Thursday, July 8, 2010

Can We Finally Put "Climategate" Behind Us?

A report (see here) released yesterday by an independent review board chaired by Sir Muir Russell has largely exonerated the climate scientists caught up in the so-called "Climategate" scandal, which resulted after the publication of illegally hacked e-mails. The findings include the following:

*  "we find that their rigour and honesty as scientists is not in doubt"

* "we did not find any evidence of behavior that might undermine the conclusions of the IPCC assessments"

* "But we do find that there has been a consistent pattern of failing to display the proper degree of openess..."

Will this report finally put the "Climategate" controversy to rest? It's doubtful, if the response of right-wing media is any indication. James Delingpole, writing in The Telegraph (here), refers to the Russell report as a "whitewash." So, too, does Christine Hall of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (here). FoxNews.com says that "British Panel Criticizes 'Climate-Gate' Scientists but Clears Them of Bias."

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