United Nations Climate Change Conference: Hacked Email Messages

Taken Question
Ian Kelly
Department Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 9, 2009

QUESTION: How does the issue of the hacked email messages on climate change affect the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen? Are we concerned? Is this an attempt to undermine the conference?

ANSWER: Nothing in those emails is cause to question the overwhelming scientific evidence that climate change is real and demands action.

In fact, more than 2,500 scientists from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – the world’s leading body for the assessment of climate change – have outlined the serious threat posed by climate change and the need for action.

Beyond the science, there are plenty of other environmental and economic reasons for us to move aggressively toward a clean energy economy. We want to ensure that America can compete and win when it comes to the race for clean energy jobs.

As the White House spokesman said today, the issue of the East Anglia emails should not slow the process on climate change “because the science is clear.”

PRN: 2009/1250