White hat hackers, deserving of the Nobel Peace Price, procured emails from a British University server, hosting some of the most prominent global warming researchers, exposes a conspiracy to manipulate data, overstate conclusions and hide contrary evidence.
From the New York Times
In several e-mail exchanges, Kevin Trenberth, a climatologist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and other scientists discuss gaps in understanding of recent variations in temperature. Skeptic Web sites pointed out one line in particular: “The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t,” Dr. Trenberth wrote.
In one e-mail exchange, a scientist writes of using a statistical “trick” in a chart illustrating a recent sharp warming trend. In another, a scientist refers to climate skeptics as “idiots.”
Some skeptics asserted Friday that the correspondence revealed an effort to withhold scientific information. “This is not a smoking gun; this is a mushroom cloud,” said Patrick J. Michaels, a climatologist who has long faulted evidence pointing to human-driven warming and is criticized in the documents.
In one email they even refer to the death of a global warming skeptic as “cheering news”
When the story first broke the University and scientists tried to deny the emails authenticity but since then the scientists have fessed up and admitted they are authentic but somehow think they should not be held accountable because the emails were taken by nefarious means.
So far the MSM has either ignored the story or are trying to discredit the scandal because of the hackers but the fact is these emails show a culture of corruption among leading global warming “scientists” and at best shows they have a circle the wagon mentality that has clouded their scientific judgment.
There are calls for congressional investigations on what has been dubbed “climategate” but seeing that so many in Congress stand to benifit by the conspiracy it will go about as far as ACORN investigations but this may become too big to contain.
These hackers do bring to mind the two young journalists who exposed ACORN and brought it to its knees, Likewise, this has the potential of finally putting to rest the greatest scientific conspiracy in history.
Wall Street Journal has a link to download the emails (over 60 MB).
And hundreds more: Google Search on Climategate.