Climategate email reveals plan to stage Copenhagen media coverage

Mario Andrade

A leaked CRU email includes an attached invitation from a non-government organization, that mentions the staging of the Copenhagen media coverage. The email also invites members of the University of East Anglia’s Climactic Research Unit to attend a public relations course to answer questions from the media. The ‘seminar’ would include preparing answers for pre-written questions.

The email admits that only a minority of Americans believe that global warming is man-made. As a result, they would use the Copenhagen media event as an opportunity to persuade the public.

The following is an excerpt from the email:

“We are writing to encourage hundreds of you to participate in a unique opportunity to improve the public’s climate knowledge during the week before and the week of this year’s AGU Fall Meeting.

As you know, the Copenhagen negotiations (Dec. 7-18) are attracting hundreds of journalists and will result in a proliferation of media articles about climate change. Recently, the American public’s “belief” in climate change has waned (36% think humans are warming the earth according to the Pew Center’s October poll), and December’s media blitz provides an opportunity to reverse the trend.

Your participation is needed to ensure that climate science coverage across media channels is accurate, fact-based, and nuanced. Provided that enough AGU members sign up to participate, we will be offering the opportunity for journalists reporting during the Copenhagen conference to submit their questions on-line and receive a response from a climate expert before an article goes to press.

We are asking each of you to sign up for two hours over the course of those two weeks (12/7-18) to respond to questions from journalists. You will be able to choose which queries to answer based on your expertise, and there will be an option to double-team when questions span multiple areas of expertise. We will be setting up the appropriate logistics to enable both virtual participation and a central work area at the AGU meeting. If you have any questions, feel free to email XXXX XXXX at the email address below.

If you are willing to participate, please respond in the affirmative by Friday November 13th to [6] Given the magnitude of the media coverage, we are seeking several hundred willing climate scientists. More details will be forthcoming.”

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