Four months ago, I introduced legislation, H.R. 3129, to prevent the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change from bilking taxpayers out of nearly $13 million for research on man-made global warming. Despite scathing attacks from some liberal media outlets and special interest groups, I stuck by this legislation and pushed for others to sponsor it. In the wake of the “Climategate” scandal I have called for an investigation into the recently revealed emails showing that scientists for the same UN group suppressed scientific evidence and manipulated data in order to silence opposing views. I recently joined with my colleagues from the Oversight and Government Reform Committee in calling for an investigation into the “Climategate” emails obtained covertly from the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit in the United Kingdom. The scientists exposed in the emails have for years been influential in driving the worldwide alarm over man-made global warming, including through the role they play providing key sets of data used by the IPCC to draw up its reports they claim prove man-made global warming.

With the UN Climate Change Conference convening in Copenhagen this week, the time to investigate is now because the “Climategate” emails seem to indicate that the same scientists who were sending data to the UN climate panel were suppressing scientific evidence and manipulating data that was used in part as justification for liberals to pass cap-and-trade legislation.