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article imageHacked emails lead to Climategate, Congressional investigation

By Michael Krebs     Nov 24, 2009 in Science
Hacked email strings point to scientific fraud on the question of mankind's impact on global warming, and the Climategate matter is now being elevated in a Congressional investigation.
The prospects for cap-and-trade legislation emerging from the U.S. Senate have just taken a considerable hit after it was revealed that scientists working around the world on climate change data and analysis were routinely shunning alternative scientific findings, undermining the very nature of scientific analysis and putting forth a fraudulent perspective on the causes of climate change.
Hackers posted a string of emails from professors charged with working on climate research and set off a worldwide backlash on the matter - an event now known as Climategate. The professor at the center of the scandal claimed on Tuesday that the conspiracy charges are "rubbish."
However, U.S. lawmakers are investigating the emails ahead of planned cap-and-trade legislative debates.
"They built a group to do gatekeeping, which is also totally unacceptable," Dr. Hans von Storch, working out of the University of Hamburg's Meteorological Institute, told The Wall Street Journal. "They play science as a power game."
But the issue is more than one of science; it is also a matter of global economics. As scientists meeting in Copenhagen urged world leaders to take action on global warming, Republican Senator James Inhofe sought to pursue a Congressional investigation on Climategate.
"Well, on this thing, it is pretty serious," Inhofe said in a radio interview. "And since, you know, Barbara Boxer is the Chairman and I’m the Ranking Member on Environment and Public Works, if nothing happens in the next seven days when we go back into session a week from today that would change this situation, I will call for an investigation. ‘Cause this thing is serious, you think about the literally millions of dollars that have been thrown away on some of this stuff that they came out with."
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