Anyone familiar with statistician Steve McIntyre's attempts to examine paleoclimate research would recognize this phenomenon. As recorded in bloody detail on his blog Climate Audit, many of the world's top paleo climate researchers have refused to share data and computer code when asked making their work unverifiable and non-falsifiable. When asked for support by McIntyre, editors of multiple major scientific publications have refused to intervene and demand that authors make data and code available - as is standard in many other fields.

The story of climate science is actually much worse than described here. Dr Phil Jones, one of Britain's leading climate scientists, famously told a person requesting data "“Why should I make the data available to you, when your aim is to try and find something wrong with it?” Think about that. Not about what he said, but about the fact that he was willing to say it.