Monday, November 30, 2009

Climategate Does Not Change The Fact Of Climate Change

You do not have to be a scientist to know that something is up when daffodils start rising in January north of the Mason-Dixon line. Yet global warming and climate change deniers are latching on to the Climate Reseach Unit's (CRU) hacked emails that question some of the many confounding variables involved in climate prediction. Opponents of global warming treaties and cap and trade programs are now using this scandal as a weapon to stop governmental action in addressing the problem. Senate Environment & Public Works Committee ranking minority member James Inhofe is jumping with joy and will surely relish torturing EP&W Chairwoman Barbara Boxer over Climategate. To him this is verification of what he has been championing for years.

Although we support emission reduction targets that come with cap and trade programs, we also know that technology underpins any effort to achieve the targets. This is one reason we support nuclear power as a 'heavy life' vehicle for achieving elimination of several emissions. Combined with conservation, efficiency and renewables, we can protect our 90-mile high atmosphere from overdosing on our 24-7-365 fossil fuel emissions.

CRU is part of East Anglia University in Great Britain and is one of the sources of the oft cited peer reviewed science periodicals used by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that has concluded that global warming is an unquestioned certainty. Unfortunately, hacked emails [1,000 emails and 3,500 additional files were published online] show some researchers suppressing and misstating data. Now this too is an unquestioned certainty and has thrown the climate change debate into a tailspin just days before the much touted Copenhagen, Denmark IPCC meeting that is intended to draft a successsor to the Kyoto Protocol, the current climate change treaty among 192 nations. President Obama will address the meeting on his way to pick up his Nobel Peace Prize.

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