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Unformatted text preview: c levels of carbon dioxide, which coincided with the world’s growing
use of fossil fuels.For better and worse, our graph became an icon of climate change because it was relatively easy to understand. That made
it a threat to opponents of dealing with global warming, who invested significant time and resources attacking our research. At first, my
colleagues and I responded as we would to any scientific question. We evaluated the claims about our data and methods and responded in the
scientific literature. But instead of questioning our claims in good faith, our critics approached the hockey stick like a politician
approaches a piece of legislation he or she doesn’t like. Their goal was to dismantle our findings, regardless of the facts. By 2005,
U.S. Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), one of the biggest recipients of fossil fuel funding in the House of Representatives, sent my colleagues and me
letters demanding that we open our professional and personal lives to an investigation from his committee.These attacks obscure the bigger
picture. Climate science is like a...
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