Climate change hysterics are in a flat spin this week after hackers broke into and published email archives from the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (CRU) – one of the leading sources of data used to support hysterical climate models. What the BBC doesn’t tells us is that the emails reveal a probable conspiracy to alter the data to fit the doom and gloom models of climate change and, in some cases opening speak of hiding the true facts or, as the Wall Street Journal puts it: “…reveal an effort to hide the truth about climate science”.

Indeed, the article opens with a choice snippet from one of the IPCC’s most vocal proponents, the UK’s Phil Jones: ‘The two MMs have been after the CRU station data for years. If they ever hear there is a Freedom of Information Act now in the U.K., I think I’ll delete the file rather than send to anyone. . . . We also have a data protection act, which I will hide behind.’

Even the New York Times has grudgingly reported on events and the possible implications – but don’t expect to find the story anywhere near the front page. For my money, the most balanced contribution comes from Terence Corcoran writing in Canada’s National Post. As a long-time doubter of climate change hysteria, I’ll be watching developments with interest.

UPDATE (24/11/2009 1oh49): Ivo has penned a thought-provoking opinion piece on the saga.

UPDATE: (24/11/2009 16h36): The BBC’s Paul Hudson has verified that the emails are probably genuine because they “are identical to the ones I was forwarded and read [on 12 October]”.