A former member of the Obama administration claims Washington D.C. often uses “misleading” news releases about climate data to influence public opinion.
 
Former Energy Department Undersecretary Steven Koonin told The Wall Street Journal on Monday that Barack Obama’s administration spun scientific data to manipulate public opinion for political purposes. “What you saw coming out of the press releases about climate data, climate analysis, was, I’d say, misleading, sometimes just wrong,” Koonin said, in reference to a cabal within the Obama administration that he said manipulated climate data. Koonin, served under Obama from 2009 to 2011.
 
Koonin mentioned a 2014 National Climate Assessment that purported to show an increase in hurricane activity from 1980 to illustrate how federal agencies manipulated climate data. The NCA’s assessment was technically incorrect, Koonin said. 
 
“What they forgot to tell you, and you don’t know until you read all the way into the fine print is that it actually decreased in the decades before that,” he said. In 2014, the United Nations published a report that underscored Koonin’s contentions. According to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, there “is limited evidence of changes in extremes associated with other climate variables since the mid-20th century,” while current data shows “no significant observed trends in global tropical cyclone frequency over the past century.”
 
Koonin argued that press officers at agencies such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and NASA, and their scientists to fabricate misleading press releases on climate issues. He is not alone in his claims. For example, members of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology recently began investigating NOAA after a whistleblower said scientists at the agency rushed a landmark global warming study to influence policymakers.
 
Committee chair Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) will “move forward as soon as possible” in demanding documents from the NOAA that were included in a 2015 subpoena on potential climate data tampering.
 
Koonin lamented the politics in science and said that expert should “tell it like it is. You’re a scientist and it is your responsibility to put the facts on the table.” The actions on the part of NASA and NOAA are a problem because “public opinion is formed by the data that is formed from those organizations and appears in newspapers.”
 
Radio host Mark Levin said of Koonin’s report "We were lied to. We were lied to in order to advance an ideology." The Obama administration, said the radio host, acted on promoting "the socialist Left, the Marxist Left," which wants to "nationalize economic decision making" and destroy capitalism piecemeal. Levin said that the global warming "myth" is an important tool in advancting leftist goals.


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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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