The anti-climo-blogosphere was certain the researchers lied when they said they sent requests to post the survey on denier blogs. Lewandowsky, as with most social scientists highly constrained by an ethical review board, was unsure whether he could release the list of blogs which he contacted despite all the outrage. He politely asked the deniers to check their email from the time period of interest more carefully. Now Watts and McIntyre have found the invitations. In the end, gratitude for their honesty in this regard has to be tempered by concern about the vehemence of their earlier position.
Does all of this not actually illustrate Lewandowsky’s point? When people who reject climate science also reject the finding that their rejection is more ideological than rational are they not actually confirming the hypothesis they question?
Sou from Bundangawoolarangeera has some more interesting reflections on this bizarre blogstorm.