From David Archibald's "Why scientists get it wrong":
Michael Mann, infamous for having concocted the hockey stick, replied:These guys knew that they were in trouble and that their research would not hold up to scrutiny. So they fought against scrutiny and attempted as best they could to hide their research.
"Yeah, basically this is just a heads-up to people that something might be up here. What a shame that would be. It’s one thing to lose Climate Research. We can’t afford to lose Geophysical Research Letters."
What Dr Mann was afraid of was losing control of the climate papers published in Geophysical Research Letters.
If you think that it is a bit harsh to state that the alarmist scientists were aware that they were committing fraud, consider the next email from Phil Jones on 5th July, 2005:
"This quote is from an Australian at the Bureau of Meteorology Research Centre, Melbourne (not Neville Nicholls). It began from the attached article. What an idiot. The scientific community would come down on me in no uncertain terms if I said the world had cooled from 1998. OK, it has, but it is only 7 years of data and it isn’t statistically significant."
This email shows that one of the major IPCC authors held views in private that he dare not state publicly.
This is what Virginia's academic community is defending. Fraud and deceit.
All I can say is: When you lie down with dogs ...