UPDATE: After I sent an email to Dr. Steve Ghan, RC has suspended comments. See below. My thanks and kudos to them for doing so. – Anthony
It strikes me as very odd, and very, very, tacky, that Real Climate would run this today, especially since Dr. Spencer’s book has been out for quite some time.
Maybe focusing only on climate, they have no idea of what has been going in weather? See this from Dr. Spencer’s blog today:
The power is out here in Huntsville and over much of northern Alabama. Everything is shut down. Only cell phone service is up, and since I have Verizon broadband on my laptop, I’m spend some of my last 40 minutes worth of battery power to update everyone.
They are saying maybe 4 or 5 days before power is restored here, since those lines feed Huntsville. Please pray for those who were not as lucky as me and my family.
Talk about blunders.
Real Climate et al and the Gavinator may be unaware, and if so I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt, but they aren’t now after this post does a pingback to them.(I also sent Gavin email) Dr. Spencer can’t respond, and he and many people at UAH are hurting. RC would do well to shelve this book review to run again at a later date when Dr. Spencer has the ability to know about it and respond. Here’s to hoping that they do. It would be a move of integrity and compassion for them to do so.
UPDATE: This has been posted on RC around 3PM PST. Kudos to them for doing so.
Suspension of comments: Due to Roy Spencer being caught up in a loss of power related to the tornado outbreak in Alabama, we are suspending comments on this post until he is in a position to respond (should he choose to).
Earlier, I received this reply from the author, Dr. Steven Ghan.
From: “Ghan, Steven J” <Steve.Ghan@xxxxxx>
Date: Thursday, April 28, 2011 2:17 PM
Subject: Re: PNNL External Website Inquiry
I understand the unfortunate timing of this. I will contact Dr. Schmidt about this.
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2011 14:08:53 -0700
To: Steven J Ghan <steve.ghan@xxxxxxx>
Subject: PNNL External Website Inquiry
PNNL External Website Inquiry
Name: Anthony Watts
Sent: 4/28/2011 2:08:53 PM
Dr. Ghan, You may be unaware that Dr. Spencer (and many people at UAH) are without power, offline, and dealing with the tornado tragedy. While your RC book review certainly is fair game, the timing is very poor, and gives the impression that you are kicking the man while he is down. I had a number of people email me and ask if I’d write something about it, and I did, after it became clear after several hours that it remained on RC. I’ve also sent an email to Dr. Schmidt, but have no response. Shelving the book review to a time when Dr. Spencer can know about it and respond to it factually is my suggestion, and would go a long way towards showing the RC is not the uncaring monolith that it is often characterized as. Thank you for your consideration. Anthony Watts www.wattsupwiththat.com
I think to be fair, let’s all just wait until Dr. Spencer can be back online. So I’m closing comments here too. There will be plenty of opportunity to debate int he future. – Anthony