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The Inquisition of Climate Science$
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James Powell

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231157193

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231157193.001.0001

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Much Ado About Nothing

(p.159) 14 Climategate
The Inquisition of Climate Science

James Lawrence Powell

Columbia University Press

This chapter focuses on an episode in 2009 known as Climategate, resulting from the theft of over 1,000 e-mails from the Climate Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia (UEA), along with NASA one of the two main repositories and presenters of global temperature information. These e-mails were subsequently released online. Denier websites and columnists exulted in the news that the e-mails exposed global warming as a hoax, just as they had always known it to be. However, scientific organizations and responsible media also read these e-mails and drew their own conclusions. Five staff members of the Associated Press perused each of 1,073 e-mails and concluded that, “e-mails stolen from climate scientists show they stonewalled skeptics and discussed hiding data—but the messages don't support claims that the science of global warming was faked.” Climategate has so far engendered six separate, independent reports by distinguished panels. Despite all the hoopla, Climategate has made not one whit of difference to the evidence for global warming.

Keywords:   global warming, climate change, deniers, denial, Climate Research Unit, University of East Anglia, NASA, global temperature

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