Texas Congressman, Lamar Smith tried to create controversy out of nothing in an attempt to cast doubt on Climate Change. Smith is bought and paid for by the Texas Petroleum Industry.
The global warming "pause" cited by Smith had, in fact, already been refuted by other analyses, while the raw data NOAA analyzed is publicly available and widely used by scientists around the world, which makes faking it all but impossible. Since the paper was published, NOAA staffers also have headed to Capitol Hill repeatedly to walk committee staff members through how the study's results were achieved.
"We've been transparent and cooperative with the committee over the past couple months to help them understand the research and methodologies that were used," NOAA spokeswoman Ciaran Clayton says.
Yet, Smith's critics say, the scientists' evidence is almost assuredly beside the point. His statements and subpoenas, they argue, are part of a broader Republican push to cast doubt on climate change, especially as it's become a central part of Obama's second term. Earlier this year, for example, GOP legislators quietly inserted language into a spending bill that would cut funding for the Directorate for Geosciences at the National Science Foundation, a part of the agency that deals with climate research.