Did Climategate Expose Global Warming Fears as Unfounded?

Sen. James Inhofe says yes, cites E-mails; climate expert Joseph Romm says the science is clear.

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For years, scientists have warned that greenhouse gases were behind global warming and predicted catastrophic consequences. Still, many have scoffed, especially after so-called climategate E-mails suggested data had been manipulated. Did the scandal expose climate-change fears as overblown?
Edited by Steve St. Angelo

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Yes

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James Inhofe
Oklahoma Republican and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

Call it the global warming crackup, an unfolding proc­ess of contradictory claims about glaciers, weather, and scientists asserting a consensus when none exists. Global warming alarmists can't make up their minds because the entire basis for their energy rationing project has collapsed into a mess of errors, exaggerations, and deceit. Let me explain.

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No

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Joseph Romm
Physicist, climate expert, and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress

Big Oil wants us to remain addicted to oil, a major source of carbon pollution. So it and other special interests have conducted an aggressive disinformation campaign for more than a decade to convince Americans that there's a major disagreement among scientists on the dangers posed by carbon pollution, just as the tobacco industry disputed the science to keep smokers addicted...

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