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Only thing heating up is the debate

November 25, 2009 - Ron Deuter
A treasure-trove of confidential files and e-mails from computers at the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit, a preeminent climate research center in Norwich, England, have been hacked and posted on various Internet sites this week.

Global warming skeptics argue the leaked information provides the smoking gun that global warming is nothing more than a giant hoax and conspiracy, underway for many years. Here’s one opinion.

Supporters counter that there was no evidence of conspiracy among climate scientists in the leaked emails. Here’s a post of that view.

Surprise, surprise. Politics has trumped truth in this debate for some time now. Really wouldn’t expect a different response from either camp.

But what annoys me more and more each day is the tired rebuttal from supporters. You know the one that, in essence, says deniers just can’t grasp the big picture. Maybe they are all right, but I can’t help but feel they think they are of such a higher intellect than the rest of us that they no longer need to justify their claims with facts.

Reminds me of being a kid and hearing the “because I said so” response from my parents. Only difference being my parents ultimately had my best interest in mind.

Meanwhile, the so-called deniers seem to just keeping hammering cold hard fact after cold hard fact about the reality of what’s actually occurring on the planet and pointing out serious flaws with supporters' research, data and methods.

Doubt it was simply coincidence that these e-mails were leaked just days ahead of the big U.N. climate change meeting in Copenhagen. But the content revealed does raise rather legitimate questions that deserve real answers.

And considering the impact pending global warming legislation would have on our lives in this country, seems like a major independent investigation should precede any other course of action.


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