"No Evidence Of Any Deliberate Scientific Malpractice"

Jake de Grazia
Posted on Wednesday 14th April 2010

The British scientists accused of conspiring to manipulate data to prove the importance of human activity in causing climate change have been cleared of wrongdoing for a second time.

Investigators, led by geologist and energy industry veteran Ronald Oxburgh and hired by East Anglia University - the university that housed the scientists' Climate Research Unit - published their report on Wednesday. Its conclusion was clear:

We saw no evidence of any deliberate scientific malpractice. Rather, we found a small group of dedicated, if slightly disorganized, researchers. We found them to be objective and dispassionate and there was no hint of tailoring results to a particular agenda.

The scientists were first cleared of wrongdoing by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, and a third investigation, organized by the British police, is expected to end sometime in May.

For analysis, read Andy Revkin.


Speaking of clearing scientists of wrongdoing: An investigation into the American climate scientist that worked most closely with the Climate Research Unit found no evidence that he did any wrong either.

Speaking of the climate change debate: Here's a metaphor we love.

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