Climategate Jumps the Pond: NASA Continues to Stonewall on FOIA Requests


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We have our own data buriers at NASA.

Christopher C. Horner, global warming skeptic and author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming (and Environmentalism) and Red Hot Lies: How Global Warming Alarmists Use Threats, Lies, and Fraud, and Deception to Keep You Misinformed, appeared on Thursday’s Hannity show to discuss the Climategate scandal.

Horner and Hannity discussed, among other things, Horner’s Intent to File Suit notices on behalf of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, where he is a senior fellow, prepared in response to NASA’s stonewalling for nearly three years on releasing documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act.

The information sought is directly relevant to the exploding “ClimateGate” scandal revealing document destruction, coordinated efforts in the U.S. and UK to avoid complying with both countries’ freedom of information laws, and apparent and widespread intent to defraud at the highest levels of international climate science bodies.

This information, the ongoing research for which we pay with our taxes, should be a matter of public record. It has influenced the Kyoto Protocol, Cap-and-Trade legislation, efforts by the EPA to regulate emissions, and will likely influence the upcoming Copenhagen conference. Public and international policy has for years been based largely on this data. We deserve to know the basis for these policies.

Furthermore, NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (which conducts the climate change studies) is directly implicated in the CRU scandal, as employee Gavin A. Schmidt runs the Tides Foundation-funded Environmental Media ServicesRealClimate.org blog, whose purpose is to defend Michael Mann’s debunked and defrauded “hockey stick” model of global warming. (You knew there just had to be a Soros angle, didn’t you?)

In addition, we have yet to receive an explanation as to why the GISS has repeatedly had to correct its data going back to the 1930s. Steve McIntyre of ClimateAudit.org caught GISS head and Al Gore crony James Hansen red-handed manipulating data last year to claim that October 2008 (a perfectly average month, climate-wise) was the hottest on record, forcing him to revise it. In 2007, Hansen claimed that the 1990s were the hottest decade on record and had to “revise” his data not once, but twice. Last January, Hansen was busted just flat-out making up numbers.

The GISS responded to Horner yesterday in the Washington Times, saying that NASA has no idea why they have taken nearly three years to not even fulfill Horner’s FOIA request and that they have not even heard about the ClimateGate scandal. (Gregg Knapp at Big Government calls this the “Sgt. Schultz defense.”)

Mark Hess, public affairs director for the Goddard Space Flight Center which runs the GISS laboratory, said they are working on Mr. Horner’s request, though he couldn’t say why they have taken so long.

“We’re collecting the information and will respond with all the responsive relevant information to all of his requests,” Mr. Hess said. “It’s just a process you have to go through where you have to collect data that’s responsive.”

He said he was unfamiliar with the British controversy and couldn’t say whether NASA was susceptible to the same challenges to its data.

Uh-huh. They must not have cable.

The $6 trillion question is this: for whom is NASA covering? Sammy Benoit thinks the GISS is withholding the data in order to protect Hansen, while Jammie Wearing Fool thinks that Hansen is the leaker of the CRU data. Maybe they are protecting NASA itself, or possibly the whole “climate justice” house of cards.

Time, hopefully, will tell, but will it do so before Copenhagen in three days?