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Acquaintances of mine who previously belonged to the tin foil nut side of the climate change denial community have jumped on this as vindication for a life lived on the fringe.  They now claim that this scandal "proves" that climate change is a plot to subjugate the masses to an inferior life style.

It is quite distressing to see this scandal playing into the hands of such a community.  Likely there are some on the denial side who do not wear tin foil hats, (i originally typed hates), but even they must be salivating.

Someone please convince me there hasn't been serious damage done.

As an aside, even if there were zero data to support climate change, i would be fighting just as hard against the burning of fossils and their other chemical uses, because they remain poison to humanity.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - AnaÔs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Tue Nov 24th, 2009 at 06:26:03 AM EST

Perhaps one thing that becomes clear is that charges of grand conspiracies can at least be put to rest.

But damage done? I'll give you the ever cheery ThatBritGuy:

The populist consensus has shifted from being avidly anti-corporate and pro-green, or at least broadly sympathetic, to seeing climate issues as an evil conspiracy by evil scientists who want to raise your taxes.

Outside of a few middle class holdouts, there's no longer any support at all for climate change management, or carbon rationing.

This is the bullet in the head for climate change measures.

Most people don't know or care about the scrappiness or internal politics of science. What they'll take home from this is that the deniers are right - the scientists have been deliberately lying to them.

Of course the timing isn't a coincidence. But it doesn't matter - as of now, we have no hope at all of an effective international climate change policy.

And for this generation the evil science meme is now so embedded that we may not have a policy again, even after the cities start flooding.

Keep fighting CH.

by Nomad on Tue Nov 24th, 2009 at 06:35:31 AM EST
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Substantial policies will happen only when the Upper East Side is under water, and not before.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Tue Nov 24th, 2009 at 07:31:13 AM EST
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