MBH. A lot of it seems valid to me.  At the very least MBH is a very sloppy piece of work — an opinion I have held for some time. Presumably what you have done with Keith is better? — or is it? I get asked about this a lot. Can you give me a brief heads up? Mike is too deep into this to be helpful.

Tom.

As Wigley notes M & M (McIntyre and McKitrick) have some valid points in their criticism of MBH ( Mann and his co authors 1998 paper). What Mann viewed as a stunt others found merit in. Wigley asks Jones about his reconstruction work with colleague Keith Briffa. Briffa, as the Climategate mails show and as his studies show was less certain about reconstructions of the MWP than Mann was. Jones, of course, is stuck between supporting Briffa or Mann, both co-authors. Most importantly Wigley recognizes that Mann is too deep in this to be helpful. Mann has too much at stake to be objective. Jones replies, by this time taking on some of Mann’s attitudes toward McIntyre and McKitrick:

From: Phil Jones p.jones@xxxxxx

To: Tom Wigley wigley@xxxxxx

Tom,

The attached is a complete distortion of the facts. M&M are completely wrong in virtually everything they say or do. I have sent them countless data series that were used in the Jones/Mann Reviews of Geophysics papers. I got scant thanks from them for doing this –  only an email saying I had some of the data series wrong, associated with the wrong year/decade.  I wasted a few hours checking what I’d done and got no thanks for pointing their mistake out to them. If you think M&M are correct and believable then go to this web site

Point I’m trying to make is you cannot trust anything that M&M write. ….

Bottom line – there is no way the MWP (whenever it was) was as warm globally as the  last 20 years. There is also no way a whole decade in the LIA period was more than 1 deg C on a global basis cooler than the 1961-90 mean.  This is all gut feeling, no science, but years of experience of dealing with global scales and varaibility.

Cheers

Phil

Jones’ “gut feeling” is at stake and he is clearly agitated by his encounters with McIntyre, a marked difference from their exchange in 2002. In 2002, McIntyre was merely a researcher asking for data, but by 2003 McIntyre was a published author leveling criticisms at Jones’ co author Michael Mann. Jones also refers Wigley to a web site that discussed M&M. The fight over MM03 was largely taking place on the web as McIntyre had started to write about his findings on a blog called www.climate2003.com.  For independent researchers like McIntyre, posting articles on the internet was far more expedient than publishing in page limited journals. And just as citizen-journalists had transformed print journalism with the advent of blogs, climate science looked ripe to be transformed by the internet. McIntyre and McKitrick also adopted a publication model used by econometricians: they posted their data and their code so that anyone could check their work, find errors and suggest improvements. This gave them the moral high ground of transparency as opposed to Mann’s and Bradley’s shadowy world of “independent scientists,” although Mann and Bradley would certainly argue with some legitimacy that they were only following a century-old practice.”

Steve McIntyre struggle for years to get accurate data out of the hands of an elite team of scientists in England and the U.S., only to be stymied by continued refusals and runarounds.   At the beginning the data concerned work highlighted by your host, Anthony Watts, about the fidelity of the temperature records here in the United States. Later, it revolved around the data used in construction of proxy temperature records, such as the Hockey Stick Chart, now infamous for shoddy analysis and poor sample selection.   Climategate, written by Steve Mosher and Tom Fuller, is an account of the events leading up to the leaking of over 1,000 emails and assorted files that exposes the unethical and perhaps illegal practices used by the Hockey Stick Team to protect their turf as well as their information.   These rock star scientists dined with the elite and feasted on government grants, but it was all predicated on ‘hiding the decline:’ Making sure no-one saw how shaky their data, analysis and conclusions actually were.   Hide the decline didn’t refer to temperatures–it was worse. It was a decline in the quality of their data  they were trying to hide. This book puts it all into context–and in context it is worse.   Mosher actually played a small part in bringing the details to light (although your zany moderator Charles the First was more instrumental), and Fuller covered the story for examiner.com from day one of the scandal.   Here’s an excerpt: “In Chapter 6 we introduce the Army of Davids that will start the laborious process of documenting all the surface stations in the US. McIntyre starts dissecting the Jones 1990 paper and his intense focus on individual cases finds a sympathetic ear in Anthony Watts, who launches an even more detailed look at individual cases in the US. Discussions about UHI and data and code turn from a focus on Jones 1990 to a focus on NASA and their GISSTEMP code, which is eventually released.

At the start of May, McIntyre links to a blogger named Anthony Watts, a former TV meteorologist who was convinced that temperature monitoring stations in the United States were in dire shape and could not be trusted to create a temperature record, especially one that the world would use as a reference point for dealing with climate change. During the summer, Watts would launch a nationwide volunteer effort to document the weather collection stations used by NOAA, NASA, CRU and Jones. The effort that Trenberth thought too large for any one individual would be handled under Watts’ generalship by a true army of Davids across the nation, using the tools of the internet. The goal very simply was to document the status of the temperature collection stations. Many hands made light work of the job scientists thought too large to attempt.

Tom Karl of NOAA takes notice of Watts but is not sure how it will turn out.

From: “Thomas.R.Karl” <Thomas.R.Karl@xxxxx>

To: Phil Jones <p.jones@xxxxxx>

Subject: Re: FW: retraction request

Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2007 08:21:57 -0400

Thanks Phil,  We R now responding to a former TV weather forecaster who has got press, He has a web site  of 40 of the USHCN stations  showing less than ideal exposure.  He claims he can show urban biases and exposure biases.  We are writing a response for our Public Affairs.  Not sure how it will play out.    Regards, Tom

That effort, ridiculed at first by bloggers in the warmist faction, would in the end garner Watts a visit to NCDC to discuss his work. Moreover, in the end NOAA would engage in an effort to bring the climate network up to better quality standards. As of July 2009 the volunteer effort, hosted at www.surfacestations.org. had surveyed 1,003 of the 1,221 stations used by NOAA and corrected mistakes in the official metadata.:

Readers from this site can finish that part of the story.

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Sad Science

Has the book been peer reviewed?
Are the authors in the pay of Big Oil?
The authors aren’t climate scientists…
The book doesn’t prove anything cause the icecaps are still melting….
/sarc off

I’ve got an autographed copy of “Is the US Surface Temperature Record Reliable?”
(“Stay Cool”). How do I get an autographed copy of “The Crutape Letters”?

Michael

“Detroit – The auto industry’s green efforts to meet strict new mpg rules are the dominant theme inside the 2010 North American International Auto Show. But outside Cobo Center, it’s not just the frigid winter temperatures that have cast doubt on global warming science that is driving the biggest regulatory challenge to the industry in a generation. E-mails leaked from the world’s top climatology center in England have exposed influential scientists doctoring data and suppressing scientific debate. Some in Congress have demanded an investigation.
On Tuesday before a Detroit Athletic Club audience in downtown Detroit, The Detroit News and WJR Radio brought together leaders from the fields of climatology, energy politics, and the auto industry to debate whether the so-called Climategate scandal has undermined auto regulations.”
Climategate panel: Are green auto rules based on flawed science? (Video)
http://www.detnews.com/article/20100114/OPINION01/1140448/1008/opinion01/Climategate-panel–Are-green-auto-rules-based-on-flawed-science

tokyoboy

There’s no announcement on Amazon, which is my regular choice for book purchase……

STEPHEN PARKER

AND the polar bears are still dying!

Roger Carr

…as it will provide funds to get Mosh out of the flat in San Francisco he shares with Charles The Moderator…
I’m going to buy it, but I am not at all happy that I may be even one small assistant in breaking up this productive team. Who would make the coffee?

Michael

Nice work on the book. Charles the moderator had a great influence and deserves credit. Perhaps Charles will have the place to himself soon. WUWT also gets lots of credit and I am proud you guys are first. My only criticism, perhaps there should be a hyphen between CRU and Tape in the title, but what do I know.

Louis Hissink

Anthony/Charles/Steve
Guys, well done, and as the next AIG News is now being compiled, would any of you three be prepared to draft a short (A4 – 3-4 page) summary of Steve’s book for publication in a month’s time?
Deadline is 31 January, 2010.
get me on email please.

How soon before it is listed on Amazon?

Sensorman

missed the opportunity for a snappier headline: History in a Harry?

Louis Hissink

Charles,
The link to buying Steve’s book is, er , problematical.
🙂 Doing a Lubos
Reply: I’ll take a look in a few minutes. I have comments to approve. ~ ctm

Peter of Sydney

Has the book been peer reviewed? – I hope not! The peer review process is broken and in some cases corrupt.
Are the authors in the pay of Big Oil? – So what? Don’t you drive a car or use public transport?
The authors aren’t climate scientists… – That’s good – there is no such thing as a climate scientist. It’s a field of study that’s too diverse and complex to be understood even at a high level by any scientists. Besides neither were the IPCC authors so called “climate scientists”.
The book doesn’t prove anything cause the icecaps are still melting…. They have been melting for 1000’s of years. So what?

Michael Larkin

I’d like to buy this, but wanted the electronic version – the link doesn’t seem to lead to that unless I missed it. Can anyone help?

Michael

This seems to be an emerging theme. The auto industry and Beef industry going after the fraudsters. Others will follow.
Cattlemen fight EPA with ‘Climategate’
http://www.capitalpress.com/lvstk/TH-beef-appeal-011510

Rather than the ‘climatic odd couple’ I haVe more a vision of Mosh and CTM as the characters in the ‘Big Bang theory.’ Who is the cool and supercilious one?
Great work and thanks for the insightful comments and great moderation work carried out here.
There are now quite a few books looking at climate related subjects from different angles and I wonder if it could be worth having a section here where they are all drawn together to make purchasing easier?
Tonyb
Reply: I’m the cool grumpy one. It just doesn’t make any sense. ~ ctm

MB

I would like to buy the book but am in the UK. Is this going to be on Amazon.co.uk or another UK outlet anytime soon?

mkurbo

Sweet, I called that one early…
Kudos to authors and how can one not contribute to the “flat upgrade fund” – I’ll snag a copy for history reference.

charles the moderator

I’m Zany????
Dude, Zany moderators don’t get those Australian hotties all steamed up and throwing their panties at the monitor.

Roger Carr

Charles: 2 items.
1. You have the Australian female mixed up. Think Daisy Mae
2. Amazon don’t have the electronic version of The Flatmates showing, Any ideas?
Reply:
1. And that’s problem how?
2. Not really my job, but I’m looking into it anyway.
~ ctm

Gregg E.

I think I’ve located one of the thermometers GISS uses. http://failblog.org/2010/01/15/temperature-fail/
This guy should get carbon credits for the CO2 he’s sequestering with his car, and his suit, and hat, and tie…
http://pictureisunrelated.com/2010/01/13/going-green-extreme-edition/

Roger Carr

That’s not a problem but a reality check, Charles, In Climategate—The CTM story you:
Reply: I sincerely believe that all the compliments from Australian females are from women who look like younger versions of Elle MacPherson. ~ ctm

TFN Johnson

GR8.
I can’t be the first to coin the expression ‘Pal Reviewed’, but in case I am, you read it first here.

John Trigge

I’m also interested in an electronic version as the postage to Australia is almost as much as the book price.

Patrick Davis

“charles the moderator (02:38:29) :
I’m Zany????
Dude, Zany moderators don’t get those Australian hotties all steamed up and throwing their panties at the monitor.”
There aren’t any “hotties” apart from Indira Naidoo and Myf Warhurst IMO.

Hopefully Mosher has seen fit to leave me out of this.

Roger Knights

Mod.:There’s a glitch in the second paragraph. Change “is” to “are” in:
I’m flattered that I and my surfacestations project is mentioned …
And maybe change “I” to “myself”?

Roger Knights

PS to the Mod: Maybe also boldface “click for details” under the caption of the figure, so people don’t miss it.

Fasool Rasmin

Michael (00:30:57) ‘…My only criticism, perhaps there should be a hyphen between CRU and Tape in the title, but what do I know’. I assume that the title CRUTape letters is a play on the title ‘ScrewTape Letters by C.S.Lewis.

Steve (Paris)

Order done. Hope you make bags of money coz you truly deserve it.

geo

I will buy the book.
Tho I’m also reminded by this piece that a short update on the status of the surfacestations project would be nice, and a more thorough update in early spring for “collection season” even nicer. Surely the goal line is in sight?

dearieme

Bishop Hill is asking for advice on how to get his book “The Hockey Stick Illusion” published in the US. Would any sympathetic souls like to go over there and advise?
http://bishophill.squarespace.com/

geo

Okay, I’m confused. The article above says its an electronic downloadable publication (which frankly I’d prefer), but the “buy the book here” link is showing a shipping charge and a Feb 06 delivery date. Please advise!

Finally, an opportunity to exercise some moderation muscle without get the modertatees(*) bent out of shape with a bee in their bonnet. (Each of their bonnets?) (The bonnet owned by each of them (as opposed to all of them))
(*): Like a manatee, only different.
Need more coffee.

Jacob Livingston

change the title of the book to “Lies, Deception and how to profit from being a denier.” That would be much more appropriate.

Bought it last night! A little worried because it said it should arrive in like two weeks. I want it now!! 🙂
Mosher and Fuller, thank you for writing this book. Bishop Hill has one coming out too. Fantastic job!

Atomic Hairdryer

Re: charles the moderator (02:38:29) :
I’m Zany????
Dude, Zany moderators don’t get those Australian hotties all steamed up and throwing their panties at the monitor

The more I learn about climategate, the stranger my mental images of the cast & crew becomes. Maybe you and Mosh should make the most of the media exposure and start a reality show? Sceptics have more fun and the poor embattled and embittered warmists can only look on with envy 🙂
Now back to figuring out how best to end up with a hardcopy of this book in the UK..

Steve in SC

Regarding the revelations about the state of the science,
to use the oft muttered phrase “It is much worse than we thought!”.
Good job people!

HoiPolloi

Climategate Book Industries Inc. When are you going to publish your book Anthony? Waiting for Lubos, McSteve, Warren Meyer, Monckton to publish their books while momentum is still going. Who said there’s no money in the sceptic camp?

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
Keep the spotlight on the dirty climategate iceberg and a lot of filth will be discovered.
The problem is an unholy alliance of Politicians & Scientists.
Let’s not focus our attention and vent our anger exclusively on the Scientists. Yes, they are scoundrels but they only did what was asked.
Scientists were trained to lie, distort, and manipulate data to get “scientific proof” of whatever the politicians wanted.
Scientists merely lied to stay in good graces of the politicians who controlled their research funds.
Politicians are sensitive to public opinions. Scientists are not.
To clean up this mess, NAS President Ralph Ciscerone should be asked publicly and repeatedly why public tax funds were directed to research Scientists who were willing to deceive the very public that paid for their research.
With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
Former NASA PI for Apollo

BB

Love the title…
“The CRUtape letters” is a variant of “The Screwtape Letters” which was a fictional work by CS Lewis, basically chronicalling a series of letters back and forth between a senior and junior daemon talking about how to corrupt the junior daemon’s charge.
“The CRUtape letters” on the other hand is a series of letters back and forth between daemons talking about how to corrupt science.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Screwtape_Letters

Spector

I believe any book on Climategate *must* make the New York Times best seller list if it is going to have a real impact on the debate. An E-Book may make the author(s) a handsome income selling ‘to the quire,’ but I believe a ‘best-seller’ is required to reach those people who believe denial of ‘Global Warming’ is a diehard refusal to accept what everyone having any modicum of concern for our environment know to be right.

PaulH

Jacob Livingston (05:21:50) :
change the title of the book to “Lies, Deception and how to profit from being a denier.” That would be much more appropriate.

Know the outcome before you see the data Jacob?
Where have we seen that before?

Absolutely great news that a book one can rely on for the facts of the CAGW scam is available.
@ Roger Nights.
Please, please stop encouraging the silly UK habit of saying or writing ‘myself’ when one should say or write ‘I’. It’s teeth-grindingly irritating to hear or to see in print and is incorrect grammar.

Chris D.

I ordered this several days ago. Looking forward to reading it. Also, thinking of it as a souvenir!

jaypan

This may become a very interesting book, now and in some years ahead.
was about to buy it but createspace.com is really annoying when billing and shipping adresses are in different countries and even trying to charge shipping costs, no mention of electronic delivery .. to Europe fees are more than the book costs. Strange system. Their support will not be working before monday …
However, have to have it.

Galen Haugh

Jacob Livingston (05:21:50) :
change the title of the book to “Lies, Deception and how to profit from being a denier.” That would be much more appropriate.
—–
Reply:
Please, Jacob–enlighten us! Show us one lie. Back up your allegation with proof. If you can’t, you now have egg on your face like Mann (I think he’s got a 12-egg omelet on his), or Jones (12-egg omelet there, too), and the rest of the egg-on-face-sporting clowns involved and implicated in this fraudulent escapade. (James Hansen may be the biggest clown of all, and rightly so–he’s a felon and shouldn’t even be close to NASA.)
For me the rule of thumb to determine who’s right is which group is willing to open up to complete and total inspection. Any group that refuses to adhere to FOI requests cannot be trusted. And when their schemes are displayed in emails to fellow saboteurs, all suspicions are confirmed. It’s especially damnable when those covering up are using public funds to do it.
But justice comes, albeit in a different manner than most think it will. Already, the insurance industry is taking a different tact when it comes to climate-related risk assessment. If the insurance industry won’t back it, the chirade is up; you’ve lost the argument regardless of how devoted you are to the religion.

Spenc Canada

Phil Jones signs off on an email to Mann.
Your affectionate uncle,
Screwtape!

Robert Hooper

Kindle edition please!