In 2009, somebody hacked into the computers at the University of East Anglia and accessed and stole a large cache of private email exchanges between climate scientists. Those parties unknown then carefully quote-mined literally 10s of thousands of emails and selected and edited a number of “damaging” out-of-context quotes for wide public release. The usual suspects in the climate denial industry eagerly seized on these faked documents, distributing them far and wide and dubbing the affair “Climate-Gate.”
Oh, but this was really the original “Fakegate.” The dubious and deliberately misleading way the so-called “evidence” had been treated from the beginning did not bother the climate denial industry. They were in the propaganda business anyway. But nine—count ‘em—investigations, which examined the full range of original documents, found nothing of significance in them, nothing untoward in the actions of the scientists whose emails had been hacked, nothing that called into question the science of climate change.
The following statement, signed by 1700 scientists, represents the original response of the UK scientific community to the hacking scandal and the “Fakegate” emails. From the beginning, as the statement makes obvious, no genuine scientist took those carefully edited emails as anything more than the fraudulent misrepresentations they always were.
Statement from the UK science community
10 December 2009
We, members of the UK science community, have the utmost confidence in the observational evidence for global warming and the scientific basis for concluding that it is due primarily to human activities. The evidence and the science are deep and extensive. They come from decades of painstaking and meticulous research, by many thousands of scientists across the world who adhere to the highest levels of professional integrity. That research has been subject to peer review and publication, providing traceability of the evidence and support for the scientific method.
The science of climate change draws on fundamental research from an increasing number of disciplines, many of which are represented here. As professional scientists, from students to senior professors, we uphold the findings of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, which concludes that ‘Warming of the climate system is unequivocal’ and that ‘Most of the observed increase in global average temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likely due to the observed increase in anthropogenic greenhouse gas concentrations’.
1700 UK scientists, from 67 universities and 55 other institutions.
Find list of signatories here: http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/+/http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climatechange/news/latest/uk-science-statement.html