RO - Do you think, post-Climategate, there’s a new realization of the seriousness of this issue of attacking scientists, and do you see any new changes happening to address that.This is a point that Eli has been trying to make for years, that people can't hide from the onslaught, nor can they "make friends" with the denialoti, the propaganda organs of the political warfare machine. Frankly as an observer who is not directly connected, but shares roots with many in the atmospheric science community, the level of naivety is astounding. They simply have not recognized that people like Lindzen, Christy, Spencer, Michaels, Douglass, Soon, Singer and others are spending most of their time bashing science while making nice at conferences, a reality that is finally beginning to get through (BTW, McIntyre has closed comments, perhaps some came in that stripped his bark, OTOH, Policy Lass has some momentum on this).
MM - You’re going to be surprised that I can actually give you one word answers on both — yes and yes. I think there is — perhaps a little late in the game — but better late than never — now there is an awareness that there is a war being fought against the climate science and scientists, and if others don’t step in and assist in that war, their cause could be lost.
RO - What makes you say that you see something new, other than just more talk?
MM - I have to admit, it’s nothing concrete. It’s the sense that I have in talking with colleagues and those in the environmental community who talk with scientists and those in the policy arena who talk with scientists.
RO - But this is the very problem with academics is the tendency to believe in talk rather than action.
MM - Well, yeah. And I think that the talk now needs to be translated to action. Thus far its been all talk, in large part because nobody really believed that the other side would get that nasty and dirty and dishonest, but they have. They’ve crossed that line. And now people are realizing this, and if they don’t step up and assist the scientific community, their own interest in seeing meaningful action to combat climate change could be in jeopardy.
Steve was uninvited to the World Dendro Conference because of his behavior in the Yamal farago, his unethical pursuit of Briffa for not giving him the data when Steve had the data for years, his many accusations of incompetence and mendacity to dendrologists which have been shown to be whole cloth (use this list, or take a look at CB's comments in this CA thread) and his role in whipping up the crowd about the stolen CRU Emails.
Ear tip to the Green Herring for the interview link link.
UPDATE: From the comments (promoted by mt)