Congress Investigates Federal Climate Study After Whistleblower Exposes Fake Science

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Congress is ramping up its investigation into a key climate study, now under further scrutiny after a federal whistleblower raised more questions about it this week. The scandal some are referring to as “Climategate Two” (you can learn about the first Climategate here) is quickly escalating after Dr. John Bates, a former top scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), exposed how an ex-colleague mishandled a report on global warming right before a major international climate conference in 2015.

House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith said during a Tuesday hearing that NOAA “has deceived the American people by falsifying data to justify a partisan agenda.” He will now push for all documents related to the climate study, materials he requested via subpoena in 2015 after Obama Administration officials refused to disclose them.

What Bates Revealed About a Famous Climate Study

The explosive allegations from Dr. Bates were detailed in the Daily Mail and on the scientific blog, Climate, Etc. on February 5. Bates accuses Tom Karl, former director of the NOAA office responsible for climate data, of manipulating temperature readings, failing to archive data, and ignoring agency protocols to rush publishing his study that debunked the well-known pause in global warming at the beginning of this century.

At the time, climate activists were in a panic because the premier scientific body in charge of climate science—the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)—admitted the rise in global temperatures had basically stalled from 1998 to 2012. This bombshell was included in the IPCC’s 2013 report, which would serve as the main primer leading up to the United Nations’ Climate Conference in Paris two years later.

World leaders were poised to obligate their countries (er, taxpayers) into paying hundreds of billions to ease climate change. The inconvenient truth that plenty of evidence showed the planet was not significantly warming would be hard to climatesplain away. To give the climate leaders a big assist, Karl worked with a team of scientists to prove the pause didn’t happen, and claim global temperatures were rising just as fast as they had been at the end of the twentieth century.

Karl specifically cites the IPCC report in the introduction of his paper published in Science in June 2015, a few months before the Paris conference. Under the headline, “Walking back talk of the end of warming,” the authors said, “Here, we present an updated global surface temperature analysis that reveals that global trends are higher than those reported by the IPCC. These results do not support the notion of a slowdown in the increase in global surface temperatures.”

The paper concludes that “the IPCCs statement is no longer valid.” In other words: settled.

The Climate Change Study Was Rigged

But Bates says the researchers “put a thumb on the scale” to reach their conclusions. He reveals other alarming details, like how the computer used to process the data suffered a complete failure. Chairman Smith responded immediately to Bates’s allegations, thanking him for “exposing the previous administration’s efforts to push their costly climate agenda at the expense of scientific integrity.”

Shortly after Bates’ expos√© was posted, climate skeptics and conservative outlets began reporting on it—including Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Times (my piece in NRO is here). And of course it wasn’t long before climate activists and their media propagandists seized on Bates, attacking his credibility and motives while insisting Karl’s report was indeed credible and backed up by other scientists.

True to form, the same media that helped promote Karl’s study before the Paris climate conference overlooked key parts of Bates’s account. Neither the Washington Post, New York Times, nor the Associated Press mentioned IPCC as the source for the global warming pause, the main reason for Karl’s rebuke. Nor did they mention Bates’ shocking claim that the computer used to process the data had crashed.

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    NOAA. Refusal to provide elected officials the details supporting their claims is anti science and cowardly . Mr Bates coming forward now is just the start of a flood of true scientists who were bullied into silence by the Obama administration hand picked to promote a fraud .

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    Steven Capozzola


    Let’s see Congress investigate and get the facts out in public. That’s all we “critics” ask–for full, fair discussion and investigation of the science involved. The American public deserves to hear both sides of the warming debate, including the inherent flaws of anthropogenic warming theory. PS: Amber, always good to see you posting here. Keep fighting the good fight.

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      Steven. I agree with your sentiment, but I disagree with your solution. The left has spent billions upon billions of taxpayer dollars to fund climate research with a single predetermined outcome. They would love nothing more than to “debate” every last esoteric detail of their voluminous and corrupt data for the next two centuries, thus enabling them to enact all kinds of political “solutions” because, “The planet just cant wait!”

      As both conservatives and/or stewards of true science we must not accept the underlying PREMISE of the man-made climate change agenda. Don’t get sucked into their game of debating the fine points of false narratives. Rather, we need to simply state something like, “I don’t accept the very premise that humans have a significant effect on our always changing climate and here’s why…”

      In broad terms we must describe how the tenants of their movement is ant-scientific and harming true science. We must point out that if this is a scientific crisis, why are all their “solutions” then leftist political/social/economic in nature? We must expose the corrupt climate elites, many of whom are former or current socialists (red-turned-green) with documented globalist power agendas. ETC…

      If engaged properly this movement will collapse of its own corrupt weight.

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    Bill Butler


    David Rose is still fabricating LIES in 2017

    On Feb. 4, 2017 the following article by David Rose was published on the Daily Mail website:

    Article source:

    According to David Rose:

    “A high-level whistleblower has told this newspaper that America’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) breached its own rules on scientific integrity when it published the sensational but flawed report”

    The “whistleblower” was identified as John Bates – a retired NOAA scientist.
    The report was a NOAA confirmation study that there was no “pause” in global warming.

    (The “no pause” in global warming was obvious two years ago:
    ‚ÄúGlobal warming ‘hiatus’ never happened‚Äù
    Stanford University )

    David Rose’s went on to say:

    ‚ÄúIt’s not the first time we’ve exposed dodgy climate data, which is why we’ve dubbed it: Climate Gate 2‚Äù

    In reality, John Bates made no such claim. This is what John Bates really said:
    “no data tampering, no data changing, nothing malicious.”
    ‚ÄúIt’s not trumped up data in any way shape or form.‚Äù
    “Major global warming study again questioned, again defended”

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