One of our most distinguished Senators recently remarked to his colleagues that “the science is screaming at us.” The behavior of several (climate) scientists this past week certainly seems to lend credence to this observation. Here is an exchange between Michael Mann of the University of Pennsylvania and a Canadian journalist named Lawrence Solomon:
A fair summary of the North and Wegman Reports, in my opinion, is given by Steve McIntyre here.
A second incident involved the behavior of NASA scientist Gavin Schmidt in regard to Harry, an Antarctic weather station. Roger Pielke Jr. of the University of Colorado became embroiled in this controversy and gives his summary here:
A Formal Response to Gavin Schmidt (also, see his comment #2).
Altogether, it was not a great week for civility in science.