I wasn’t sure whether there would be any interest in these comments, although M&M is getting quite a bit of publicity right now. Yesterday this site got 1426 hits from 819 users – so I guess I’ll keep blogging for a while anyway.
M&M got a couple of references in major publications this week . There was a short reference in the Economist. In Nature yesterday, MM05 (GRL) is cited in "Past climate comes into focus" as follows:
The hockey-stick reconstruction was derived in 1998 by Michael Mann, a climate researcher now at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. A small group of critics, including Stephen McIntyre, a Toronto-based mineral-exploitation consultant, has since attempted to prove that the graph isbased on insufficient data and on flawed statistics.Although McIntyre’s work is controversial, a recent reanalysis by von Storch partly supports his view. And, in hindsight, many climate researchers believe that it was premature of the IPCC to give the visually suggestive curve so much prominence.
I’m not a mineral-"exploitation" consultant by the way. I’ve mostly worked for the past 20 years in organizing and financing mineral exploration. Right now, I’m doing climate research full-time. Contrary to preconceptions, I don’t get paid to do this. I have no economic interest in this; it costs me money to do it and there is a significant opportunity cost since I could be doing other things. But I’m having fun doing it and plan to do it for a while.