Climategate controversy yields popular Youtube parody video

Posted Dec 7, 2009 by Michael Krebs
As the UN's Copenhagen climate summit kicks off and the Obama administration officially declares carbon a danger to public health, a parody emerges on Youtube on the core 'climategate' controversy.
There are roughly 42 million square kilometers of forest on Earth  a swath that covers almost a thir...
There are roughly 42 million square kilometers of forest on Earth, a swath that covers almost a third of the land surface, and those wooded environments play a key role in both mitigating and enhancing global warming.
Nicolle Rager Fuller, National Science Foundation
In reaction to an "endangerment finding," the Obama administration is announcing on Monday that carbon dioxide poses a danger to public health - a move that will allow the Environmental Protection Agency to enforce a nationwide carbon cap, even if Congress does not approve the formal cap-and-trade measure currently residing in the Senate.
The EPA enforcement would also act as an end-around should there fail to be a global carbon emission agreement in Copenhagen.
Meanwhile, the "climategate" controversy appears to have taken a more populist turn - with a parody video on Youtube that has received hundreds of thousands of views. The video is a play on the song "Draggin the Line" by Tommy James and the Shondells, and works instead with the "hide the decline" conclusion that is at the heart of the "climategate" scandal.
The "climategate" controversy centers on a string of emails between climate change scientists in the UK and eslewhere who appear to be manipulating data and outright refusing requests for raw data peer review, (later throwing out the data altogether).
A thorough analysis of the "climategate" fraud can be found here.
The controversy did not appear to derail the Obama administration's efforts to move forward with a climate agenda.
"An endangerment finding from the EPA could result in a top-down command-and-control regime that will choke off growth by adding new mandates to virtually every major construction and renovation project," Thomas Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement. "The devil will be in the details, and we look forward to working with the government to ensure we don't stifle our economic recovery."