Unless you are blind and deaf or have absolutely no contact with the outside world (raising the question as to how you’re reading this now), you will no doubt be aware, at least to some extent, of “Climategate” (also known as “Hackergate”). Earlier this month, a hacker broke into servers owned by the Climate Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia (UEA) in England. Thousands of eMails and other confidential documents were stolen and disseminated across the Web. Why this is more significant than if it were just a random hacker attack, is that these eMails allegedly contain evidence that shows how some scientists supposedly fudged some data such as temperature levels over the years.
Naturally, this has sparked yet another apocalyptic shitstorm throughout the Anthropogenic Global Warming/Climate Change debate, and – naturally – Global Warming denialists are screaming themselves breathless about how this is Teh PoofTM that Global Warming is nothing but one huge fraud, a scam, a hoax, and how scientists are lazy ignorant elitist idiots who must not be trusted to tell their shit from food.
I really only have one thing to say in reaction to this affair …
AGW/CC denialists have found their Haeckel’s embryos.
Congratulations. And now, the scientific community – and anyone with any brains or rationality left – will spend the next few months, if not years, painstakingly repeating over and over (and over) again, to the point of nausea and beyond, how the fact that a handful of scientists skewed a small amount of data is irrelevant compared to the rest of the vast body of scientific evidence that points so clearly and incontrovertibly to Global Warming being an unpleasant but very real fact.