Wednesday afternoon, Senator Inhofe gave a floor speech (watch on YouTube here) in which he summarized the rapidly accumulating evidence of severe flaws in the IPCC assessment reports, along with the other issues uncovered by the release of the University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit (CRU) emails.With the media ignoring the climategate story, it falls on the minority party to speak truth to power. It will be interesting to see if Inhofe's efforts are effective. I doubt that the EPA would reconsider its finding of CO2 as a pollutant. To do so, would mean that they had to give up some power.
Inhofe’s speech didn’t directly call for any particular action on the part of Congress, but it did point out that the Obama administration has asserted that if a cap and trade bill doesn’t pass, it could achieve similar effects by a simple finding by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that carbon dioxide is a pollutant — a finding the EPA actually made late last year. However, as Inhofe pointed out in his on-floor remarks, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson had testified to his committee that the CO2 finding was largely based on the IPCC reports.
Inhofe noted that Pachauri had testified on climate change in front of his committee, saying:
Dr. Pachauri should come clean and respond directly to the numerous charges made against himself and the IPCC. Given that Dr. Pachauri has testified before Congress, including the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, we should hear directly from him as soon as possible as to how he can salvage the IPCC’s vanishing credibility.
Nonetheless, legislators like Inhofe need to continue to hit the climategate, glaciergate, and the rest. Ideally, the MSM will continue to ignore the story while the steady drumbeat from both state legislators and congresspeople will add pressure, causing the story to breakthrough this summer. In primaries and the November election, legislators like Russ Carnahan (D-MO), who have tied their career to the the fraud of climate science, will face a reckoning at the polls.