Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Politics over truth

Democratic-controlled Congress on Tuesday stepped up its pressure on President Bush's global warming strategy, hearing allegations of new political pressure on government scientists to downplay the threat of global warming.
...46 percent felt pressure to eliminate the words "climate change," "global warming" or similar terms from communications about their work.

The scientists also reported 435 instances of political interference in their work over the past five years.

The Union of Concerned Scientists, a private advocacy group, and the Government Accountability Project, a legal-assistance group that represents whistle-blowers, sent out the survey to 1,600 scientists. Surveys were returned by 308 scientists. Not all answered every question, but the survey found that:

  • 43 percent of respondents reported edits during review of their work that changed the meaning of their findings.
  • 46 percent felt administrative requirements that impaired climate-related work.
  • 67 percent said the environment for federal government climate research is worse now than five years ago.
We will make no progress in dealing with this environmental crisis without honest inquiry.
Dishonest inquiry led us to the War in Iraq.  It will equally lead us to devastating environmental consequences. 
We will be getting an honest appraisal in just a few days as a major report is due to be released.
The Administration will not be able to apply pressure or edit their way out of the facts of that report.

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