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An Open Letter to Congress from U.S. Scientists on Climate Change and Recently Stolen Emails

by Archer, D., W. Clark, P. Fumhoff, I. Fung, N. Lane, P. Matson, .J. McCarthy, M. MacCracken, J. Melillo, E. Miles, M. Molina, E. Mosley-Thompson, G. North, M. Oppenheimer, J. Overpeck, R. Prinn, A. Robock, B. Santer, W. Schlesinger, D. Schrag, D. Shindell, R. Somerville, W. Washington, D. Wuebbles and C. Wunsch
Letter to Congress, 4-Dec, 2009

(MIT News Story)


Leading U.S. scientists with substantial expertise on climate change and its impacts on natural ecosystems, our built environment and human well-being, assure policy makers and the public of the integrity of the underlying scientific research and the need for urgent action to reduce heat-trapping emissions. In recent weeks, opponents of taking action on climate change have misrepresented both the content and the significance of stolen emails to obscure public understanding of climate science and the scientific process.

In this open letter to Congress, the scientists seek to set the record straight: The body of evidence that human activity is the dominant cause of global warming is overwhelming. The content of the stolen emails has no impact whatsoever on our overall understanding that human activity is driving dangerous levels of global warming. The scientific process depends on open access to methodology, data, and a rigorous peer-review process. The robust exchange of ideas in the peer-reviewed literature regarding climate science is evidence of the high degree of integrity in this process.

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