SLIME-ATE GATE

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Heav­ens. A Bri­tish “Cli­mate­gate” sci­en­tist in­sults an Amer­i­can critic on live tele­vi­sion and now half the known uni­verse knows, thanks to YouTube. In­deed, Uni­ver­sity of East Anglia cli­mate pro­fes­sor An­drew Wat­son called Cli­mateDe­pot.com writer Marc Mo­rano some­thing rude that be­gins with the let­ter “a” as the pair sparred dur­ing a BBC news show.

Mr. Wat­son is among those Bri­tish sci­en­tists whose er­rant e-mails spawned Cli­mate­gate. Mr. Mo­rano — a de­tail guy with con­sid­er­able in­ner met­tle — did not aban­don his ci­vil­ity, nor did he re­spond by call­ing Mr. Wat­son a name that be­gins with “a” — or even “b.” Hey, Mr. Mo­rano main­tained a nice, clean en­vi­ron­ment.

“The poor pro­fes­sor was be­side him­self at­tempt­ing to spin away one of the great­est sci­en­tific scan­dals of our age,” Mr. Mo­rano tells In­side the Belt­way. “Wat­son seemed un­able to fathom that a civil­ian would ques­tion his self­serv­ing de­fense of the global warm­ing es­tab­lish­ment.”

He adds, “But Wat­son’s claim that Cli­mate­gate is much ado about noth­ing is by far the most of­fen­sive thing he said dur­ing the de­bate.”

See the mo­ment in ques­tion r ight here: www.youtube. com/watch?v=Y8WDcQon9DY. The two-minute clip con­tains a sin­gle A-word. But it speaks vol­umes.

Cryptic mes­sages, pe­cu­liar asides, humdingers to jharper@ wash­ing­ton­times.com.

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