A fascinating insight into the world of scientists who are advocates of the theory of man-made global warming was given by hackers who stole a huge amount of data and e-mails from the Climactic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in England. To my complete non-surprise, in many of their e-mails the scientists seem to be much more concerned about advocating the “party line” of the reality of man-made global warming instead of engaging in disinterested science. John Hinderaker at Powerline has a fascinating look at some of the e-mails here. Ed Morrissey at Hot Air is on top of the story. A good overview is here.
Many global warming advocates have always struck me as more akin to advocates of a religion or partisans in a political campaign than people who simply observe data and produce scientific theories based on their observations. Science is an area of human endeavor to be highly respected, but like all areas of human activity it is subject to being misused by con men and snakeoil salesmen. The fallout from all of this should be amusing to behold in the days to come.
Update: Ed Morrissey at Hot Air has a good follow up post here.