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Climategate Hasn't Swayed Senators on Climate Change

By The Hill, The Hill - December 7, 2009

Centrist Republican Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) argues that the"climategate" emails should be probed on Capitol Hill, but the emails haven't changed her views on global warming.

"There appears to be sufficient controversy and concern that I think itwarrants the Environment and Public Works Committee taking a look at it,"� saidCollins, a swing vote in the looming Senate fight on cap-and-trade, in theCapitol Monday.

She told The Hill that the emails hacked from a British researchinstitute led her to check in with two scientists at the University of Maine onthe matter. "They are disappointed at what appears may have happened, but theytell me it does not change their own conclusions or their own research,"� shesaid. Collins still believes humans are causing climate change.Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) said he does not believe the emails arejeopardizing Democratic swing votes. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) hopesto bring a climate and energy package to the floor in the spring."I am not hearing anybody on our side, even the people who are moreeconomically concerned about the climate legislation who come from coalstates, that sort of thing, saying "�what are we going to say about this, is this aproblem?'"� said Whitehouse, a member of the Environment and Public WorksCommittee who backs fast action on mandatory emissions curbs.Whitehouse said that GOP members will use the messages to try and slow climatelegislation, but predicts it will not work.

The messages appear to show scientists discussing ways to massage data andsquelch views of researchers who do not agree that humans are warming theplanet. They also show the scientists deriding climate skeptics. Both theUniversity of East Anglia in the U.K., which houses the Climatic ResearchInstitute, and the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Changehave vowed reviews.But the researchers and their supporters say the emails have been taken out ofcontext, and do nothing to dent powerful evidence that the burning of fossilfuels and deforestation are causing climate change. Sens. James Inhofe (Okla.), the top Republican on the Senate environment panel,as well as John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and David Vitter (R-La.) have called for variousinquiries into the matter, including a committee hearing.Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) Sundaysaid she isn't planning a hearing, although she did not entirely shut the dooron the question."The main thing is, is there any change in the underlying science. If Ibelieved there was a change in an underlying science, I think that would beworth looking at because one would want to know, is the science right,"� shetold The Hill. "At this point it looks as if all of the scientists who havebeen engaged in this global warming issue who were not involved in the emailssay there is nothing that changes their mind."�Boxer said, however, that she is continuing to collect information, and alsoreiterated her view that any potential committee hearing should also explorecriminal dimensions of the hacking. "If I were to hold a hearing, it would beon the entire issue, but right now, I don't see reason to do it,"� she said.Look for Republicans, meanwhile, to keep raising the issue as Senate action onslow-moving climate legislation draws closer."I expect there will be a lot more learned about it and I think before wetransform the American economy in such a dramatic way, and impose such hugeadditional costs on taxpayer, I think we ought to do it on sound science,"� saidSen. John Cornyn (Texas), who chairs the National Republican SenatorialCommittee.

Source: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/70831-climategate-hasnt-swayed-swing-votes-senators-say The contents of this site are © 2009 Capitol Hill Publishing Corp., a subsisiary of News Communications, Inc. Comments (5)The science must stand on its own.In science the burden of proof is on the theory.The theory must provide the proof.If the theory makes a prediction, which it must to not simply be a hypothesis, and the prediction is wrong then the theory is discarded.That is part of the scientific method.The AGW theory predicts that CO2 causes global warming.CO2 is higher now then it was in 1998.Average global temperature has been declining since 1998The prediction made by the theory is wrong therefore the AGW theory must be discarded.QED.It is called the scientific method. It only takes one wrong result to discard a theory.'No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.' Albert EinsteinPlease see also:scienceand publicpolicy.org/originals/climategate.htmlFor a satirical look at the climategate computer programming:Ant hropogenic Global Warming Virus alert.www.thespoof.com/news/spoof.cfm?headline=s5i64103BY Andrew on 12/07/2009 at 06:56You need to remember that Senators Snowe and Collins are not your every day conservatives.They fly under the flag of a republican but are truly hovering around the equator most of the time.BY rick on 12/07/2009 at 07:23Typical bureaucrat! I am surprised that it is a Republican as they usually do not refute facts as a liberal Democrat does!BY adainv on 12/07/2009 at 07:34Boxer is a fool when it comes to climate change. She only wants to line the pockets of Al flim-flam Gore. She's in it for the money - what do you think she and her family and friends do? Get govt contracts related to global warming and this green jobs crap. Thiefs and plunderers thats all we have - and fools on capitol hill. The science behind gloabl warming is junk. Thats why they changed the name 3 years ago to climate changes- hedging their bets that its actually cooling now.BY DD on 12/07/2009 at 07:44Any politician votes to pass this crap will pay for it in the next election. The people have spoken.BY Lids Ville on 12/07/2009 at 09:35Add Comment

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The messages appear to show scientists discussing ways to massage data andsquelch views of researchers who do not agree that humans are warming theplanet. They also show the scientists deriding climate skeptics. Both theUniversity of East Anglia in the U.K., which houses the Climatic ResearchInstitute, and the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Changehave vowed reviews.But the researchers and their supporters say the emails have been taken out ofcontext, and do nothing to dent powerful evidence that the burning of fossilfuels and deforestation are causing climate change. Sens. James Inhofe (Okla.), the top Republican on the Senate environment panel,as well as John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and David Vitter (R-La.) have called for variousinquiries into the matter, including a committee hearing.Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) Sundaysaid she isn't planning a hearing, although she did not entirely shut the dooron the question."The main thing is, is there any change in the underlying science. If Ibelieved there was a change in an underlying science, I think that would beworth looking at because one would want to know, is the science right,"� shetold The Hill. "At this point it looks as if all of the scientists who havebeen engaged in this global warming issue who were not involved in the emailssay there is nothing that changes their mind."�Boxer said, however, that she is continuing to collect information, and alsoreiterated her view that any potential committee hearing should also explorecriminal dimensions of the hacking. "If I were to hold a hearing, it would beon the entire issue, but right now, I don't see reason to do it,"� she said.Look for Republicans, meanwhile, to keep raising the issue as Senate action onslow-moving climate legislation draws closer."I expect there will be a lot more learned about it and I think before wetransform the American economy in such a dramatic way, and impose such hugeadditional costs on taxpayer, I think we ought to do it on sound science,"� saidSen. John Cornyn (Texas), who chairs the National Republican SenatorialCommittee.

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