Climategate Meets the Law: Senator Inhofe to Ask for DOJ Investigation

Climategate Meets the Law: Senator Inhofe to Ask for DOJ Investigation.

Thanks to Pajamas Media for their exclusive story. I guess the whole “consensus” that Al Gore talked about is unraveling. You should follow the link and read the whole piece, but here are a few bullet points about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report (AR4).

The staff report describes four major issues revealed by the Climategate files and the subsequent revelations:

  1. The emails suggest some climate scientists were cooperating to obstruct the release of damaging information and counter-evidence.
  2. They suggest scientists were manipulating the data to reach predetermined conclusions.
  3. They show some climate scientists colluding to pressure journal editors not to publish work questioning the “consensus.”
  4. They show that scientists involved in the report were assuming the role of climate activists attempting to influence public opinion while claiming scientific objectivity.

The report notes a number of potential legal issues raised by their Climategate investigation:

  1. It suggests scientific misconduct that may violate the Shelby Amendment — requiring open access to the results of government-funded research — and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) policies on scientific misconduct (which were announced December 12, 2000).
  2. It notes the potential for violations of the Federal False Statements and False Claims Acts, which may have both civil and criminal penalties.
  3. The report also notes the possibility of there having been an obstruction of Congress in congressional proceeds, which may constitute an obstruction of justice.

Al Gore may be called to testify before Congress so he can defend himself and his award winning movie, which now is looking like another bad science fiction movie. If you have followed this site, you know I was never taken in by chicken littles who said the sky was falling and we were all going to die. History will not look upon these alarmists well.

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~ by thedark2 on February 23, 2010.

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