When the "Climategate" scandal first broke it was a triumphant day
skeptics. They scolded
the scientific community for
distorting global warming data and declared cap-and-trade "dead
." But now the results of an
investigation by the British government are out and the report largely sides with
the scientists. The report says
evidence to support charges that the University of East Anglia's Climate
Research Unit or its director, Phil Jones, had tampered with data or
perverted the peer review process to exaggerate the threat of global
." Consequently, global warming advocates are reveling in
- Finally the Truth Emerges, writes Steven D at Booman Tribune: "So what did all these
accused mad evil climatologists do? Like most good and honest
scientists before them, they analyzed their data properly and came to a
conclusion supported by that data. The data showed that human
activities, especially the release of carbon into the atmosphere from
the burning of fossil fuels, had led to an unprecedented rise in global
temperatures since the start of the Industrial Revolution, and that this
warming trend was creating significant changes to the earth's climate."
Deniers Listen? Probably Not, writes Climate Progress: "No doubt
virtually all of the core findings will be ignored by the anti-science
crowd, who will continue to push their while conspiracy theories about
- The Scientists Do Have to Change Their Habits
Though, notes Fred Pearce at The New Scientist. The
report wasn't a complete vindication of the scientists:
found that the leaked emails reveal that a "culture of withholding
information appears to have pervaded CRU [that] we consider
unacceptable". Some information "may have been deleted", possibly in
breach of the law. The MPs do not accept CRU's claim that its staff were
simply overwhelmed by requests for data, often frivolous. Rather, CRU's
"unhelpful approach" to requests led to them "multiplying".
- That Settles That, I Hope, writes PZ Myers at Pharyngula: "Case closed, right? Or is this another sign of the Global Conspiracy to Hide the Truth™?"
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