With regards to climategate:
Can someone from the AGW-affirmative side give a link to the prominent peer reviewed papers which contain the empirical evidence that temperature variances seen in the 20th century are statistical outliers from the ordinary temperature behavior over the last 10,000 years?
Chris asserts that there is a massive volume of these papers, but I can't seem to find any that aren't linked back to the CRU, Jones, or Mann. It would be really helpful to my understanding, to know what the research for this assertion (and several other assertions) is based on. If, for the sake of argument, one discounts all parties involved in the recent scandal does the face of AGW argument change significantly?