Climate scientists like preaching to the choir, but right now, perhaps they should consider the possibility that a little outreach would be in order.
In normal times, Climate Audit has a large audience; right now, its audience is far larger than normal and includes journalists as well as the public. Given recent events, I made an extra effort to solicit editorial content that would be supportive of IPCC views and asked Jones’ long-time associate, Tom Wigley, to write a contribution for Climate Audit:
Dear Dr Wigley,
Would you be interested in writing a guest post for Climate Audit (see camirror.wordpress.com for recent posts) and responding to comments?
Regardless of how Jones and Mann have portrayed me, I’ve tried to be conscientious. My interest has been primarily in statistical questions that I found interesting and where I was convinced that I was right. Obviously the reception of these points has been frustrating. I notice in the CRU letters that you occasionally considered the possibility that we had made valid points.
I realize that there’s been sort of a community boycott against climate scientists speaking directly to the audience at Climate Audit. Despite this past, I think that it is important that climate scientists now speak directly to this audience (which presently extends far beyond the core audience.) I don’t think that it will suffice to merely present through Real Climate in the present circumstances.
You may write whatever editorial you wish without any restrictions on my part and have an author password.
I’ll try to solicit some other contributions. This situation shall pass. I don’t think that it’s helpful for people in the field right now to merely congregate at realclimate, though that is obviously more comfortable. I appreciate Judy Curry’s editorial and I’ll make some other attempts along this line.