"So the moral of this story is that the science is never settled, and agendas should not be allowed to get in the way of science. Scientists, of all people, should know this."
If only this were a matter of science. It now is a matter of environmental dogma, politics (or power, if you wish), and money. Lots and lots of money.
Back in the 1970s the consensus was that the world was headed into another ice age. Then, almost overnight, there was a groundswell of support for the idea that the warming since the last ice age would continue unabated because humans burn fossil fuel, farm, and raise animals for food, putting an intolerable carbon load into the atmosphere. Dissenters aren't allowed.