NEW SCAN­DAL

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

“First it was the Cli­mate Re­search Unit at the Uni­ver­sity of East Anglia play­ing fast and loose with sci­en­tific data, ma­nip­u­lat­ing it to pro­duce de­sired re­sults while dis­card­ing much of the raw data. Now, ac­cord­ing to a re­port in Bri­tain’s Tele­graph news­pa­per, the Hadley Cen­ter for Cli­mate Change, part of the gov­ern­ment’s Bri­tish Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Of­fice, did some dat­a­cook­ing as well, leav­ing out tem­per­a­ture records for about 40 per­cent of the Rus­sian land­mass in cal­cu­lat­ing re­cent tem­per­a­ture trends,” John Steele Gor­don writes at Com­men­tary­Magazine.com.

“Since Rus­sia con­sti­tutes 12.5 per­cent of the world’s land­mass, much of that a by­word for bru­tal win­ters, that is no small omis­sion. And the data from weather sta­tions that were omit­ted do not show sub­stan­tial global warm­ing in re­cent decades,” Mr. Gor­don said.

“Cli­mate­gate is beginning to seem more and more like its name­sake, Water­gate. Those around in those days re­mem­ber how, day af­ter day af­ter day, new rev­e­la­tions came out and ever more des­per­ate at­tempts to min­i­mize their sig­nif­i­cance or to ex­plain them away were made. ...

“The con­stant wa­ter drip of rev­e­la­tions and Nixon’s at­tempts to ex­plain them and pre­vent fur­ther ones from leak­ing slowly but surely de­stroyed the Nixon pres­i­dency. The chronol­ogy of Water­gate as it evolved over a year and a half is a fas­ci­nat­ing win­dow into the great­est scan­dal in Amer­i­can his­tory as it slowly reached crit­i­cal mass.

“Cli­mate­gate bids fair to be equally in­ter­est­ing, and it seems that we are get­ting nearer and nearer to that crit­i­cal mass. I sus­pect that Al Gore, fly­ing around in his pri­vate jet telling every­one else to walk, is not too happy right now.”

Greg Pierce can be reached at 202/636-3285 or g p i e rc e @ wa s h i ng t o n t i me s .com.

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