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Pincer attack?

Joe Barton, the man behind the US Senate's 2006 hearings on the Hockey Stick, has been stirring things up in Washington again:

Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) is pressing Energy Secretary Steven Chu for information about department ties to the U.K. climate institute at the center of the controversy over the infamous hacked climate science emails.

Barton, the top Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) wrote to Chu Friday asking about DoE funding for projects connected to the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia.

Coming so soon after the announcement of the UK Parliamentary inquiry, one can't help but wonder if the timing is entirely coincidental. Nevertheless, shedding sunlight on what has been going on is certainly no bad thing.

Source: The Hill News.


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Reader Comments (6)

Actually, the letters to Chu and to Locke were sent on December 2, 2009.

Jan 22, 2010 at 8:14 PM | Unregistered CommenterDon B

To clarify, the letter to Chu Friday was a followup to the response to letters sent December 2, which were mentioned in my comment.

In other words, the letter was probably not part of an orchestrated campaign.

Jan 22, 2010 at 8:46 PM | Unregistered CommenterDon B

Two people in the world both thinking at the same time that they should strike while the iron is hot about the same thing is nothing surprising. After Climategate, slow by sure, lines will be forming to get at scientists involved.

Jan 22, 2010 at 9:05 PM | Unregistered CommenterHankHenry

More people to post yer book to, Yer Grace.

Jan 22, 2010 at 9:36 PM | Unregistered CommenterDon Pablo de la Sierra

" the letters to Chu and to Locke were sent on December 2, 2009."

That would have been one day after

" 1 December 2009 Phil Willis, Chairman of the Science and Technology Committee, wrote to Professor Edward Acton, Vice-Chancellor of UEA"

So, I guess there could have been prior consultation between them?

Jan 22, 2010 at 10:29 PM | Unregistered Commentermarchesarosa

As I "submitted" to "The Hill", check this out --
Notice a certain Philip Jones of the EAU? Data Achiving as well, after the HARRY.README files, where did this come from?

Jan 23, 2010 at 5:28 AM | Unregistered CommenterIntrepid_Wanders

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