This week is the one-year anniversary of the “climategate “scandal involving the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Thousands of IPCC climate scientist e-mails from the U.K. University of East Anglia were published by computer hackers in November 2009. Investigations of the e-mails suggest that world-renowned climate scientists manipulated data and exaggerated findings to support the basic theory that manmade greenhouse gases are the cause of global warming.
Decades of hysterical fear mongering and out right science fraud may now end after independent review and reform of the U.N. IPCC standards and practices. Global warming has become a goldmine of scary propaganda to boost eco-group fundraising and to grow global governments. Conceited climate “debate denier,” Al Gore, would become the world’s first “carbon billionaire.” Global government regulators have spent (or proposed to spend) hundreds of billions of dollars to control climate based primarily upon IPCC reports.
Some of the climategate setbacks to the climate crusaders are:
• Hundreds of E.U. industries and power plants have requested, and been granted, exemptions from costly 2005 Kyoto-like greenhouse gas controls. Less than a 4% reduction in greenhouse gases has been achieved since 2005;
• The U.K. estimates that fuel and energy costs will rise 18% and 33% over the next decade under proposed climate regulations;
• U.S. carbon cap-and-trade and direct carbon taxes are dead in the wake of the recent historic U.S. House and governorships taken over by Republicans;
• Al Gore has abandoned his Chicago climate exchange venture that would have profited from trading fanciful carbon credits. Similar global carbon trading markets have been shaken by the climategate scandal;
• U.S. EPA and the science czar have accepted the semantics replacement of “global warming” with “climate change.” They now want to politically-correct “climate change” with “ climate disruption”;
• Scientific American polled its readers and found that about 16% believe the U.N. IPCC to be credible, while 84% believe the IPCC to be “ a corrupt organization, prone to groupthink, with a political agenda”;
• The forthcoming December IPCC meeting in Cancun is not expected to accomplish much more than to subtly shift the operative regulatory imperative from “climate change” to “global biodiversity.”
Given climategate, it is clear that partisan ideologies and cultish environmentalism have replaced prudent science and economic realities in climate policy. What is also clear is that radical environmentalism no longer offers any product or service in support of our future security and prosperity. Militant environmentalism and green-obsessed bureaucrats have become an “axis of antagonism” that we can no longer afford. Maybe we should replace “Earth Day” April 22 with “Climategate Day” November 20 celebrations.
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