While WCQS mentioned the work of Asheville’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) in a report this morning featuring NCEI director Thomas R. Karl, local journalism outlets are missing the news that Karl and US Rep. Lamar Smith (R) of Texas, chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, are in a battle over the essence of science. NCEI is part of the former National Center for Climatic Data, but also based in the Federal building here in Asheville.
Subpoenas are involved. Here’s how the Washington Post covered the story way back on October 23:
From Christian Science Monitor’s Why is NOAA withholding climate documents from Congress?:
“The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has refused to answer an Oct. 13 subpoena from by Rep. Lamar Smith (R) of Texas, chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Rep. Smith, a prominent climate change denier, demanded that internal communications surrounding a recent climate change study by NOAA scientists be turned over to his committee for examination.
Thomas Karl, the director of NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, published the paper in question in a June issue of the peer-reviewed journal Science. By explaining relevant data trends, Karl and his colleagues dispute “the notion of a ‘slowdown’ in the increase of global surface temperature” and argue climate change is as prevalent as ever.
Smith, who regularly tries to disprove climate change, insists the NOAA scientists manipulated data to get the “results they needed to advance this administration’s extreme climate change agenda.””
Here’s the NOAA item that has folks like Rep. Smith concerned:
Asheville can be at the center of sustainability innovation, especially after this event shakes out and once and for all climate denial is turned into a national climate action strategy that includes appropriate oversight over firms like Duke Energy.