The United Nations climate summit is going forward in Copenhagen despite what some are calling the worst scientific scandal of our time.
Leaked emails indicated scientists at a leading British climate research facility were changing temperature data to make it look like the earth is warming. The emails are a major embarassment for the U.N., which after a month has decided to open an investigation.
Despite little media attention, the scandal is having an impact.
Australia voted down new climate regulations because of the British emails. The U.N. remains mostly defensive and dismissive about the scandal.
Whether its falling polar bears or melting icebergs, the world has been subject to a steady global media message that climate change is the world's top problem, provoking fear.
"If they don't take action, if they don't bring any change, my country, we will all be wiped out," said Axam Maumoon, a Maldives islander.
One of climate skeptics mentioned negatively in the British emails was Dr. Pat Michaels.
Michaels was removed as the state climatologist of Virginia because he rejected the climate doomsday theory.
"I'm not convinced that there are that many scientists who view this as this apocalyptic end of world issue, but that gets a lot of coverage," he said. "If I tell you the world is going to end, I'll get on TV. If I tell you it's not, I probably won't."
The global warming theory brings money, jobs and notoriety to climate science, which is no doubt why some scientists were tempted to fudge the figures to keep the issue alive.
More than 100 world leaders will attend the climate summit, including President Obama.
A video on the Internet by British conservative Christopher Monckton warns that the president will sign away America's soveriegnty to a world government that will be formed to combat climate change.
"At Copenhagen this December, weeks away, a treaty will be signed. Your president will sign it…and what it says is this: that a world government is going to be created," Monckton said in the video.
But Dr. Charles Dunn, dean of the Robertson School of Goverment at Regent University, says any treaties signed by the president have to be approved by the Senate.
"We are a sovereign nation and there should be no ceding of sovereignty without the ratification by extraordinary majority of the United States Senate," he explained.
World leaders have also already decided that no binding treaties will be signed at the climate summit.