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article imageClimategate: International community responds, Congress may probe

By Andrew Moran     Nov 24, 2009 in Environment
Recently, hijacked e-mails came out showing that scientists and officials withheld information and tried to manipulate data leading to a dubbed "ClimateGate." Alex Jones sat down with Russia Today to discuss the recent news.
After one week it was discovered that Al Gore photoshopped an image for his new book "Our Choice" to show the severity of global warming, now more information is coming out from behind the scenes.
On Friday, according to the National Post, it was released that hackers broke into computer systems at the University of East Anglia of the Climactic Research Unit and discovered over 1,000 e-mails and 3,000 documents from over a decade pertaining to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and various government agencies changing the data to support that man is causing global warming. However, the parties involved say the e-mails are innocent and that they are completely taken out of context.
One e-mail by Phil Jones, of the Climatic Research Unit at East Anglia University, to three of his colleagues, Ray Bradley, Michael Mann, and Malcolm Hughes, said, "I’ve just completed Mike’s Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (i.e. from 1981 onwards) and from 1961 for Keith’s to hide the decline.”
Another e-mail is by Edward Cook from 2003, “Perhaps we’ll do a simple update to the Yamal post... As we all know, this isn’t about truth at all, its about plausibly deniable accusations.” Jones provided another e-mail in 2005, “If anything, I would like to see the climate change happen, so the science could be proved right, regardless of the consequences. This isn’t being political, it is being selfish.”
To hide any disingenuous information, Jones, a contributor to a chapter of the UN’s IPCC report, asked his colleagues to delete their e-mails just as he will. He also iterated to global warming skeptics about finding the information, “If they ever hear there is a Freedom of Information Act now in the UK, I think I'll delete the file rather than send to anyone.”
One scientist, Kevin Trenberth of the United States National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado, told WISHTV that the aim of the hackers is to undermine climate discussions at the summit in Copenhagen, Denmark next month. He further added that the hackers had chosen only select documents and e-mails.
A man who attempted to challenge leading proponent of global warming, Al Gore, Lord Monckton recently called for the climate scientists to be prosecuted, according to an op-ed piece in Pajamas Media, “They are not merely bad scientists — they are crooks. And crooks who have perpetrated their crimes at the expense of British and U.S. taxpayers.” Monckton later made a formal request with the United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner to investigate their offenses.
Atlanta-Journal Constitution staff writer Kyle Wingfield suggests that the United States Congress hold off any measures of anti-carbon legislation until the investigation of this “scandal” is resolved.
Although this story has not been covered much in the mainstream media, other news outlets and individuals are calling it one giant hoax and a ponzi scheme such as Alex Jones, who is a documentary filmmaker and radio talk show host.
Jones sat down with Russia Today this week to discuss the recent events that have occurred and his take on the e-mails.
“In these e-mails, they’re trying to suppress the real data,” explains Jones. “They talk about working with governments to not release the documents to freedom of information act requests.” He later added, “They also talk about how to persecute scientists and other people and get their funding revoked and get them in trouble and get them kicked out of peer-review journals if they try to file scientific data that disprove that global warming indeed was happening or man-made. This is one giant scandal.”
Russia Today asked Jones why they would make up global warming and he responds, “Well, we know why. We have the United Nations documents, Club of Rome documents from 1991. A private group of banks are financing this, Tim Ley of the Enron fame in the mid-90s with Al Gore, it’s even on Congressional record, came up with a new form of derivatives based on carbon credits that allow banks and brokerage firms to start buying and selling carbon credits on the world market and create a whole new ponzi scheme.”
Former Minister MP Peter Lilly also told Russia Today, “A group of scientists are so loyal to each other that they’re determined to agree with each other even more than they are determined to agree with the facts. So if the facts no longer correspond with their theories, they try and change the facts rather than their theories. And the people who benefit from it are the scientists themselves: they feel morally superior leading a crusade apparently to save the world and they get large grants from the government.”
CBS News reported on Tuesday that Congress may probe into the e-mails to see if the scientists disguised the truth about climate change. On Monday, global warming skeptic Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe said the researchers and scientists “cooked the science to make this thing look as if the science was settled, when all the time of course we knew it was not.”
Nevertheless, some are downplaying the leak and mocking it such as Gavin Schmidt, a modeler for NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, who said, “There is no evidence of any worldwide conspiracy, no mention of George Soros nefariously funding climate research ... no admission that global warming is a hoax, no evidence of the falsifying of data, and no 'marching orders' from our socialist/communist/vegetarian overlords.”
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