Climategate Emails, Snow Give Global-Warming Skeptics Ammo—Are They Right?

Skeptics cite climategate and snow. Supporters say facts are facts.

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For years, scientists have warned that human-generated greenhouse gases were behind global warming and have predicted catastrophic consequences. Still, coming off record-setting snowstorms along the eastern seaboard, many have scoffed, especially since so-called climategate E-mails suggested some data may have been manipulated. Sen. James Inhofe, and Oklahoma Republican, is among the skeptics. He argues that the science is flawed—that there is no clear consensus to warrant expensive antiwarming measures. Inhofe's family even built an igloo after a blizzard in Washington to mock the doomsayers. Joseph Romm, a physicist and climate expert at the Center for American Progress, counters that the scandal and the snowstorms change nothing. He cites the warmest January across the globe in the satellite record. And, he notes, we actually get more snow in warmer years.

What do you think? Did climategate expose global-warming fears as overblown? Take our poll and post your thoughts below. And don't forget to check out the debate between Inhofe and Romm in the April issue of U.S. News & World Report.

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