Last summer we criticized the Grand Rapids Press's reporting on the "global warming" issue. (Click here and here.) We took River City's newspaper of record to task for uncritically accepting global warming as a fact that requires government action to counter. Moreover we chastised it for not covering the substantial news available challenging that alleged fact. Notably absent from the Press's coverage was the Wegman Report.
As we reported, the Wegman Report was commission by the Energy Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. The authors expertly refuted the methodologies of climatologists in the global-warming camp used to fashion raw temperature data into claims that man is cooking Mother Earth. In particular, they completely dismantled the notorious "hockey stick" graph of Dr. Michael Mann, which gave rise to the current hysteria over global warming. Furthermore, they also explained the perverse motivations of many climatologists to support an unscientific consensus on global warming.
Because the Wegman Report is an important document meriting serious consideration, the House Energy Committee made it available for the public via the Internet. However, since the Democrats took over Congress and now run the House Energy Committee, under Michigan congressman John Dingell, they have removed the report from the committee's website. Even though the taxpayers bought and paid for the Wegmen Report, the Democrats apparently don't want the public to have access to it because the report doesn't support their political position on global warming.
Heaven forbid that the government should let the voters have access to expert analysis on both sides of a controversial issue. But not even the House Democrats in the age of the Internet can keep inconvenient information buried. Here is a new link to the Wegman Report. It's a tough slog, but well worth reading. (For a summary, here's a document put together by House Republicans.)