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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