When thinking about what this all might possibly mean, the anthropologist Michael Taussig comes to my mind. Taussig coined the term "nervous system", which helps maybe to put these climate science scandals into a greater context.
Here a nice definition of what that means:
Written in 1992, the Nervous System is an insightful anthropological work comprised of nine essays. Michael Taussig sets out on a journey to explore and describe various forces that shape and mold our present society. He tries to explore the process through which we commodify the state and in that way transfer the power to it. Taussig shows how the state uses forces such as violence or media control to consolidate its power over the people.He persuasively argues that we live in a state of emergency, citing Walter Benjamin, that is not ‘an exception but the rule.’ To show the universality of the nervous system he takes his reader through the heights of Macchu Picchu, the world of Cuna shamans, and the pale world of New York’s hospital system. (by eyal weizman)Just add the world of climate science.
(The analogy to "the state", I am not sure about that. Things are more complex. But the general nervousness and the link to power, the wish to control the media and so on captures perfectly the inherent paranoia.)