Political Correction

The Real Hoax Was Climategate

July 02, 2010 1:44 pm ET - by Chris Harris

For nearly a decade, Sen. Jim Inhofe's (R-OK) biggest claim to fame has been his oft-repeated line that global warming is "the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people."

While Inhofe has been a consistent opponent of science, that's where his consistency ends.  In 2003, he conceded that the earth was warming, but denied it was caused by human activity and suggested that "increases in global temperatures may have a beneficial effect on how we live our lives."

In 2009, however, he appeared on Fox News to declare that the earth was actually cooling, claiming "everyone understands that's the case" (they don't, because it isn't).

Inhofe's battle against climate science kicked into overdrive when a series of illegally obtained emails surfaced from the Climatic Research Unit at East Anglia University.  The emails allegedly showed climate scientists had tampered with data and engaged in a conspiracy to falsify the science proving climate change.  The ensuing scandal, dubbed "Climategate," provided Inhofe with an opportunity to amplify his message

When the dubious reports surfaced about flawed science, manipulated data, and unsubstantiated studies, Inhofe was ecstatic.  In March, he viciously attacked former Vice President Al Gore for defending the science behind climate change, saying:

After weeks of the global warming scandal, the world's first potential climate billionaire is running for cover. Yes, I am talking about Al Gore. He is under siege these days. The credibility of the IPCC is eroding, EPA's endangerment finding is collapsing, and belief that anthropogenic global warming is leading to catastrophe is evaporating. Gore seems to be drowning in a sea of his own global warming illusions. Nevertheless, he is desperately trying to keep global warming alarmism alive.

Unfortunately for Senator Inhofe, none of those things are true.  One by one, the pillars of evidence supporting the alleged "scandals" have shattered, causing the entire "Climategate" storyline to come crashing down.  For instance:

Given his history of ignoring facts, there's little hope that this new information will change Senator Inhofe's mind regarding climate change.  But the rest of the world must know that Climategate, not climate change, is the real hoax.

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