Wednesday, November 23rd 2011, 4:36 AM EST
Washington, D.C. - Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, commented on the release today of additional emails by scientists contributing to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). While the authenticity of the emails is yet to be confirmed by the University of East Anglia, according to the UK Guardian, Professor Michael Mann, author of the debunked hockey stick graph, said, "Well, they look like mine but I hardly see anything that appears damning at all, despite them having been taken out of context. I guess they had very little left to work with, having culled in the first round the emails that could most easily be taken out of context to try to make me look bad."
"Even before the Climategate emails were released in 2009, the so-called ‘consensus' peddled by the IPCC was already shattered," Senator Inhofe said. "Nevertheless, the Obama administration is moving full speed ahead to implement global warming regulations that will impose the largest tax increase in American history, significantly raise energy prices, and destroy hundreds of thousands of jobs.
"Remember, the Obama EPA is basing these regulations on its endangerment finding, which relies on the flawed science of the IPCC. Now a recent report by the EPA Inspector General has revealed that EPA cut corners in the process leading up to the endangerment finding: it shows that EPA did not engage in the required record-keeping procedures or conduct an independent review of the science underpinning these costly regulations. If the first Climategate scandal - and the over one hundred errors in the IPCC science that were revealed in its wake - were not enough, the apparent release of the Climategate 2.0 emails is just one more reason to halt the Obama EPA's job killing global warming agenda.
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"The crisis of confidence in the IPCC translates into a crisis of confidence in the EPA's endangerment finding. The IPCC science has already disintegrated under the weight of its own flaws, and I believe it will only be a matter of time before the endangerment finding follows suit. It's time for the Obama administration to stop trying to resurrect policies that are all pain for no gain, and get to work on reviving our economy."
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