A federal wildlife biologist Charles Monnett whose observation in 2004 of drowned polar bears in the Arctic helped to galvanize the global warming movement has been placed on administrative leave. He is being investigated for scientific misconduct, possibly over the veracity of his 2004 article on drowning bears.
Charles Monnett was on of the main scientist behind the idea that polar bears are increasingly drowning because of global warming. Remember those swimming polar bears in Al Gore's movie that were faked with graphics. Why? There may not have been any drowning bears, just a faked report by Monnett. Here are some details from the Reference Frame:
Charles Monnett, employed by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy, Management, Regulation, and Enforcement, was put on leave until the verdict about the investigation of his "integrity issues". Obama administration officials are behind the investigation: they confiscated Monnett's hard drives and notebooks, among other possible proofs.
Gleason, the second author in both papers, has told the investigators that none of the polar bears in either article had anything real to do with global warming (and they haven't even mentioned the term global warming) and Monnett has added this spin to his interpretations . . .[My emphasis added]
This was certainly another effort by a small group of people, an environmentalist minority and Al Gore, attempting to sway the public views on global warming using fraudulent science. One more attempt to create a tipping point in the public perception on the danger of global warming. (See RR here for more on tipping points.)
As contrary global warming data comes to light and climate change fraud continues to be revealed, remember that public policy has been made using this fraudulent science. Public policy that is costing you big time, higher gas prices, lost jobs and more expensive energy. When are you going to rise up against this abuse of our freedom?
Update (07-29-11, 15:50) Suspension not related to polar bear paper, details at Sac Bee:
The recent suspension of Alaska wildlife biologist Charles Monnett is unrelated both to an article that he wrote about presumably drowned Arctic polar bears and to his scientific work, a federal official said Friday.
The director of the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Enforcement and Regulation, told agency staff in Alaska via email that it instead was the result of new information on a separate subject that was recently brought to officials' attention.
The email, written by Michael Bromwich, was obtained by The Associated Press.
Read the rest here.