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There has been so much confusion about the stolen emails from the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, but few have read the million words as a whole. They show that climate scientists are human, but they don’t undercut the science itself. For example, one of the much quoted 1999 emails talks about a “trick” in adding data to a graph. What was the trick? Using actual, measured air temperature data instead of inferences from tree rings.

Associated Press had three or four reporters read every word of the emails. Their analysis is here. And here is one from Constructionomics.

Meanwhile, the Economist has helpfully pointed out that emission cuts would cost the world economy only about 20% of what we just spent bailing out banks. The central battle is not about whether to cut emissions, and not even so much about how much, but over who will pay.

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