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Roger Pielke Testimony: How Congress Can Improve the Integrity of and Avoid Further Politicization of Climate Science

March 29, 2017
By Roger Pielke, Jr.

There is little scientific basis for claims extreme weather events or the economic damage they cause have increased in recent decades due to the emission of greenhouse gases.

There is little scientific basis for claims extreme weather events – specifically, hurricanes, floods, drought, tornadoes – or the economic damage they cause have been exacerbated or worsened in recent decades due to human emissions of greenhouse gases. Despite mounting evidence greenhouse gas emissions aren’t responsible for worsening weather conditions, or even evidence the frequency or severity of extreme weather events are worsening, some members of Congress, the Obama administration, and their environmental lobbyists allies pursued an organized effort to delegitimize Dr. Pielke’s research efforts showing the disconnect between claims of greenhouse gas driven weather extremes and the facts. These efforts drove him from the field of climate-related research, and have a broad chilling effect on the honest pursuit of knowledge in the field of climate science.