“Climategate” Scientists Exonerated

Last year’s brouhaha over hacked e-mails from the University of East Anglia seemed at first to vindicate climate-change denialists, who had long characterized anthropogenic climate change as a fraud. The incident became big news just as the United Nations Climate Change Conference was opening in Copenhagen. Denialists the world over were high-fiving each other as they watched the conference fail. 

Since that time, several independent investigations have cleared the accused scientists of any wrongdoing and declared the integrity of the science to be entirely sound. These investigations, however, have received almost no coverage on the very media that fueled the fires of scandal late last year.  All of which confirms Mark Twain’s insight that “a lie can travel halfway round the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”

Here are five stories that anyone who heard about “Climategate” should also have heard by now (but probably hasn’t…):

  • “Researcher on Climate is Cleared in Inquiry,” The New York Times, 2/3/10. An academic board of inquiry at Pennsylvania State University absolves climatologist Dr. Michael E. Mann of the most serious charges against him. Read more here.
  • “The disclosure of climate data from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia,” a report published by the Science and Technology Committee of the British Parliament, 3/31/10. The report states, “Insofar as the Committee was able to consider accusations of dishonesty against CRU, the Committee considers that there is no case to answer.” Read more here.
  • “Climate Scientist Cleared of Altering Data,” The New York Times, 7/1/10. Excerpt: “An investigative panel at Pennsylvania State University, weighing the question of whether the scientist, Michael E. Mann, had ‘seriously deviated from accepted practices within the academic community for proposing, conducting or reporting research or other scholarly activities,’ declared that he had not.” Read more here.
  • “Response by the University of East Anglia to the Report by Lord Oxburgh’s Science Assessment Panel,” University of East Anglia website, 4/14/10. Excerpt: “The Oxburgh findings are the result of the latest scrutiny of CRU’s research. The first was the original peer review which led to publication in some of the world’s leading international science journals; the second was the Inquiry by the Parliamentary Science and Technology Committee. Taken together, these must represent one of the most searching examinations of any body of scientific research. The veracity of CRU’s research remains intact after this examination.” Read more here.
  • “British Panel Clears Scientists,” The New York Times, 7/7/10. Excerpt: “A British panel on Wednesday exonerated the scientists caught up in the controversy known as Climategate of charges that they had manipulated their research to support preconceived ideas about global warming. [Note: the panel referred to is The Independent Climate Change Email Review.] … ‘On the specific allegations made against the behavior of C.R.U. scientists, we find that their rigor and honesty as scientists are not in doubt,’ said the new report…” Read more here.
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