Barrasso Praises Independent Investigation of the IPCC
"Americans deserve straight answers about how the UN collects and uses data to form policies and reports."
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) delivered the following statement regarding the United Nations' announcement that it will conduct an independent investigation of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC):
"I'm pleased that the United Nations has finally agreed to shine a light on the IPCC's internal procedures. Americans deserve straight answers about how the UN collects and uses data to form policies and reports.
"An independent investigation must be truly independent. Dr. Rajendra Pachauri should step down immediately. As IPCC Chairman, he has turned a blind eye to procedures and allowed scientific fraud to occur right under his nose. In the aftermath, he has delivered excuses instead of accountability.
"The Senate Subcommittee on Oversight in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee also has a responsibility to investigate the IPCC. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has relied on the UN's data for all their energy tax proposals that could cost millions of Americans their jobs. With 9.7 percent unemployment, our nation cannot afford to continue to base our energy and environmental policies on contaminated UN data."
On February 4, 2010, Senator Barrasso called on Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, to resign after revelations of ongoing scientific fraud under Dr. Pachauri's watch.
On March 4, 2010, Senator Barrasso, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Oversight in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released a report. It details the Subcommittee's lack of oversight on a number of key Administration activities, including the fraudulent data included in the UN climate change reports.