Luetkemeyer Calls For Congressional Investigation Into ‘Climategate’ Emails
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Four months after first raising concerns about the dubious science being used by a United Nations climate panel, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-9) today formally called for an investigation into recently revealed emails showing that scientists for the same UN group suppressed scientific evidence and manipulated data in order to silence opposing views. The findings of this panel, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), that are in question have been used to justify the passage of the national energy tax, otherwise known as cap-and-trade.
Luetkemeyer, whose pending legislation H.R. 3129 bars the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) from receiving $12.5 million in American taxpayer dollars, joined colleagues from the Oversight and Government Reform Committee in calling for an investigation into the content and implications of the “Climategate” emails obtained covertly from the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit in the United Kingdom.
The scientists exposed in the emails have for years been influential in driving the worldwide alarm over man-made global warming, including through the role they play providing key sets of data used by the IPCC to draw up its reports they claim prove man-made global warming. Luetkemeyer said it was now an appropriate time to call for an investigation in light of the seriousness and fiscal impact of the issue.
“The time to investigate is now because the Climategate emails seem to indicate that the same scientists who were sending data to the UN climate panel were suppressing scientific evidence and manipulating data that was used in part as justification for liberals who voted for the cap-and-trade legislation,” said Luetkemeyer, who has been attacked by liberal interest groups for his opposition to cap-and-trade. “Four months ago, I questioned the need for American taxpayers to finance the IPCC’s activities, and these emails appear to confirm my assessment that the IPCC is silencing skeptical scientists in order to justify the passage of a huge tax increase on American families and businesses at a time of high unemployment.”
Prior to the Climategate scandal, more than 700 international scientists already had signed on to the U.S. Senate Minority Report expressing their concerns about man-made claims on global warming prompted by the UN IPCC. Another report on climate change by the non-partisan Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change, signed by more than 31,000 scientists, debunked and rebuked the claims made the IPCC, and claims the UN group is an activist enterprise with an agenda to control the emissions of greenhouse gases focused solely on man-made global warming.
The more than 700 dissenting scientists are from all over the world, including Japan, Italy, UK, Czech Republic, Canada, Netherlands, the U.S. and are affiliated with institutions, including NASA, U.S. Navy, U.S. Defense Department, Energy Department, U.S. Air Force and EPA.
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