The American Meteorological Society is condemning a prominent Democrat's investigation of university professors who stake out skeptical or contrarian positions on climate change.
"Publicly singling out specific researchers based on perspectives they have expressed and implying a failure to appropriately disclose funding sources—and thereby questioning their scientific integrity—sends a chilling message to all academic researchers," the group wrote Friday to Rep. Raul Grijalva, the top Democrat on the Natural Resources Committee.
The letter marks the latest criticism of the Arizona lawmaker's search for ties between fossil-fuel interests and professors at several schools who have testified before Congress at the invitation of Republicans.
National Journal has much more on the controversy over Grijalva's inquiry here.
His probe follows revelations that Wei-Hock (Willie) Soon of Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, who disputes the scientific consensus that human activities are the main driver of global warming, failed to disclose research funding from Exxon, Southern Company, and other fossil-fuel industry sources.
The Smithsonian announced this week that it has launched an internal probe of Soon.