Email from Edward Cook to Keith Briffa

Edward Cook
Keith Briffa
Climategate 2 FOIA 2011 Searchable Database
April 11, 2002

"Thanks for the comments. I did indeed try to keep the verbiage on a civil level, which is not always easy to do. I agree with you that Mike seems to be overwhelmingly concerned about what the greenhouse sceptics might think."

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Thanks for the comments. I did indeed try to keep the verbiage on a civil level, which is not always easy to do. I agree with you that Mike seems to be overwhelmingly concerned about what the greenhouse sceptics might think.

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