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Whistleblowers In NOAA

November 19, 2015

By Paul Homewood 


h/t Eliza





An interesting new development in the Congress subpoena story, as the Washington Post reports:



House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) opened another front in his war with federal climate researchers on Wednesday, saying a groundbreaking global warming study was “rushed to publication” over the objections of numerous scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


In a second letter in less than a week to Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, Smith urged her to pressure NOAA to comply with his subpoena for internal communications. Smith says whistleblowers have come forward with new information on the climate study’s path to publication in June.The study refuted claims that global warming had “paused” or slowed over the past decade, undercutting a popular argument used by those who refute the scientific consensus that man-made pollution is behind global warming.

The research, considered a bombshell in the climate change debate, set off alarms among skeptics. Smith, a prominent congressional skeptic, claimed that scientists manipulated data to advance President Obama’s agenda and timed the study’s release to coincide the the administration’s new limits on emissions from coal plants.

He is seeking NOAA’s internal communications and e-mails among its researchers, and in October subpoenaed Administrator Kathryn Sullivan for the documents. But she has refused to turn them over, saying that deliberative communications between scientists should be protected.

Smith told Pritzker that the whistleblowers’ allegations make it more crucial that he be provided with the scientists’ internal e-mails and communications. If NOAA does not produce the e-mails he is seeking by Friday, the chairman said, “I will be forced to consider use of compulsory process,” a threat to subpoena the commerce secretary herself.

Whistleblowers have told the committee, according to Smith’s letter, that Thomas Karl — the director of NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, which led the study — “rushed” to publish the climate study “before all appropriate reviews of the underlying science and new methodologies” used in the climate data sets were conducted.


If there are whistleblowers within NOAA, things could get interesting.

  1. A C Osborn permalink
    November 19, 2015 12:15 pm

    Let us hope there are and can give the investigators some good ammunition to continue their search for the truth.

  2. Retired Dave permalink
    November 19, 2015 12:34 pm

    Yes I would think there are uncomfortable scientists in many organisations and long may it continue. Perhaps when a few whistleblowers start it might grow.

    But the Climategate happening was in many ways a double-edged sword I think. We had confirmed for us all the bad behaviour of climate science that many had stated for years but had always been dismissed. It made convinced sceptics (realists) even firmer in their belief and it drove some who were on the fence in our direction.

    Climategate was a whistleblow, not a hack, and was a small nuclear option. Many who might whistleblow will have noted how little that changed things – and that has I am sure deterred people with smaller stuff to put out there very wary of coming out .

    • nightspore permalink
      November 19, 2015 8:30 pm

      I’m sure there are potential whistle blowers – Smith just has to continue applying the pressure, and perhaps at the same time he should appeal to such people to come forward (set up a hot line, whatever).

      • November 19, 2015 11:42 pm

        His committee has said they already have, and that the last whistleblower communication was yesterday. Direct quote from a committee staffer tomthe WaPo reporter.

  3. November 19, 2015 1:09 pm

    As one who comes from a family of scientists (father, mother and one brother, chemists; other brother a physicist; myself a botanist), I am thoroughly sickened by what has happened in the name of “science.” Lying, threatening, cheating, name-calling, manipulating, career ruining,…you name it. They are modeling “dog-eat-dog” at the most base level. These are the same folks who criticize Capitalism for allegedly employing the same tactics.

    • mike restin permalink
      November 20, 2015 1:47 pm

      In the real world, dogs don’t eat dogs.

      • Joe permalink
        November 20, 2015 9:00 pm

        Oh, they do. It’s usually in a war zone or during some sort of gruesome famine or plague that has wiped out the humans who usually feed the dogs. You’d be surprised what dogs can do to each other when they feel they are under great pressure.

      • November 21, 2015 12:55 am

        Just ask Michael Vick.

      • November 21, 2015 3:35 pm

        Mike Restin — In the Arctic Dogs do eat Dogs. I have personally seen a Red Fox with an Arctic Fox in his mouth trotting off to enjoy in peace

  4. November 19, 2015 1:49 pm

    With Smith’s deadline for evidence being tomorrow (20th Nov.), will he hold back on a subpoena until after the Paris talkfest? Seems doubtful.

  5. CheshireRed permalink
    November 19, 2015 4:32 pm

    Please Santa give an early Christmas present for all of us and release devastating information fatally compromising NOAA, and let this trigger another Climategate-style scandal.

    Noaagate, anyone?

  6. eliza permalink
    November 19, 2015 4:57 pm

    Maybe we should start supporting the real scientists within NOAA, NASA, ect. I think that these are the whistleblowers

  7. November 20, 2015 1:46 pm

    Threaten the head of NOAA with arrest. These emails are the property of the American people, not fat headed marxist scientists. Its getting so nothing short of a revolution by the people against their lawless and corrupt government may be the only way to restore the Constitution and clean the rats from the agencies offices of the Executive and Judicial branches, perhaps congress too.

  8. November 20, 2015 7:36 pm

    The phony claims of global warming have been laughably inaccurate. None, Zero, Nada of the predictions by Al Gore in his ridiculous film “an inconvenient truth” were correct. In fact, pretty much the opposite of what he predicted has happened. We had 120 inches of snow last winter in New England and this coming winter is predicted to be worse. This is all about politics, not science. Nearly all of the scientists who supposedly back the global warming theory depend on government grants, or salaries for their livelihood. Both NASA and NOAA have been caught red handed falsifying climate records to make old temperatures from years ago colder, and “rounding up” recent temperatures to make them appear hotter. Why? Money is the short answer. Green energy needs money to develop new systems because they are not competitive with oil, natural gas, or nuclear energy systems. The Obama administration has been bowing down to the Saudi oil ministers to keep the US dependent on foreign oil. He has stood in the way of every attempt to make the US energy independent such as the Keystone pipeline.

    • Vettelover permalink
      November 21, 2015 2:07 am

      Global Cooling / Global Warming and now the win win no mater what happens “Climate Change” is designed to do many things for the progressive Democrat Socialist Party. First and foremost, its designed as a giant money laundering scheme for the DNC. ALL the taxpayer funds/grants are funneled to the global warming con artist are required to funnel back a certain percentage back to the party. Another reason for the scam is for pure power. The progressive Democrats will use global warming as a control tool to for its nanny state. They want to dictate every aspect of your pitiful peasant lifestyle. AGW will also fuel huge taxes on the populace as well as to launch their cap N trade markets where Gore, Obama, Maurice Strong and all the other progressive Democrats have invested tens of millions into carbon coupon companies. None of this will be possible if global warming and its settled science is whistle blown as the giant effing lie it is!

  9. MrH permalink
    November 20, 2015 8:18 pm

    Fraudulent climate data from NASA goes back to the time it was created, when some elitist thought the citizens should not have access to the real unfiltered data. NOAA fraudulent data goes back about that long. The Department of Commerce IG needs to be called onto the carpet for the mess in NOAA. NASA need to have the same event. The investigations should be publicly posted on the departmental web sites and left for all to see.

  10. James permalink
    November 20, 2015 8:41 pm

    Since NOAA’s Administrator Kathryn Sullivan is the one refusing to turn over subpoened emails, Chairman Lamar Smith should subpoena her to testify; and if she does not relent in providing the subpoened emails, he should throw her ass into the Captial’s jail until she complies!

  11. James permalink
    November 20, 2015 8:47 pm

    Since NOAA’s Administrator Kathryn Sullivan is the one refusing to turn over subpoened emails, Chairman Lamar Smith should subpoena her to testify; and if she does not relent in providing the subpoened emails, he should throw her ass into the Captial’s jail until she complies!

    I’m so sick and tired of these government bureaucrats being able to defy our representatives with zero consequences. When they thumb their noses at congress, they thumb their noses at us!

  12. Chicago860 permalink
    November 20, 2015 10:58 pm

    Government information is paid for by taxpayer dollars. So, unless releasing the information would cause personal harm to Americans, I don’t see where they have a leg to stand on. Of course, that personal harm issue shouldn’t be extended to those who are intentionally distorting the information. For them, public flogging works just fine.

  13. November 21, 2015 1:49 am

    This is what is driving it:

  14. November 21, 2015 2:45 am

    If you are receiving government funds to further your “research”, then your emails and any other communications regarding the subject matter should be available to the public or congress for scrutiny. After all, we paid for it.

  15. November 23, 2015 12:29 am

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

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