A prominent scientist researching climate change is being investigated for e-mails he wrote suggesting that data on climate change be manipulated.
British researcher Phil Jones of the Climate Research Unit is temporarily stepping down as the unit's director.
"What is most important is that CRU continues its world leading research with as little interruption and diversion as possible," Jones said in a statement. "After a good deal of consideration I have decided that the best way to achieve this is by stepping aside from the Director's role during the course of the independent review and am grateful to the University for agreeing to this. The Review process will have my full support."
CRU is one of the largest data houses for research on climate change. Both Congress and the Environmental Protection Agency rely on data from this research center.
Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., has called for Senate hearings on the e-mails.
A House committee is meeting Wednesday to discuss the controversy.
Source: The Washington Post