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Vindication or a Global Warming Whitewash?

The first round of evidence is in but the controversy continues.

The House of Commons' Science and Technology Committee investigating e-mails leaked from one of the world's leading climate research centers has largely vindicated the scientists involved. The inquiry said it had seen no evidence supporting charges that data was tampered with or the peer review process perverted to exaggerate the global warming threat.

Those are two of the most serious criticisms levied against the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit and its director, Phil Jones. In their report, the committee says, as far as it can determine, nothing in the more than 1,000 stolen e-mails challenged scientific consensus that global warming is real and caused by human activity.

As this is only the first of three planned investigations, the debate over the integrity of the science underpinning the argument for the existence of global warming is likely to go on. What's your opinion? Participate in our poll and let us know.

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