Check out Climategater Mike Hulme’s howler of a letter in the new Nature (Dec. 1).
Hulme and co-authors (Mathis Hampel and Martin Mahony) write to Nature:
Your discussion of the media’s interest in the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) study — which released its results before peer review — implicitly acknowledges a change in the public authorization of scientific knowledge (Nature 478, 428; 2011). Yet few scientists would accept your branding of them as “purist” or “renegade” for their stance on the study’s approach.
BEST members seek to promote a progressive image of science in a demanding, open and transparent society. Stimulated by an erosion of public trust in science, the publication of research before peer review aims to satisfy calls for greater public engagement with science.
About that “erosion in public trust”, check out these Climategate 2.0 e-mails featuring Mike “God-Greenpeace-Goldman-Sachs” Hulme: