Of course ClimateGate matters politically, and the damage has only begun. This won't help their electoral prospects. It also has ramifications for health care: If you can't trust them on global warming, can you trust them on cancer screenings?
The White House is shrugging off the Climate-gate e-mails. “I think there's no real scientific basis for the dispute of (global warming),” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said this week. And Obama's top science adviser, John Holdren, downplayed the e-mails Friday, telling Congress that the controversy involves a small group of scientists and how they have interpreted and shared global warming data.
President Obama's climate czar, Carol M. Browner, and White House spokesman Robert Gibbs might think that Climate-gate is a nonevent, but on Monday Pennsylvania State University announced that it was launching an investigation into the academic conduct of Michael Mann, the school's Director of the Earth System Science Center. … Dozens of researchers at other institutions could soon face similar investigations.
Suddenly, though, on Monday December 1, Google stopped offering “climategate” as a choice to those who typed c-l-i and even to those who typed c-l-i-m-a-t-e-g-a-t. Strange.
What's become known as “Climate-Gate” may be about to explode on this side of the pond as well. Chris Horner, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, has threatened a lawsuit against NASA if by year-end the agency doesn't honor his FOI requests for information on how and why its climate numbers have been consistently adjusted for error