"It is unusual. Investigations don't normally attract that level of interest or Freedom of Information requests. But that is a route that the climate skeptic community typically seem to follow. UEA had been inundated with requests in the summer of 2009 in what had the appearance of an orchestrated campaign," Gregory said.
Yesterday on both sides of the Atlantic, climate change proponents welcomed the Norfolk police findings but lamented the fact that no culprit had been found, and they urged the skeptics to stop muddying the waters.
"There is a compelling moral duty for any climate change 'sceptics' who have information about this crime to contact police immediately instead of shielding whoever is responsible from justice," Bob Ward of the London School of Economics' Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment said in a statement.
"Climate change 'sceptics' falsely alleged that the emails revealed that scientists had been faking the evidence for climate change, but those claims have been shown to be bogus," he added.
In the United States, House Natural Resources ranking member Ed Markey (D-Mass.) said that while the skeptics continued their attacks, the science of climate change had become even more solid.
"It is only the doubters deployed by ideological zealots and fossil fuel interests who are holding back action to address climate change, and they will be defeated in time by overwhelming scientific evidence. The only question is, how soon will the deniers be exposed for their crimes against the environment?" he said.
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