Climategate is the opening up of a world that has been well known to scientists who are skeptical about the claim that we are faced with dangerous manmade global warming.
That world includes fudged data, refusal to disclose data and methods, removing evidence that challenges global warming dogma from Wikipedia entries, failure to cite disconfirming evidence in papers and IPCC reports, drawing conclusions that go beyond the data, violations of proper scientific procedures in collecting and analyzing data, ad hominem arguments, promulgation of alarming but unsupported forecasts, failure to correct errors that have been pointed out in the literature, uncivil behavior, disrupting scientific talks with protestors, directing government funds to those who subscribe to the dogma, providing government funds for research studies designed to support the dogma, putting out false or misleading “findings,” cancelling stories that had been scheduled for publication in newspapers, firing skeptics, death threats, and so on.
These are the signs of a dangerous political movement, not of a scientific issue.
Skeptical scientist have been telling editors in the popular media about the scandal of government sponsored climate science for years. Why have they been so reluctant to expose the scandal?