Deny­ing the global-cool­ing cover-up

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Pres­i­dent Obama’s cli­mate czar, Carol M. Browner, claims that Cli­mate­gate is not im­por­tant and that global warm­ing is set­tled sci­ence. “[The U.N.’s In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Panel on Cli­mate Change has] been study­ing this is­sue for a very long time and agree this prob­lem is real,” she said two weeks ago, six days af­ter the scan­dal first broke about fudged global-warm­ing re­search.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs re­peated the claim last week. This ob­tuse­ness ex­poses the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s com­plic­ity in aid­ing and abet­ting the fraud in­volved to stir up cli­mat­e­change hys­te­ria.

Re­spon­si­bil­ity for con­tin­u­ing to per­pet­u­ate this scan­dal goes all the way to the top. Mr. Obama ig­nored and thus be­lit­tled the con­tro­versy when he an­nounced that he would be at­tend­ing the up­com­ing Copen­hagen global warm­ing con­fer­ence on Dec. 7. Un­for­tu­nately, the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion is dis­re­gard­ing the fact that the very peo­ple caught up in Cli­mate­gate are the very same ones who wrote the U.N. cli­mate re­port that will form the ba­sis of dis­cus­sion at Copen­hagen.

Ms. Browner might be­lieve that there is no de­bate among sci­en­tists about global warm­ing, but the lengths to which the au­thors of the U.N.’s IPCC con­tro­ver­sial as­sess­ment re­port were will­ing to go be­lies that the sci­ence on the sub­ject is any­thing but set­tled. For ex­am­ple, Phil Jones, head of the Cli­matic Re­search Unit at the in­flu­en­tial Uni­ver­sity of East au­thors to the United Na­tions re­port.

The part­ners in pet­ti­fog­gery have yet to get their var­i­ous sto­ries straight. Mr. Jones has con­firmed that the in­crim­i­nat­ing mes­sage is in fact an e-mail that he sent. But when reached over the Nov. 2829 week­end, Mr. Tren­berth told The Wash­ing­ton Times, “I can re­as­sure you Penn­syl­va­nia State Uni­ver­sity, took the ruse a step fur­ther and threat­ened jour­nals that had the gall to pub­lish aca­demic re­search at odds with the glob­al­warm­ing theoc­racy. Up­set that the jour­nal Cli­mate Re­search had pub­lished such a pa­per, Mr. Mann wrote: “I think we have to stop con­sid­er­ing Cli­mate Re­search as a le­git­i­mate peer-re­viewed jour­nal. Per­haps we should en­cour­age our col­leagues in the cli­mate re­search com­mu­nity to no longer sub­mit to, or cite pa­pers in, this jour­nal.”

Given Mr. Jones’ fre­quent ref­er­ence to de­stroy­ing e-mails and the en­su­ing crit­i­cism from of­fi­cials at his uni­ver­sity for his de­struc­tion of them, the full ex­tent of the global-warm­ing de­cep­tion is un­likely to ever be known. But rev­e­la­tions to date are con­cern­ing enough.

The de­struc­tion of data and e-mails, the re­fusal to re­spond to Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quests and plot­ting to ex­clude from the IPCC re­port stud­ies that ques­tioned global warm­ing are se­ri­ous vi­o­la­tions of aca­demic stan­dards. Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials are try­ing to dis­miss this cli­mate-change scan­dal, but do­ing so shows how they pri­or­i­tize lib­eral pol­i­tics over sci­en­tific in­tegrity.

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