Steve McIntyre was able to construct persuasive arguments about how AGW proponents had cooked the data even when he didn't have any access to internal CRU documents. With the ClimateGate trove in hand, well...watch out, data cookers!
Here McIntyre summarizes the progress to date in reverse-engineering the cookery used in the notorious “hockey stick” graph from the IPCC report. The progress is both numerical and contextual – that is, McIntyre and others have made great strides at understanding both the mathematics of the cookery and the human context of how it came about.
The story is fascinating.
Steve McIntyre seems to be (at last!) getting some well-deserved recognition for his tireless efforts to understand the data underlying the AGW hypothesis...