Questionable E-mails Erode Scientific Foundation of Climate Talks

December 2, 2009

Questionable E-mails Erode Scientific Foundation of Climate Talks

Sensenbrenner: ‘Perhaps it’s time to take back the IPCC’s Nobel Peace Prize’

Washington, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., ranking Republican on the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, issued the following statement on upcoming United Nations climate talks in Copenhagen, Denmark that begin December 7:

 

“Many are retracting the tired line that the ‘science is settled’ now that e-mail correspondence among leading climate scientists has demonstrated a pattern of suppression, manipulation and secrecy in the climate science community that was inspired by ideology, condescension and profit. The scientists at the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia may not have wanted you to read what they really think, but what we are reading in these e-mails raise many disturbing concerns about the state of climate science. These e-mails read more like scientific fascism than the scientific process.

 

“What’s even more disturbing is that much of this research is used in the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change studies that serve as the foundation of next week’s climate treaty conference and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. One of these e-mails describes a ‘trick’ by scientists used to ‘hide the decline’ in temperatures. Comments like these have eroded the confidence in some of the underlying science behind climate change.

 

“It’s time to take back the notion that the ‘science is settled.’  Perhaps it’s time to take back the IPCC’s Nobel Peace Prize as well.”

 

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