The verdict on “Climategate”

August 11, 2010, by Michael Gillenwater

We now have ample evidence to come to firm conclusions about the much-discussed controversy and manufactured scandals surrounding climate change science. Instead of recreating the wheel, I am simply going to repost a summary on the topic here from the Pew Center on Global Climate Change and also provide a link to a similar factual recap from the World Resources Institute (here). This is something of a departure from the usual subject matter on this blog, but this is an issue that frequently arises in conversation on climate change and one that has been frustratingly underserved and misunderstood by traditional media outlets. The Pew and WRI summaries clearly and succinctly present the facts of a case which clearly exonerates the apparent defendant: climate science. In the face of any perceived doubt let me unambiguously state what any objective analysis will confirm: the science is still intact. The attention and false seeds of doubt this political hatchet job sowed, however, have served their intended purpose weakening the political resolve for action in the face of a grave and imminently looming challenge.

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“Climategate” Scientists Exonerated

By Jay Gulledge on Fri, 07/09/2010 – 16:29

I posted previously on the controversy surrounding emails that were hacked from a computer server at the University of East Anglia’s (UEA) Climatic Research Unit (CRU) in the U.K. The emails revealed the private exchanges of several prominent climate scientists dealing with their science and their reactions to climate change deniers who requested access to their private computer files and intellectual property. The contents of the emails suggested to the untrained eye that the scientists had manipulated data and tried to undermine the scientific peer-review process. From my reading of the emails, I judged that nothing of the sort had happened. Since my last writing on the topic, five separate independent investigations (3 in the United Kingdom and 2 in the U.S.) of the matter have concluded that there was no mishandling of data or other wrongdoing beyond some foot-dragging in response to Freedom of Information requests by climate change deniers. The clear message from these investigations is that proper scientific methods were followed and the integrity of climate science remains solid as a rock.