Faith in global warming wanes March 11, 2010Posted by honestclimate in Discussions.
Tags: climate change, Climategate, global warming, ipcc, michael mann
Faith in global warming wanes
By Brian Winter
Tennessean.com, March 11, 2010
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The violent threats are not what bother Michael Mann the most. He’s used to them.
Instead, it’s the fact that his life’s work — the effort to stop global warming — has been under siege since last fall. That’s when Mann suddenly found himself in the middle of the so-called “climategate” scandal, in which more than 1,000 e-mails among top climate scientists — including Mann — were obtained illegally by hackers and published on the Internet.
The controversy has contributed to a fundamental shift in efforts to stop global warming, forcing environmentalists to scale down long-held ambitions and try to win back an increasingly skeptical American public. Walter Russell Mead of the Council on Foreign Relations, a New York-based think tank, says recent events may be causing “the death of the global warming movement as we know it.”
The e-mails showed some of the scientists sharing doubts about just how fast the Earth’s temperature is rising, questioning the work of other researchers and refusing to share data with the public. Critics, including Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., have seized on the e-mails as proof that Mann and his colleagues deliberately exaggerated the scientific case behind global warming.
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