Al. Oh Aaaallll. You’re needed back in the Senate to answer some questions. Take a seat next to the window and bundle up. It’s about to get drafty.
Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) is calling for a Department of Justice investigation into Climategate, a boondoggle of international – not to mention interglacial – proportions. And Al Gore may be first up in the hot seat, pun intended.
“In [Gore's] science fiction movie, every assertion has been rebutted,” Inhofe said. He believes Vice President Gore should defend himself and his movie before Congress.
Global warming scientists have caught a chill as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) find themselves repeatedly apologizing for unproved theory after unproved theory. Inhofe is out for answers. Real ones. And a computer model won’t do.
Today, he released an EPW (Environmental and Public Works) report titled, “Consensus Exposed: The CRU Controversy,” which covers the emails released from the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (CRU), how they affect the scientific work of the IPCC, and how the IPCC’s flawed science impacts the EPA’s endangerment finding for greenhouse gases.
In other words, ethics were compromised, the science was flawed, and cows can enjoy their flatulence without guilt. Long live the earth and all it’s carbon-lovin’ creatures.
Of course, calling into question his global warming religion is ticking off Sen. Bernie Sanders, whom I often confuse with the KFC Colonel Sanders until I realize one guy makes great chicken, the other is just a socialist Democrat. Sanders today said he believes global warming is as real as Hitler, although global warming has yet to set up any concentration camps or gas chambers.
“It reminds me in some ways of the debate taking place in this country and around the world in the late 1930s,” said Sanders, perhaps the most liberal member of the Senate, during a Senate hearing Tuesday. “During that period of Nazism and fascism’s growth-a real danger to the United States and democratic countries around the world- there were people in this country and in the British parliament who said ‘don’t worry! Hitler’s not real! It’ll disappear!”
Did people call Hitler ‘it’? If so, I bet he didn’t like it.
In examining the Climategate controversy, the Minority staff found that scientists have been very bad boys and girls who:
– Obstructed release of damaging data and information;
– Manipulated data to reach preconceived conclusions;
– Colluded to pressure journal editors who published work questioning the climate science “consensus”; and
– Assumed activist roles to influence the political process.
Inhofe outlines seven Armageddonish predictions by the IPCC’s 2007 Fourth Assessment Report (AR4), all of which have now been verified as false. This AR4 report is important because it has been the basis for the EPA’s endangerment finding for greenhouse gases.
The report said that global warming would….
- Melt the Himalayan Glaciers by 2035.
- Destroy 40% of the Amazon rain forest
- Melt mountain ice in the Alpes, Andes and Africa.
Not so much.
- Drastically increase the cost of climate related disasters.
Actually, it won’t.
- Drive 20-30% of species to extinction.
- Slash crop production by 50% in Africa by 2020.
- Netherlands is 55% below sea level.
Sorry. It isn’t.
“This EPW Minority Report shows that the CRU controversy is about far more than just scientists who lack interpersonal skills, or a little email squabble,” said Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. “It’s about unethical and potentially illegal behavior by some the world’s leading climate scientists.
“The report also shows the world’s leading climate scientists acting like political scientists, with an agenda disconnected from the principles of good science. And it shows that there is no consensus-except that there are significant gaps in what scientists know about the climate system. It’s time for the Obama Administration to recognize this. Its endangerment finding for greenhouse gases rests on bad science. It should throw out that finding and abandon greenhouse gas regulation under the Clean Air Act-a policy that will mean fewer jobs, higher taxes and economic decline.”
Inhofe is trying to stop the EPA from enacting the Cap and Tax policies, policies that will kill our economy, policies the Obama Administration couldn’t get passed through Congress. So instead, they are enforcing them through that magical back door called the Clean Air Act. Under the EPA, greenhouse gas emissions will be regulated without the approval of Congress.
If the Obama Administration continues to push for this EPA regulation, with the flawed science now called into question, then we can be sure this has never been about the science. Only about the control.
Oh, and so Al Gore could become the world’s first enviro-Billionaire.