Browner downplays hacked emails

White House climate czar Carol Browner today rejected the idea that emails among climate scientists hacked from a prominent British research center have dented the case that human-induced global warming is occurring.

Global warming skeptics, including Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), have pounced on emails lifted from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, alleging the correspondence reveals efforts to bury findings to the contrary.

But Browner, in a briefing with reporters today, had this to say when asked about the messages:

"Well, first of all, we've all seen bits and pieces, we haven't seen the full e-mails. But I think more importantly there has been for a very long time a very small group of people who continue to say this isn't a real problem, that we don't need to do anything. On the other hand, we have 2,500 of the world's foremost scientists who are in absolute agreement that this is a real problem and that we need to do something and we need to do something as soon as possible," Browner said.