December 17, 2009
GOP to Obama: Investigate 'climategate'
Two top House Republicans are urging President Barack Obama to use federal dollars allocated for climate change science to investigate the “climategate” controversy.
In a letter to Obama, Reps. Jerry Lewis, the top Republican on the house Appropriations Committee, and Mike Simpson, ranking member of the interior and Environment subcommittee, say that funding in the 2010 budget should be used to investigate whether “illegitimate scientific evidence and research” was used to craft Democratic climate legislation.
Republicans have jumped on stolen emails that appear to show top climate scientists conspiring to conceal evidence questioning the science behind man-made global warming.
The letter is an attempt bolster Republican opposition to the Democratic climate change agenda with the scientific scandal.
The climate bill and a recent move by the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gases, wrote Lewis and Simpson, “are not grounded unequivocally in sound science.”
“It is absolutely essential that climate change policy be based on sound science,’ they wrote.