Yet disturbing questions remain. One email protests, for example, that “science is being manipulated to put a political spin on it”, another says “there have been a number of dishonest presentations of model results by individuals and by IPCC”. And, like last time, there is evidence of attempts to evade Freedom of Information requests. These cry out for urgent investigation
But most of these objections were made by climate scientists – as was the revelation of the Himalayan howler – which scarcely suggests a wide conspiracy to deceive. The emails do destroy the myth of motiveless, disinterested paragons which some scientists have tried to foster – but then no-one else really believed it anyway. And the science itself remains sound, based on a wide variety of sources and studies and so far not invalidated by anything that has emerged from either Climategate.
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