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Will old media cover global warming scandal?

(November 23, 2009) The blogosphere is abuzz with news of the latest global warming scandal. A latter day “Daniel Ellsberg” has released the climate equivalent of the Pentagon Papers onto the web.

In 1971 former Defense Department employee Daniel Ellsberg turned over a large collection of Pentagon Vietnam War related documents to the New York Times. Recently an unknown whistler blower released 61 megabytes of documents along with emails involving communications between Professor Phil Jones, Director of the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, and various other scientists who support the claim that humans can raise air temperatures by increasing the amount of the magical atmospheric gas carbon dioxide (CO2).

Some of the old media are reporting this scandal, but most seem to be ignoring it.

John Delingpole on the London Telegraph site suggests: “The Global Warming myth (aka AGW; aka ManBearPig) has been suddenly, brutally and quite deliciously exposed after a hacker broke into the computers at the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (aka Hadley CRU) and released 61 megabytes of confidential files onto the internet. (Hat tip: Watts Up With That)”

Andrew Bolt of the Herald Sun suggests “the 1079 emails and 72 documents seem indeed evidence of a scandal involving most of the most prominent scientists pushing the man-made warming theory – a scandal that is one of the greatest in modern science. I’ve been adding some of the most astonishing in updates below – emails suggesting conspiracy, collusion in exaggerating warming data, possibly illegal destruction of embarrassing information, organized resistance to disclosure, manipulation of data, private admissions of flaws in their public claims and much more. If it is as it now seems, never again will “peer review” be used to shout down skeptics.”

Marc Sheppard points out the hypocrisy of Jones, et.al. criticizing the funding of their opponents. Of the two documents that mention funding for global warming claims it’s “the second document (potential-funding.doc) that tells the more compelling tale. In addition to four government sources of potential CRU funding, it lists an equal number of “energy agencies” they might put the bite on. Three — the Carbon Trust, the Northern Energy Initiative and the Energy Saving Trust — are UK-based consultancy and funding specialists promoting “new energy” technologies with the goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions. The fourth — Renewables North West — is an American company promoting the expansion of solar, wind and geothermal energy in the Pacific Northwest.”

Bishop Hill has an index of many of the emails for those interested in further reading. There is also a searchable database.

These revelations aren’t the first that question claims about global warming. Lawrence Solomon reported that the Enron Corporation pushed global warming claims in the 1990’s because of a desire to profit from trading carbon credits. Enron also felt it would benefit from encouraging use of its natural gas holdings over coal and petroleum. Former Enron official Jeff Shields has been associated with Renewables North West.

Will the old media continue to ignore evidence that global warming is a fraud, or will they decide to expose it like they did Watergate and other past scandals? Have old media reporters been ignoring the scandal because they are being paid to, or are they just too lazy to investigate claims of fraud?

CJOnline.com (The Topeka Capital-Journal), November 23, 2009

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