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“University of Arizona professor Malcolm Hughes, a nationally recognized climate change researcher, has received a letter from Senator James Inhofe requesting him to preserve e-mails regarding an ever increasing scandal becoming dubbed Climategate. Many e-mails which date back to the 1990’s indicate that leading climate change researchers have been manipulating or suppressing scientific data.

Senator Inhofe, a ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works committee, has ordered an investigation into the alleged suppression of the science behind global warming. “Please note that there are severe civil and criminal penalties, federal and state, for the destruction of certain materials,” Inhofe wrote Monday.

The investigation stems from a series of hundreds of e-mails that became public about two weeks ago after they were hacked from a computer server at the University of East Anglia in England. He sent similar letters to a host of other researchers, including Mann and Bradley, federal officials and other university officials around the country.” “Sen. Inhofe tells UA Professor not to delete ‘Climategate’ e-mails

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