Later this morning (Tues.), the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform — led by Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Ranking Member Tom Davis (R-VA) — will hold hearings on Bush administration political interference with climate scientists.

Now here’s a funny thing. Lauren Morello’s story for E&E (sub rqd.) contains this account of who will testify:

Among those set to testify tomorrow is former government scientist Rick Piltz, who now directs the Government Accountability Project’s Climate Science Watch. … Also on the witness list are Drew Shindell, a climatologist at the NASA Goddard Institute of Space Studies and a colleague of Hansen’s, and Francesca Grifo of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Notice any names missing? Ah yes, the press perennial Roger Pielke Jr. Surely this modern-day Zelig will not miss a chance to show his face? Nope, he won’t — he’s testifying.

Grist thanks its sponsors. Become one.

So how did he get added to the testimony list at this late hour?

I hear from reliable sources — and this was confirmed by Piltz — that the Republicans on the committee specifically requested Pielke Jr.

Now why would they do that?

Reader support helps sustain our work. Donate today to keep our climate news free.

Grist thanks its sponsors. Become one.