Washington, D.C. –U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., today raised questions about the use of federal funds on programs he said were designed to influence meteorologists to support alarmist global warming theories.
“Taxpayer money shouldn’t go to perpetuate the ongoing global warming hysteria characterized by Al Gore’s claim of a 20-foot sea level rise,” said Sensenbrenner, ranking Republican on the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. “This appears to be a transparent attempt by the government to prod meteorologists to walk the company line on global warming. Instead of a balanced presentation of climate science, these programs seem designed to spoon-feed global warming propaganda to weathercasters.”
In letters to the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Sensenbrenner asked how much federal funding went to programs that pushed a one-sided message to meteorologists on global warming. Sensenbrenner asked about NSF funding to the American Meteorological Society and also about Earth Gauge, a program operated by the National Environmental Education Foundation, which also receives federal grants.
In his letter to the NSF, Sensenbrenner notes that a recent survey showed that 50 percent of meteorologists question the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s conclusion that most warming since 1950 is “likely human induced.”
“This funding could be better spent on scientific research to find definitive answers rather than to convince meteorologist that the sky is falling,” Sensenbrenner wrote.
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