Target: Rep. Lamar Smith, Chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
Goal: Stop using subpoenas and investigations against climate scientists when there is no evidence of fraud in their findings.
Climate change deniers have been using trumped-up claims of fraud to intimidate scientists who publish findings that support the idea of global warming, according to a letter recently signed by seven major American science societies. The letter was addressed to Representative Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican and Chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
Smith recently launched an investigation into a paper that disputed the idea that global warming is slowing down–an idea used by U.S. conservatives who do not believe in the reality of climate change to fight pro-environment policy. According to the letter, investigations like these into papers that add to the evidence of steadily worsening climate change are used to intimidate scientists and make others afraid to publish similar findings, thus limiting their freedom of speech.
Smith has targeted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), trying to force them to release documents on their findings with subpoenas. He’s accused them of altering data for political reasons, but according to the NOAA, he has no actual evidence to support this claim other than the fact that climate change has become a political topic–but he’s the politician, and there’s plenty for him to gain by harassing climate scientists.
Scientists need to be able to conduct their research and report their findings without fear that they’ll be harassed by politicians for telling the truth. Otherwise, the public will never be able to have confidence that the reported science is without bias. Sign our petition to demand that Smith and his committee stop any attempts to intimidate climate scientists and stop any investigations unless they have real evidence to justify them.
Dear. Representative Smith,
You recently received a letter signed by seven scientific societies, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Chemical Society, the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society, the American Statistical Association, the Ecological Society of America, and the Geological Society of America. This letter urged you to stop your campaign of harassment against climate scientists who publish findings that you apparently don’t like.
It’s becoming clear that you’re targeting published papers supporting the mountain of evidence of worsening climate change, saying that they’re “politically motivated” and accusing the researchers of fraud. However, you do not appear to have any real evidence to support these claims, and therefore it seems likely that you yourself are politically motivated in your actions.
If scientists can’t publish their findings for fear of harassment by you and your committee, then the public will both be misinformed and lose faith in what the scientific community does publish. This kind of intimidation is an attack on free speech, and real Americans will not let it stand.
We demand that you immediately stop all investigations into published findings while you do not have evidence to support your accusations of fraud. Stop threatening the integrity of the scientific community, and the safety of the human race, with your politically-motivated harassment.
[Your Name Here]
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