Seven organizations representing hundreds of thousands of scientists are fighting a Texas Republican congressman’s effort to refute a federal agency’s report on climate change.
Representative Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, has subpoenaed scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), demanding they provide copies of internal emails related to their research. Smith claims the NOAA scientists have manipulated their findings in a paper published in the June issue of Science that said there has not been a pause in the increase in worldwide temperatures. He even alleged that researchers manipulated data to promote President Obama’s agenda on climate change, according to The Washington Post.
Smith, a climate change skeptic, has not only subpoenaed agency researchers, who have refused to comply, but has warned he will subpoena Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker,
who oversees the NOAA.
Pritzker and seven scientific organizations have not backed down in the face of Smith’s threats, going so far as to accuse the congressman of conducting “a partisan witch hunt” and “inquests.”
“The repercussions of the committee’s actions could go well beyond climate science, setting a precedent to question other topics such as genetically modified organisms and vaccines that have controversial regulatory and policy implications,” the groups wrote in a letter (pdf) to Smith.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the country’s oldest and largest general scientific society, was the lead signatory, followed by the American Chemical Society, American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society, American Statistical…