As Malcolm Roberts tried to tell reporters that climate change wasn’t real and the CSIRO was cooking the numbers, we wonder exactly what was going on at the home of Australia’s best scientists. Were they worried? Did they laugh at the two attempts from Roberts’ staffers as they tried to attach his report to an email? The CSIRO’s response gives a little clue, in just two sentences that do not mention Roberts or his report at all:

“CSIRO stands behind its researchers and the integrity of the research they produce. We continue to commit to full and transparent participation in the scientific peer review process which results in evidence-based science of the highest quality.”

It’s as if they have taken a leaf out of Mad Men‘s Don Draper’s book of insults. After Ginsberg says “I feel bad for you,” Draper responds: “I don’t think about you at all.”

Peter Fray

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