Climate Change Consensus Continues to Unravel

In the face of the Climategate scandal and recent admissions by the IPCC (the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) that the reports it had published urging action to avert climate change were based on flawed data, Republican senator James Inhofe, ranking member of Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee is asking for an investigation. He wants the Obama administration to revisit the supposedly finished debate on anthropogenic climate change with regard to whether there was “research misconduct or criminal actions” carried out by the scientists involved in generating the reports relied upon the IPCC. Today the minority members of the committee have issued a statement of concern that these scientists have “violated fundamental ethical principles governing taxpayer-funded research and, in some cases, federal laws.”  (emphasis mine) They also want Al Gore called back to Congress to defend his movie and himself in this affair, and for the EPA to reconsider its recent “Endangerment Finding” (which would eventually lead to the agency regulating CO2 emissions) seeing as the finding was based on the particularly flawed fourth report from the IPCC.

Here’s a quote from their statement:

“Since the Climategate files were released, the IPCC has been forced to retract a number of specific conclusions — such as a prediction that Himalayan glaciers would disappear by 2035 — and has been forced to confirm that the report was based in large part on reports from environmental activist groups instead of peer-reviewed scientific literature. Dr. Murari Lal, an editor of the IPCC AR4 report, admitted to the London Daily Mail that he had known the 2035 date was false, but was included in the report anyway “purely to put political pressure on world leaders.”

The minority Senators cite four major issues revealed by Climategate:

1.The emails suggest some climate scientists were cooperating to obstruct the release of damaging information and counter-evidence.

2.They suggest scientists were manipulating the data to reach predetermined conclusions.

3.They show some climate scientists colluding to pressure journal editors not to publish work questioning the “consensus.”

4.They show that scientists involved in the report were assuming the role of climate activists attempting to influence public opinion while claiming scientific objectivity.”

Their statement also  includes a number of potential violations including:

1.It suggests scientific misconduct that may violate the Shelby Amendment — requiring open access to the results of government-funded research — and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) policies on scientific misconduct (which were announced December 12, 2000).

2.It notes the potential for violations of the Federal False Statements and False Claims Acts, which may have both civil and criminal penalties.

3.The report also notes the possibility of there having been an obstruction of Congress in congressional proceeds, which may constitute an obstruction of justice.

This report appeared on Pajamas Media and was linked to by the Drudge Report. I wonder if it will show up anywhere else? And will Inhofe’s request have even a ghost of a chance of being honored by the democratic majority? To say nothing of an adminstration that has already openly declared its intent to proceed on actions designed to “save” us from the effects of man-caused climate change whether it exists or not…

Here’s the article: Climategate and the Law

And here’s another story by the same writer, also on Pajamas Media: “Climategate: The World’s Biggest Story, Everywhere but Here.”  This one was particularly interesting in its tracing of the unfolding of the American media’s formulation of the way they would report this story — not as a failure of the scientific process and community, but as a couple of minor flaws — “mistakes were made” — but nothing significant and certainly nothing that affects the already-thoroughly-established credibility of and consensus regarding AGW “science”.

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6 Responses to “Climate Change Consensus Continues to Unravel”


  1. 1 Kitty Varnell February 24, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Karen, just a minor correction on today’s article – the senator’s name (Republican) is ‘Jim’ Inhofe, not ‘Daniel’ Inhofe. I know this because he is a senator from my state, Oklahoma!

    Re: you & your blog that I found ‘by accident’ (& we know nothing is ‘by accident’ in the believer’s life) – it is sooooo encouraging to know a BD believer (YOU) have this blog!! I’ve been studying the WOG for about 35 years (& ‘learning the mind of Christ’ & applying it, is an ongoing process) – first, from the Colonel when I lived in Richmond, Va. (my hometown), then from my pastor here in Tulsa (who died several years ago), & now from my current pastor (who became a believer under the Colonel’s ministry). I also enjoy the teaching of Rick Hughes (teen evangelist; when he ‘subs’ @ Berachah)! And now I learn of another BD pastor, Mr. McLaughlin (sp.?) in Somerset, MA. – too cool!

    Through the years I’ve learned that 3 of the most important gifts from the Lord (after salvation) are Grace, Truth, & Volition.

    Thank you, Karen, & keep plugging away!

    Shield up here,
    Mrs. Kitty Varnell – Tulsa, OK

    • 2 karenhancock February 24, 2010 at 12:12 pm

      Thanks so much for the correction, Kitty. It was right there in the first sentence of the article but somehow I translated James to Daniel. I’ve been doing stuff like that more and more of late. Old age, I guess. LOL. And it’s not that I’d never heard of him before, either, because I’ve been following his objections to this global warming stuff with great interest and satisfaction. I just got it locked in my mind that his name was Daniel. {shaking of the head} Ooh, maybe I got him confused with that senator from Hawaii… what was his name? Let me go look… yes! Daniel Inouye. Hmm. Sorry…

      Anyway, I’m so glad you found the blog, and thank you for your encouragement. Also for sharing your own journey in doctrine.

  2. 3 Gayle February 24, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Karen, thanks for doing the leg work on this subject. Every now and again one of my customers will talk about how we need to ‘save our planet’ from the evils of man. This has become my standard reply. ‘When y’all can keep the highways clean, I’ll listen. I live on a dirt road and have to pick up trash! As to the weather change, I’ll believe them when they can accurately predict the weather for next week.” We had snow and sleet yesterday. This is the gulf coast of Texas for Pete’s sake. This is an event for every twenty five years…not five times in two months! Yuk!!! Hope to see you at class as soon as my computer ills are healed. I may have a borrowed computer later today, but if not will just keep on keeping with the iPod. I am back to being a Taper! What comes around goes around.

    • 4 karenhancock February 24, 2010 at 9:27 pm

      Hey Gayle! Good to hear from you again. And to see you on Paltalk tonight. I love your answer. And that you’ve have snow and sleet five times in six months. I read on Drudge that the Midatlantic and northeast are in for another walloping… As much as I sympathize with people for all the trouble those storms can cause, it still makes me chuckle. God is nothing if not thorough.

  3. 5 Donna February 24, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Even though I am glad that at least people may be called to the table to explain themselves. I doubt Al Gore is going to ever admit he’s wrong. Also, it could just turn out to be yet another distraction. However, if it keeps the government from doing “anything” more for us – that may be a very good thing – lol!

    • 6 karenhancock February 25, 2010 at 9:04 am

      I think you’re right, Donna — both that Gore will never admit he’s wrong (nor most likely his legions of acolytes) and that if it distracts the government from doing stuff that would be a good – great! – thing.


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