Inhofe Wants Answers
POSTED: Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 11:29pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 12:06pm
Senator wants climate e-mails investigated...
In the debate over global warming, there has been no more determined skeptic than Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma.
And the latest brouhaha over hacked e-mails has spurred him to action again.
Inhofe has had his victories and his embarrassments in the global warming fight.
But now, he has some private correspondence in his arsenal.
The hacked emails from the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia certainly raise their share of doubts.
“That they’re cooking the science,” Inhofe says. “That the IPCC, which is the United Nations which started this whole thing, that they will only listen to people who are married to the idea of the anthropogenic gases.”
Ignoring any disparaging remarks made about climate skeptics, which one might understand, there are references to data that doesn’t add up, information to be omitted from reports and the like.
"They excluded information that was given to them by scientists like Mcyntire and Mckittrick who were actually on the IPCC at one time.” declares Inhofe. “They quit because their views were not expressed in the IPCC reports”.
Defenders say, the e-mails have been cherry-picked and quoted out of context, but even supporters of the concept are asking for explanations.
“And it is pretty well understood that global warming is anthropogenic or man-made and there are people out there…hold outs out there, says
Howard Gould of the Clean Econ Network. “ You know it’s kind of ironic that they come out with this now, just before the Copenhagen meetings next month.”
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown declared, “We cannot compromise with the earth. We cannot compromise with the catastrophe of unchecked climate change, so we must compromise with each other.”
Senator Inhofe claims it throws all the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change into question…and he wants an investigation saying, “That’s what I call manipulation.”
The IPCC consists of over 2500 international scientific reviewers and 1250 authors involved in these reports since 1988.
But the East Anglia e-mails have generated a cloud over some of the work and Inhofe wants them explained.