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Who’s Big Global Warming’s Daddy?

USA Today's house editorial today bemoans the fact that Climategate "gives ammunitiion to the skeptics," but concludes that "the overwhelming scientific consensus remains that the Earth is warming, largely because of human activity, with potentially calamitous consequences involving melting ice caps, rising sea levels and shifting agricultural patterns."

By on 12.10.09 | 10:54AM

USA Today's house editorial today bemoans the fact that Climategate "gives ammunition to the skeptics," but concludes that "the overwhelming scientific consensus remains that the Earth is warming, largely because of human activity, with potentially calamitous consequences involving melting ice caps, rising sea levels and shifting agricultural patterns."

So do they get a skeptic to fill the daily "Another View" slot they offer to rebut their editorial? No -- they get another alarmist! Under the panicky-but-now-tired headline "We need to act quickly!", Melanie Fitzpatrick of the Union of Scientists Concerned About Their Grant Funding writes:

Now that the United States and other countries are finally moving to seriously address global warming, polluter-funded front groups and their allies in Congress are making exaggerated claims about stolen e-mails from climate scientists in a last ditch effort to derail action.

I guess Ms. Melanie missed the memos about the vast wealth that flows to alarmist science and environmental pressure groups, which they extract both from taxpayers and extort from those same "polluters" she's talking about. And what a shock -- she's yet another politically disinterested, principled scientist who contributes to the Huffington Post.

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