Kevin Trenberth recently expressed his consternation at the breakdown in Team defensive zone coverage that enabled publication of Spencer and Braswell:
“I cannot believe it got published,” said Kevin Trenberth, a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
Trenberth and Phil Jones were Cover 2 in the rock-solid IPCC AR4 defense. Readers will recall Jones’ promise of a goal-line stand against McKitrick and Michaels 2004:
Kevin and I will keep them out somehow – even if we have to redefine what the peer-review literature is !
Trenberth’s own tenacious defense is sort of cross between James Harrison and Troy Polimaru. No wonder he was upset about the recent breakdown in Team defensive zone coverage.
In the past, occasional breakdowns of Team defense have led to new defensive personnel e.g. when new personnel had to be brought into shore up Team defensive schemes at GRL in 2005:( 591. 1132094873.txt):
The GRL leak may have been plugged up now w/ new editorial leadership there.
Trenberth did not comment on whether new personnel would be needed to plug the leak at Remote Sensing or whether changes in Team defensive zone coverage would be instituted.
Trenberth was most recently discussed at CA here in connection with his plagiarism of Hasselmann (2010).