14 Dec 2009, 11:48pm
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Markey: Climate-Gate Has Become ‘Tree Ring Circus’

FOXNews.com, December 13, 2009 [here]

The release of e-mails that suggest climate change data were manipulated is causing a “tree ring circus” that is trying to inflate a scandal to prevent international efforts to reduce global warming, a leading House proponent of climate change legislation said Sunday.

Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., who co-authored legislation to reduce U.S. manmade greenhouse gas production by 17 percent over the next 10 years, told “Fox News Sunday” that the thousands of e-mails now known as “Climate-gate” are actually a minute aspect of the overall study on global warming produced by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Markey’s legislation with Rep. Henry Waxman passed the House of Representatives earlier this year but stalled after passing the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee. He said efforts to try to minimize studies that prove global warming — like one that looked at the size of rings in trees in Siberia — will make it harder to pass legislation that could help save both U.S. industries and the earth.

“The deniers want to create a Siberian tree ring circus,” Markey said. …

But Sen. James Inhofe, the ranking Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the top skeptic in the Senate of manmade climate change, said the data are flawed, something he warned about in a 2005 speech in which he described complaints from some scientists who claimed they were being sidelined for their dissenting views that the science is “cooked.” …

Inhofe, who appeared with Markey, called the EPA finding an effort to try to “intimidate Congress into passing” legislation that he says will send jobs oversees. He added that the Senate version of the Markey-Waxman bill is dead and the lack of legislation limits the president’s ability to make pledges on behalf of the United States.

“The initial reductions he’s talking about are what you find in Markey’s bill, and that isn’t going to happen. And of course, that bill’s dead. It will never even be brought up again. … So it has to come down to what can the president do without legislation. And I think that is highly limited,” Inhofe said. … [more]

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