Oh, yes. Indeed they are. What they have stolen and caused to be stolen already would surely, many times over, trump in value, for instance, all the art heisted by the Nazis from Europe during the war.
Lord Monckton, as stalwart a battler against the global warming hoax as there is, on the revelations of the past week:
What have the mainstream news media said about the Climategate affair? Remarkably little. The few who have brought themselves to comment, through gritted teeth, have said that all of this is a storm in a teacup, and that their friends in the University of East Anglia and elsewhere in the climatological community are good people, really.
No, theyâ€™re not. Theyâ€™re criminals.
Read the rest of it. It’s brief.
I go back again to the late Michael Crichton’s novel, State of Fear, where Crichton was more concerned with truth than his reputation with bien pensant orthodoxy. He saw through this hoax as if with x-ray vision.
And, as a result, even if you wanted to extrapolate in a rigorously scientific fashion, the databases are full of garbage.
Mark Steyn nutshells the matter at The Corner. He’s describing, essentially, the cascade effect of bad science following on a base of bad data. You can’t get real descriptions of nature from faulty premises, which is why the climate models have become a joke. But the real scandal here is that the scientists who hypothesized that this was the case were kept away from the original data by the very people who were cooking it, and who then turned around and attacked the skeptics for inquiring in the first place.
Still More: And now, we find that Obama’s science advisor, John Holdren, is involved as well.