The University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit server has been hacked (this has been acknowledged) and the 61 megabytes of information extracted seem to indicate scientists there were conspiring to protect the theory that humans are causing the atmosphere to warm. I say conspiring because the emails indicate:
Conspiracy, collusion in exaggerating warming data, possibly illegal destruction of embarrassing information, organised resistance to disclosure, manipulation of data, private admissions of flaws in their public claims and much more.
Accuracy of all the leaked information must stand the test of further scrutiny. But, if it all turns out to be legitimate (we know some of it is), it is a heavy blow to Al Gore and the AGW faithful everywhere.
On the “this is believable” side of the equation we have the past practice of major environmental-panic industry grant recipients and US government employees financed by George Soros. For example, the consistent resistance of Michael Mann, Keith Briffa and James Hansen to provide the data and methods which would allow others to replicate their results.
The folks at East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit may well have boosted skepticism about the personal character of professional Anthropogenic Global Warming advocates to a whole new level. “To defend the ‘science,’ we had to hide the data.”
Check these links for more comment in the next few days. Particularly Climate Audit and Watt’s Up with That?