19 Feb 11; reported by Rick Piltz, Climate Science Watch; summarised by ND.
The Republican majority in the House of Representatives has voted 244-179 that it no longer wishes to have the IPCC prepare its comprehensive international climate science assessments.
The amendment was sponsored by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Missouri), who said:
"Scientists manipulated climate data, suppressed legitimate arguments in peer-reviewed journals, and researchers were asked to destroy emails, so that a small number of climate alarmists could continue to advance their environmental agenda".
He pointed out that 700 scientists have subsequently challenged the claims made by the IPCC, including Princeton University physicist Dr. Robert Austin, who told a congressional committee that, unfortunately, climate had become a political science. It seemed that politically motivated scientists who should have known better had whipped up a global frenzy about a phenomenon which was statistically questionable. He continued:
"Mr. Chairman, if the families in my district have been able to tighten their belts, surely the federal government can do the same and stop funding an organization that is fraught with waste and abuse. My amendment simply says that no funds in this bill can go to the IPCC. This would save taxpayers millions of dollars this year and millions of dollars in years to come. In fact, the President has requested an additional $13 million in his fiscal 2012 budget request.
My constituents should not have to continue to foot the bill for an organization to keep producing corrupt findings that can be used as justification to impose a massive new energy tax on every American."
That is now the prevailing viewpoint of the majority party in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Note- this is my summary; the responsibility for any errors is mine; for the full article, see House of Representatives votes to cease American funding of IPCC on the GWPF website.
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