The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Inspector General conducted an independent review of the e-mails taken from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in England, at the request of Republican Senator James Inhofe, a major player and leader of climate change skeptics. This, however, will not change the minds of these skeptics, as I’m sure they will call this a conspiracy and a cover up as well, and I would imagine until their homes are under water or blown away by a mega storm.
The questionable e-mails included exchanges between researchers at the university and many of the world’s top climate scientists, including employees at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an office of the Commerce Department.
Some of the more than 1,000 CRU e-mails had appeared to show scientists blasting climate change skeptics and trying to block publication of certain articles. But the review said it found no data manipulation or inappropriate procedures by NOAA scientists from their review of the emails in question. According to the Inspector General, “In our review of the CRU e-mails, we did not find any evidence that NOAA inappropriately manipulated data … or failed to adhere to appropriate peer reviewed procedures,” of which the Inspector General wrote in a letter of their findings to Inhofe.
Several British reviews of the matter have also fully exonerated the climate scientists of trying to manipulate data. But again, this will not stop the skeptics of climate change from calling this yet another conspiracy and cover up, and will go in search of new conspiracies to support their further weakening skeptical claims and denials about climate change facts.