Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), who recently brought a snowball into the Senate chambers to “prove” that there is no climate change, and a group of 10 other like-minded Senate Republicans are angry with Representative Raul Grijalva.
Grijalva, the ranking Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee has sent letters to the universities employing several climate change deniers asking who is funding the research of those scientists.
Grjalva and other Democrats became interested in the sources of funding for these researchers after it was revealed in a New York Times article that a favorite witness of congressional climate deniers, Dr. Wei-Hock Soon, commonly known as Willie (an Astrophysical Engineer with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), has been less than forthcoming with admitting his ties to the fossil fuel industry. They were concerned that other climate denying scientists might have similar ties and sent the letters to find out if that was the case.
Inhofe and company do not see it that way. In a letter of their own sent to the same universities they expressed concern that such inquiries might “be viewed as an attempt to silence legitimate intellectual and scientific inquiry.”
The letter begins:
“We write in regards to the recent request for information on your support of scientific research initiated by several of our colleagues in the United States Congress. At the outset, we are deeply concerned the letter calls into question the importance of scientific discovery and academic freedom. Rather than empower scientists and researchers to expand the public discourse on climate science and other environmental topics, the letter could be viewed as an attempt to silence legitimate intellectual and scientific inquiry.”
This outrage would seem to show that there are no lengths Inhofe and his fellow climate deniers will go to to suppress any evidence that the handful of scientists, many of whom have no background in climatology are producing “research” to order for their corporate sponsors.