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Your World Jumps On Climategate

Reported by Guest Blogger - November 27, 2009 -

Guest blogged by Brian

As Media Matters points out, the hacked emails that Drudge and Fox News have seized upon as “proof” that global warming is a hoax are not. As NASA scientist Gavin Schmidt says, critics "are using language used in science and interpreting it in a completely different way… There's nothing in the e-mails that shows that global warming is a hoax. ...There's nothing hidden, no manipulation. It's just scientists talking about science, and they're talking relatively openly as people in private e-mails generally are freer with their thoughts than they would be in a public forum. The few quotes that are being pulled out [ar

Varney repeatedly asked loaded questions such as, "If these emails suggest hiding some evidence, the evidence being that the Earth hasn't warmed in the last 10 years, why put these emails out? …Sounds like it's an attempt to suppress what's really going on.”

Weiss noted that the emails “were from hacking into the computers by, we believe, some Russian source. They haven't even been authenticated."

"Do you contest them?" Varney asked accusatorily.

"I'm not involved in cyber security, so I don't know if they're authentic or not," Weiss said.

"Are you questioning their authenticity?" Varney pushed.

Weiss said, "It’s unknown at this time."

Varney persisted. "We have evidence here, which suggests inside the climate community, there is a great deal of threat going on, threatening the editors of magazines, and threatening other people who disagree with their point of view to the point where it raises the doubt that there is unity amongst the climate community that there is indeed global warming."

Weiss said, "The greatest threat is that global warming pollution will continue unabated and cause irreversible harm to our planet.” He read from George W. Bush’s U.S. Climate Change Program, “’Global warming is unequivocal and primarily human induced.’ That is what the threat is. It’s not whether or not these emails that may or may not be authentic, that may or may not be altered.”

Varney continued to ignore the substance of Weiss’ statements in order to play gotcha. "You are questioning the authenticity of the emails, and then you're saying that they are not relevant, even though they attempt to hide evidence that the globe is not warming for the last 10 years."

“You’re entitled to your own opion, but you're not entitled to your own facts,” Weiss answered. “Just today, the Associated Press reported out a number of impacts… of global warming that are happening right now. Sea level rise, up an inch and a half. Our average temperatures up nearly a half a degree over the last dozen years. We’ve got reservoirs in the Southwest that were full 10 years ago and now are only half full. The number of acres burning in wildfires have doubled."

Varney kept insisting he had some kind of gotcha. "(You're) in retreat… I see the Copenhagen meeting is a bust, and I think you'll admit that. Cap and trade legislation …may completely disappear. Public opinion is beginning to run against you… Pity that Copenhagen meeting didn't get off the ground."

But Weiss got the last laugh. "It hasn't started yet. It's scheduled to start in two weeks."