Sometime in the past week, hackers broke into the files of the Hadley Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia and published 61 megabites of confidential files on the internet.
One of the tenants of pure science is that scientific investigations are supposed to be completely open, with methods subject to peer review and results are duplicatable by others. This is referred to as the scientific method and is not subject to the whims of emotion or politicians. Think back to the days when Galileo was in fear of his life for supposing the world was round and you can understand how important it is for scientists to be able to deliver objective truths.
Occassionally scientists fall to internal or peer pressures to prove their theories, usually after working on a problem for decades and learning they were on the wrong path. No one wants to admit that decades of work were in vain, and while wrong, we can understand their desire to salvage their reputation.
For the past two decades or so, there has been tremendous pressure in the climate science community to come up with proofs the public will accept and act on. Al Gore is the most famous example of this. His movie is full of factual errors. Noteably, many consider his message important enough they ignore the errors and assume the public is so unsophisticated that proof is unnecessary.
I don’t know if global warming is happening, or if it’s human caused. If it is, scientists that fabricate data, ignore data that doesn’t it their theory, and applaud the death of a scientist with a different viewpoint , seriously undermine the case for global warming and feed into public sceptcism.