The willful ignorance of the Republican controlled House has reached a level where scientists have now gone public pushing back. Here’s the story.
Leading scientists have accused a Republican-led committee of subjecting climate researchers to politically motivated “harassment” amid an increasingly fractious investigation into the activity of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa).
Eight key scientific bodies have written to Republican congressman Lamar Smith, chairman of the House committee on science, to warn that the committee’s inquiry into NOAA could have a “chilling effect on the willingness of government scientists to conduct research that intersects with policy-relevant scientific questions”.
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The letter added: “Scientists should not be subjected to fraud investigations or harassment simply for providing scientific results that some may see as politically controversial.
“Science cannot thrive when policymakers – regardless of party affiliation – use policy disagreements as a pretext to attack scientific conclusions without public evidence.”
Concern has mounted among scientists as Smith …