In a rebuke to the #1 enemy of science, Congressman Lamar Smith of Texas, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has refused to comply with his attempt “to subpoena internal communications relating to a recent climate-change study by its scientists,” according to reports by Nature.
Nature further reports that:
In response to queries from Nature, Smith released a statement accusing NOAA of rigging its temperature records and stonewalling the House committee.
“NOAA needs to come clean about why they altered the data to get the results they needed to advance this administration’s extreme climate change agenda,” Smith said.
The truth is obvious: Lamar Smith is so deeply in denial of climate science, and so committed to protect the billionaires behind the fossil-fuel industry, that he’ll do anything to attack the science, including attacking the scientists.
All the data are already publically available, the research was published in a peer-reviewed journal, all the methods applied and results obtained are plain to see, but that’s not good enough for Lamar Smith — he also wants all the e-mails sent by all the scientists so he can go digging for anything that he can take out of context in order to smear them.
Some have accused Lamar Smith of going on a “fishing expedition” or even a “trawling expedition.” In my opinion, that’s not an accurate characterization, because Lamar Smith is on a witch-hunt, plain and simple.
Michael Tobis tweets about how, in Lamar Smith’s view, NOAA chose to “advance an extreme agenda” — like this:
We could also add a comparison of the result with the new corrections to the result with the old corrections:
We should also mention that what Lamar Smith really objects to is that research by Karl et al. disproved the “pause” that climate deniers loved so much. Lamar Smith wants to revive that zombie, so he can use it to push his anti-science agenda. But the zombie “pause” was already dead, even without the research of Karl et al. I showed it in my own research, using data without the sea-surface temperature revision, so did Cahill et al., in fact it’s now been shown in no fewer than five scientific publications, including the NOAA research that Lamar Smith hates so much, he’ll resort to the nastiest, costliest, and most vicious tactics to destroy.
That’s what Lamar Smith does. He’s the #1 enemy of science.