The US Congress could start an investigation into leaked emails which suggest climate change statistics have been consistently manipulated to make the case for anthropogenic global warming more credible.
The emails leaked from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in the UK - which claims to be the repository for the most comprehensive set of climate data on the planet - contain what many observers see as clear evidence that scientists have been altering that data to fit in with their man-made global warming beliefs.
Earlier this week, Oklahoma senator James Inhofe said on his website that the UEA emails suggest researchers 'cooked the science to make this thing look as if the science was settled, when all the time of course we knew it was not.' Other senators are also considering whether an investigation is warranted.
In a transcript of a radio show, Inhofe said: "Today, I will discuss… scientific integrity and how to improve it. Specifically, the systematic and documented abuse of the scientific process by an international body that claims it provides the most complete and objective scientific assessment in the world on the subject of climate change - the United Nations-sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC. I will conclude with a series of recommendations as to the minimum changes the IPCC must make if it is to restore its credibility."
The UEA climate unit's mathematical models were incorporated into the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 2007 report - the most commonly-used source of evidence that carbon dioxide emissions endanger the planet and should be regulated.