Exxon Funded Rep Smith Gets Scientists to Call For NOAA Inquiry
Susanne Posel (OC) : Three hundred scientists and academics have requested that Congress look into the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for “cooking the books” on information pertaining to climate change.
According to a joint letter addressed to Congress, the Data Quality Act was violated when NOAA allegedly tried to “erase the pause in the rise in temperature” acknowledged by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and other sources.
The letter addressed to Republican House Representative Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Science Committee, “records [the] support [of] the efforts of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology”.
Smith previously launched an investigation into NOAA’s 2015 study because he felt “it was pushed out to bolster President Barack Obama’s political agenda.”
The congressman is vehemently against the theory of global warming and has accused NOAA employees and “political operatives” of “likely play[ing] a large role in approving NOAA’s decision to adjust data that allegedly refutes the hiatus in warming.”
NOAA handed over emails to Smith’s inquiry last month. The congressman explained that his investigation was an answer to American’s frustration at “research conducted behind closed doors where they only see cherry-picked conclusions, not the facts.”
Smith continued: “This letter shows that hundreds of respected scientists and experts agree that NOAA’s efforts to alter historical temperature data deserve serious scrutiny.”
The letter stated: “In our opinion… NOAA has failed to observe the OMB [Office of Management and Budget] (and its own) guidelines, established in relation to the Data Quality Act.”
Congressman Smith is heavily funded by industries that benefit from the climate change denial camp. According to 2015 – 2016 donation data, Smith received the majority of his cash:
• $28,900 from oil and gas corporations
• $26,100 from the automotive industry
One of Smith’s biggest donors is Exxon Mobil because he is an avid climate denier. In fact, Smith was among of 89 House representatives who received $544,000 in lobby contributions which is equal to 40% of the $1.6 billion the oil giant spent in 2015 in campaign donations to Republican lawmakers.
Last year Lamar wrote an op-ed piece accusing the “climate change religion” of being behind the push for mitigation efforts at the expense of the energy industry.
Lamar is responsible for several proposals to deregulate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and loosen mandates ensuring public health and other environmental protections. In addition, these bills “obstruct the EPA and other federal agencies from enacting science-based rules.” FactCheck.org debunked Lamar’s claims for being “riddled with false claims”.
Exxon has financed climate deniers for 27 years to cover-up the fact that they had prior knowledge that theie corporation understood the connection between their industry and climate change back in 1981.
Lenny Bernstein, chemical engineer and former in-house expert of climate change for ExxonMobil, wrote: “Exxon first got interested in climate change in 1981 because it was seeking to develop the Natuna gas field off Indonesia. This is an immense reserve of natural gas, but it is 70% CO2,” or carbon dioxide, the main driver of climate change.”
Bernstein stated in emails that when ExxonMobil considered the “carbon Bomb” the development of the south-east Asian gas field would become, they ignored the potentials and pressed forward with production.
Publicly, ExxonMobil took the position of climate denial, regardless of its founding “family” insistence that climate change is real. Instead, ExxonMobil began financing climate denying scientists, researchers and think tanks to the tune of $30 million.
Susanne Posel, Occupy Corporatism