December 15, 2009 11:21 AM

Commentary: 'Climategate' is a lesson in the politics of science

This just in — scientists are human too. Hacked e-mail correspondence among a small group of climate researchers demonstrates all the foibles and petty failings of the rest of us. The e-mails reflect poorly on those who wrote them. The scientists showed contempt for and antipathy toward global warming skeptics. Their zeal for their own research and belief in their own conclusions prompted them to discuss hiding data. However, an exhaustive review of the 1,073 e-mails by The Associated Press found no evidence of falsified data.

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