von Storch made the following new comments also in German from Technology Review, translation again courtesy of Benny Peiser, about Mann’s "shoddiness":
Two aspects deserve attention in connection with the discussion of Mann’s Hockey Stick: On the one hand, who is going to win the arguement; it’s the Tragedy of the Commons of climate research. McIntyre found a technical error in Mann’s methodology; in a SCIENCE study published in October 2004, my team discovered another, in our opinion even more serious error. It is actually the task of reviewers of specialist science journals to identify such errors. Yet with regards to NATURE, there is another criterion apart from that of scientific quality, which is often enough reviewed shoddily: the public interest, which is essentially equated here with the sales figures of the magazine. Mann’s study was apparently so interesting that it was accepted. A precarious fact. But it is even more precarious that the powerful people in charge of the IPCC turned the publication into an icon, the symbol of proof of anthropogenic climate change. That was not only stupid, but irresponsible. As a result of this elevation, the entire hypothesis of anthropogenic climate change is being unjustifiably questioned. Which brings me to the second point: Is the hockey stick curve crucially affected by Mann’s shoddiness? We tested it by way of a one-thousand-year simulation with a climatic model and found that the effect wasn’t significant. The error is real, but probably not far-reaching. Nevertheless, it is a good thing that the debate about the temperature history of the last millenium can be conducted again unconditionally. Steve McIntyre contributed substantially to this development; he deserves to be thanked for it.
von Storch has sent me some very cordial emails and has sent me a copy of his argument that the effect of Mann’s "shoddiness" is "probably not far-reaching". It will probably come as no surprise that Ross and I believe that these effects are quite far-reaching, as we argued in our E&E article. I must say that it’s nice to engage in a discussion free of realclimate invective. I’m sure that the thanks in the last sentence extend to Ross McKitrick as well.