These guys called climate scientists have not done any more physics or chemistry than I did. A lifetime in engineering gives you a very good antenna. It also cures people of any self belief they cannot be wrong. You clear up a lot of messes during a lifetime in engineering. I could be wrong on global warming – I know that – but the guys on the other side don't believe they can ever be wrong.
-- David Holland, FOI requester, electrical engineer
The big clue is hiding the raw data. No engineer or scientist worth his salt should expect anyone to believe his analysis if he was unwilling to share the raw data along with enough detail that someone else could reproduce (or not) his results. Hiding the data betrays astounding arrogance, when you do that you are basically saying, "I get the last word, no one else could possibly come up with a better analysis method than what I've done."
A couple of climate scientists provide the sort of level-headed response I'd expect from an honest researcher. Note especially Judy Curry's thoughts on the data (emphasis mine):
The HADCRU surface climate dataset needs public documentation that details the time period and location of individual station measurements used in the data set, statistical adjustments to the data, how the data were analyzed to produce the climatology, and what measurements were omitted and why. If these data and metadata are unavailable, I would argue that the data set needs to be reprocessed (presumably the original raw data is available from the original sources). Climate data sets should be regularly reprocessed as new data becomes available and analysis methods improve.
More on data sharing from the emails themselves (emphasis mine):
And the issue of with-holding data is still a hot potato, one that affects both you and Keith (and Mann). Yes, there are reasons -- but many *good* scientists appear to be unsympathetic to these. The trouble here is that with-holding data looks like hiding something, and hiding means (in some eyes) that it is bogus science that is being hidden.
-- Tom Wigley, 1254756944.txt
Color me unsympathetic.
It's too bad those fine fellows didn't listen to words from a wise man back in 1999 (emphasis mine):
I have worked with the UEA group for 20+ years and have great respect for them and for their work. Of course, I don’t agree with everything they write, and we often have long (but cordial) arguments about what they think versus my views, but that is life. Indeed, I know that they have broad disagreements among themselves, so to refer to them as "the UEA group", as though they all march in lock-step seems bizarre.
>As for thinking that it is "Better that nothing appear, than something unnacceptable to us" .....as though we are the gatekeepers of all that is acceptable in the world of paleoclimatology seems amazingly arrogant. Science moves forward whether we agree with individiual articles or not....
-- Raymond S. Bradley, 0924532891.txt
This arrogance is the symptom of a group of folks who have convinced each-other that theirs is a righteous cause to advocate rather than an intellectual position to hold with humility in the face of honest uncertainty and new understanding.