Climate Skeptics Quick To Dub New E-Mail Bonanza 'Climategate 2.0'

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | November 22, 2011 | 6:17 PM EST

About 5,000 emails by scientists contributing to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have been made public. Climate skeptics see it as a repeat of a similar e-mail release in 2009 that cast doubts on the objectivity and science of warming advocates – and an opportunity.

And, they’ve already adopted a name for the new release, tying it to the 2009 scandal: Climategate 2.0.

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, says the latest e-mails – if authentic – could debunk the Obama administration’s justification for imposing costly, crippling regulations on the nation’s businesses:

"Remember, the Obama EPA is basing these regulations on its endangerment finding, which relies on the flawed science of the IPCC.  Now a recent report by the EPA Inspector General has revealed that EPA cut corners in the process leading up to the endangerment finding.”

If legitimate, “Climategate 2.0 emails is just one more reason to halt the Obama EPA's job killing global warming agenda,” Sen. Inhofe (R-Okla.) concludes.

Likewise, Marc Morano, noted warming-theory skeptic and publisher of Climate Depot, proclaims the latest release of warming-theory scientist e-mails “another victory for science." Morano also see Climategate 2.0 as draining the last vestiges of vitality out of the warming movement.

The ultimate impact of this release may not be known for quite some time, as content and authenticity of each one of these five thousand e-mails is scrutinized.

Still, one thing is certain: the e-mails provide a new opportunity for pro-business, anti-hysteria advocates to draw attention to the question of whether or not the public should trust the findings  of those who seek to profit, financially or politically, from fear-mongering in the name of science.

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