Chris Horner, a fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), is trying to take a look at NASA's, probably, cooked climate change data. NASA has been in the middle of the fraud, and even furthered it, it appears. Horner and CEI has given NASA until the end of this year to comply with his FOIA request before suing.
Horner is the author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming and Environmentalism and Red Hot Lies: How Global Warming Alarmists Use Threats, Fraud and Deception to Keep you Misinformed. He has tried for two years, through the Freedom of Information Act, to see NASA's data, which he suspects is fraudulent. Horner believes NASA:
...has shaped its climate data and [that] would explain why the agency has repeatedly had to correct its data going as far back as the 1930's.After NASA was compelled to correct it's data, one result was that 1934 - not 1998 - "was the hottest year in its records for the contiguous 48 states." That could not stand, of course, if NASA wanted a part of the global warming paycheck:
I assume that what is there is highly damaging," Mr. Horner said. "These guys are quite clearly bound and determined not to reveal their internal discussions about this.
NASA later changed that data again, and now 1998 and 2006 are tied for first, with 1934 slightly cooler.Horner has testified before the U.S. Senate Committees on Foreign Relatons and Environment and Public Works.
Greenpeace has repeatedly targeted Mr. Horner, by stealing his garbage on a weekly basis, issuing press releases announcing with whom he dines and including him in various other hysterical publications including most recently "A Field Guide to Climate Criminals" distributed at the UN climate meeting in Montreal in December 2005.We have to ask what good the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) does? Up against Phil Jones and the British Climate Research Unit, FOIA did little, if anything at any time. There has been good reason, for years, to believe that the leading "scientists" advocating global warming were wrong and knew they were wrong:
The information sought is directly relevant to the exploding "ClimateGate" scandal revealing document destruction, coordinated efforts in the U.S. and UK to avoid complying with both countries' freedom of information laws, and apparent and widespread intent to defraud at the highest levels of international climate science bodies. Numerous informed commenters had alleged such behavior for years, all of which appears to be affirmed by leaked emails, computer codes and other data from the Climatic Research Unit of the UK's East Anglia University.Writing for the American Spectator, Horner talks about the taxpayer:
This and the related political activism engaged in are inappropriate behavior for a taxpayer-funded employee, particularly on taxpayer time. These documents were requested in January 2007 and NASA/GISS have refused to date to comply with their legal obligation to produce responsive documents.We need to put some meat behind the FOIA, because at this point it seems to be useless.
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