Representative Ralph Hall (R-TX) is set to become the new chairman of the House Committee on Science and Technology when the 112th Congress convenes in January. As a ranking member of the committee, Hall has been an outspoken critic of the scientific theory of climate change. He's also been vocal opponent of comprehensive federal clean energy and climate legislation and EPA regulation of greenhouse gas emissions.
"There is growing concern and evidence that scientific data, from which global warming theories emerged, has been manipulated, enhanced or deleted," according to Hall's official House website. Like many skeptics, Hall wants to believe that the emails stolen from the researchers at the University of East AngliaClimate Research Unit (CRU) in 2009 contain information disproving the theory of anthropogenic global warming. He's wrong.
The work carried out by the CRU represents only a small fraction of the ever growing scientific literature on climate change. In his website and book "The Discovery of Global Warming," Spencer Heart traces the the origins of theory of anthropogenic climate change back to the 1890's. Like any good science, this theory has withstood more than a century of rigorous research and study.
Furthermore, numerous reviews of the emails stolen from CRU scientists indicate that they did not actually manipulate scientific data. Three separate inquiries have reached that same conclusion, according to Newsweek. That piece news clearly hasn't made it to Hall's desk in Washington.
Hall recently toldÂ Politico that he is open to believing global warming is real, but first he wants to see the proof behind the pudding. He plans to convene hearings aimed at uncovering the "real facts" about climate change. This has been done before, as Hall should know. After all, he's been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives since 1980. Was he asleep at wheel for the past thirty years? As a ranking member of the House Committee on Science and Technology, Hall has had ample opportunity to question the steady stream of scientists and experts that have provided testimony on the issue of climate change over the years. If he wasn't paying enough attention to ask questions, it's hardly the fault of climate scientists.
Caption: Representative Ralph Hall (R-TX) gives his opening statement at a recent committee hearing on climate science. Photo from the website of the House Committee on Science and Technology, public domain.
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