House investigating Smithsonian global warming exhibit.

Earlier in the week, AP reported that the “Smithsonian Institution toned down an exhibit on climate change in the Arctic for fear of angering Congress and the Bush administration.” House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming Chairman Ed Markey (D-MA) has sent the Smithsonian a letter notifying the institution that he is starting an investigation into the matter:

Recent news reports suggest that the Smithsonian Institute may have altered the official text of last year’s exhibit “The Arctic–A Friend Acting Strangely” for inappropriate reasons. … I am deeply disturbed by allegations that the Smithsonian Institute would alter publicly presented scientific information in response to real or perceived pressure from the White House or Members of Congress to suppress evidence that human activity is contributing to global warming. The need to confront the challenge of global warming has been delayed significantly by a concerted effort to deny the scientific consensus regarding the dangers of climate change. It would be a tragedy if one of our nation’s most revered scientific institutions were somehow complicit in this activity.

Read the full letter HERE.