am I so skeptical?
You can easily buy an alarm that rings when a freezer fails or warms up. That is standard for any modern freezer. Standard. My 10-year-old garage freezer has that, and it was by no means on the “bleeding edge” of technology when I got it–I just got the cheapest one I could! I mean, I got it at Sears.
Yet we are to believe that this scientific freezer didn’t have that very common feature? And it was research equipment? And there was pre-existing worry about the freezers failing and then the researchers did nothing about it? They had no alarms and no back-ups? Puh-leeze. The explanation is stupid, makes no sense to anyone who has been even peripherally involved in research (and to most people in general, as well), and is conveniently self-serving. It just makes no logical sense at all. And it is almost for sure a lie.
Here’s what most likely happened: The ice cores did not show global warming in preliminary tests so there was an “accident” where the ice cores melted and there therefore could be no more research on them because they disproved global warming. That is what happened.
THAT is entirely plausible, given the longstanding dishonesty of climate “scientists.” It would not be the first time they did something unscientific to throw shade on results they didn’t like. “The dog ate my homework” excuse is simply not believable at all.