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Climategate Revisited April 4, 2010

Posted by Dwight Furrow in Dwight Furrow's Posts, Science.
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You might recall that, a few months ago, emails stolen from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia were published in which climate change researchers were apparently resisting freedom of information requests and engaging in biased peer review tactics.

Conservatives claimed that the emails undermine the scientific consensus that human activities are causing climate change.

From a March 31 Associated Press article:

The first of several British investigations into the e-mails leaked from one of the world’s leading climate research centers has largely vindicated the scientists involved.

The House of Commons’ Science and Technology Committee said Wednesday that they’d seen no evidence to support charges that the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit or its director, Phil Jones, had tampered with data or perverted the peer review process to exaggerate the threat of global warming — two of the most serious criticisms levied against the climatologist and his colleagues.

No doubt, the scientists were unprofessional in some of their emails, and resisting freedom of information requests is not a good idea even when the requests are politically motivated. The stakes in this debate are so high that the science must be beyond reproach.

And this is only the first of a number of on-going official inquiries in to this sordid episode.

But it is good news for our planet that the conservative attacks appear to be bogus.

book-section-book-cover2 Dwight Furrow is author of

Reviving the Left: The Need to Restore Liberal Values in America

For political commentary by Dwight Furrow visit: www.revivingliberalism.com

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