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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 8, 2009
6:17 PM

CONTACT: Union of Concerned Scientists

Elliott Negin
Media Director
202-331-5439
enegin@ucsusa.org

Explanation of Stolen Emails, Scientists Receive Death Threats

WASHINGTON - December 8 - The manufactured controversy over emails stolen from the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit has generated a lot more heat than light over the past two weeks.  Experts at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) have reviewed the emails in question and concluded that while they “do raise some valid concerns about scientific integrity, they do not indicate that climate data and research have been compromised.”

UCS’s backgrounder on the emails corrects misconceptions about what the emails say, including a straightforward explanation of how using a “trick” and the phrase “hide the decline” refer to valid scientific methods for dealing with past temperature data that have both been discussed openly in the scientific literature.

Regardless, opponents of climate legislation have been spreading misinformation about the emails and the scientists involved. Their vitriolic attacks have led to death threats against some of the climate scientists on the emails, the Guardian reported today.

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The Union of Concerned Scientists is the leading science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world. UCS combines independent scientific research and citizen action to develop innovative, practical solutions and to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices.


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