Last month it was reported that the Climate Research Unit of University of East Anglia had their e-mail hacked. The MSM reported that many emails anonymously disseminated by the hacker allegedly indicate that climate scientists have been fudging the numbers to support their position on that anthropogenic climate change is real.
Watching this unfold, I was reminded of the basic axiom of reporting I learned in journalism class: who, what, when, where and why. No where in the reporting was there a “why.”
I wondered about “why” in three areas:
1. What was the climate scientists motivation to “cook the books?” This makes no sense. Science’s objective is to uncover truth’s in understanding the natural world. The only scientists who don’t operate this way are those who are paid by corporations to justify a position.
2. Why was this done so close to the date of the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen?
3. Who was (were) the hacker(s)? What was their motivation? Who were their backers? Why would they spend so much time pouring over thousands and thousands of 13 years worth of e-mails to find some out-of-context phrases to try to discredit climate change research?
The last point is the most significant, yet most neglected question that has not been investigated by the MSM journalists, and that is unfortunate in that it has generated more heat than light.