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November 27, 2009

'Cap and Trade Is Dead' ~ Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe

The 12 Days Of Global Warming


'Cap and Trade Is Dead'

The recently disclosed emails and documents from University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit compromise the integrity of the United Nations' global warming reports.

The Wall Street Journal

So declares Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe, taking a few minutes away from a Thanksgiving retreat with his family. "Ninety-five percent of the nails were in the coffin prior to this week. Now they are all in."

If any politician might be qualified to offer last rites, it would be Mr. Inhofe. The top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee has spent the past decade in the thick of Washington's climate fight. He's seen the back of three cap-and-trade bills, rode herd on an overweening Environmental Protection Agency, and steadfastly insisted that global researchers were "cooking" the science behind man-made global warming.

This week he's looking prescient. The more than 3,000 emails and documents from the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit (CRU) that have found their way to the Internet have blown the lid off the "science" of manmade global warming. CRU is a nerve center for many of those researchers who have authored the United Nations' global warming reports and fueled the political movement to regulate carbon.

Their correspondence show a claque of scientists massaging data to make it fit their theories, squelching scientists who disagreed, punishing academic journals that didn't toe the apocalyptic line, and hiding their work from public view.

"It's no use pretending that this isn't a major blow," glumly wrote George Monbiot, a U.K. writer who has been among the fiercest warming alarmists. The documents "could scarcely be more damaging." And that's from a believer.
This scandal has real implications. Mr. Inhofe notes that international and U.S. efforts to regulate carbon were already on the ropes. The growing fear of Democrats and environmentalists is that the CRU uproar will prove a tipping point, and mark a permanent end to those ambitions.

Internationally, world leaders finally acknowledged that the recession has sapped them of their political power to impose devastating new carbon-restrictions. China and India are clear they won't join the West in an economic suicide pact. Next month's summit in Copenhagen is a bust. Instead of producing legally binding agreements, it will be dogged by queries about the legitimacy of the scientists who wrote the reports that form its basis.

The next opportunity to get international agreement is in Mexico City, 2010—a U.S. election year. Democrats were already publicly acknowledging there will be no domestic climate legislation in 2009 and privately acknowledging their great unease at passing a huge energy tax on Americans headed for a midterm vote.

Add to that the CRU scandal, which pivots the focus to potential fraud. Republicans are launching investigations, and the pressure is building on Democrats to hold hearings, since climate scientists were funded with U.S. taxpayer dollars. Mr. Inhofe's office this week sent letters to federal agencies and outside scientists warning them not to delete their own CRU-related emails and documents, which may also be subject to Freedom of Information requests.

Polls show a public already losing belief in the theory of man-made global warming, and skeptics are now on the offense. The Competitive Enterprise Institute's Myron Ebell argues this scandal gives added cover to Blue Dogs and other Democrats who were already reluctant to buck the public's will and vote for climate legislation. And with Republicans set to pick up seats, Mr. Ebell adds, "By 2011 there will hopefully be even fewer members who support this. We may be close to having it permanently stymied." Continued U.S. failure to act makes an international agreement to replace Kyoto (which expires in 2012) a harder sell.

There's still the EPA, which is preparing an "endangerment finding" that would allow it to regulate carbon on the grounds it is a danger to public health. It is here the emails might have the most direct effect. The agency has said repeatedly that it based its finding on the U.N. science—which is now at issue. The scandal puts new pressure on the EPA to accede to growing demands to make public the scientific basis of its actions.

Mr. Inhofe goes so far as to suggest that the agency might not now issue the finding. "The president knows how punitive this will be; he's never wanted to do it through [the EPA] because that's all on him." The EPA was already out on a legal limb with its finding, and Mr. Inhofe argues that if it does go ahead, the CRU disclosure guarantees court limbo. "The way the far left used to stop us is to file lawsuits and stall and stall. We'll do the same thing."

Still, if this Democratic Washington has demonstrated anything, it's that ideology often trumps common sense. Egged on by the left, dug in to their position, Democrats might plow ahead. They'd be better off acknowledging that the only "consensus" right now is that the world needs to start over on climate "science."

Wild Thing's comment..........

This is encouraging! God bless Inhofe! Sen Inhofe has been fighting this for a long time. I can remember in 2004 he was calling global warming junk science and he never backed off. That is what it takes to win — keep on fighting.

Good, the story and the White House connection is starting to eat at the edges of the MSM.

It's just that in the light of the scandal, I have no idea why the conference in Copenhagen is still being held. At the very least, it should be postponed until the significance of the scientific fraud can be sorted out. Nonetheless, the lib politicians are pressing forward.

Posted by Wild Thing at November 27, 2009 05:55 AM


An entire international industry has been built around this crap, and hundreds of bureaucracies in every country. It's had the fanatical devotion of every drooling leftist on the planet, and the self-interest support of liberal politicians, the advertising industry and opportunistic big business.

It's an established church. When it collapses because of the weight of its lies, it will bring other things down with it, and at the moment we don't know what those things are. One of them will probably be the carbon credit scam, which will ruin a sleazy lard bucket like Gore, and the trading business built upon it.

This is fun to watch.

Posted by: Rhod at November 27, 2009 08:26 AM

I am waiting for Algors statement, you know he can't get away without saying something, he has to say something.

Now will the Senate allow debate on this. It never was a slam dunk. As Rhod said, the lib politicians bought into it for the ride to the top of the power grabbing roller coaster. Now maybe some real Scientists will get involved and take a close look at what kind of junk data's been used for the computer models, perhaps, even use That old fashioned method of Science known as the 'Scientific Method' of making a hypotheses then searching for the facts to prove or disprove the theory. You know like they used to do when there actually were real Scientists.

Posted by: Mark at November 27, 2009 08:54 AM

Have you looked at the stockmarket this morning?
The Arabs want their money back, maybe we can put a cap on that and trade them some worthless paper from our Weimar government. Paging tiny Timmy!!!

Posted by: Jack at November 27, 2009 09:37 AM

I am not buying into this as bring 'Dead in the Water".

The reason being , there are so many 'go along to get along' members of Congress. Look at how Senator Landreau and that Viet Congressmen were manipulated and bribed to get them to vote for the Health Care fiasco.

Does any one seriously think that there will not be more of the same in this situation?

I have no trust in this current Congress, ever doing the right thing as far as the People of the Unite States are concerned.

This whole global warming thing has been a sham from the very start. The only way you find out about the things like these hacked E-mails and their message, is by listening to Fox News or reading about at Blogs like this. I've been looking since this whole thing broke and have yet to see any mention of it in the bird cage liner to which I subscribe, for the Sports coverage, by the way.

Posted by: SEAN. at November 27, 2009 10:56 AM

Sen Inhofe is usually on the mark. I hope he is right on this global warming demise. Most Americans are against it. Thank God for these emails that prove the plot of a scam. Al Gore and Michael Moore pushed this climate change with no legitimate evidence, just made up junk science. Maybe the "outing" of this hoax will lead to more opposition against other vast leftist causes such as the healthcare reform bill.

Posted by: TomR at November 27, 2009 11:09 AM

Global Warming Is a Hoax.
Cap and Trade Is Dead.
AGW Theory Is Dead.
Global Warming Is Global Governance. (=Socialism.)
Say No To Copenhagen.

Say No To All!!!

Posted by: Anon at November 27, 2009 12:18 PM

Here's a present for all of you... the head of the CRU in the UK, Dr Phil Jones... THE MAN behind the UN's IPCC climate change / global warming scam! Give him hell!

Posted by: Jack at November 27, 2009 03:12 PM

The conference in "Beautiful Beautiful Copenhagen" will go on and the drumbeat of the radical doom and gloom enivironmentalist will continue. However, the numbers who are listening to these radical "Chicken Little's" are shrinking as their deceptions and lies are exposed.

Posted by: Ron Russell at November 27, 2009 06:34 PM

In celebration of the dead golden calf, the AGW theory, I will go full throttle with:

-- B-52 Stratofortress
-- B-2 Spririt
-- B-1 Lancer
-- F/A-18 Hornet
-- F-16 Fighting Falcon
-- F-22 Raptor
-- Space Shuttle Discovery
-- Harley-Davidson VRSCDX Night Rod Special
-- Chevrolet Camaro (first generation)


Posted by: Anon at November 27, 2009 07:58 PM

I would see Al Gore try to explain
LOL the hoax of all of this. Come on
Gore you total liar, how about donating
all the money you made off this scam to
a worthy cause or heck give it back to
those that filled your pockets. hahahaa

Wont' happen of course.

Posted by: Wild Thing at November 27, 2009 10:13 PM