Hackers Post Thousands of Climate Change Documents Online

Computer hackers illegally accessed thousands of e-mails and documents from a prominent climate change research center and posted them online last week. The posted materials, stolen from the Climate Research Unit at East Anglia University in the United Kingdom, are raising eyebrows and ethical questions in the scientific community.

Correspondence among dozens of researchers around the world, including some from the U.S., points to bitter divides among those who believe global warming is caused by human activities and rivals who take the opposing viewpoint. Some of the e-mail correspondence refers to scientists who believe humans cause global warming working to exclude the publication of contrary views in scientific publications.

Sen.  James Inhofe (R-Okla.), the most outspoken global warming skeptic in Congress, said Tuesday that he’d begun an investigation into what he alleges to be the manipulation of global warming research.

He also said he wanted to look into whether the conclusions of an international panel on global warming—and the policies based on it—were distorted.

Inhofe, the senior Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, sent letters to many of the scientists whose e-mail messages were made public, and to a number of U.S.  government agencies, asking them to preserve all correspondence as the first step in his investigation.

The stakes in this controversy are significant, as it appears that the basis of federal programs, pending E.P.A. rulemakings, and cap-and-trade legislation was contrived and fabricated,” Inhofe said.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. […] Works, wrote committee Chair Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif. ) on Tuesday requesting hearings on the recent disclosure of e-mails between some of the world’s most pre-eminent climatologists that reveal apparent attempts to […]


  2. Kudos to Sen. Inhofe for trying to find the truth.


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