The probe conducted on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists charged with data misuse in support of global warming yielded no proof.
The Commerce Department’s inspector general query studied stolen e-mail messages from Climatic Research Unit at the University of the East in Anglia. Cynics argued that the e-mails coming from scientists including some from NOAA indicated that scientists did not disclose information that the earth warming theory was a consequence of human doings.
In a Feb. 18 report, the inspector general said they found no evidence pointing to inappropriate data manipulation. It did not fault Jane Lubchenco, top officer from NOAA, for confirming in Congress that the messages did not dent climate science.
The timing was crucial for NOAA. Republican House members want Environmental Protection Agency control to regulate greenhouse gas emissions saying that NOAA, the science and federal agency for climate data monitoring of global warming is inconsistent.
Republican James M. Inhofe, who challenged NOAA, asked to investigate how NOAA scientists took action over the leaked e-mails. From the 1,073 messages, 289 were interactions among NOAA scientists.
After reviewing all 1,073 e-mails and interviewing Dr. Lubchenco and staff members, the result was no scientific misconduct occurred but questioned how the agency handled some Freedom of Information Act requests in 2007. The e-mails illustrating a cartoon Senator Inhofe and 5 climate cynics stuck on a melting iceberg was noted.
Not a climate data analysis, the report joins other inquiries by the British House of Commons, Pennsylvania State University, the InterAcademy Council and the National Research Council about scientific misconducts.
Without proof of misconduct having been established, NOAA welcomed the report. However, Senator Inhofe said the report is not a clean bill of health. He mentioned that it appears that one senior NOAA employee could have thwarted important federal scientific information release for the public to study.