Whistleblowers Claim NOAA Rushed Contentious ‘Pause’ Buster Study Despite Reservations

(h/t climatedepot and thegwpfcom) House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) opened another front in his war with federal climate researchers on Wednesday, saying a groundbreaking global warming study was “rushed to publication” over the objections of numerous scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

noaapennyIn a second letter in less than a week to Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, Smith urged her to pressure NOAA to comply with his subpoena for internal communications. Smith says whistleblowers have come forward with new information on the climate study’s path to publication in June. The study refuted claims that global warming had “paused” or slowed over the past decade, undercutting a popular argument used by those who refute the scientific consensus that man-made pollution is behind global warming.

The research, considered a bombshell in the climate change debate, set off alarms among skeptics. Smith, a prominent congressional skeptic, claimed that scientists manipulated data to advance President Obama’s agenda and timed the study’s release to coincide the the administration’s new limits on emissions from coal plants.

He is seeking NOAA’s internal communications and e-mails among its researchers, and in October subpoenaed Administrator Kathryn Sullivan for the documents. But she has refused to turn them over, saying that deliberative communications between scientists should be protected.

Smith told Pritzker that the whistleblowers’ allegations make it more crucial that he be provided with the scientists’ internal e-mails and communications. If NOAA does not produce the e-mails he is seeking by Friday, the chairman said, “I will be forced to consider use of compulsory process,” a threat to subpoena the commerce secretary herself.

Whistleblowers have told the committee, according to Smith’s letter, that Thomas Karl — the director of NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, which led the study — “rushed” to publish the climate study “before all appropriate reviews of the underlying science and new methodologies” used in the climate data sets were conducted.

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    GR82DRV

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    NOAA has already established that they are only responsible to the Obama White House for their actions and reporting. Screw the taxpayers. Screw Congress. Screw investigators.

    Another politically motivated and unaccountable bureaucracy flipping the bird at the American public.

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      JayPee

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      It’s not just the NOAA, it’s also the blatantly criminal IRS and EPA and the Lord of the Universe O’Bama shields them very unlawfully and unconstitutionally.
      When will this obvious lawlessness stop ?
      When will he be stood up to and denounced for his criminality ?
      Is it because he’s black that no one has the guts ?
      Time to talk about BLACK PRIVILEGE and what it has cost this country and ALL Americans.

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