Thursday, November 26, 2009
Obama administration climate czar Carol Browner on Wednesday rejected claims that e-mails stolen from a British university show climate scientists trumped up global warming numbers, saying she considers the science settled.
“I’m sticking with the 2,500 scientists. These people have been studying this issue for a very long time and agree this problem is real,” said Ms. Browner, who President Obama has tapped as his chief of policy on global warming.
The e-mails were hacked from the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia and have come to light over the last week. They appear to show scientists saying they’ve smoothed over data that doesn’t back up their claims of warming, and pondering how to freeze out scientists who disagree with them.
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Release of the e-mails has fueled skeptics ahead of next month’s major global warming meeting in Copenhagen, which is supposed to set the framework for a new global treaty to restrict greenhouse gas emissions.
The White House said Wednesday that Mr. Obama will personally travel to Copenhagen to commit the U.S. to greenhouse gas reductions.
The e-mails remain a point of debate, with skeptics pointing to several data sets that show the last few years have actually seen a cooling effect.
This article was posted: Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 9:47 am