This is a guest post by Mike Casey, cross-posted from ScalingGreen.com .
Despite overwhelming evidence  that anthropogenic climate change is real, potentially catastrophic, and accelerating, the theft of the East Anglia emails a year ago was turned into “Climategate” by the dirty energy lobby. This non-scandal was nothing but a bunch of hot air , perpetrated by “deniers,” and to a large extend funded by the leading dirty energy (coal and oil) industries. (For more on this subject, see the superb book, “The Climate War,”  by Eric Pooley.)
Congressman Joe “Apologize to BP” Barton of Texas was among those honking on the “Climategate” horn the loudest. The problem is that Barton lacks intellectual integrity of his own. As Salon reports :
The only problem, other than the fact that the report is overwhelmingly without merit, is that it was largely plagiarized .
In other words, it appears that we’ve found the real “Climategate” scandal here -- the relentless, well-funded propaganda effort to discredit climate science and climate scientists. The deniers’ new plagiarism problem is just the latest in the fast-and-loose, fact-free zone in which they operate.
We have a call in to the House Ethics Committee, inquiring as to whether plagiarism represents a violation of House Ethics rules, and will report back what we hear. As we’re waiting for an answer, keep in mind that Rep. Joe Barton, who requested the aforementioned report, is the same individual who infamously apologized to BP  for how it was treated after it created one of the worst environmental disasters in the history of the country.
No, the real “tragedy” is that people like Joe Barton get to come to Congress at all, not to mention rise to powerful positions.
By Mike Casey, cross-posted from ScalingGreen.com .