Sunday, November 22, 2009
Hacked E-mails and the Supposed Conspiracy to Fake Climate Science
As the media has reported, hackers broke into servers at the University of East Anglia and obtained thousands of e-mails from various climate scientists that some claim prove that climate science is a conspired hoax. The media has reported the story as a grave challenge to climate science, without showing much concern at all for the illegal activity by which the e-mails were obtained or who might have an interest in disseminating cherry-picked contents from them. I have not read all of the e-mails, but the reports I have read about them hardly prove a conspiracy to foist phony climate change on an unsuspecting public. Instead, they display individual scientists acting like ordinary "crooked-stick" humans. RealClimate.org has an excellent statement on the story.