Three GOP-backed subpoenas sent to climate researchers are sufficient to prove once more that the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Committee could be just a national punch-line if it weren’t for the latest power abuse directed at climate change evidence and empiricism. To be more precise, at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
In June, one of the most recent NOAA studies was published in the peer-reviewed journal Science. Temperature records and a complex methodology, all available online have pushed forth the idea that man-made climate change and global warming have been continuing apace during the early beginning of this century.
However, without generalizing, the popular idea held close to the heart of the right is that climate change has at least paused in the past decade and a half if it ever happened at all. NOAA scientists had the audacity to once more refute this idea.
In a power abuse of his largely attributed subpoena powers, Lamar Smith, Republican Representative leading the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Committee, has subpoenaed NOAA over the said study.
Three GOP-backed subpoenas sent to climate researchers with NOAA requested that data be handed over in a nice pack with internal communication that led to the appearance of the study.
Thomas Karl, head of NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information and author on the study is among the targets of the simply malicious venture conducted by Representative Lamar Smith. For each of the subpoenas, NOAA has replied with a wealth of data. Publicly available data that is, which the House scientific committee may not have bothered to look up before. The staff of the House scientific committee has also been briefed as the research was ongoing.
As for the request to hand over internal communications, NOAA stated:
“Because the confidentiality of these communications among scientists is essential to frank discourse among scientists, those documents were not provided to the Committee. It’s a long standing practice in the scientific community to protect the confidentiality of deliberative scientific discussions.”
There are no allegations that the data could be wrong. There are no allegations that the results could have been manipulated. There’s simply the need to move forward with punch-line worthy actions stemming from climate change denial inertia from the Republican Representatives.
When leader of the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Committee, Lamar Smith wanted to know how the study came together, a long session on methodology followed. The methodology and the data the study is based on is publicly available.
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