Let’s Not Call the Whole Thing Off

by Paul Chesser, Heartland Institute Correspondent on December 2, 2009

What does Senate Environment and Public Works chairwoman (I assume she doesn’t want to be called “chairman”) Barbara Boxer call Climategate?

“You call it ‘Climategate’; I call it ‘E-mail-theft-gate,'” she said during a committee meeting. “Whatever it is, the main issue is, Are we facing global warming or are we not? I’m looking at these e-mails, that, even though they were stolen, are now out in the public.”

Boxer showed her passion for law-and-order at today’s committee meeting.

Boxer said her committee may hold hearings into the matter as its top Republican, Sen. James Inhofe (Okla.), has asked for, but that a criminal probe would be part of any such hearings.

“We may well have a hearing on this, we may not. We may have a briefing for senators, we may not,” Boxer said. “Part of our looking at this will be looking at a criminal activity which could have well been coordinated.

“This is a crime,” Boxer said.

Considering that a lot of Climategate has to do with the muzzling of scientists that hold views contrary to alarmism, you might think the honorific-conscious senator would be concerned about the exclusion of their research from professional journals. After all, nearly four years ago she demanded an investigation into the Bush administration’s alleged silencing of NASA’s James Hansen:

In light of recent reports that the Bush Administration attempted to severely restrict NASA’s top climate scientist Dr. James E. Hansen from discussing his scientific findings on global warming, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today urged two Senate Committees to investigate the extent of the Administration’s efforts to censor scientists for political purposes.

Got that? TWO committees!! For ONE guy! Who lied about it!

Lawrie Ayres December 3, 2009 at 6:48 am

So far there has been no call for an investigation in Australia even though the new Opposition leader would be aware of “Climategate”. The government, naturally is in denial as is our public broadcaster. So far not one mention although several guests on news items have tried to get the message out. It seems the main players are going to tough it out at least til Copenhagen comes to it’s inevitable shuddering halt. On the upside; when you catch a kid with chocolate on his face and the cookie jar empty their first reaction is to deny any wrongdoing. I think it’s called the denial phase. Next comes the remorse as they see lucrative grants drying up followed shortly thereafter by retribution when the guilty parties are cut adrift so the parent agency doesn’t become too tainted. It will only reach a satisfactory conclusion if we keep up the pressure. One way is to convince all those scientists with contrary views to publish their findings. The problem is that grants only go to those who can “prove” AGW/CC.

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