COP15 Boycotts Sarah Palin – Fox News Still Can’t Count – Climate Change Still Exists

COP15 - the whole world is watchingShortly after I arrived on the ground here in Copenhagen, I heard reports from back home that erstwhile vice-presidential candidate and early-retiring Alaska governor Sarah Palin was urging president Barack Obama to “boycott” the COP15 climate talks in the wake of stolen emails from climate scientists and East Anglia University and the apparently heavily-funded and obviously conveniently timed effort to characterize the content of those emails as “proof” that the entire body of climate science is suspect.

The call for Obama’s boycott of the talks came as news of a well-orchestrated international campaign to harass scientists and attempt to create a “scandal” came to light, pushing deep into Big Tobacco territory of sowing doubt and confusion. Confusion exemplified by Fox News when they purport a poll showing 120% of Americans believe that climate scientists fudge their data by… fudging their data.

Perhaps both Palin and Fox need a quick refresher in history. “Climategate” refers, of course, to Watergate, in which the real scandal was not what was found in the files, but by the fact they were stolen – and forces behind the illegal act.

The emails in question relate only to the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report, a process where 2500 scientists review, in two separate  rounds, and synthesize all current peer-reviewed research into an overall assessment, placing all comments in the public domain. The trend suggested in the first through third reports remain consistent in the fourth. But more importantly, the trend in the real world – which cares little of anyone’s email – continues to reveal increasingly rapid climate change.

Unable to legitimately refute the science and empirical evidence after years of repeated attempts, their hand is continually overplayed, leading to a manufactured “scandal” that will blow up in their face.

Sarah Palin thinks President Obama should boycott COP15? Too late.

COP15 – represented by a global community reflected in the numerous languages that fill the air as I write this (something that might make Palin a bit uneasy) – rejects the real scandal and the methods of those that promote it.

Additional Sources and further reading: Media Matters
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Thomas Schueneman
Thomas Schueneman
Tom is the founder and managing editor of and the PlanetWatch Group. His work appears in Triple Pundit, Slate, Cleantechnia, Planetsave, Earth911, and several other sustainability-focused publications. Tom is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

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  1. I worte in the Examiner on December 14, the following comment: “Without being Nostradamus, COP15 will be a flop, a complete flop, thanks GOD! I have never read and heard so many stupidities in my whole life as the ones I read and
    heard around Copenhaguen. I insist: Al Gore should be put behind bars. He is the greatest terrorists of all times. People are scared, children are terrified because of the dieing polar bears and African countries are looking for a way to receive money they can use for other things but to reduce pollution. Phil Jones, Mann, Al Gore, Obama, Calderón and the nincompoops Danes, should go to school to learn something about Climatology and not participating in a worldwide conference without knowing what they are going to face there. I wonder i any of then has read one, just one of the 4,558 e-mails hacked by a Russian hacker and distributed via a Russian server way up there in the wildernes of Siberia.” Now I wonder if the author of this blog is not in the payroll of Al Gore. Common, give me a break! Do you really think that you can do something for stopping the changing of the climate? Something that has ocurred naturally for bilions of years in the Universe? You are an optimistic nincompoop and nothing else, as well as the millions who still believe in the greatest hoaxer in the history of the world: Al Gore, who, with his employees Mann, Jansen, Johnson and his asslickers, Merkel, Sarkozy, Reinfeldt (the Prime Minister of Sweden)and others, have provoked panick amongst millions of children around the world who really believe that the polar bears will disappear and thet many countries will go under the water.

  2. Fox news can’t count, and you can’t spell. What a sad little comment. I let these go through in hopes that people will see what wild, uninformed rhetoric fuels this vitriolic backlash against – well, it’s a little hard to tell here. Al Gore? Obviously Jose really keeps up on the issue.


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