US Senator James Inhofe, Republican of Oklahoma, has asked the Obama administration to investigate so-called ‘climate scientists’ over what Inhofe is calling “the greatest scientific scandal of our generation” which is also known as ‘global warming’.
Inhofe, who has been a staunch critic of the ‘warming’ theory, has been a beacon for truth in a world of deception and nonsense. And good luck to him in prodding the Obama administration to investigate. That certainly is not going to happen and we will have to wait for a Republican Senate and a conservative’s return to the White House in 2012 to have the potential for any action at all.
Inhofe also is calling for Al Gore to be called back to testify before the Senate to explain all the discrepancies between the established facts and the assertions that Gore made in his 2007 testimony to the Senate and in his film, An Inconvenient Truth.
Hooray for Inhofe. He easily is the most sensible leader in the United States Senate today for standing firm on his principles, and who now is being proven correct in the wake of several series of revelations about the fraudulence of the so-called “settled science” of ‘climate change’.
Inhofe recently released a minority staff report from the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, of which he is ranking member, requesting an investigation by the Department of Justice about whether there has been research misconduct or criminal actions by ‘climate change’ advocates like Dr. Michael Mann of Pennsylvania State University and Dr. James Hansen of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
The report alleges that many scientists may have violated fundamental ethical principles and even federal laws regarding research that has received taxpayer funds. This type of allegation is unprecedented in the history of the Senate. Inhofe also believes that e-mails hacked last Autumn from the computers of English climate scientists, along with other damning documents, prove that the alleged ‘consensus’ that man is causing so-called ‘global warming’ is not based in scientific fact.
Inhofe also is charging that re-examination of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2007 AR4 report has forced IPCC to retract some of AR4’s conclusions, including the prediction that Himalayan glaciers would disappear by 2035. This prediction was not even peer-reviewed science, but instead was the product of environmental activists. One of the editors of AR4 has admitted that he knew that the Himalaya data was false.
This is all absolutely stunning in light of the fact that governments worldwide had planned to proceed with major economy-changing legislation based on the false science. Thus Inhofe plans to ask the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider its finding that carbon dioxide is a pollutant under the Federal Clean Air Act and plans to ask Congress to withdraw funding for further EPA action in this regard.
Inhofe’s report describes some important issues revealed by the hacked e-mails including the fact that some climate scientists were cooperating to obstruct the release of evidence countering the ‘warming’ theory; were manipulating data to reach desired conclusions; were acting to pressure scientific editors to squash research opposing the ‘warming’ dogma; and were acting more as climate activists than objective scientists.
The report also suggests that the Shelby Amendment, which requires public access to the results of taxpayer-funded research, may have been violated; notes the potential that the Federal False Statements and False Claims Acts may have been violated, which can bring both civil and criminal penalties; and includes the possibility for charges of obstruction of Congress and obstruction of justice.
If proven, these charges could subject the scientists involved to criminal penalties and to bans on receiving any further federal research dollars.
As a result of questions raised in the e-mail controversy, Dr. Phil Jones of the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit in the UK has been forced out of his post, while Mann is currently being investigated by Penn State for potential misconduct. If other are threatened with criminal charges, Inhofe believes that some researchers may join his inquiry in order to save themselves. Senator Inhofe believes that Hansen and Mann should be fired.
Of course, we can expect the Senate’s Democrat majority to block Inhofe.
Still Inhofe’s report is part of a big step forward in uncovering not only the junk science behind ‘global warming’, but the criminal nature of the participants. Senator Inhofe is certainly opening up a big can of worms that will lead to major questions about the nature of scientific inquiry today. Thousands of careers and reputations certainly are at stake, as they should be.
But this is the type of fraudulence that we get when the drug-addled and self-deceiving 1960s generation grows up and gets into positions of power and leadership. The 1960s were a false myth about a better world, and indeed we have seen in this climate scandal that liberals from that era will say anything to fit a template that simply does not add up, just as they did 40 years ago.
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