Dr. Judith Curry – a climate scientist who is an Anthropogenic Global Warming alarmist, but not an elite member of “the team,” i.e. Gavin Schmidt, James Hansen, Phil Jones – has offered up a proverbial olive branch in the interest of “rebuilding” the “trust” the climategate scandal has demolished.
Of course, she can’t resist using the olive branch to take a few swipes at the people she’s offering it to, referring to “deniers” and suggesting that skepticism of AGW was initially funded by “Big Oil.” (I still haven’t received a check from “big oil” or even a gas gift card.)
Watts Up With That contributor Willis Eschenbach (who’s been mentioned on this blog before) responded aptly to Curry’s semi-open hand.
The solution to [restoring credibility] is not, as you suggest, to give scientists a wider voice, or educate them in how to present their garbage to a wider audience.
The solution is for you to stop trying to pass off garbage as science. The solution is for you establishment climate scientists to police your own back yard. When Climategate broke, there was widespread outrage … well, widespread everywhere except in the climate science establishment. Other than a few lone voices, the silence there was deafening. Now there is another whitewash investigation, and the silence only deepens.
And you wonder why we don’t trust you? Here’s a clue. Because a whole bunch of you are guilty of egregious and repeated scientific malfeasance, and the rest of you are complicit in the crime by your silence. Your response is to stick your fingers in your ears and cover your eyes. [emphasis in original]