It seems that a week doesn’t pass without some new revelation of fraud, shoddy scholarship or doctored data at the the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). They got things wrong about the Himalayan glaciers, the Amazonian rain forest, hurricanes and rising sea levels.
And yet politicians wanted to rely on the panel’s findings to create vast new bureaucracies, controlling our energy consumption and regulating our lives. No wonder one politician (one of those once-derided skeptics) thinks an investigation is warranted:
Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) today asked the Obama administration to investigate what he called “the greatest scientific scandal of our generation” — the actions of climate scientists revealed by the Climategate Files, and the subsequent admissions by the editors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report (AR4).
Senator Inhofe also called for former Vice President Al Gore to be called back to the Senate to testify.
“In [Gore’s] science fiction movie, every assertion has been rebutted,” Inhofe said. He believes Vice President Gore should defend himself and his movie before Congress.
That movie, An Inconvenient Truth, which won an Oscar for Best Documentary, might better be called An Overhyped Fraud.
Inhofe wants “the Department of Justice to investigate whether there has been research misconduct or criminal actions by the scientists involved”. Those scientists do seem to have done everything in the power to forge a consensus for their conclusions. But, they inconveniently hid their date and conveniently suppressed peer-reviewed work that conflicted with their conclusions. As one blogger put it, “When you so obviously stack the deck in your favor, it is no wonder you get a consensus.”