America’s Scientists To House Science Committee: Go Away

by SAMANTHA PAGE – Seven major American scientific societies sent a letter to Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) on Tuesday, rebuking the congressman and defending a paper published in Science last year that Smith has been investigating in his role as chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. “Scientists should not be subjected to fraud investigations or harassment simply for providing scientific results that some may see as politically controversial,” wrote the scientists. The paper in question — “Possible artifacts of data biases in the recent global surface warming hiatus” — disputes the existence of a slowdown in global warming, a theory which has served as a popular talking point for people who do not accept the scientific consensus around climate change. Smith has subpoenaed scientists who worked on the paper at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for internal documents relating to the research and has...

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