Among other things, the Watergate scandal of the 1970s gave us a great naming convention for future scandals. Take "Climategate" at Penn State. That's what people are calling the controversy surrounding leaked E-mails among climate change researchers that climate change opponents say expose the researchers' falsification of data. One Penn State professor is involved in the scandal.
The Penn State administration plans to investigate Climategate and determine if it needs to take further action, the Daily Collegian reports. A little more than a week ago, E-mails exchanged among an English university's climate change researchers were illegally obtained from a server and posted online, the report says.
Climate change opponents say the E-mails indicate that climate change researchers—including Penn State Prof. Michael Mann—exaggerated or fabricated global warming data. And, according to the report, some E-mails indicate that the director of the research unit in question may have contacted researchers and asked them to "delete certain E-mails."
Since billions of dollars in government and private grants are involved here, the request to "delete certan E-mails" seems to smack of conspiracy to conceal fraud. The university says it will investigate. I think it time that the FBI becomes involved.
If climate science is to ever have any credibility... Indeed if science itself is to escape being tainted... then there must be a full investigation by law enforcement. Not by members of academia who have to live with the possible perps!
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