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Climategate 2.0: Quick, Create a Diversion! Scientists Are Saying Something Important

Remember the Climategate emails? You know, the ones that appeared two years ago to blow the lid off the whole “climate change” scam? Thousands of crafty scientists had devoted entire research careers to inventing the crazy idea that human greenhouse-gas emissions were warming the planet—but a band of idealistic hackers got into their email accounts and showed that it was all a nefarious plot.

That’s the bizarro-world version of what happened, anyway. In the real universe, where the hacked emails turned out to be much ado about nothing the overwhelming consensus on the reality of climate change was left unscathed. But now the hackers are at it again. A new round of stolen emails have begun to emerge on the web. It’s not clear yet whether these are genuine; if they are, a preliminary look suggests they’ll be just as easy to spin, but ultimately just as meaningless, as the first group.

The email leaks have both happened suspiciously close to the start of major U.N. climate conferences.

 Except in one way: last time, the email dump happened suspiciously close to the start of a major U.N. climate conference where there was a chance of making significant progress in limiting greenhouse gases. If you think the timing was a deliberate attempt to sabotage that meeting, you’re not alone.

 We’re now on the eve of another major U.N. climate conference in Durban, South Africa. Not only that: the IPCC, the organization that sifts through and synthesizes climate research, has just come out with a new report that points to an increase in extreme weather as a result of climate change.

 Could this be another deliberate attempt at sabotage?

 Naaaaaah.

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