It couldn’t get any better for Republicans and worse for Dems. What a timing! What a perfect ammunition for the Republicans!
As the leaders of the industrial nations gathered in Copenhagen, Denmark to battle greenhouse emissions, a hacker exposed one of the most respected climate research institutes as having defrauded the world in regards to global warming. So, it is party time for the Republicans and Fox News in D.C of course:
The Republicans are now seizing the moment asking the administration to put the climate change measures on hold because messages from scientists in appear to cast doubt on the idea of man-made warming. They are calling on the Obama administration to suspend efforts to combat climate change until the controversy is resolved. The Republicans say that the e-mails suggest that scientists may have manipulated evidence to bolster their claims. The scientists dispute that and say that their words have been taken out of context.
As a result of such controversy which has totally flared up the summit, not sure what President Obama and other world leaders attempt to make progress on an important international treaty. I wish them luck.
To make the situation worse, in some e-mails, one of the prominent scientist urges colleagues to destroy records and not to release them. I guess under public disclosure laws, they can do that. Other scientists even discuss how to discredit research they disagree with. One of the leading figures in the scandal, East Anglia climate scientist Phil Jones, stepped down last week amid an investigation into his work and e-mails. So, I guess he is toast – possibly, before the investigation. In one of his ten years old e-mails, Jones wrote of using a “trick” to hide an apparent decline in recent temperatures on a chart being prepared for a meteorological organization. The Republicans are also focusing on an e-mail from Penn State University scientist Michael Mann as evidence that climate researchers have sought to downplay findings indicating that the Earth warmed naturally 1,000 years ago.
Anyway, it will be interesting to see the outcome of this. I just hope somebody can really prove all of this have been a hoax so we can be more relax.