“You are a fucking douchebag. You pathetic fucking Phony. I hope there is an earthquake right under your fucking house and swallows you into hell.” – Email received by climate journalist Georges Monbiot (1)
It was to be expected. Not everything is extremely correct but none of the IPCC’s conclusions has been questioned, no information was hidden, it being accessible and reproducible, and no inconvenient papers were suppressed. Neither is the peer review process being corrupted. In short, none of the countless accusations in the media or in the blogosphere or anywhere can still be sustained. Although they, without a doubt, will sustain them for some time to come and not all the related media outlets that readily helped to smudge public opinion will report this ‘sentence’, at least not with the same frequency and typographical display. They’re already talking about ‘whitewash’ (2).
What has become crystal clear is that these high profile climatologists are being put under huge pressure by the denialist machine and they don’t always react with British composure.