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Gore’s Polar Bears Didn’t Drown From AGW?

From an unfazed Associated Press:

Arctic scientist under investigation

July 28, 2011

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal wildlife biologist whose observation in 2004 of presumably drowned polar bears in the Arctic helped to galvanize the global warming movement has been placed on administrative leave and is being investigated for scientific misconduct, possibly over the veracity of that article.

Charles Monnett, an Anchorage-based scientist with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, or BOEMRE, was told July 18 that he was being put on leave, pending results of an investigation into "integrity issues."

My goodness. How can anyone question the integrity of an environmental scientist trying to save polar bears?

But he has not yet been informed by the inspector general’s office of specific charges or questions related to the scientific integrity of his work, said Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

‘PEER.’ Get it? You can imagine what kind of group this is.

On Thursday, Ruch’s watchdog group plans to file a complaint with the agency on Monnett’s behalf, asserting that Obama administration officials have "actively persecuted" him in violation of policy intended to protect scientists from political interference.

And we believe this, too. (Sarcasm.)

Notice, though, how we are only hearing about this investigation after someone has come forward to defend the suspect. This is always the way our watchdog media reports bad news about its political friends.

Monnett, who has coordinated much of the agency’s research on Arctic wildlife and ecology, has duties that include managing about $50 million worth of studies, according to the complaint, a copy of which was provided to The Associated Press.

Money really is the root of all scientific fraud. (By the way, how do you suppose Mr. Monnett’s name is pronounced?)

The complaint seeks Monnett’s reinstatement along with a public apology from the agency and inspector general. It also seeks to have the investigation dropped or to have the charges specified and the matter carried out in accordance with policy.

What a strange list of demands, given that Mr. Monnett claims to not even know why he is being investigated.

The complaint also says that investigators took Monnett’s computer hard drive, notebooks and other unspecified items from him, which have not been returned.

The outrage!

A BOEMRE spokeswoman declined to comment on an "ongoing internal investigation." Ruch said BOEMRE has barred Monnett from talking to reporters.

Sure they have.

Documents provided by Ruch’s group indicate questioning by investigators has centered on observations that Monnett and fellow researcher Jeffrey Gleason made in 2004, while conducting an aerial survey of bowhead whales, of four dead polar bears floating in the water after a storm. They detailed their observations in an article published two years later in the journal Polar Biology; presentations also were given at scientific gatherings.

In the peer-reviewed article, the researchers said they were reporting, to the best of their knowledge, the first observations of polar bears floating dead offshore and presumed drowned while apparently swimming long distances in open water. Polar bears are considered strong swimmers, they wrote, but long-distance swims may exact a greater metabolic toll than standing or walking on ice in better weather.

They said their observations suggested the bears drowned in rough seas and high winds and "suggest that drowning-related deaths of polar bears may increase in the future if the observed trend of regression of pack ice and/or longer open water periods continues."

But it was all based on presumptions. Funny, but we don’t remember it being reported in the mainstream media that way.

The article and presentations drew national attention and helped make the polar bear something of a poster child for the global warming movement. Al Gore’s mention of the polar bear in his documentary on climate change, "An Inconvenient Truth," came up during investigators’ questioning of Gleason in January.

Mr. Gore used bad data in his slide show? Will he have to give his Nobel Peace Prize and Academy Award back?

In May 2008, the U.S. classified the polar bear as a threatened species, the first with its survival at risk due to global warming.

Even though the polar bear population is reported to be increasing.

According to a transcript, investigator Eric May asked Gleason his thoughts on Gore referencing the dead polar bears. Gleason said none of the polar bear papers he has written or co-authored has said "anything really" about global warming.

"It’s something along the lines of the changing environment in the Arctic," he said.

Gleason said others put their own spin on research or observations.

The hell you say! Mr. Gore misrepresented their ‘scientific’ information to advance his agenda of man made global warming?

Come to think of it, though, perhaps this is why the Obama administration is going after them. Mr. Gleason sounds like an apostate.

The complaint alleges Gleason and Monnett were harassed by agency officials and received negative comments from them after the article was published. Gleason eventually took another Interior Department job; he didn’t respond to an email and a BOEMRE spokeswoman said he wouldn’t be available for comment.

Ruch also claimed the investigation is being done by criminal investigators with no scientific background, even though the case is an administrative matter.

"Criminal investigators"? Now we’re talking.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, July 28th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Gore’s Polar Bears Didn’t Drown From AGW?”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    At the end of the day, when a has-been political hack can no longer drain the public coffers as an operative of the inside-the-beltway functionary, all they have left is–well–show business. And Al, you have done so very well. You have carnival-barked your way into massive wealth. Good for you. Guess there’s nothing illegal about that, but you’re an ethical Etch-A-Sketch.

    *side note: Maybe we can get this guy Gleason together with that clown who speaks for Obama, what’s his name? Carney? Maybe that would help the both of them out. But then, remakes are very often not nearly as good as the originals.

  2. JohnMG says:

    Was Monnett placed on administrative leave without pay? Somehow I doubt it.

    Was it the severe storms that caused the polar bear drownings? Probably.

    Monnett had his computer hard drive and notebooks taken from him? His, or those provided to him by BOEMRE? Probably siezed as evidence.

    Obama administration officials have actively persecuted him? Please provide examples. I doubt that Monnett hails from the Arizona governor’s office.

    The investigation is being done by criminal investigators without scientific backgrounds? So I guess you have to be a scientist to recognize criminal activity and deliberate fraud.

    Is it possible to indict the AP as a co-conspirator? The irony would be too delicious.

    While we’re at it, let’s name PEER as a complicit defendant once the prosecution begins.

    But, then again, nothing is likely to come of this other than its use as a campaign issue for the administration as they move inexhorably to the center.

  3. untrainable says:

    …long-distance swims MAY exact a greater metabolic toll than standing or walking on ice in better weather…”
    Wow. It sure is a good thing we have scientists “doing science” for us. To be gifted with such incredible observatinal and deductive reasoning skills must be overwhelming. At least it would be to us rubes out here in flyover country.

  4. P. Aaron says:

    Maybe them dead bears is good eatin’?

  5. Right of the People says:

    “In May 2008, the U.S. classified the polar bear as a threatened species, the first with its survival at risk due to global warming.”

    Somebody needs to tell the folks in northern Canada and Alaska who are seeing more and more intrusions from Polar Bears in their towns. That’s probably why the “scientists” are claiming their “endangered” because they aren’t out on the ice pack anymore, their shopping for their meals in the towns.

    I guess that’s just in Inconvenient Truth, hey Algore?

  6. canary says:

    The polar bears have been tagged and chipped for years. They can be monitored and locate at any given time so perhaps something suspicious showed up.

    Feed the mf scientist to the polar bears he claims are starving.

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