On February 6, 2017, Lamar Smith was on the House floor touting the courage of a whistle blower who has alleged that some climate science data produced by NOAA was falsified. Smith, who has long been a climate change denier while taking millions of dollars from the fossil fuel industries, praised the whistle blower as a hero for standing up to what Smith called a “liberal media smear campaign.” According to the whistle blower, the NOAA study concluding that a warming slowdown in the late 20th century was actually an illusion when viewing long term trends. Smith pointed to the potential falsification of this data as an indication that global warming has actually been slowing.
Smith did not address the response from scientists that even if the data in one NOAA government study has indeed been falsified, those results have been replicated numerous times. Zeke Hausfather, a climate scientist at Berkeley Earth, an independent temperature nonprofit in California, noted that such “results have been validated by independent data from satellites, buoys and Argo floats, and that many other independent groups, including Berkeley Earth and the U.K.’s Met Office Hadley Centre, get effectively the same results.”