Pachauri blamed much of the fallout from the texts and emails on what he calls a witch hunt by global warming so-called deniers, skeptics and critics. He claims he is the victim of entrapment by his enemies. “What is disturbing [is] that right from the first day over a period of about 16 months she was creating and assembling an archive of messages,” he told The Observer, “which to anyone would seem very unusual. As far as I know, the emails, text messages etc. that she collected were personal, semi-personal and only in a few cases official.”
Others believe YCEI folded up shop principally because of Pachauri’s alleged sexual proclivities. “Yale’s decision to close its doors on its climate institute has to be in part related to Pachauri. His behavior has cast a long shadow on the organizations that he has been affiliated with,” Marc Morano, publisher of Climate Depot, an online outlet reporting on climate issues, told The Daily Caller News Foundation in a Wednesday interview. He added: “Pachauri’s sex scandals and his sinking reputation had to chill financial donations to Yale’s institute.” Morano went on to suggest that Al Gore’s organizations have suffered from dwindling funds, too.