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November 22, 2011 - 2:24 pm

We have been rounding up reaction to news that a second batch of Climategate emails has hit the streets.

The Competitive Enterprise Institute says that the emails re-ignite the scandal, and show evidence of a scientific conspiracy and cover-up.

“If there were any doubts remaining after reading the first Climategate e-mails, the new batch of e-mails that appeared on the web today make it clear that the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is an organized conspiracy dedicated to tricking the world into believing that global warming is a crisis that requires a drastic response,” said Myron Ebell, director of CEI’s Center on Energy and Environment.

“Several of the new e-mails show that the scientists involved in doctoring the IPCC reports are very aware that the energy-rationing policies that their junk science is meant to support would cost trillions of dollars,” said Ebell.

PJ Media’s Richard Pollock reached out to Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), who says the new emails are “alarming.”

It’s alarming, but not surprising that there may be more emails out there. This news further highlights the need for an unbiased, comprehensive investigation of “Climategate.” As I said after the first round of IPCC emails were released, we need to be sure that our policy decisions—decisions which would impact the American economy and cost hundreds of thousands of jobs—are based on sound evidence. It appears, once again, that there were attempts to intentionally manipulate or cherry pick scientific data to achieve a political agenda.

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), long the most vocal global warming skeptic in Washington, blasted the scientists involved and the Obama EPA for continuing to get in the way of job growth in the name of discredited climate science.

“Even before the Climategate emails were released in 2009, the so-called ‘consensus’ peddled by the IPCC was already shattered,” Senator Inhofe said.  “Nevertheless, the Obama administration is moving full speed ahead to implement global warming regulations that will impose the largest tax increase in American history, significantly raise energy prices, and destroy hundreds of thousands of jobs.

“Remember, the Obama EPA is basing these regulations on its endangerment finding, which relies on the flawed science of the IPCC.  Now a recent report by the EPA Inspector General has revealed that EPA cut corners in the process leading up to the endangerment finding: it shows that EPA did not engage in the required record-keeping procedures or conduct an independent review of the science underpinning these costly regulations.  If the first Climategate scandal – and the over one hundred errors in the IPCC science that were revealed in its wake – were not enough, the apparent release of the Climategate 2.0 emails is just one more reason to halt the Obama EPA’s job killing global warming agenda.

“The crisis of confidence in the IPCC translates into a crisis of confidence in the EPA’s endangerment finding.  The IPCC science has already disintegrated under the weight of its own flaws, and I believe it will only be a matter of time before the endangerment finding follows suit.  It’s time for the Obama administration to stop trying to resurrect policies that are all pain for no gain, and get to work on reviving our economy.”

And Chris Horner mocks the “warmist cheerleaders”:

In response to this latest leak revealing further awareness of and schemes to work around the fatal flaws in the Global Warming Industry’s theory, and their own work — from efforts to pervert FOIA, to fudging computer models, to the hilarious flailing about on the role of religious faith and advancing their agenda or defeating those who dared dispute their own, new religion — we are witnessing an unknowing race to the bottom, a contest among warmist cheerleaders for the speediest, least plausible version of “nothing to see here/old news/move along!” Or, as Kevin Bacon’s character memorably put it in Animal House: remain calm, all is well.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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