cc: "Davies Trevor Prof (ENV)" , "Summers Brian Mr (REG)" , "Preece Alan Mr (MAC)" date: Tue Oct 20 15:41:11 2009 from: Phil Jones subject: Re: FW: Climate Research Centre crisis spreads to: "Ogden Annie Ms (MAC)" , "Briffa Keith Prof (ENV)"
...It is difficult to stop this sort of rubbish spreading across the internet. No CRU work is flawed. If it hadn't been this issue then it would have been something else. They are just getting at us because we are not responding to them. I have been to a couple of meetings recently - a summer school in Italy early last week and a meeting at the Royal Society last Thursday. There were no comments or discussions about the issue. The only time the issue was raised was over a coffee, and then it was people wishing us well and wondering how we put up with it. Climate scientists know it is all rubbish. As they told me, science is done through publications, not via blog sites. I'd expect that we will reopen all these blog sites once something goes up on the CRU site. Maybe when it all dies down later in the year, UEA/ENV/CRU need to consider what we have learned from the alleged scandal. Should we have responded differently, for example, and if so how? At the moment, I don't see how we could have responded any differently. Despite all the publicity, there are at least 3 people in the US who have had it much worse than us and they are still writing normal papers in the literature. Cheers Phil