Over 250 noteworthy Climategate 2.0 emails

Tom Nelson has been busy slogging through the over 500o emails in CG2, kudos to him. Here’s what he has collected so far:

A list of my last 250+ ClimateGate postings:

ClimateGate search engines are located here and here.

Here: All in one place, all ClimateGate I and II files, along with source code files, HARRY_READ_ME files, email attachments, documents, etc


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G Jones

Thanks Tom Nelson, you are a machine!


FOIA would be proud…


Someone, probably more than one someone, will write a book about this:
“The greatest scam ever tried”
Those involved will never be able to deny it, the windmills will stand as a testament.

Mike McMillan

Thanks for the compilation. All that, and you want comments, too?


Arrragh! Reading through a selection of these…IT’S WORSE THAN WE THOUGHT!!

[with sincere apologies to the Kingston Trio…]
Hold up your head Tom Nelson
Hold up your head with pride
Hold up your head Tom Nelson
Truth is on our side
Met Mann on the mountain
Where he caused such strife
Stats were not his forté
But he gave them life
Hold up your head Tom Nelson
Hold up your head with pride
Hold up your head Tom Nelson
Truth is on our side
This time a few years ago
Reckon where we were
Hadn’t have been for McIntyre
Mann’s stick woulda stuck for sure
Hold up your head Tom Nelson
Hold up your head with pride
Hold up your head Tom Nelson
Truth is on our side
[OK … needs some work … all improvements welcomed!]

FWIW, I’ve been slowly slogging through them too. I’ve got them on a Linux like box where I can search them for keywords and have started putting up keyword identified groups.
One keyword I’ve searched is “Anthony Watts” 😉
So if anyone here just happened to want to know which emails talked about Anthony, well, I’ve got their numbers listed and a link to an online archive where you can read through them.
I also did a search on BBC (and it returned a VERY large list. Those folks closely coordinate or communicate):
And, just for fun, did a search on “naughty words” and found some of those folks have “potty mouth”… (or potty fingers 😉 WARNING: toward the end of this one are the “F-bomb” lines…
This set looks at UV and Tree-rings and shows “The Team” discovering that UV can influence tree rings (so wonder what the present solar sloth is doing to tree rings…)
As I do key word (or other searches) they are entered here for ongoing easy location:
And, of course, if anyone wants any particular “lists by keyword” it takes me just a few minutes to do one up. Leave a request on whatever FOIA topic is the newest one (presently the dirty words one) where I’m most likely to find it and I’ll “whip up a selection”. FWIW, there is an interesting one per MacIntyre and the 1990ish paper where Phil says he “has the data on disk”… Not sure all the context on that one, but I’m going to do a M&M “sort”/list in the next couple of days…
One thing you can’t get from the lists and summaries is the overall feeling of The Team. The emotional loading that seeps through. I did some trial “religion” searches and found some times that religion was disparaged. Also at one point a person is accused of the sin of being Republican… It is VERY clear these folks are rather left wing green fanatics with an agenda…
At any rate, most of those links give the email name/number and the line of text with the keyword in it. Anyone who wants to ‘hit the email link’ and read an associated email, then post a summary of it as a comment, feel free. As there are several hundred (well over 100 just for the bad language group) it’s a case of “many hands make light work”. The goal being to identify which ones are “Uninteresting” (even if they do have “crap” in them) and which ones show real “issues”.
So guess I’ll take a while to read through what Tom Nelson has found so as not to waste time duplicating his work, but also looking for interesting topics for keywords…

G. Karst

Wall of Shame


Thanks, Tom, they are real gems.
Michael “The Thesaurus” Mann needed these words to construct a single sentence about the purpose of McIntyre and McKitrick 2005 paper:
attack, attack, attack, corporate, corporate, funded, funded, highly, highly, campaign, direct, heavily, intended, machine, orchestrated, outcome, part.
You’d have to go to the texts at marxists.org to get a comparable distribution.


hro001 says:
January 6, 2012 at 11:13 pm
[with sincere apologies to the Kingston Trio…]
Hold up your head Tom Nelson
Hold up your head with pride
Hold up your head Tom Nelson
I got confused for a sec…I read “Hold your head”…and I thought Argent!
Then I remembered the Kingston Trio tune…my sincere apologies to…nobody this time!


So how do we get this information to the man on the street who reads only MSM birdcage liners? Rent billboards? Send out emails? Nail tracts to the church door?

Kudos. Shovelling manure is dirty, hard, work, but …

thanks for the compilation. All that, and you want comments, too?

Outstanding work by Mr Nelson!
Thank you.

wayne Job

Something tells me that the hockey team may have visions of fans and excreta about this time.
Happy new years wishes to them for they may need all the happiness they can get, 2012 may be somewhat problematic for them. It hitting the fan not just in the emails but scientifically and politically of recent times.
I somehow cannot see these people having a pleasant retirement after a life time of honest scientific endeavour, for they have been neither honest nor pleasant.
Thank you Mr Nelson for your diligent work.

The one Tom calls “In case you missed it, damning ClimateGate emails from Tim Osborne: They didn’t commit fraud, they just “applied a completely artificial adjustment to the data”” (http://tomnelson.blogspot.com/2011/12/in-case-you-missed-it-damning.html) is interesting in that it mentions “the decline” several times.
The warmist message regarding “hide the decline” is that it was a hastily drafted email with no malicious intent. However, it seems that “the decline” was in their minds as a fully formed term. Thus wishing to “hide” “the decline” would not be a hasty thought but actually a natural extension of their concern over its existence — something they appear to have discussed already.


Wow, that is great work Tom Nelson. Thank you.
jorgekafkazar says: January 7, 2012 at 1:04 am
So how do we get this information to the man on the street
A graph or two may may work well!
EM Smith @ 11.20pm
Naughty (and blasphemous) words from Harry_Read_Me included
Crap 3
Hell 10
Bloody 12
Bull 0
F**k 3
Eek 18 (and derivatives of eg eeeeek)
Christ 1
God 5
Mary 0
Now that is indicative of some frustration……………………..
Perhaps someone has access to [noisy] text/analytic software?
And would give a general idea on content and patterns in the CGate email 1& 2 samples.
There is open source avail.

it’s all, like, out of context. If you read these emails in context they show that these are just hard-working, put-upon scientists trying to do a difficult job and all….

Viv Evans

Outstanding work, thanks, Tom Nelson.
That is a ‘full Nelson hold’, applied to The Team!


Thank you Tom for all your efforts.
One thing I noted throughout the emails is that the Fiddlestick team are constantly dressing people like Steve McIntyre in robes that they should be wearing.
SMc is a man if integrity and yet these scientific pygmies question his motives and make disparaging remarks about his work and we all know why? Honest Phil and Mendacious Mann are still employed it is ironic.

Edward Bancroft

This list reveals the full extent of the widespread and somewhat nefarious activities of the team to sustain their promotion of AGW. It is a valuable resource and a weapon against the hubris from the AGW camp.
Your efforts are much appreciated.

jack morrow

This sort of stuff is really scary because- just think what our elected officials can get away with

Harold Ambler

One e-mail I like is here: http://bit.ly/yu0255

Steve Keohane

Thank you for the work to create this resource.

Hopefully you are feeling a new book coming on? This time though don’t co-author it with that ‘luke warmist’ Moshpit ;-).

A fine job it is!
I have posted a link for it in my Climategate forum section.


Outstanding work, Sir. But….
It’s made me ANGRY!!!
Our tax money has been/is being spent funding these charlatans in what is nothing more than a scam: use of government funds makes it a crime.
I have already written to my government representative (MP) with this list and have asked him to start proceedings immediately to overthrow the acceptance by the UK coalition government of this junk science. I urge everyone, globally, to do the same.


RE Jessie’s suggestion @ January 7, 2012 at 3:50 am that we graph them, I am sure that if we put them through the Mannometer Statistical Aberration Machine the graph will show a pronounced hockey stick shape.
Re Hillary’s Tom (Dooley) Nelson, I nominate Steve McIntyre for Grayson when they make the movie.


Thank you, Tom, for furthering the case for freedom of the individual!

I only read the first 500 this time ( all last time). The difference between this version, edited, comments conflated with text and cherries flambe, and the actual emails is amazing.
While it would be great to see more complete subject strings, what I see here reinforces my absolute confidence in the CRU , NASAA ,IPPC etc. and of cource Michael Mann.
The emails show the amount of work scientists do, the detailed questioning of new papers they do and their willingness to learn and accect new data quite clearly.
Thanks Tony. Your group certainly helped convince me of the intellectual bankrupsy of the “sceptics”.
REPLY:LOL! You might try learning to spell bankruptcy before using it to condemn. Based on your comment history here and elsewhere, plus some of the letters to the editor you’ve written in Canada, clearly you were convinced (entrenched) long before you visited WUWT. Your end sentence is just a ploy to be as demeaning as possible. Aidan would call you a “hater” – Anthony

Awesome digging Tom. Thanks!


jorgekafkazar asks:
“So how do we get this information to the man on the street who reads only MSM birdcage liners?”
The student newspaper at the small college where I teach ran an op-ed wondering where Al Gore was – not in the sense that the writer thought that Gore was really needed to uphold the usual green rhetoric, but questioning why Gore has never accepted a challenge to debate a skeptic about AGW. So slowly but surely the meme is taking hold out there that the age of green scare-mongering is receding.


Excellent detective work.
You are paying close attention to the man behind the curtain that the Mighty Oz, oops I meant Regime Media, keeps demanding you ignore.


January 6, 2012 at 11:20 pm
“… Linux like box …” ? Are you running with the (BSD)devil?


RayG @10.16
I am serious about graphing Ray.
Fortunately, in my later studies, I was taught by some very fine men in research methodologies.
I worked as a nurse and then teacher with adults for many many years. A great number of these adults were illiterate in numeracy and written and reading english.
That didn’t mean their observations were any less important. Following rigorous data collection and then graphing this by location, month and number of incidents of a dataset that had not been used before, they were able to view a synopsis which provided further discussion of their observations over some years. The data related to injuries and deaths.
Surprisingly also, the $AUS20,000 grant for this work was discussed amongst the ‘research’ group, inc my ‘illiterate’ co-workers and it was agreed to return this money.
Consequently, and due to some other factors, I lost a 25 year career, the work I loved. C’est la vie.
Text mining noisy data, particularly ‘evidence-based’ policy, primary source data and records inc emails, discussion papers etc brings patterns [from thick description, noisy data] to light.
Given that some readers state they thoroughly enjoy reading the posts and state they do not feel comfortable to write comments in the science sections, yet have themselves and collectively much life experience, text mining is a method in which insights can be brought to light. And understood by many as it is a synopsis in tabular, spatial or graphical form of the information.
The methodology is also used in BI- business intelligence. And advertising. Perhaps even for increasing the collection of and the amount of taxes? Or even to obtain grant money!
And those businesses ALL start with an intended outcome!

Brian H said @ January 7, 2012 at 1:41 am
“Kudos. Shovelling manure is dirty, hard, work, but …”
at least Pompous Gits end up with compost for the garden…

DesertYote said @ January 7, 2012 at 2:34 pm
January 6, 2012 at 11:20 pm
“… Linux like box …” ? Are you running with the (BSD)devil?”
Don’t forget Solaris 🙂 That’s a devil of a nice OS 🙂
Sadly, IRIX is but a memory 🙁


This list should be given each time where hear or read that the CG emails contain no ‘smoking gun’.
The third listed gives a link to a very refreshing BBC article, albeit by a guest scientist:

David Ball

“You sunk their battleship.” Devastating compilation. Whoever thinks these aren’t scientifically appalling hasn’t had the fortitude to read them. Thanks for your time and effort.

Paul Pierett

How can I download these with a few moves.

Theo Goodwin

hro001 says:
January 6, 2012 at 11:13 pm
Nice work. Requires banjo accompaniment.


■Phil Jones: “For much of the SH between 40 and 60S the normals are mostly made up as there is very little ship data there”
■Phil Jones: For the 1940-1960 period “if the SSTs were adjusted they would look much better”
From what I can tell by the 2nd e-mail the context of “much better” here refers to matching Hadcrut data.

C.W. Schoneveld

I should like to add my heartfelt congratulations to Anthony Watts and all those who have made this site such a huge success, although, as an Arts rather than Science person, I am unable to contribute to the contents itself. The only thing, I suspect, I did contribute was the term “pal review”, which Professor Jerome Ravetz gave currency through one of his contributions, after a comment of mine on an earlier article of his, referring to me as “one witty blogger”. I can see, however, that the truth-seeking sceptics are right and the agenda-driven alarmists deadwrong.
One question though: would it not be possbile to provide the number of commenters (after all theiir email address is bound to have been stored somewhere) and also the number of article writers with the number of contributions to to their credit? Surely, this would add some more interesting information on the success of this site!
Also I wholeheartedly agree with Willis Eschenbach’s wish that many more commenters would feel they can afford the luxury of writing under their own name


My favorite one so far is the one where another scientist plugs in Excel generated random numbers into a program (I think the one that was used to generate the infamous hockey stick) and it generated a hockey stick. And then the scientist says that I think this is what McIntyre was talking about.
Where the heck is the MSM on this? You would some of them would ask readers to crowdsource them like the Washington Post did when Palin’s emails were released. The silence from the MSM is astounding to me and a testament to their liberal bias.

John Norris

#3919 with Simon Tett’s concerns to Phil Jones is one of my favorites