Senator James Inhofe Wants Criminal Investigation of Al Gore and Other Global Warmists

In an interview with Neil Cavuto on Fox News and with global temperatures declining since 1998 and record winter cold and storms not letting up, Senator James Inhofe has called for the U.S. Justice Department to investigate possible fraud by perpetrators of the “global warming hoax,” what he calls the greatest scientific scandal of our generation, and he wants Al Gore to be the first witness regarding possible criminal charges.

Every assertion that he [Gore] made in his science fiction movie has now been disproven, sea level rising, Himalayas melting and all this stuff. The significant thing right now, though, is the hearing that we had this morning, because we have the minority report that we put together which shows that climate-gate, fixing the science, cooking the science, actually took place.

We have it all documented. And people are being investigated right now. The problem for us in America is, you and I have talked before on how destructive, economically, it would be if we were to have cap and trade, any of these bills that were passed in McCain/Lieberman bill or any of these.

It would be the largest tax increase in the history of America, something over $300 billion a year. Now, since they can’t get that passed, in Congress, the Senate won’t pass that, they’re trying to do it through the Clean Air Act, through the EPA, through an endangerment finding.

Here is the key, though. The endangerment finding is based on the science that the IPCC has come forth—that’s the United Nations. And it’s all been debunked. So, we’re destroying the economy of the nation based on science that’s bad.

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You know, if this has been a warm spell that we have been going through over the last five years, they would all be saying, ah, see that. That’s global warming. But it hasn’t been. We’re in our ninth year of a cooling spell. And everyone understands that that’s the case.

But it’s driving them crazy. You think about the years that people have put into this thing just hoping they would be right. Now we find they’re not. And now we find the big thing is—and we can’t forget it—they cooked the science on which all of this was predicated.

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What we’re trying to do is get the I.G.s [inspector generals] to investigate it. I asked Lisa [Jackson] this morning, the director of the EPA, if she would get her I.G. to investigate the allegations against the science. I don’t think she’s going to do that. But we need to get the I.G.s involved.

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The inspector general for the EPA, for NASA, for NOAA, for all these different groups to do their own investigation. That’s what they’re supposed to do for a living.

Then we send that to the Justice Department. That’s happening, by the way, in the U.K. And there, they found that violations that—boy, that’s the Freedom of Information Act—that that was—that is a criminal offense.

Unfortunately, in Great Britain, the statute of limitations has already run. Well, that could be the case here, in which case it would be a criminal violation.

David J. Theroux is Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Institute and Publisher of the quarterly journal, The Independent Review.
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