One thing that the global warming “scientists” did wrong, was they violated the scientific method and closed off debate by prohibiting other scientists to confirm or not their findings. That is not the way academics, real academic, do things. The “climategate” scandal is also calling into question the process of blind review that deserves greater scrutiny:
Our universities shape young men’s and women’s sensibilities, and our professors are supposed to serve as guardians of authoritative knowledge and exemplars of serious and systematic inquiry. Yet our campuses are home today to a toxic confluence of fashionable ideas that undermine the very notion of intellectual virtue, and to flawed educational practices and procedures that give intellectual vice ample room to flourish.
Just look at Climategate.