Hello, I'm Senator Jim Inhofe, the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. I want to give you a sneak-peek into a major new Senate report on my Committee's investigation into the scandal commonly known as Climategate.
What emerges from our review of the emails and documents, which span a 13-year period from 1996 through November 2009, is much more than, as EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson put it, scientists who "lack interpersonal skills." Rather, the emails show the world's leading climate scientists discussing, among other things:
* Obstructing the release of damaging data and information;
* Manipulating data to reach preconceived conclusions;
* threatening journal editors who published work questioning the climate science "consensus"; and
* Assuming activist roles to influence the political process.
The correspondence also reveals a fractured consensus on the state of climate science. Contrary to repeated assertions that the "science is settled," the emails show the world's leading climate scientists arguing over critical issues, questioning key methods and statistical techniques, and doubting whether there is "consensus" on the causes and the extent of climate change.
If you're interested in reading key passages of the report to be released this morning, click here.
As even some of the most ardent global warming alarmists now admit, the past few months have been bad news for their cause. I suspect climategate is only the beginning.
We knew they were cooking the science to support the flawed UN IPCC agenda. As I said on the Senate floor back in 2005 that "the IPCC has demonstrated an unreasoning resistance to accepting constructive critiques of its scientific and economic methods, even in the report itself...this is a recipe for de-legitimizing the entire endeavor in terms of providing credible information that is useful to policy makers."
And back in 2003 I said blaming global warming on CO2 and other man made gases is the ‘greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people." I was right.
Comment: At the heart of this whole global climate debate was US sovereignty. Our government officials, to include almost every elected and unelected official, and the two major parties, were willing to turn over our rights, our freedoms and liberties, to an international cabal that would regulate how we lived our lives and would tax every facet of our being, to include the breath we exhaled, and no one batted an eye, except for a hand full in Congress. This is truly alarming.
There is no doubt in my mind that this diabolical group was able to gain such a strong hold on the US because of the 17th Amendment. If our states were represented in the federal government as the founders intended there would have been more cries of alarm than just Senator Inhofe’s. However, because the 17th Amendment allows for the consolidation of great power into the hands of a very few individuals, special interests were able to manipulate them and thus bring this country closer to collapse than at any other time in our history.
The climategate affair only demonstrates the urgent need to repeal the 17th Amendment before this group of