Regardless of the efforts on the part of the mainstream media to ignore Climategate, the wheels of justice are starting to grind, and the future doesn't look good for the cabal of scientists who oversold the theory of anthropogenic global warming, says the Washington Examiner.
For years, these high-priests of environmentalism have been hectoring us about our use of carbon-based fuels, claiming we are destroying the planet. Now, after the conspirators' emails have been leaked to the public (via the Internet), a period of de-frocking seems to be on the horizon, says the Examiner:
* Breitbart is reporting that Britain's University of East Anglia has forced Dr. Phil Jones, director of its prestigious Climatic Research Unit (CRU), to step down, pending an investigation into allegations that he overstated the case for man-made climate change.
* As a result of the release of his compromising emails, the university has ordered Dr. Jones to relinquish his position until the completion of an independent review into allegations that he worked to alter the way in which global temperature data was presented.
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* In the United States, over at Pennsylvania State University, the student newspaper, The Daily Collegian, reports that the university is conducting an inquiry into the controversy surrounding Penn State meteorology professor Dr. Michael Mann (creator of the infamous "hockey stick" graph), whose leaked emails have sparked an international debate over whether he and his colleagues distorted data on global warming.
* The e-mails appeared to suggest that the researchers -- including Dr. Mann -- had fabricated or manipulated data on global warming.
In congress, Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, last week called for hearings on the recent disclosure of emails that reveal apparent attempts to manipulate data, vilify scientists with opposing viewpoints, and circumvent information disclosure laws.
This controversy could have far-reaching policy implications, Inhofe continued, affecting everything from cap-and-trade legislation, state and regional climate change programs, and the Environmental Protection Agency's Proposed Endangerment and Cause or Contribute Findings for Greenhouse Gases Under Section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act.
Source: Thomas McAdam, "Climategate: The Chickens Are Coming Home To Roost," Washington Examiner, December 2, 2009.