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Climategate!

GlobalWarmingThe allegation that climate scientists sought to suppress research questioning some of their findings has sent shock waves around the world. Sort of. Well, that’s hyperbole, like the name “Climategate” is.

But in case you hadn’t heard of it already, hackers apparently accessed email exchanges among climate scientists at the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia in Britain. The emails reveal intense efforts among some scientists to shape public debate on global warming—that is, to make sure that evidence and arguments contrary to theirs didn’t see light.

Some folks think it’s not that big a deal, but it’s an interesting turn in the climate change policy debate.

A United Nations climate change summit is scheduled to start December 7th in Copenhagen. Leaders of 180 countries will be there, perhaps to hammer out an international program to deal with climate change.

All we can add to the excitement is a look at the bills proposed in Congress to deal with climate change. They are some of the most costly bills in the current Congress.

H.R. 2998 and H.R. 2454 are both called the “American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009.” And they both would cost the average U.S. family a little over $13,000 if they pass. We discussed where these costs come from in a blog post called “Costing Out Cap and Trade.”

Here are the current votes on H.R. 2998 and H.R. 2454. Click to vote, comment, learn more, or edit the wiki articles about the bills.

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