Wednesday, November 23, 2011

New e-mails fuel skepticism over warming

Here's a story you probably didn't read in your morning paper. From Craig Bannister at CNSNews.com:

About 5,000 emails by scientists contributing to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have been made public. Climate skeptics see it as a repeat of a similar e-mail release in 2009 that cast doubts on the objectivity and science of warming advocates – and an opportunity.

And, they’ve already adopted a name for the new release, tying it to the 2009 scandal: Climategate 2.0.

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, says the latest e-mails – if authentic – could debunk the Obama administration’s justification for imposing costly, crippling regulations on the nation’s businesses:

"Remember, the Obama EPA is basing these regulations on its endangerment finding, which relies on the flawed science of the IPCC. Now a recent report by the EPA Inspector General has revealed that EPA cut corners in the process leading up to the endangerment finding.”

If legitimate, “Climategate 2.0 emails is just one more reason to halt the Obama EPA's job killing global warming agenda,” Sen. Inhofe (R-Okla.) concludes.

The blog Watts Up With That offers up some of the e-mails, including these:

<3115> Mann: By the way, when is Tom C going to formally publish his roughly 1500 year
reconstruction??? It would help the cause to be able to refer to that
reconstruction as confirming Mann and Jones, etc.

<3940> Mann: They will (see below) allow us to provide some discussion of the synthetic
example, referring to the J. Cimate paper (which should be finally accepted
upon submission of the revised final draft), so that should help the cause a
bit.

<0810> Mann: I gave up on Judith Curry a while ago. I don’t know what she think’s she’s
doing, but its not helping the cause

The cause, indeed.

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