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The below commentary was written by MIT's Dr. Richard S. Lindzen, an Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and and Dr. David H. Douglass, Professor of Physics at the University of Rochester
Lindzen & Douglass slam media for 'completely misrepresenting Climategate': Scandal revealed 'explicit evidence of the manipulation of proxy records used in paleoclimate reconstructions, suppression of other viewpoints, manipulation of IPCC process, and intimidation of journal editors were all evidence of serious breaches of ethics. Muller's findings hardly alters these findings'
By Richard Lindzen & David Douglass - October 23, 2011
The [October 21, 2011 Christian Science Monitor
] article "Koch brothers accidentally fund study that proves global warming" is innocent enough.
Existing land based records of temperature, showing a small net warming since 1950, are probably correct (at least within the unreported uncertainty limits). As to whether estimates over the oceans (which cover 70% of the earth) are reliable is left open.