5 years ago today, a cache of emails was dropped into the lap of several Climate blogs, including WUWT. Paul Matthews has a great writeup on it:
On 17th November 2009, comments appeared on a number of sceptic blogs such as here at the Air Vent. The comment started with the text:
“We feel that climate science is, in the current situation, too important to be kept under wraps.
We hereby release a random selection of correspondence, code, and documents.
Hopefully it will give some insight into the science and the people behind it.
This is a limited time offer, download now:”
This was followed by a link to the file of emails and a brief summary of some of the contents.
What I think is the most succinct quote from Paul’s article is this:
“To me, the real scandal was not so much that two or three climate scientists behaved badly, but that virtually the entire climate science community tried to pretend that nothing was wrong”
On November 19th, WUWT broke the story, and I’ll have some reflections on the past 5 years in a couple of days.
h/t to Barry Woods