Alarmists have tried to downplay the impact of the leaked emails, but Climategate gains steam in the national and international media. The Wall Street Journal writes,
The climatologists at the center of the leaked email and document scandal have taken the line that it is all much ado about nothing. Yes, the wording of their messages was unfortunate, but they insist this in no way undermines the underlying science. They’re ignoring the damage they’ve done to public confidence in the arbiters of climate science.
The American Spectator outlines the allegedly neutral “RealClimate.org” connections to NASA climate alarmist and Al Gore advisor Jim Hansen, and even the left-wing MoveOn.org.
British opinion columnist Christopher Booker writes an excellent summary of Climategate for the Telegraph.
Reason Magazine reviews emails from a CRU researcher documenting his frustration with trying to put together climate data from dozens of undocumented, poorly documented and “completely messy” sources. CBS News covers the same story, concluding, “The irony of this situation is that most of us expect science to be conducted in the open, without unpublished secret data, hidden agendas, and computer programs of dubious reliability. East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit might have avoided this snafu by publicly disclosing as much as possible at every step of the way.”
And geologist Don Easterbrook states,
Legitimate scientists do not doctor data, delete data they don’t like, hide data they don’t want seen, hijack the peer review process, personally attack other scientists whose views differ from theirs, send fraudulent data to the IPCC that is used to perpetuate the greatest hoax in the history of science, provide false data to further legislation on climate change that will result in huge profits for corrupt lobbyists and politicians, and tell outright lies about scientific data.