Friday, February 25, 2011
GOP “climategate” investigation backfires
by Larry Geller
Raw Story reports this morning that the GOP’s investigation into so-called “climategate”—that is, to expose supposed misuse of climate data by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration—found no evidence that any such manipulation occurred. In other words, there was no “climategate” at all.
The investigation was conducted by the inspector general of the Commerce Department. It reviewed the 1,073 leaked messages, particularly the 289 that were exchanged with NOAA scientists, and interviewed NOAA chief Jane Lubchenco and her staff about them.
"We did not find any evidence that NOAA inappropriately manipulated data," the inspector general concluded in a recent report. It also cleared Lucbhenco for testifying before Congress that the e-mails did not weaken the science of climate change.
[Raw Story, GOP inquiry finds no evidence that ‘climategate’ scientists misused data, 2/25/2011]
As the article points out, this is only the latest investigation that clears scientists of any wrongdoing.
But don’t expect GOP congresscritters to abandon their belief systems any time soon. Climate change denial has been very useful to them both in creating a base of support among Republican voters and, of course, in attracting massive campaign contributions.
I expect this to be headlined on Fox News anytime now. Anytime now............Anytime now............Anytime now............Anytime now............Anytime now............Anytime now............