The paper, which Prof Bengtsson wrote with four co-authors, suggested that climate is probably less sensitive to greenhouse gases than is admitted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and that more research needs to be done to "reduce the underlying uncertainty". However, when submitted for publication in the leading journal Environmental Research Letters, the paper failed the peer-review process and was rejected. One of the peer-reviewers reportedly wrote:
'It is harmful as it opens the door for oversimplified claims of "errors" and worse from the climate sceptics media side.'
This, Prof Bengtsson told the Times, was "utterly unacceptable" and "an indication of how science is gradually being influenced by political views." He added:
'The problem we now have in the climate community is that some scientists are mixing up their scientific role with that of a climate activist.'
In truth, to anyone familiar with the Climategate emails there will be nothing surprising or unusual in this incident or this claim. As the emails leaked in 2009 made abundantly clear, the organised suppression of sceptical papers in learned journals by the alarmist establishment has long been rife within the field of climate science. Science influenced by politicians with funding ... yawn. Duh. Of course.