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NY Post: Best outside the Beltway column on climate change

November 29, 2009

Maybe it was the references to the Deltas and Kappas that got my attention, or the image of cap and trade legislation as a teetering Jenga tower on the verge of collapse.

Regardless, this piece in the New York Post wins Working the Hill’s award for the best “outside the beltway” column on ClimateGate and the scandal’s potential for putting cap and trade into the deep freeze.

It may not be the biggest scandal since Watergate. But what appeared to be a clear path to massive cap-and-trade legislation just a few months ago now resembles a Jenga tower, and the scandal looks like the tile that will bring the whole thing down. 

The British scientists at the Climatic Research Unit of East Anglia University and their correspondents, some of them American, apparently conspired to delete evidence to escape required public disclosure; fudged and buried data; tried to lock out skeptics seeking to publish non-alarmist research; and even wanted to “beat the crap out of” a skeptical scientist. 

“It’s no use pretending this isn’t a major blow,” said environmentalist writer George Monbiot in The Guardian. The e-mails “could scarcely be more damaging. I am now convinced that they are genuine, and I’m dismayed and deeply shaken by them.”



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