Fact: Global warming IS happening; the science and data is clear and comes from many diverse sources around the world. The overwhelming majority of scientists agree that the world is warming up because of human activity and that the best way to stop it is to stop pumping so much greenhouse gas into the atmosphere.

Fact: "Climategate" is a big truckload of crap; anyone who thinks a few hacked e-mails affect in any way the underlying science of climate change is either woefully misinformed or calculatingly conniving. The connivers, mostly professionals funded by the energy industry, are using a few out-of-context e-mails to get the ignorant rabble aroused and enraged. It's an old trick, as David Roberts at Grist put it:

"The Manufactured Doubt industry has been around for decades, working to thwart regulatory constraints on large corporations that make dangerous products. Not only are all the same techniques being used in the same way on climate change, in many cases they’re being used by the same people and institutions that fought against tobacco, CFC, asbestos and auto safety regulations."

If you buy into the idea that "Climategate" disproves the reality of global warming, you're either getting paid, (because you're a professional fearmonger) played, (because you don't know what you are talking about) or both (because you're Sarah Palin).

To the legion of deniers that are sure to swarm this post, can you do me the favor of first prefacing your remarks by letting us know if you're paid or played. Thanks.

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Shea Gunther is a podcaster, writer, and entrepreneur living in Portland, Maine. He hosts the popular podcast "Marijuana Today Daily" and was a founder of Renewable Choice Energy, the country's leading provider of wind credits and Green Options. He plays a lot of ultimate frisbee and loves bad jokes.

Buy into 'Climategate'? You're either paid or played
A few hacked e-mails does not overturn the mountain of science behind global warming, and if you think otherwise you're either coldly disingenuous or informatio