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The Climate Deniers Strike Again!
By Ernest Stewart

"I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it." ~~~ Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), who's taken $295,138 in bribes from oil and gas industry

Texas' national embarrassment, Rethuglican Lamar Smith, Chairman of the House of Representative's Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, went a little bonkers the other day abut a global warming study published in Science last June.

Lamar claimed, "whistleblowers reported the study was rushed, despite concerns and objections of a number of NOAA scientists, ignoring established and standard NOAA scientific processes and potentially violating NOAA's scientific integrity policies."

The NOAA study refutes the claim by the 1% polluters, that since 1998 the global temperature has stopped increasing. The study reports global surface temperatures are higher than reported by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and that the rate of warming for the first 15 years of the 21st century is on par with the rate during the last half of the 20th century. In fact, 14 years out of the last 15 have been the hottest years on record.

Ginger Pinholster, chief of communications for the American Association for Advancement of Science, told The Washington Post...
"This paper went through as rigorous a review as it could have received. Any suggestion that the review was 'rushed' is baseless and without merit.
"More troubling, it appears that NOAA employees raised concerns about the timing and readiness of the study's release through emails, including several communications just before its publication in April, May and June of 2015. The timing of its release raises concerns that it was expedited to fit the (Obama) administration's aggressive climate agenda,"
Smith writes.

Two months after the study's publication, the Obama administration finalized its Clean Power Plan. According to The Washington Post, Smith subpoenaed four NOAA officials for internal emails and documents related to the study.

According to Pinholster, the study, which was submitted in December 2014, was reviewed about 50% longer than usual studies, which are reviewed for around 109 days. Further, a senior editor of the journal was assigned for the study's review. The study was accepted for publication in May.

According to "The Hill," NOAA head Kathryn Sullivan, one of the subpoenaed, said:
"Let me assure you that I am not engaged in or associated with any 'politically correct agenda.

"I and the entire NOAA team take seriously the charge to provide the best environmental science and reliable data to the nation and the world...

"I have not and will not allow anyone to manipulate the science or coerce the scientists who work for me."
It took six years in office for Barry to use Global Warming as anything but a slogan and start to do anything about it. Next week in Paris, we'll see if he's finally on board, or if will it just be more rhetoric. Meanwhile, the House and the Senate Rethuglican committee chairmen control what might actually be done to end global warming. Instead, they continue to do their masters' bidding, to keep us destroying the planet so that they can make a buck. Capitalism at its finest! They'll kill us all, including themselves, for an extra buck; and smile while they do it!


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(c) 2015 Ernest Stewart a.k.a. Uncle Ernie is an unabashed radical, author, stand-up comic, DJ, actor, political pundit and for 13 years was the managing editor and publisher of Issues & Alibis magazine. Visit me on Facebook. Follow me on Twitter.

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