Washington, D.C.– Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, Wis, ranking Republican on the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, urged President Obama to open an independent, bipartisan investigation and audit of controversial e-mails sent by climate researchers that illustrate a pattern of systemic suppression of dissenting opinion, manipulation and perhaps fabrication of scientific data and models.
In a letter to Obama, Sensenbrenner wrote that the controversy known as “Climategate” raises questions about reports from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Global Change Research Program since these studies relied in part on databases from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, where the controversial e-mails originated.
“Given how much is being asked of taxpayers to meet the scientific recommendations of climate researchers, it’s not too much to ask to have some assurance that this research isn’t tainted or biased,” Sensenbrenner said. “These e-mails represent scientific fascism rather than the scientific process. Proposed climate legislation threatens to cost millions of jobs, substantially raise energy costs and hit the wallets of nearly every American. Before any legislation or climate treaty, the concerns over ‘Climategate’ must be resolved.”
The letter said that bad actors in the e-mail chain could have limited the number of peer-reviewed studies used by the IPCC and could have manipulated the results of other studies that the IPCC did use.
“It is possible that they succeeded in undermining the entire IPCC process and in corrupting the entire U.S. regulatory and legislative response to climate change,” the letter to Obama said.
In a separate letter, Sensenbrenner asked National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrator Jane Lubchenco to initiate an investigation by NOAA’s inspector general into how much U.S. government funding was directed towards the CRU. Sensenbrenner also asked the investigation explore the level of interchangeability between data collected by NOAA, the CRU and the National Aeronautic and Space Administration.
Click here for the letter to President Obama.
Click here for the letter to Dr. Lubchenco.