The Commerce Department is launching an investigation of the Obama Administration’s handling of a climate change study.
Responding to a former department scientist’s assertion that a climate change study was rushed out by the Obama Administration with unverified information, the Commerce Department is holding a third-party investigation to determine why.
Washington Examiner reports:
“They will be holding a third-party investigation into the process related to this study,” said a senior GOP aide on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, which has begun its own probe into what it describes as agency “misconduct” involving the scientific process.
The committee’s chairman, Republican Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, said last month that the new “revelations raise additional questions as to whether the science at [Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration] is objective and free from political interference.”
[…] The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration briefly stated last month that it would be looking into statements made by one of its former employees, John Bates, who until last year was one of two officials in charge of vetting all NOAA data before publication. It said it “takes seriously any allegation that its internal processes have not been followed and will review the matter appropriately,” a spokesman said.
John Bates claims that a 2015 report which conflicted with previous scientific findings regarding global warming was published without his approval, and that the data contained in the report was “unverified.”
Bates’ claims indicate that the 2015 report was rushed out and that its data was published unverified. It would have been a good tool to use to support the Obama Administrations policies regarding restriction meant to curb climate change and played a key part in the 2015 Paris climate change talks.
Bates accused the study’s author, Thomas Karl, of exaggerating warming without adequate documentation.
Washington Examiner continues:
Bates said the lead author of the warming hiatus study, Thomas Karl, is guilty of “insisting on decisions and scientific choices that maximized warming and minimized documentation … in an effort to discredit the notion of a global warming pause, rushed so that he could time publication to influence national and international deliberations on climate policy.”
Misleading information rushed out for publishing without verification, breaking the administrations’ own rules, “proved” that the global warming pause is just a myth.
How unfortunate for them that they were caught.
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