The Minority Staff of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works released a report today titled, “â€˜Consensus’ Exposed: The CRU Controversy.” The report covers the controversy surrounding emails and documents released from the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU). It examines the extent to which those emails and documents affect the scientific work of the UN’s IPCC, and how revelations of the IPCC’s flawed science impacts the EPA’s endangerment finding for greenhouse gases.Â
The report finds that some of the scientists involved in the CRU controversy violated ethical principles governing taxpayer-funded research and possibly federal laws.Â In addition, the Minority Staff believes the emails and accompanying documents seriously compromise the IPCC-based “consensus” and its central conclusion that anthropogenic emissions are inexorably leading to environmental catastrophes.Â
In its examination of the controversy, the Minority Staff found that the scientists:
- Â Obstructed release of damaging data and information;
- Â Manipulated data to reach preconceived conclusions;
- Â Colluded to pressure journal editors who published work questioning the climate science “consensus”; and
- Â Assumed activist roles to influence the political process.