It’s yet to become a major scandal for most of the mainstream media, but various news outlets have reported on what appears to be a joint effort by leading scientists to create and sustain fears about climate change, even if it meant squelching evidence that undermined their cause.

Real Clear Politics – an early leader in investigating what has come to be called "Climategate" – reports that thousands of emails were obtained and posted on the Internet showing that some leading climate scientists, including some in the U.S. and the U.K., have been colluding to manufacture evidence of global warming.

U.S. News & World Report says some of these same scientists were involved in writing the 2007 report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which summed up the state of current knowledge on climate change and is often used to support public policy positions on carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions.

According to Real Clear Politics, the emails and other data show scientists at the Hadley Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in Britain had cherry-picked data to create a "hockey stick" graph showing a dramatic, but illusory, runaway warming trend in the late 20th Century. In one email, a prominent global warming alarmist admits to using a statistical "trick" to "hide the decline" in temperatures.

These emails also revealed private admissions of doubt or scientific weakness in the global-warming theory, Real Clear Politics reports. In acknowledging that global temperatures have actually declined for the past decade, one scientist asks, "Where the heck is global warming? The fact is that we can't account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can't." In addition, the emails provide extensive evidence of scientists hijacking the peer-review process to enforce global-warming dogma and conspiring to evade legal requests for data under the Freedom of Information Act.

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), the ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, is pushing for a full-blown investigation and hearings. According to U.S. News & World Report, Inhofe has publicly said the emails should be a cautionary note as world leaders gather in Copenhagen for climate talks.
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