He says he’s not a climate denier, just a “semi-skeptic.” I say he’s not a skeptic at all, just a denier.
The Texas Observer reports that Lamar Smith is convinced scientists at NOAA are
… using cooked stats to overstate the effects of climate change, which Smith believes is itself part of President Barack Obama’s “agenda.”
The paper also reports,
Asked why he would subpoena NOAA’s internal emails when their research data is already publicly available, Smith said it’s the only way to sniff out what he says is “biased” data.
Lamar Smith is chair of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. But, apparently he thinks he’s a scientist:
“I think the human component may actually be a small fraction of the contributing forces on climate change,” Smith said, listing other causes like “natural cycles” and changes in the tilt of the Earth’s axis over time.
How reassuring that Lamar Smith feels so qualified to lecture us on what the science really is.
Perhaps the most telling statement in the article is this:
Smith’s goal? To ferret out out how — not whether — politically motivated government scientists are using what Smith believes are “skewed” numbers.
My opinion: Lamar Smith doesn’t like the temperature data because it shows rapid warming of the globe. So he decides that not only are the data wrong, they’re wrong because scientists are perpetrating a fraud, and it’s part of some “agenda” by President Obama. But he doesn’t have any evidence of that, so he issues a subpoena hoping he can either find some, or just discredit the scientists by the simple act of accusation.
What’s the definition of “witch-hunt”?