A large collection of e-mails exchanged among weather researchers at the University of East Anglia in England have gotten out and caused a scandal.

The reason that University's climate research unit matters is that it has been heavily relied upon by the United Nations in reaching its alarming conclusions about the threat of global warming. The reason it's a scandal is that the e-mails vividly portray leading scientists there scheming to suppress or discredit data and analysis contrary to their dire predictions.

The whole idea that the Earth is warming dangerously and that man, by burning carbon fuels, is the cause rests on computerized projections of future temperatures based on vast amounts of previously observed climate data.

But there's a huge problem: There has been no apparent increase in global temperatures over the past 11 years and the computerized climate models failed to predict this and the global warming alarmists can't explain it.

The obvious conclusion would be that there is something wrong with the computer models.

Now it has come out that the original raw data used to create these models has been destroyed or otherwise disposed of. The response of the alarmists to these revelations has been that the emails were taken out of context and the destruction of all that raw data was done for space reasons.

There's a one word answer to that: Please.

Brit Hume is the senior political analyst for Fox News Channel.