Congress is finally investigating some of the global warming claims made by the Obama Administration, particularly a study that refuted the 15-plus-years pause in warming that other studies have reported.
But the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is refusing to fully comply with a subpoena issued by the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, chaired by Rep. Lamar Smith.
Smith issued the subpoenas two weeks ago for emails and records from U.S. scientists who participated in the recent study, which found there has not been a pause or even slowing of global warming over the past decade. The study was published in June in the journal Science.
The committee’s leading Democrat, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, released a letter Friday accusing Smith of leading a “fishing expedition” to discredit the NOAA study.
“It is a disturbing trend for the legitimacy of this committee,” Johnson wrote, saying Smith had not expressed any legitimate need for information beyond the supporting documentation the NOAA had already provided.
Smith countered, “This scandal-ridden Administration’s lack of openness is the real problem. Congress cannot do its job when agencies openly defy Congress and refuse to turn over information. When an agency decides to alter the way it has analyzed historical temperature data for the past few decades, it’s crucial to understand on what basis those decisions were made.”
Any investigation of what has passed for global warming science is obviously fraught with political questions, so claims about one side or the other “politicizing” the science at this point are irrelevant, simply because the science is being used to justify extreme political maneuvers that could threaten to crash national economies and impoverish generations of human beings.
What must be ascertained is whether the claimed threat to the planet is even real, if there is anything that could be done about it, and whether anything should be done about it.
So far, the global warming claims are less than impressive on their face.
In summary, the whole global warming debate (that the Left refuses to have) amounts to claims that humans must be reduced to a “sustainable” lifestyle that developed countries left behind centuries ago, in order to prevent a predicted couple of degrees global temperature increase.
None of the threatened disasters, from polar bear decline, global melting of ice and “extreme” weather to huge rises in sea levels, have happened or really show any signs of happening.
Alternative, and in some cases previously accepted, explanations of changes in weather and climate — such as solar cycles — are virtually ignored by the global warmista crowd. Models used to predict climate change are still notably flawed and have been shown to be inaccurate. The historical record of temperatures is wildly inconsistent in its accuracy, and even modern ground temperature stations are often improperly established or read.
The public discovery that some of the most prominent global warming researchers were collaborating to “fudge” data several years ago has also led to reasonable doubt among people of normal intelligence.
Science should be a transparent endeavor. That is the only way of ultimately ensuring correct results. Science is not a religion. It should not have legally protected secret methods or private communications among collaborators when there are legitimate questions about how a certain result was achieved and when there are billions, perhaps trillions, of dollars riding on those results and how they support future policies.
That transparency is doubly important when the science was conducted in the first place by publicly funded scientists and research institutes.
It’s too late for claims of politicization. It’s time for the high priests of global warming to pull back the curtain and let the public see into the sanctuary.