There’s a brilliant piece in the WSJ (published 3 December 2009) today in which Daniel Henninger argues that Climategate is indicative of how politics has corrupted science. He draws a parallel between ecomentalists (hat tip to Ivo for that tag) ridiculing climate skeptics and the treatment – instigated by the church – of Galileo when he dared to suggest that the earth was NOT at the centre of the universe. Methinks future generations will look back on ecomentalists and the flat-earthers of the 21st century.

But I digress. The piece is brilliant and well worth the read because it shows how a small, little understood field of study has tarnished the reputations of the very many scientists engaged in the hard sciences. You can read it here.