A Republican-led federal probe of climate scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found no evidence that they manipulated data, after leaked e-mails in 2009 sparked the "climategate" controversy.
The investigation was conducted by the inspector general of the Commerce Department. It reviewed the 1,073 leaked messages, particularly the 289 that were exchanged with NOAA scientists, and interviewed NOAA chief Jane Lubchenco and her staff about them.
"We did not find any evidence that NOAA inappropriately manipulated data," the inspector general concluded in a recent report. It also cleared Lucbhenco for testifying before Congress that the e-mails did not weaken the science of climate change.
The probe was requested by Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, the top Republican on the environment committee, who has called global warming "the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people."
The e-mails were stolen in late 2009 from the Climatic Research Unit at Britain's University of East Anglia. Inhofe and other climate change skeptics suggested it was proof of a conspiracy to corroborate a near-unanimous consensus among scientists that the earth is warming due in part to human activities.
The investigation is the latest in a series of prior probes that exonerated the scientists of any misconduct. They were also cleared by Pennsylvania State University, the InterAcademy Council, National Research Council and the British House of Commons.
Answer by UpSheRises at 12:51 PM on Feb. 25, 2011
Answer by cbk_mom3 at 1:07 PM on Feb. 25, 2011
Answer by tnmomofive at 1:08 PM on Feb. 25, 2011
"The department reviewed all 1.073 leaked emails, but focused on 289 that involved scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)."
No wrongdoing no evidence that they manipulated data in reviewing emails. Good for NOAA... Doesn't change my opinion on Climate Change, though...
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 1:43 PM on Feb. 25, 2011
Answer by Carpy at 1:50 PM on Feb. 25, 2011