Washington, D.C.– U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., ranking Republican on the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, today joined several members of Congress to urge the Environmental Protection Agency to suspend work on several climate policy initiatives while an investigation into a series of questionable e-mails among climate scientists can be conducted.
E-mails from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia show a pattern of secrecy and manipulation among leading climate scientists, and Sensenbrenner and other members of Congress told EPA Administration Lisa Jackson that the concerns these correspondences raise must be investigated before any further climate policy proposals are enacted. The revelation of these e-mails has been termed “Climategate” by many.
“These e-mails betray the true thoughts and motives of many leading climate scientists,” Sensenbrenner said. “It shows a pattern that’s closer to scientific fascism than the scientific method.”
In the letter, the members of Congress ask that the EPA halt work on the endangerment finding rulemaking process that would enact greenhouse gas emissions regulations which will raises costs through nearly every sector of the economy. The letter also asks the EPA not to advance the light duty vehicle rule that would regulate automobile emissions, as well as the greenhouse gas tailoring rule, until the EPA can “demonstrate the science underlying these regulatory decisions has not been compromised.”
Rep. Darrell Issa, Calif, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee ranking Republican; Sen. John Barrasso, Wyo., Senate Environment and Public Works Oversight Subcommittee ranking Republican; and Sen. David Vitter, La., Senate Environment and Public Works Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee ranking Republican joined Sensenbrenner in signing the letter.