Many scientists and some of [Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Joe] Barton's Republican colleagues say they were stunned by the manner in which the committee, whose chairman rejects the existence of climate change, demanded personal and private information last month from researchers whose work supports a contrary conclusion. The scientists, co-authors of an influential 1999 study showing a dramatic increase in global warming over the past millennium, were told to hand over not only raw data but personal financial information, information on grants received and distributed, and computer codes.Link to Washington Post editorial, via the Blog of the American Constitution Society, which I don't remember not recalling never belonging not to. Also, link to American Association for the Advancement of Science letter to Barton. Look, whatever your view on global warming, Rep. Barton just wants to see whether you can save a bunch of money on your car insurance.
What do you think is the percentage chance that, at some point after learning of the study's results but before inquiring into the scientists' financial records, Barton said, "Well we'll see how they likes it when we turn up the heat on them!" and slapped his balding, white, suit-clad colleagues on their backs while smoking a cigar and laughing maniacally? Oh, also, he was carrying one of those sacks with the dollar sign on it.
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