My colleagues at the Heartland Institute have posted their succinct summary of the implications from Climategate, and it is very simple: The UN IPCC gatekeepers have lost all credibility, and consequently their disciples no longer have it as an authority.
Emails exchanged by Phil Jones (director of the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit) and other leading scientists who edit and control the content of the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reveal a conspiracy to falsify the actual temperature record and silence so-called "skeptics." Anyone who continues to cite the IPCC as representing the "consensus" on global warming is wrong. The IPCC has been totally discredited.
And for good measure, Heartland has already consigned this event to their history archive, setting it in further context.