Climategate Consequences: The Mann Report

Mann isn't the only scientist feeling some global warming, though. Dr. Phil Jones already "stepped aside" from his position as the director of the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit (CRU) when it first became clear that they had avoided releasing data under the freedom of information laws in the U.S. and UK.

More shoes have been dropping in the last few days for Jones. After investigation, the UK Information Commissioner's Office concluded Jones and others had broken the law, although they may be able to escape prosecution because of the restrictive statute of limitations. (Or maybe not.) It has also come out that Jones may have worked to conceal bad science from others that happened to be inconvenient.

Jones may avoid jail, but it seems unlikely he'll ever be back as the head of CRU.

Add to this that Rajendra Pachauri, the head of the IPCC, has been caught in a number of conflicts of interest. He pushed the disappearing glaciers story in order to get millions in grants. He is implicated in defending the conclusions after he knew they were unsupported, when it became clear that the IPCC reports misstated peer-reviewed science to suit its pre-defined conclusions and when IPCC authors admitted the results were slanted to have a political result. Pachauri has, so far, resisted calls to resign, but the calls continue, and it seems impossible that Pachauri won't develop a desire to move on to other challenges before too long.

So, after just a few months, we're seeing several of the major figures in the climate cartel are at least being subjected to public ridicule and exposure, and a pretty good chance of worse.

This kind of investigation takes much longer than people expect -- if you're old enough, you'll remember that Watergate dragged on for a couple years. The fact that we're seeing some people facing some real consequences already is a sign that we're still exploring just that snowy tip of the iceberg.

But what's under the water? There are lots of other areas that take longer to investigate. We've already seen that there were financial reasons why Copenhagen's one result was to protect the carbon exchange markets; but what other financial issues are there? How is the UN involved financially? Who stands to benefit the most from continuing the CO2-driven AGW narrative? We don't know the answers yet, but we can say one thing with certainty.

There is more to come.