Scientist responsible for Gore's claim about Polar Bears under investigation for claims

From the Associated Press:

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." . . .
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. . . .
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. . . .

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Blogger Chas said...

Markie Marxist sez: "This is awful! We got a lot of political mileage out of those polar bears too. Maybe we could drown something else? I'm thinking seals. Baby seals. They might even work better politically than the polar bears did. However, this is just a temporary setback until we can generate some credible evidence that polar bears really are drowning because of AGW. Some of my commie compadres are ex-hippie scientists who can cook numbers like a chef cooks an omelet - they can serve 'em up any way we like! Ha! Ha! All your data are belong to us! Ha! Ha!"

7/28/2011 9:23 PM  

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