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Daily Mail report justified probe into climate study: GOP Chair
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the chairman of the House Science Committee, has hailed the controversial report in which a British newspaper claimed that U.S. climate scientists exaggerated data to “dupe” world leaders into accepting the Paris Climate Agreement.
The report published by the Daily Mail cited a former NOAA researcher outlining concerns that data used in a major 2015 climate change study was exaggerated. Dr. John Bates reportedly told the Daily Mail that the study’s lead author was rushed out so that it could have an impact on international climate negotiations.
The whistleblower NOAA researcher also claimed that the federal agency debunked the “hiatus” in global warming and broke its own rules that were designed to ensure scientific integrity.
Rep. Smith, a Republican from Texas, has repeatedly criticized NOAA conclusions on climate change said Dr. Bates’ statements justified the investigation he recently launched into the study.
Hailing the Daily Mail report, Rep. Smith said, “Dr. Bates’ revelations and NOAA’s obstruction certainly lend credence to what I’ve expected all along – that the Karl study used flawed data, was rushed to publication in an effort to support the president’s climate change agenda, and ignored NOAA’s own standards for scientific study.”
President Donald Trump and other Republicans have repeatedly refuted studies suggesting that manmade activities are responsible for global warming and climate change. During his election campaign last year, Trump called the notion of manmade global warming a “hoax” created by China to undermine America’s economy.