The Boston Globe has an interesting puff piece on Ray Bradley.
According to the Boston Globe here, Ray Bradley’s feeling a little sorry for himself because he’s been asked some questions by the Barton Committee. The article informs us that Bradley learned of the Barton letter while he was hiking in the Pyrenees; we are left with the distinct impression that it was an unwelcome intrusion (by a Texas Republican no less) which somewhat spoiled the zen of the experience.
We learn that Bradley drives a Volvo – why am I not surprised? (One geologist has told me rather acidly that one of the marks of the influx of big money into climate was that the professors traded their Volvo’s in for Lexuses and SUVs. It’s nice that Bradley didn’t.) We learn that Bradley has traveled to remote places for many years. So do thousands of geologists, except that they don’t have tenure and don’t just do it in summer holidays. Despite all the grants for Arctic research, Bradley’s archiving of Arctic data is negligible (contrary to his reply to Barton). While Mann has been out front of MBH98-99, the NSF funding was to the University of Massachusetts and Bradley was the PI. I think that the source code is probably the property of the University of Massachusetts and that Bradley, as PI, has the principal obligation for properly archiving the code and responding to inquiries. I sent a very polite letter to Bradley in November 2003 without any answer (as well as polite letters to Mann) prior to seeking assistance by the National Science Foundation (where I had no luck either as I’ve written about before).