About two weeks ago, one of the world's leading climate change research centers was hacked into, revealing shocking files and emails. Hackers targeted the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit and published the files, including some personal messages, on the internet. After the emails and files were read, the research center was accused of manipulating data on global warming. "There appears to be evidence here of attempts to prevent scientific data from being released, and even to destroy material that was subject to a freedom of information request", George Monbiot of the UK Gaurdian states. He continues and says Worse still, some of the emails suggest efforts to prevent the publication of work by climate sceptics, or to keep it out of a report by the Intergovermental Panel on Climate Change." The CRU, which plays a leading role in compiling UN reports and tracks long-term changes in temperature, has repeatedly refused to provide detailed information about the data underlying the temperature records. It is thought that this could have triggered the theft. Climate change skeptics claim that some of the leaked messages discuss ways of manipulating data that fails to comply with the establishment view that climate change is real and is being driven by man. Here is an excerpt taken from an email sent by Phil Jones, the director of the Unit:
"I’ve just completed Mike’s Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (ie from 1981 onwards) amd from 1961 for Keith’s to hide the decline. Mike’s series got the annual land and marine values while the other two got April-Sept for NH land N of 20N. The latter two are real for 1999, while the estimate for 1999 for NH combined is +0.44C wrt 61-90."
Now what I found interesting is that this excerpt taken from ONE email that was sent by Phil Jones was sent nearly 10 years ago. In an interview with Phil Jones, he angrily stated to the reporter "Do you remember exactly what an email you sent said 10 years ago? No, didnt think so". Since the integrity of the global warming theory is being questioned by the media, I am now questioning the integrity of the media and their pattern of blowing stories way out of proportion. Should the entire global warming theory be viewed as a scam due to a variety of emails sent by three or four scientists? Should all physical evidence of global warming now be entirely ignored because of a few emails? Do these few scientists represent the entire global field of science? Is every scientist a liar and merely creating a scam for no reason? These are my questions for every skeptic and the media. I believe that the media is fighting to downplay global warming and yet again manipulate the publics opinion. Will it work? Nope.