But facts are facts, and science is science. The view of those who wrote the e-mails and the view of the overwhelming majority of scientists is clear and simple: that climate change poses a huge threat to the world and that urgent and major action is needed.

I have no hesitation condemning some of the e-mails. I have no hesitation calling for the prosecution, and incarceration, if convicted, of anyone proven to have committed the criminal offense of stealing them. And I am certainly curious about how who, in fact, did violate the law to get the e-mails.

But at the end of the day, all of this is as relevant to climate change as Tiger Woods's ladies. There is a major crisis. Urgent action is needed. The overwhelming majority of scientists agree. The flat-earth society is wrong. It is time to act.