Yes, the illegal hacking of people's private email accounts, the out-of-context quotes pulled from decades of emails, and the excessive media coverage of a false scandal may not be over. While leading scientific bodies conducting multiple independent reviews of the so-called "Climategate" emails have determined that the scientific work and findings of these publicly abused climate scientists are both legitimate and something worth paying attention to, California Rep. Darrell Issa has vowed to make another investigation of "climategate" his top priority if the GOP wins back the House of Representatives and he becomes head of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee in the Fall.
The scientific findings regarding global warming and established global warming facts are extremely broad and all point to the same conclusion (that we are experiencing accelerated global warming due to human activity). This means that even if one piece of the puzzle were off, the picture would still be obvious. Nonetheless, Issa believes that we should spend more government money and research on investigating a fabricated scandal that has already been over-investigated.
"It’s actually unfathomable that the man potentially leading the Oversight and Government Reform Committee would consider an investigation into the personal e-mails of scientists more important than keeping watch over further financial ruin, political corruption, or any number of other issues our country faces," Nikki Gloudeman of Change.org and Mother Jones writes.
Numerous Independent Reviews of Climategate, Don't Fit Republican Agenda
The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee (in the UK), the Independent Climate Change Emails Review, Pennsylvania State University, the Science Assessment Panel, and 255 members of the National Academy of Sciences, including 11 Nobel laureates, have evaluated this scandal in detail and/or told us that the science is strong and it is high time we do something about this critical topic.
Is one more independent review led by Republicans going to find anything different? If it did, who would you trust? Wouldn't it be more useful to try to find out who successfully undermined the work of climate scientists and shifted international discourse on the topic, causing more climate change inaction by world leaders? Or do Republican leaders already know the answer to that?
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