GOP Senators Demand Probe Into Federal Grants That “Propagandize” Climate Change To TV Weathermen

NBC News reports:

Four Republican senators called Wednesday for an investigation of National Science Foundation grants, saying the federal agency had ventured beyond science and into political advocacy, particularly with its support of a program to encourage TV weathercasters to report on global warming.

The four senators called for a probe by the foundation’s inspector general, saying the $4 million program to increase climate reporting by meteorologists “is not science – it is propagandizing.”

The senators — Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Rand Paul, R-Ky., James Lankford, R-Okla., and Jim Inhofe, R-Okla. — said the program run by the nonprofit Climate Central epitomizes National Science Foundation (NSF) grants that stray beyond their appropriate scope of “basic research.”

The complaint centers on a 2012 opinion column which denounces Climate Central as an “advocacy group.”