Over at RealClimate, they are in damage control mode over the leaked emails from the University of East Anglia's Hadley Climatic Research Centre. These emails are exchanges between many of the 'big guns' of the AGW scientific community. Some of the emails relate to the launching of the RealClimate site.
Instead, there is a peek into how scientists actually interact and the conflicts show that the community is a far cry from the monolith that is sometimes imagined. People working constructively to improve joint publications; scientists who are friendly and agree on many of the big picture issues, disagreeing at times about details and engaging in ‘robust’ discussions; Scientists expressing frustration at the misrepresentation of their work in politicized arenas and complaining when media reports get it wrong; Scientists resenting the time they have to take out of their research to deal with over-hyped nonsense. None of this should be shocking.
The anthropogenic global warming crowd is telling us these emails are representative of how scientists act and we shouldn't be shocked. Here is a summary of a few of the transgressions we shouldn't be shocked about:
Evading taxes. (0826209667)
Artificially truncating data sets. (0939154709)
Plotting to violate relevant FOIA laws. (1212063122)(1219239172)
Conspiring to hide data. (1254756944) (1059664704)
Artificially altering underlying data. (0942777075)(1254108338)
Suppressing criticism. (1139521913)(1054756929)
Cheering the death of a skeptic.(1075403821)
Plotting to destroy skeptics. (1047388489)(1256765544)
Plotting control of review boards to suppress skeptics. (1051190249) (1106322460)
Complete lack of outrage at fraud.(1188557698)
Letting politics lead science. (0938018124)
If this is a peek into how scientists actually interact, they should be tarred, feathered and rode out of town on a rail. The allegation that most scientists act in this manner is an insult to professional scientists around the world. By professional scientists, I do not mean Al Gore who recently discovered stellar fusion at the Earth's core.
There is a good analysis of the leaked emails by the attorneys over at Power Line.