On Monday, Steven Koonin, who served under President Obama from 2009 to 2011, told The Wall Street Journal that bureaucrats within the former administration fudged climate data to manipulate public opinion.
Koonin, who served as Energy Department undersecretary, said Washington D.C. regularly spun scientific data to mislead news releases.
“What you saw coming out of the press releases about climate data, climate analysis, was, I’d say, misleading … sometimes just wrong.”
Koonin explained that there were elements within the Obama administration that led the charge in manipulating climate data, such as a National Climate Assessment (NCA) in 2014 which demonstrated an increase in hurricane activity from 1980. Koonin says the NCA’s assessment was technically incorrect and misrepresented the facts.
“What they forgot to tell you, and you don’t know until you read all the way into the fine print, is that it actually decreased in the decades before that,” he revealed.
The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change supported Koonin’s assertions in a 2014 report, stating there “is limited evidence of changes in extremes associated with other climate variables since the mid-20th century.”
In addition, reports found that current data shows “no significant observed trends in global tropical cyclone frequency over the past century.”
Koonin put a spotlight on press officers from agencies such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA for their role in working with scientists to develop deceitful press releases about the climate.
Koonin said that instead of giving misleading data, reports should “tell it like it is. You’re a scientist and it is your responsibility to put the facts on the table.”
He called NOAA and NASA’s behavior problematic, pointing out that “public opinion is formed by the data that is formed from those organizations and appears in newspapers.”
The former Obama team member is not the only one criticizing the politicization of science. For example, House lawmakers within the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology recently revived an investigation into NOAA after a whistleblower claimed that agency scientists hurried a landmark study on global warming to influence policymakers.
Representative Lamar Smith (R-Texas) serves as the committee’s chairman and is pushing NOAA to disclose documents included in a 2015 subpoena into its role in possible climate data tampering.
Neither NOAA or NASA has returned requests for comment.
H/T: Daily Caller
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