In the lead up to the US Congressional elections last year, the Republicans – lead by Darrell Issa – made a great deal of noise about investigating scientists:
What else can we expect next year if the GOP assumes leadership in the House? In addition to protecting the incandescent light bulb, we can expect hearings—lots of them. Specifically, expect annoyer-in-chief Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the would-be chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform, to launch numerous investigations and wield the power of subpoena liberally. He promised as much in a dossier released yesterday listing his planned investigations.
One of the big ones: He plans to investigate climate science and the so-called “ClimateGate” “scandal.”
What a difference a few months make.
Seems Issa has dropped the idea:
Last September, before Republicans had even won the House and posted Issa atop the chamber’s main oversight committee, the California GOPer drafted a list of issues he believed should be investigated, and climate science made the cut. Issa specifically referred to a desire to investigate the so-called “ClimateGate” scandal and the scientific evidence underpinning climate regulations at the Environmental Protection Agency.
However, someone from Issa’s office has said there will be no investigation:
“As has already been stated numerous times, the Oversight and Government Reform Committee has no plans to investigate ‘Climate-Gate,'” Issa spokesman Kurt Bardella told POLITICO yesterday. “There is a substantial difference between a reporter editorializing and something actually being a legitimate priority to this Committee.”
Says Issa’s office: “There weren’t any real plans to really investigate scientists! Someone must have taken Issa’s words out of context! Cross our hearts and hope to die!”
Yes, and Eurasia has always been at war with Oceania.
Honestly, I’m not surprised.
I never thought these investigations would get off the ground. There really wasn’t any intention to actually conduct an investigation. Several inquiries have already cleared the scientists of any wrong doing. Why waste the time of Congress and spend millions on an investigation that will turn up nothing new?
However it did allow the Republicans to appeal to the Tea Party/Conservative voter base that rejects the conclusions of climate science.
“Thanx for votes! KKthanksbai!”
The “Show Trial” that will never happen
Sceptics were salivating at the prospect of these investigations:
“Just you wait… you’ll see just how corrupt these scientists are!”
I’m sorry, but did the Republicans just renege on a promise?
For the pro-market/conservative politicians, climate scepticism is a useful tool to gather votes.
Let’s be honest, “sceptics” you’ve been had.
Did you really think they’d go after the scientists?
Would they really waste millions in tax payer dollars only to come the same conclusion as the UK inquiry into the stolen emails?
“Climate science is a matter of such global importance, that the highest standards of honesty, rigor and openness are needed in its conduct. On the specific allegations made against the behavior of CRU scientists, we find that their rigor and honesty as scientists are not in doubt…”
Actually the Republicans might not be that stupid…
They know they’ll need the scientists very shortly.
While the public remains oblivious, militaries and intelligence agencies around the world are already planning for climate-driven conflicts. Resource companies are circling the Arctic, knowing as the ice retreats new resources are up for grabs.
Those much maligned “scientists” will provide much needed intelligence that will inform military, diplomatic and economic strategies.
The “Great Game” will take place in the Arctic as countries rush to grab oil, metals, gas and a refuge to relocate populations should things turn really bad.