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  • White House Balks at ClimateGate, Says Climate Change is Happening

    When asked about ClimateGate, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs dismissed its importance, emphasizing that “climate change is happening.”

    Of course climate change is happening. Soon we’ll be calling press conferences to declare, “The earth is moving” or “It’s going to get dark tonight.” The reality is the climate has been changing ever since there was a climate, and part of that change was a cooling period as recent as the 1940s to the 1970s giving rise to fears of a coming ice age. When Gibbs spouts this rhetoric, he’s clearly referring to human-induced warming, but since when has climate change become synonymous with manmade global warming?  And what does it take for a scientific consensus to stop being one?

    In fact, the phrase “climate change” is one of climatologist Roy Spencer’s major irritations about the whole climate change debate. He writes, “Thirty years ago, the term “climate change” would have meant natural climate change, which is what climate scientists mostly studied before that time. Today, it has come to mean human-caused climate change. The public, and especially the media, now think that “climate change” implies WE are responsible for it. Mother Nature, not Al Gore, invented real climate change.”

    A number of events may have made it clear to global warming alarmists and proponents of cap and trade legislation that global warming just wasn’t selling. Maybe it was in the beginning of 2009 when global warming ranked dead last when a Pew poll asked respondents to prioritize 20 issues facing the nation. Global warming fell well behind the economy, jobs, social security, education and it even falls behind moral decline, lobbyists and trade policy. It could have been a more gradual shift over the past decade since temperatures have relatively flat lined.

    Or maybe it was the lack of natural disasters that failed to reach U.S. soil after Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth depicted constant 2012-like weather catastrophes. Interestingly, the hurricane season ends today and “has been the tamest in 12 years, and for the first time in three seasons not a single hurricane made landfall in the United States. And as researchers at Colorado State University pointed out, for the first time in a generation the Atlantic Coast has been spared major land-falling hurricanes – defined as those with peak winds of at least 111 m.p.h. – for four consecutive seasons.”

    That’s not to say we won’t have more Katrina-like storms in the future, but adaptation and preparation to climate change is prudent while changing the weather with silly mechanisms like cap and trade is impossible.

    It’s likely a combination of these events and a multitude of others, but in lieu of ClimateGate Gibbs remains confident that “there’s no real scientific basis for the dispute of this.” For all this incessant talk about scientific consensus from proponents of cap and trade legislation, there sure are a lot of dissenting scientists – more than 650.

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    Heritage Senior Policy Analyst Ben Lieberman summarizes it best, saying, “If influential scientists’ being caught manipulating and suppressing data is no big deal, and if the absence of any additional warming since the late 1990s is also no big deal, one wonders what if anything would be a big deal.”

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    30 Responses to White House Balks at ClimateGate, Says Climate Change is Happening

    1. Winghunter says:

      The Scientists Involved in Deliberately Deceiving the World on Climate

    2. Freedom of Speech, T says:

      The people running this country are frightful. Wanna be scientists. Scientists signing on to climate reports that know nothing about climatology. Remember, a PHd is also a "doctor".

      Other scientists who are "fudging" data. Original data was destroyed because of lack of storage space? These people are sounding more unintelligent all the time.

      They believe that if they keep saying something often enough then people will believe it.

      Our propaganda minister now says that climate change is happening. Climate change is always happening. Except the temperature has been dropping and even if it is not, there is nothing WE can do about it. Even if we bankrupt our country and "distribute the wealth" to foriegn countries, it will not change anything – except turn us into a totally government-dependent people.

      That is the real goal, is it not – Mr. Gibbs?

      I guess a meteor strike would change the climate also. Let's spend more trillions to build a climate defense shield around the planet!

      I don't know how much longer I can take these guys. It would have been better to die in combat than a slow death of liberal propaganda insanity.

    3. Bondservant1958, cal says:

      A 21st Century Psalm

      December 7th is coming fast

      We must act, before Copenhagen is passed

      If that Treaty is law I guarantee

      Another occurrence of infamy

      As they strip away democracy

      We wish to debate the natural state

      It was warm for awhile, but cold as of late

      The scientist tried to hide the decline

      Deny debate through deceit and design

      The science was settled and the data deleted

      All opposition was effectively defeated

      From checking the facts, and results repeated

      Who could prove the science was cheated

      Man Made Global Warming is a lie

      The CRU e-mails and codes do testify

      The purpose, a Carbon Debt to apply

      Kiss your money, technology and freedom goodbye

      The silence is deafening across the land

      As the revelations the public now understands

      The weathers a carrot meant to disguise

      A corrupt agenda before our eyes

      And now we see light shining in Truth

      Politicians, media, and search engines declare moot

      You can glimpse the extent of the hypocrisy

      In how they declare there is nothing to see

      So much for transparency

      Climategate Googlegate Copenhagengate

      Who gave you permission to decide our fate?

      Censoring discussion denying debate

      The Spirit of Truth you desecrate

      In all debate Truth intervenes

      Asks does the end justify the means?

      Demands that honesty remains supreme

      That commitments aren’t made on fraudulent schemes.

      It’s time for the passive acceptance to end

      It’s time to stand for freedom as free men

      It’s time to expose the lies and deceit

      It’s time to take it to the streets

      Do not commit sedition do not get jailed

      Non-Violent revolutions do not fail

      The voice of the Prophets, Gandhi and King

      Are calling for you to get marching

      Or just sit back and take the vaccine.

    4. BaitSlinger.....NC says:

      You know something is up when a writer for the New York Times starts questioning the validity of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) and Climate Research Unit (CRU) findings. The climate has been changing since day one and it will continue to change until the last day. I find it amazing how ignorant and arrogant man can be to think he holds the key to life or death for planet Earth. But, everybody in today's world seems to have to have a cause to champion and if it makes them filthy rich (enter Al Gore stage left) in the process that's icing on the cake. Really, all this talk about all organisms being fried (except for cockroaches) because the ozone layer is starting to disappear is a moot point. Teotwawki will take place in 2009 or 2011 or is it 2012, well no matter, we won't be here so climate change and global-warming will have little to no effect on us. :)

    5. Shane, San Francisco says:

      Right on. Evidence of scientific fraud that has tainted the academic system on a global scale is a very big deal. Not too mention the gain in profits from this nonsense. Why does the White House simply dismiss hard facts such as these emails? Obama and his staff are nothing but no good crooks that are out to fraud the citizens of the United States.

    6. Ld Elon says:

      You have to ask yourselves now, what else is there that they could of mislead you on regarding all that is.

      Surely this would not be thee only subject to question in mind to ones self being.

      "One mans peace is another mans war" "War is Peace"

    7. jon eden says:

      The study of GW is the largest scientific enterprise ever, and the idea that you are going to overthrow findings that have been shown every which way to Sunday by coming up with some emails from a few rogue scientists is, well frankly, absurb.

      I really don't understand you people. Do you think the only purpose of science is to support an ever growing economy?

      When humans alter major green gases in an absolutely unprecedented fashion, you don't think that has consequences?

      Or is it that you think the consequences of such action are just tough crap–let the victims work it out the best way they can?

      I do want to credit you with winning the public opinion battle–not a necessarily difficult task among a population that thinks the Earth is only 6 thousand years old. Nice piece of work you so called conservative guys and gals.

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    10. Bobbie Jay says:

      As a child, I remember a very advising commercial. "It's not nice to fool mother nature." Al Gore and the egg on his face proves it.

      I believe climate change is happening, IN GOVERNMENT! Instead of a few missteps here and there, it's now throughout!


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    12. Ron Rice Bakersfie says:

      I really think we should look into that "the world is flat," thing again. I'm sure there are enough LIBs that would fall for that one as well.

    13. Richard S Courtney, says:

      Jon Eden:

      There is no evidence of any kind that man-made global warming exists, will exist, or – if it does exist – will become a problem.

      There is much evidence that Mann-made global warming disinformation exists and is a problem.


    14. Ben says:

      Mr. Eden, the science is exactly what is the problem here. The problem is that the greenhouse gas hypothesis is large on rhetoric and light on evidence. You need five steps to prove that we should enact carbon reductions

      Temperatures are rising;

      CO2 is to blame;

      This is bad;

      We can meaningfully reduce CO2;

      It is better to reduce CO2 than to adapt.

      Any "proof" that I have seen has simply been to show step one. The science behind step 2 is sketchy at best. Step 3 relies on models that cannot reliably predict tomorrow's weather predicting weather events such as floods based on heavily exacerbated global warming. There is no hard evidence for either 2 or 3, and as an engineer, I know exactly how far to trust extrapolative models (I can throw this computer further). Straight-line extrapolation is more accurate and simpler. Based on generous assumptions, we can say that a doubling of CO2 will give 1C of warming.

      Step 4 and 5 are flat-out false. There is only one way to meaningfully reduce carbon usage on a large scale, and that is nuclear power generation (all the "renewables" in Europe could be replaced with a single large-scale nuclear plant for a fraction of the price). However, this option is for all practical purposes banned. Estimates of coping with a temperature rise of 2C are in the tens of billions. Reducing CO2 output by 10% is in the neighborhood of 10 trillion.

      So, in a logical argument where every step MUST be true in order to act on climate change, we have one truth, two possibilies, and two falsehoods. This is hardly an ironclad case for action.

    15. John, USA says:

      The White knows "climate change" is coming because of the inbound object they are hiding with the chemtrails and not telling you about.

    16. Bob, Portland, OR says:

      History, will judge these ObamaMites harshly.

      Do they really think they can pull all of this off and get away with it?

      Fools they are…

    17. Tom Waterloo Iowa says:

      Can you say Crap and Sharade? I meen Cap and Trade. Just another Obama-Pelosi-Reid-Gore lie on its way to raising taxes..

    18. Dean-Texas/Alaska says:

      The cult of man caused "global warming," amongst the liberals attracts the self lobotomized as radical as the most radical Islamic. Too bad for intellectual freedom, and the so called intellectual "elite." Now protecting their turf like something with rabies.

    19. Richard, Texas says:

      It's getting bad for the "greenies" when the liberal news media starts asking embarrassing questions about "global warming".

    20. Brad S,, Detroit, MI says:

      What was really disturbing was to see Al Gore's big fat head on the cover of Newsweek the other day. I think the title was "The Thinking Man's Thinking Man". It should have read "The Bernie Madoff of Global Warming."

      I am also an engineer and I agree with the previous post. When so-called scientists refuse to share data and methods to come to an agreed upon model for predictions, it's not really true science anymore – more like political science. There is no money in telling the government that provided you the grant in the first place – "Well, you see, we did all of the analysis and we really don't see any effect of man's pollution on global climate change. We actually found out that the earth's rotation, solar activity and ocean currents that we have no control over are the biggest factors in determining the world's temperature. Sorry. I guess we won't need the study and testing funds for 2010 thru 2014 like we originally planned. "

      I really like the way the so-called ECO-NUTS have changed their story over the past decade. First it was CFC's and HydroCarbons and NOx were destroying the Ozone layer and then leading to global warming. And then, at some point it was CO2 and climate change. What a load of shinola.

    21. Lloyd Scallan - New says:

      It's hard to accept that some of those that reply to this site are as out of touch with reality as they seam to be. Just study the history of our

      environment. Changes have occured since records have been kept. I don't understand how some people can't see the deception and flat out lies the left has told to get the power and control they so desire. Since its very inception, the entire left-wing environmental movement has had one ultimate goal, COMMUNISM. Just as Obama has declared, he wants to "spread the wealth". The facts have been hidden from all of us by those that support this ideology, the Democrats and the main-stream news media, are just now starting to be exposed. Only those that are total fools that refuse to question and explore the true facts, will continue to support the lie that is

      "man made golbal warming".

    22. Tim Az says:

      Maybe it's time to stop buying anything that is marketed as good for the environment. Since this marketing ploy is based in the science of fraud. Green marketing has been an increasing annoyance to me since its inception. I always look for products that do not support the fraud of global warming. It seems to me there's a mass amount of money to be made from fraud lawsuits here. There must be at least one lawyer out there that would'nt be apposed to some financial gain.

    23. Military Wife, Texas says:

      Bondservant1958, california, that was an awesome Psalm. I would like to copy and send this to everyone in my address book. Did you write this? I want to give credit where credit is due.

    24. Dennis Idaho says:

      I am reminded of a poem: Fire and Ice by Robert Frost

      Some say the world will end in Fire

      Some say in Ice

      What I have tasted of desire

      I hold with those that favor Fire

      But Ice is also great

      And will suffice.

      The objective of the "climate change" group is to wealth and control.

      Man has always wanted to control the weather, however with all our technology we cannot even get an accurate forecast more than a week without a 50% disclaimer.

    25. Jeanne Stotler, wood says:

      When I was in school I was taught that the world orbited and since it varied in it's distance from earth that cycles occur every so many years.Christmas 1964 was so warm I had to go in the attic and get our spring coats out, I've seen it so cool on July 4th that we needed sweaters to see the fireworks from the Wash. Monument, 1966 wnter there was so much snow schools were closed for over a week, we didn't have newspapers for four days and even the buses could not get around, This year has been wet and cool spring and fall, our summer mild, we are suppose to have a severe winter, we'll wait and see, one thing sure these people who spread fear are getting rich peddling their stuff and propaganda and those who buy it are incouraging them to go on. I respect the earth, compose piles and a rainbarrel are from the past and worth while, I garden and use the sun for part of my heat, I cook meals and use leftovers, I was taught this and we did all this during WWII, it's not new.

    26. Special K (NJ, USA) says:

      With apologies to the late, great Winston Churchill,

      It can be said about the "climate change" pitch:

      Never has so much been made over so little by so many

      (Including Al Gore) who, in the process, have gotten rich.

      But we must give credit where credit is due:

      Folks in politics, knowing nothing about climate at all–

      Have done their dead level best

      The process of reason to stall

      While giving full vent to positions

      That envision dire consequences from burning derivatives of oil;

      Something, e.g., that a Nobel-level economist has equated

      With a desire to see the earth parboil.

      Unfortunately all those enumerated above

      Appear to be immune to rational discourse–

      Even so-called scientists of the pro-climate change persuasion

      Destroy the data on which they've based their conclusions, perforce.

      By and large, overall, on the whole,

      It would seem such "scientists" may have found a new calling

      As keepers of the faith that espouses belief

      In the proposition that the sky is falling.

    27. Bondservant1958 says:

      Dear Military Wife

      Thank you and yes I did. Feel free to send it to all

    28. Lwesson, Tejas says:

      The whole purpose for trying to lock up and control carbon output is NOT to save the planet but to control the global Western Peoples and their economies. Joe Eden did not bother to read any of the e-mails from scientists who were NOT dissidents but rather upset that data did not meet or support computer models saying that Global Warming is happening, and thus the willful attempt to hide "incorrect" data or to manipulate to support the computer model. Some great science going on there Joe!

      Again, it is simple. It is NOT about climate change, it is about control over Western Society! Oh, and if some of the elites can make billions then all the more pretty.

    29. Jerry from Chicago says:

      And of course, the genius Press Secretary, Robert 'Fibbs' is thee scientific authority on the subject.

    30. Joe Ruffino, New Yor says:

      Tge White House people lie! Obama should be impeached for not living up to his oath to protect and defend the constitution and the USA The U.S Supreme Court should take a hint from the Hondouran Supreme Court.

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