This is, without doubt, shameful. And grounds for immediate dismissal.
Well, if the fraudster who tried to pull it off wasn't the darling of the global warming Left, it would be grounds for firing anyway:
[James] Hansen seems to have adopted a general strategy of warming the present by cooling the 1930s and 1940s.
Can swine like him simply alter the data? Can they do that?
If they are going to keep up the burlesque that entertains us with those theories about the planet warming, I don't see any other way for them to go.
Still, Hansen and his ilk should be canned. Today.