3rd Major 'ClimateGate' Investigation Vindicates Scientists (Again)
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Of course, nothing will convince the most determined climate deniers that 'ClimateGate' was an overblown non-scandal, and that the research done by the scientists at East Anglia University is sound. Not even news that the third major independent investigation into the so-called ClimateGate scientists' work, which was just completed, and has vindicated the scientists of nearly all charges of wrongdoing. The most recent investigation again confirmed that the work is sound, no data has been destroyed, and that the research is rigorous and of high quality. Besides a reprimand for failing to provide climate skeptics with data requested under Britain's Freedom of Information Act, the scientists were essentially entirely vindicated. Here's the Associated Press reporting:
LONDON -- An independent report into the leak of hundreds of e-mails from one of the world's leading climate research centers on Wednesday largely vindicated the scientists involved, saying they acted honestly and that their research was reliable.Phil Jones, the head researcher of the Climate Research Unit, was found to be "completely exonerated" on all charges, and will return to his post after stepping down in the wake of the debacle.
But the panel of inquiry, led by former U.K. civil servant Muir Russell, did chide scientists at the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit for failing to share their data with critics. "We find that their rigor and honesty as scientists are not in doubt," Russell said. "But we do find that there has been a consistent pattern of failing to display the proper degree of openness."
Russell's inquiry is the third major investigation into the theft and dissemination of more than 1,000 e-mails taken from a back-up server at the university.
So yes, this marks 3 major investigations, and 3 major vindications of the researchers' work at the CRU. The case remains to be what I've been saying it was all along -- scientists found to be occasionally behaving in a non-professional way, and making a few seriously bad judgment calls. Just like people in all other professions do from time to time.
The notion that Climate Gate exposed any grand hoax or conspiracy can now be laid to rest as 100% deluded (it always has been), as can the idea that it calls into question the science supporting man-made global warming. Some good from the entire affair has come as well, however, scientists have said. They say that they're adopting policies that encourage openness and sharing of data, and will work to better inform the public of their findings.