As the "Climategate" scandal begins to finally break into the global media, we're beginning to see a backlash against the academics involved in the efforts to edit data and shape the debate on global climate change.
The first major casualty appears to be Professor Phil Jones of the University of East Anglia who headed up the Climate Research Unit and was the leading figure in the email discussions at the center of this controversy. Despite attempting to deny any wrongdoing for the past week, Jones has now "stepped aside" from his position heading the CRU while the University conducts an investigation.
Penn State professor and Director of the Earth Science Center Michael Mann is also the subject of an academic investigation in relation to his role in the email exchanges. Mann has been one of the most outspoken advocates of the theory of Anthropogenic Global Warming and has come under substantial criticism for his "hockey stick" model of global warming.
Meanwhile further skeptical reaction has contributed to the resignation of five members of the Australian parliament in objection to the passage of "cap and trade" legislation in that country. They doubt the value of sacrificing Australia's relatively strong economy for an increasingly discredited theory of climate change.
At this point Cap and Trade remains on the agenda for the US Congress and President Obama still plans to attend the Copenhagen meeting on climate change, but as skepticism grows a lot more than the jobs and reputations of a few academics may be riding on climategate.