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‘Uncool’ Obama and Climate Scientists

President Obama, it seems, will sashay off to an international climate conference in Copenhagen next month to offer his plan for tough emission-reduction standards, which would cost trillions of dollars and diminish the standards of living of millions of people. He appears unfazed by – indeed, oblivious to – ”Climategate,” the scandal caused by the publishing of hacked e-mails strongly indicating that an influential group of scientists (whom the New York Post pans as ”uncool”) falsified climate data and demeaned those who disagree with climate warming.

The Post relates what it calls the administration’s first response to the e-mails:

“There has been for a very long time a very small group of people who continue to say this isn’t a real problem, that we don’t need to do anything,” said White House climate adviser Carol Browner.

“What am I going to do, side with the couple of naysayers out there, or the 2,500 scientists? I’m sticking with the 2,500 scientists.”

But what kind of response is this?

Browner is evading the evidence that these leading scientists appear to have morphed into spin-happy politicos. Dishonest scientists? Dishonest political leaders? Can we now say there is any difference?

Perhaps members of the president’s 2,500-strong “climate cabinet” can enlighten us – take a stand  on Climategate and give us their true views on climate change.    

Candace de Russy — Candace de Russy is a nationally recognized expert on education and cultural issues.

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