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article imageSaudi Arabia wants independent investigation on Climategate

By Andrew Moran     Dec 7, 2009 in World
During the 2009 climate summit in Copenhagen, Denmark on Monday, Saudi Arabia officials believe the climate science has been "shaken" and that they want an independent inquiry.
The Climategate scandal has rocked the environmental communities across the globe prompting scientists and public officials to play a game of “he said, she said” and now a prominent Saudi Arabian Chief Climate Negotiator, Mohammed al-Sabban, believes the climate science has been “shaken” due to thousands of leaked e-mails and documents, according to AFP.
Al-Sabban further called for an independent international investigation into the Climategate scandal; however, he doesn’t want the United Nations climate science body to conduct such investigations because they have been compromised.
“The level of trust is definitely shaken, especially now that we are about to conclude an agreement that ... is going to mean sacrifices for our economies. The IPCC, which is the authority accused, is not going to be able to conduct the investigation,” said al-Sabban in front of delegates at the opening of the conference.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Chairman Rajendra Pachauri’s plea that the science maintains its integrity was rejected by al-Sabban, “In light of recent information... the scientific scandal has assumed huge proportion. We think it is definitely going to affect the nature of what can be trusted in the negotiations.”
Arab News declared that Saudi Arabia is the first country to seize the opportunity to break the international consensus because of the British university e-mails and falsified data. Therefore, al-Sabban states that there is no correlation between human activities and climate change.
“Climate is changing ...but for natural and not human-induced reasons. So whatever the global community does to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will have no effect on the climate’s natural variability.”
The IPCC, reports Politico, has promised that it will investigate Climategate.
Saudi Arabia was recently ranked number 60 in the countries doing the least to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and was slapped with the label as one of the dirtiest by the Climate Change Performance Index, notes Jai Bihar.
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