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> When there is a broad consensus across the scientific community about climate change, does it even matter at this point if the data has been changed?

There's more to climate science than the yes/no of whether climate change is a thing. We don't just need to know it's happening--we want to know details of how to model it, what different inputs have what affects, what the feedback loops are and how strong they are, how they and other effects interact...

> The U.S isn't the only country that collects this data. So even if changed, it doesn't matter.

Many countries collect data, but presumably the sets of data collected differ, and more data is better. Losing a large subset of our climate data would hurt advances in climate modeling.

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