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From: tom crowley <>
To: "Michael E. Mann" <>
Subject: Re: Wally
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2001 11:18:19 -0600


you are really the most appropriate person to be the lead author on this -
I was just volunteering myself as the unfortunate soul who has to bear the
brunt of Wallys wrath


ps Peck would be fine of course but I don't know whether we want to get
him tangled up in the acrimony - we could of course ask for his comments

>HI Tom,
>Thanks--I was thinking this too. Ray held out a real olive branch to Wally
>by the extremely balanced piece he wrote in Science last year (some of us
>thought he caved in a bit too much!). So there was absolutely no reason for
>Wally to write this piece.
>If Julie Uppenbrink gives us the go-ahead, I say lets do as Tom suggests. I
>think this has a lot more cachet if all on this list are willing to sign on
>as co-authors.
>Regarding primary authorship: On the one hand, it would be appropriate for
>me tsince it is primarily Mann et al that is explicitly under attack here,
>though all of us are implicitly under attack. However, I think the piece
>carries a lot more weight if it is authored by someone of Wally's stature,
>and I think Tom far better fits the bill in this regard. So if Tom is
>willing to bear the brunt of this, I would definitely endorse him being
>primary author.
>I would argue to include Peck too, but I think this would be a conflict for
>him, as he is pretty close to Wally. So best to leave it w/ the current
>group in my opinion. Lets pursue this further once Phil hears back from J.U...
>At 09:16 AM 2/26/01 -0600, tom crowley wrote:
>>Hi all,
>>I vote for a response - quick and to the point - itemized in fact.
>>The only problem is somehow has to volunteer to be the sacrificial lamb as
>>first author - that person will almost certainly be badgered by Wally and
>>probably charged with some trumped up unethical piece - he will also
>>probably try to subvert the review process by contacting the Editor of
>>Science. This is not paranoia - Wally did exactly this when some people
>>(some at Lamont!) questioned his conveyor explanation for the LIA that came
>>out in Science a year or so ago. He was actually screaming at some of
>>these people in the Lamont lunch room.
>>That said, I say we must bite the bullet and do it - Wally doesn't like me
>>anyway so it wouldnt make as much a difference to me if I volunteered to go
>>to the slaughter but if there is anyone else who wants to take the lead,
>>thats fine with me!!
>>ps as I indicated the other day I will be in only until this Friday after
>>which I am out for a month - I could write enough to get us going and then
>>hand it over to someone else to deal with the submission business (MIke?)
>>>Thanks a bunch Phil,
>>>Will look forward to hearing back w/ more info. I talked to Dick Kerr last
>>>week about related stuff (an IPCC article he's writing) and he made no
>>>mention of this at all! I wonder who did commission this, and why?
>>>At 02:51 PM 2/26/01 +0000, Phil Jones wrote:
>>>> Mike,
>>>> I've had a quick read and sent an email to Julia Uppenbrink to get her
>>>>views as
>>>> she commissioned our piece. Also asked about a response, particularly on
>>>> high and low frequency indicators. I was going to send Wally two papers
>>>> (Sarah Raper's on linking trees and glaciers in J. Glaciol. and Brian
>>>> in The Holocene, where the two are also linked but only in a qualitative
>>>> From the weekend it was clear he had no ideas about these. His lack of
>>>> of density data in trees come through in the article as well.
>>>> In Maine he also went on at length about the Stine work. and seems to
>>>>in this
>>>> piece as well. Malcolm should know all about this.
>>>> I'm going to go home soon as I'm getting knackered, but I'll email you
>>>> response. I think she'll find out who asked Wally to do it, as he
>>>>implied to me it
>>>> was.
>>>> Cheers
>>>> Phil
>>>> PS Meant to say at the start that I see your points. Thanks for pasting
>>>>it to us.
>>>>Prof. Phil Jones
>>>>Climatic Research Unit Telephone +44 (0) 1603 592090
>>>>School of Environmental Sciences Fax +44 (0) 1603 507784
>>>>University of East Anglia
>>>>Norwich Email
>>>>NR4 7TJ
>>> Professor Michael E. Mann
>>> Department of Environmental Sciences, Clark Hall
>>> University of Virginia
>>> Charlottesville, VA 22903
>>>e-mail: Phone: (804) 924-7770 FAX: (804) 982-2137
>>Thomas J. Crowley
>>Dept. of Oceanography
>>Texas A&M University
>>College Station, TX 77843-3146
>>979-847-8879 (fax)
>>979-845-6331 (alternate fax)
> Professor Michael E. Mann
> Department of Environmental Sciences, Clark Hall
> University of Virginia
> Charlottesville, VA 22903
>e-mail: Phone: (804) 924-7770 FAX: (804) 982-2137

Thomas J. Crowley
Dept. of Oceanography
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-3146
979-847-8879 (fax)
979-845-6331 (alternate fax)

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