Now, the buttmunches making up the "consensus" at the center of this scandal--recognizing the deep doo-doo they're now in for blatantly violating scientific ethics--are pulling out the stops to lessen the impact of their leaked, blunt, and honest correspondence, describing all sorts of devious behaviors designed to prop up the global warming myth.
The climatologists at the center of last week's leaked-email and document scandal have taken the line that it is all much ado about nothing. Yes, the wording of the some of their messages was unfortunate, but they insist this in no way undermines the underlying science, which is as certain as ever.
But the furor over these documents is not about tone, colloquialisms or even whether climatologists are nice people in private. The real issue is what the messages say about the way the much-ballyhooed scientific consensus on global warming was arrived at in the first place, and how even now a single view is being enforced. In short, the impression left by the correspondence among Messrs. Mann and Jones and others is that the climate-tracking game has been rigged from the start.