Sen. Inhofe: UN Report Ignores 15 Years of Climate Stasis to Advance 'Political Agenda'

By Jeffrey Meyer | September 27, 2013 | 3:15pm EDT

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) just released its "Fifth Assessment Report" and one Republican senator took the panel to task for its shoddy work. In a statement published on Friday, Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) condemned the report, calling it proof that "the UN is more interested in advancing a political agenda than scientific integrity."

Inhofe was reacting to the UN report which claimed that they are 95% certain that human activity has caused "at least half of climate change in the last haft-century." After calling out the political nature of the report, Inhofe continued to refute their assertions, pointing out that, "The IPCC glossed over the ongoing fifteen-year pause in temperature increases and did nothing to suggest that their predictions might be wrong."

In response to the UN report, Senator Inhofe filed two climate change amendments to the government-funding continuing resolution (CR).

The first would prohibit the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and the second would prohibit the Obama Administration from engaging in international climate change negotiations unless the IPCC includes an addendum stating that, "anthropogenic climate change is a scientifically unproven theory."

On Thursday, Senators David Vitter (R-La.), Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) joined Inhofe (R-Okla.) in sending a letter to Todd Stern, Special Envoy for Climate Change at the U.S. State Department, regarding the Administration's efforts to downplay the importance of the 15-year hiatus in global temperature increases in the upcoming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.

"The failure of the IPCC climate models is obviously a great embarrassment for a significant number of researchers and politicians who have been demanding costly international and U.S. actions.  And it isn't simply the climate models that have been inaccurate, multiple other claims have failed over the years as is laid out in our recent report." wrote the senators. "When governments can weigh in and request alterations to a scientific analysis, the message is clear that the IPCC produces a political document, not a scientific one.  Such actions exacerbate the already declining reputation of the IPCC."

They cite an AP report claiming that several nations lobbied the IPCC to select a conclusion to their report that might account for, or otherwise hide, the lack of global warming since 1998.  In addition, the senators say the AP noted the United States government chose to ignore the potential for flaws in the climate models used by the IPCC, while also lobbying the IPCC on the possibility that oceans had absorbed global warming.

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