Doubts Heat Up over Global Warming Claims

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Things are heating up for the United Nations climate panel as critics claim the group is using sloppy science in its climate change research.

It's the latest in a series of scandals that have more people cooling to the idea of global warming.

One thing seems to be melting faster than the glaciers in the Himalayas and that's the belief that climate change is something people should care about.

The climate change movement continues to be rocked by scandal.

First there was "climategate"-- hacked emails suggesting that scientists at the top British climate institute were hiding evidence of cooling temperatures.

Then there was the discovery that the Himalayan glaciers will not be melted in a few decades as first warned. The evidence for that claim was simply a quote from a 1999 New Scientist magazine article and a student dissertation. 

That has led to calls that the chair of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Rajendra Pachauri, resign.

"I have no intentions of resigning from my position," he said in response.

But Pachauri is also under fire for allegations that business ventures he has ties to make money from the climate change scare.

Now, there is a second round of "climategate." The British scientists involved have broken the law by refusing a Freedom of Information Act request to turn over their suspect climate data.

Now the leftwing London Guardian newspaper, once a true believer in climate change, has launched a major investigation and discovered another apparent attempt to hide bad data from Chinese weather stations. As a result, the media is questioning whether climate forecasts can still be trusted.

Climate change now ranks last on Americans' list of concerns. When President Obama mentioned skepticism over climate change in his State of the Union address, it drew laughs.

But Dan Gainor, director of the Business and Media Institute says the chuckles were for another reason.

"I think the reason they laughed, unfortunately, is not the same reason that other people laughed," he said. "They laughed because they think it is unbelievable that anyone would still be skeptical."

No one, however, is laughing at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spending $1 million to take a congressional delegation to the Copenhagen Climate Summit late last year.

The U.N. still insists the earth faces a crisis and has announced that the current decade will be the warmest on record, even though many experts say the earth stopped warming 12-13 years ago.

"I don't know where the cooling is. It's certainly not on this planet," Pachauri charged. "Maybe they're talking about some other planet."

*Original broadcast January 29, 2010.

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