Skip to comments.GOP Lawmakers Challenge White House on 'Scientific Misconduct'
Posted on 10/19/2011 11:12:27 PM PDT by Hunton Peck
Several Republican lawmakers are challenging the Obama administration's science czar over what they claim are repeat incidents of "scientific misconduct" among agencies, questioning whether officials who deal with everything from endangered species to nuclear waste are using "sound science."
The letter sent Wednesday to John Holdren, director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, cited four specific controversies in recent years where scientific findings were questioned. Sens. David Vitter, R-La., and James Inhofe, R-Okla., and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., rattled off a slew of questions on what they called "the apparent collapse in the quality of scientific work being conducted at our federal agencies."
"Specifically, we are concerned with data quality, integrity of methodologies and collection of information, agencies misrepresenting publicly the weight of scientific 'facts,' indefensible representations of scientific conclusions before our federal court system, and our fundamental notions of 'sound' science," they wrote. "We identify in this letter important examples of agency scientific misconduct."
Inhofe spokesman Matt Dempsey told FoxNews.com the issues in the letter had been on Republicans' radar screen "for some time." But he said the lawmakers decided to compile them and confront the administration about it out of concern that a "trend" was developing.
"The concern is there's a lot more there," he said.
White House representatives so far have not returned requests for comment on the letter.
The Republicans' letter cycles through several incidents the lawmakers claim to be troubling.
One concerned the controversy over a temporary deepwater drilling moratorium was issued in May 2010. In the announcement, the Interior Department said the report's recommendations had been "peer-reviewed" by experts with the National Academy of Engineering. But those experts later complained, saying the moratorium was not among their approved recommendations -- this led to an apology from Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.
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John Holdren is a collectivist, globalist ideological absolutist. Every thing he does is in support of this agenda.
You mean pixie dust and unicorns are not sound science?
At any likely concentration in the earth’s atmosphere, carbon dioxide isn’t nearly as big a factor in global cooling or heating as are things like water vapor, sunspot variations, and volcanic emissions. What’s more, carbon dioxide is yummies for green vegetation — trees, plankton, etc. are more than glad to gobble up most of any excess added by man.
I knew that, I paid attention in 4th and 5th grade science class.
that was back when science in school was more sober and less sensational.
It’s about time this issue risses to the surface ....
Socialists have gotten away with using pseudo scientific assertions to promote schemes that led into disasterous results...wind farms...solar panels...lead paint..GW CO2 modifications .have cost or wasted US at least trillion dollars ..
Do you know what a trillion is ?? If measured in seconds of time it is 32,000 years...If a dollar was spent every second it would take that long to accrue a trillion dollars.