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Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Science, Space, and Technology Committee, sent a letter to Dr. Jagadish Shukla, a professor of climate dynamics at George Mason University who founded the non-profit Institute of Global Environment and Society (IGES), notifying him IGES may be investigated for its support of suppressing the work of skeptical climate researchers. Shukla is the lead author of a letter posted on IGES’s website signed by 20 climate scientists sent in September to President Barack Obama encouraging the Obama administration’s Justice Department to open Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) investigations into the work of individuals, organizations, and companies opposed to Obama’s actions on climate change.
Smith’s letter notes, “IGES appears to be almost fully funded by taxpayer money while simultaneously participating in partisan political activity by requesting a RICO investigation of companies and organizations that disagree with the Obama administration on climate change. In fact, IGES has reportedly received $63 million from taxpayers since 2001, comprising over 98 percent of its total revenue during that time.”
Because IGES removed the letter from its website and may be investigated, Smith directs IGES to preserve “all e-mail, electronic documents, and data created since January 1, 2009, that can be reasonably anticipated to be subject to a request for production by the Committee.”
The old saying, “what’s good for the goose, is good for the gander,” comes to mind.
And in the Senate, climate shyster’s took a beating recently.
At a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts hearing titled “Opportunity Denied: How Overregulation Harms Minorities,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who chaired the hearing, said overregulation robs minority Americans of opportunity. He blamed stagnant household income and slow job growth since the 2008 crash, in part, on overregulation and an “invasive and bloated government.” After noting the number of federal regulations increased dramatically in the past half-century, from 20,000 pages in the Federal Register to 175,000, Cruz remarked, “They seemingly regulate everything under the sun.”
Aaron Mair, president of the Sierra Club, testified the science linking human actions to dangerous global warming “is settled, … it’s not up for scientific debate.” In an exchange for which Mair clearly seemed unprepared, Cruz asked why, if humans are warming the planet, satellite date showed no planetary warming in the past 18 years. Mair seemed unfamiliar with that fact. When pressed by Cruz to say whether he would retract his statement about the science being settled if data proving the warming pause were provided to him, Mair remained silent. Cruz said, “You know, Mr. Mair, I find it striking that for a policy organization that purports to focus exclusively on environmental issues, that you are not willing to tell this committee that you would issue a retraction if your testimony is objectively false under scientific data.
“That undermines the credibility of any organization,” said Cruz. The Houston Chronicle put it best: Ted Cruz 1, Sierra Club 0.