The office of Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), the ranking Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, just issued a press release announcing the launch of an investigation into “Climategate,” the quasi-scandal involving the release of more than a thousand hacked emails that reveal agenda-driven behavior on the part of climate scientists. To no one’s surprise, Inhofe takes the issue to its hyperbolic extreme, writing, “[I]t appears that the basis of federal programs, pending EPA rulemakings, and cap-and-trade legislation was contrived and fabricated.”
The full text of the release is after the jump.
Inhofe Begins Hadley Center “Climategate” Investigation
Warns Participants to Retain Documents
Washington, D.C.-Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today sent letters to several scientists, some of whom allegedly manipulated data to prove the scientific “consensus” of global warming, as well as to the inspectors general of several federal agencies, notifying them to retain documents related to the release of emails from the Hadley Center’s Climate Research Unit.
“The stakes in this controversy are significant, as it appears that the basis of federal programs, pending EPA rulemakings, and cap-and-trade legislation was contrived and fabricated,” Sen. Inhofe said. “Moreover, it appears that, in an attempt to conceal the manipulation of climate data, information disclosure laws may have been violated.
“I certainly don’t condone the manner in which these emails were released; however, now that they are in the public domain, lawmakers have an obligation to determine the extent to which the so-called ‘consensus’ of global warming, formed with billions of taxpayer dollars, was contrived in the biased minds of the world’s leading climate scientists.”
The letters are the first step in the investigation of the Hadley Center climate scandal. Last week, emails released by a computer hacker revealed that several leading climate scientists allegedly manipulated climate data and research used by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). These scientists also appear to have refused outside access to their raw data, obstructed freedom of information requests, and plotted ways to prevent the publication of papers in peer-reviewed journals by scientists who question global warming alarmism.