Representative Lamar Smith is using his bully pulpit as head of the House Committee on Science, Space & Technology to subpoena National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) climate scientists’ emails, peer review comments, and other private information. He’s upset with a paper NOAA scientists published in Science refuting claims of a global warming slowdown, so he’s smearing the scientists who wrote it.
NOAA scientists met several times with committee staff to explain the research. But Chairman Smith continues to manufacture a controversy by insisting that NOAA turn over the scientists’ correspondence—and now, deposing NOAA employees.
We need to make sure the public knows that these actions can create a chilling effect on research and make NOAA scientists less effective. This affects all experts who work and correspond with federal scientists. The American Meteorological Society said it best in a letter to Chairman Smith: “The advancement of science depends on investigators having the freedom to carry out research objectively and without the fear of threats or intimidation whether or not their results are expedient or popular.”
This abuse of power has to stop. Sign our letter today.
Manager of Strategy and Innovation
Center for Science and Democracy
Union of Concerned Scientists