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Groups Say Scientists Pressured On Warming (Dozens say Bush Ad. pressured them to play down threat)
CBS News ^ | 01/30/07

Posted on 01/30/2007 10:49:23 AM PST by presidio9

Two private advocacy groups told a congressional hearing Tuesday that climate scientists at seven government agencies say they have been subjected to political pressure aimed at downplaying the threat of global warming.

The groups presented a survey that shows two in five of the 279 climate scientists who responded to a questionnaire complained that some of their scientific papers had been edited in a way that changed their meaning. Nearly half of the 279 said in response to another question that at some point they had been told to delete reference to "global warming" or "climate change" from a report.

The questionnaire was sent by the Union of Concerned Scientists, a private advocacy group. The report also was based on "firsthand experiences" described in interviews with the Government Accountability Project, which helps government whistleblowers, lawmakers were told.

The Democratic chairman of the House panel examining the government's response to climate change said Tuesday there is evidence that senior Bush administration officials sought repeatedly "to mislead the public by injecting doubt into the science of global warming."

Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., said he and the top Republican on his oversight committee, Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia, have sought documents from the administration on climate policy, but repeatedly been rebuffed.

"The committee isn't trying to obtain state secrets or documents that could affect our immediate national security," said Waxman, opening the hearing. "We are simply seeking answers to whether the White House's political staff is inappropriately censoring impartial government scientists."

"We know that the White House possesses documents that contain evidence of an attempt by senior administration officials to mislead the public by injecting doubt into the science of global warming and minimize the potential danger," Waxman said.

At the same time, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., sought to gauge her colleague's sentiment on climate change. She opened a meeting where senators were to express their views on global warming in advance of a broader set of hearings on the issue.

Among those scheduled to make comments were two presidential hopefuls — Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Barack Obama, D-Ill. Both lawmakers favor mandatory reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, something opposed by President Bush, who argues such requirements would threaten economic growth.

The intense interest about climate change comes as some 500 climate scientists gather in Paris this week to put the final touches on a United Nations report on how warming, as a result of a growing concentration of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, is likely to affect sea levels.

They agree sea levels will rise, but not on how much. Whatever the report says when it comes out at week's end, it is likely to influence the climate debate in Congress.

At the Waxman hearing, the two advocacy groups said their research — based on the questionnaires, interviews and documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act — revealed "evidence of widespread interference in climate science in federal agencies."

The groups report described largely anonymous claims by scientists that their findings at times at been misrepresented, that they had been pressured to change findings and had been restricted on what they were allowed to say publicly.

The survey involved scientists across the government from NASA and the Environmental Protection Agency to the department's of Agriculture, Energy, Commerce, Defense and Interior. In all the government employees more than 2,000 scientists who spend at least some of their time on climate issues, the report said.

President Bush mentioned global warming in his recent State of the Union speech – the first time he's done that, CBS News correspondent Bob Fuss reports. But Democrats are ready to do something about it.

Boxer has offered the most aggressive bill, one that is touted as reducing these greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by mid-century.

Obama and McCain are sponsoring a bill along with Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, an independent who usually votes Democratic, that would cut emissions by two-thirds by 2050. Another bill, offered by Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., would halt the growth of carbon emissions by 2030 and then is expected to lead to reductions.

All three would require mandatory caps on greenhouse gas releases from power plants, cars and other sources. They also would have various forms of an emissions trading system to reduce the economic cost.


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: 4legsgood2legsbad; backoffimascientist; bushliedpeopledied; climatechange; conspiracytheories; fakebutaccurate; globalwarmingtheory; govwatch; junkscience; seebsnews; wtfk

1 posted on 01/30/2007 10:49:29 AM PST by presidio9
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To: presidio9

The politicization of science - delivered by the Democratic Party.


2 posted on 01/30/2007 10:50:34 AM PST by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: presidio9

Does this mean that Senator Boxer, henceforth, will be returning to California during congressional recesses via wagon train?


3 posted on 01/30/2007 10:51:41 AM PST by RexBeach
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To: farmfriend; DaveLoneRanger


4 posted on 01/30/2007 10:52:07 AM PST by presidio9 (There is something wonderful about a country that produces a brave and humble man like Wesley Autrey)
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To: presidio9

this is going to be a total nightmare for the US, its economy, and our freedoms. this is the biggest expansion of government control in history. it will define how we live, how we are taxed, what we drive, how we use transportation, how we use electricity, etc. all under government control and taxation - with Goldman Sachs collecting commissions on every "carbon credit" bought and sold.


5 posted on 01/30/2007 10:52:18 AM PST by oceanview
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To: presidio9

As I recall there were also some claims that the white house "silenced" the park service. Those turned out to be an utter fabrication. (lie)


6 posted on 01/30/2007 10:52:20 AM PST by cripplecreek (Peace without victory is a temporary illusion.)
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To: presidio9

All my publications have been reviewed and edited. Do I feel it is done for political purposes? No. It is done because somebody on the food chain is either ignorant or needs to CYA something or just wants to say 'hi.'. I have yet to see a coherent conspiracy anywhere.


7 posted on 01/30/2007 10:52:58 AM PST by RightWhale (Repeal the law of the excluded middle)
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To: presidio9
Hey!

Fake but accurate! We know this is right and we'd love to provide some actual proof and one day in the future we will.
8 posted on 01/30/2007 10:53:50 AM PST by SomeoneNeedsToSayIt
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To: presidio9
Union of Concerned Scientists

Totally un-credible group.

9 posted on 01/30/2007 10:54:09 AM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: presidio9

the lede shoudl read: "Two private advocacy groups that have endorsed the idea of global warming said... "


10 posted on 01/30/2007 10:54:54 AM PST by PDR
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To: All
The really ironic aspect of this whole claim is that
the opposite is true.
Those who dont drink the global warming coolaid are the ones who are silenced.
11 posted on 01/30/2007 10:55:41 AM PST by mtairycitizen
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To: presidio9

I wonder if the "concerned scientists" are upset at the blatant political threat from the 2 senators directed at the oil company to stop funding groups who did not believe in global warming or the characterization of those who don't subscribe to the theory as "global warming deniers" and a threat to silence anyone who questions them?


I didn't think so.


12 posted on 01/30/2007 10:55:50 AM PST by saganite (Billions and billions and billions-------and that's just the NASA budget!)
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To: facedown

Union of CS are a bunch of moonbats.


13 posted on 01/30/2007 10:55:52 AM PST by RexBeach
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To: facedown

As reported on by your friends at See BS News.


14 posted on 01/30/2007 10:55:59 AM PST by presidio9 (There is something wonderful about a country that produces a brave and humble man like Wesley Autrey)
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To: presidio9

They're not going to stop until they impeach Bush. And Cheney.


15 posted on 01/30/2007 10:57:12 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they captured or killed.)
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To: presidio9

hot air from democrats is causing global warming

global warming is the new guns and tobacco


16 posted on 01/30/2007 10:59:21 AM PST by Enduring Freedom (President Bush - Your Public Relations Team Sucks!)
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To: All
I have come to the conclusion that people feel guilty about their success and wealth in life. But instead of actually doing something about it and giving back to the community, they just think the govmt will do it for them.

It makes them feel better without actually having to do anything about it.

Maybe they think "I need my SUV, but the other guy down the street does not". I need by big screen TV. My house is not that big. I don't make that much. The Govmt will make it all better.

That is the only way I can explain what is happening here.
17 posted on 01/30/2007 10:59:27 AM PST by mtairycitizen
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To: Wally_Kalbacken

Exactly. It is , in fact, the pressure of leftist sociologists, geographers, and geologists that have kept any negative studies showing the inaneness of Global Warming via just human events, from seeing the light of the day! The idea of global warming is another pacifist socialist view wrapped in scientific horror to undermine capitalism and exploration for energy forces.


18 posted on 01/30/2007 10:59:57 AM PST by phillyfanatic
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To: presidio9
Two private advocacy groups told a congressional hearing Tuesday that climate scientists at seven government agencies say they have been subjected to political pressure aimed at downplaying the threat of global warming.

Yeah, right. What about the never-ending pressure from the MSM, the left, the environmentalists, etc. touting "the sky is falling" scenarios and attacking those who do not follow the party line (e.g. Heidi Cullen of the Weather Channel who advocates that those who do not totally buy into man caused GW should have their AMS certification revoked so they can not do TV broadcasts). And on the other side two new reports highlighted on Drudge show just the opposite. Sounds like what the administration is trying to do is wholly proper: Introduce some uncertainity into the "science" of global warming.

19 posted on 01/30/2007 11:00:04 AM PST by CedarDave (Hanoi Jane never got over her AIDS (America Is Deranged Syndrome))
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To: Peach

Quote: "They're not going to stop until they impeach Bush. And Cheney."

As well they should be. I mean, lying over global warming, the greatest threat to the world since lice. Bush and co. must go and go now!!! Impeach Bush, come on dems, impeach him!!!


20 posted on 01/30/2007 11:00:42 AM PST by FlipWilson
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To: mtairycitizen
The really ironic aspect of this whole claim is that the opposite is true. Those who dont drink the global warming coolaid are the ones who are silenced.

Exactly. Yet another example of misdirection by the liberals. The real fear of a "theocracy" comes from the religion of global warming.

21 posted on 01/30/2007 11:04:17 AM PST by Ronaldus Magnus Reagan (Jim Webb is the new Senate Idiot)
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To: mtairycitizen
The really ironic aspect of this whole claim is that the opposite is true. Those who dont drink the global warming coolaid are the ones who are silenced.

Exactly. All the administration is trying to do is inject some balance by rightly pointing out that the science is not yet settled, and in fact new studies may show just the opposite -- changes in the sun's radiation are the overwhelming cause of climate change, not man. But the moonbats will have none of it -- if true it takes away their "blame America first" argument.

22 posted on 01/30/2007 11:06:11 AM PST by CedarDave (Hanoi Jane never got over her AIDS (America Is Deranged Syndrome))
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To: presidio9

Hilarious.

CBS will never stop spewing the party line for the Dems, no matter how low their ratings go.


23 posted on 01/30/2007 11:07:47 AM PST by redstates4ever
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To: Peach

I don't think that is their plan. I think they want a Watergate redux. Force Cheney to resign based on his alleged invlovement in Libby's perjury. Elect a more acceptable Republican Veep (say Olympia Snow, Lincoln Chafee, or Arlen Specter). And then begin impeachment hearings on W.


24 posted on 01/30/2007 11:11:38 AM PST by p. henry
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To: p. henry

or have another non binding symbolic resolution about it


25 posted on 01/30/2007 11:15:04 AM PST by italianquaker (what are the democrats doing about there war now)
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To: mtairycitizen

well, yes.

but the other thing that has happend here - total silence from the Republicans, for years, regarding the fantasy of global warming. Imagine how far we've come, the Kyoto treaty didn't even have a single vote in the senate some years ago, to where we are now - the last SOTU speech was essentially a capitulation to the left on this issue, simply by acknowledging it exists and its caused by man and we can really do something about it.


26 posted on 01/30/2007 11:58:57 AM PST by oceanview
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To: presidio9

cheeze- I dont think I can take 2 years of this idiocy

AND YOU DUMASS REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS DESERVED TO LOSE FOR ACTING LIKE DEMOCRAPS

somone ask Newt Gingrich how to win an election, willya?


27 posted on 01/30/2007 12:32:05 PM PST by Mr. K (Some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help...)
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To: RexBeach

Does this mean that Senator Boxer, henceforth, will be returning to California during congressional recesses via wagon train?

No. Broom, as usual.


28 posted on 01/30/2007 12:34:34 PM PST by DOGEY
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To: SomeoneNeedsToSayIt
I'm more likely to be killed by Ninjas than global warming.

Man Tries To Rob Richfield Lunds Dressed As Ninja http://wcco.com/topstories/local_story_029182451.html

29 posted on 01/30/2007 12:36:05 PM PST by Rakkasan1 ((Illegal immigrants are just undocumented friends you haven't met yet!))
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To: presidio9

Anonymous complaints, anonymous or unnamed survey sources, presentation by an advocacy group. Yeah right, I'm gong to take this to the bank...


30 posted on 01/30/2007 12:41:03 PM PST by Truth29
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To: presidio9

Shut-up you idiots! Leave it for a boobie-trap for Bin Laddie. Let him solve it after he takes over the world. (Which you seem to be all for by the way.)


31 posted on 01/30/2007 1:05:13 PM PST by Waco
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To: presidio9
Two private advocacy groups....

Union of Concerned Scientists:

http://www.timeswatch.org/topicindex/U/union_concerned_scientists/welcome.asp

Government Accountability Project:

http://www.mediaresearch.org/cyberalerts/2005/cyb20050609.asp#1

32 posted on 01/30/2007 1:20:01 PM PST by Libertarian444
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To: presidio9

I'd like to know why there are 279 climate scientists on the government payroll.


33 posted on 01/30/2007 1:34:57 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Celebrate Monocacy!)
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To: piasa
The report also was based on "firsthand experiences" described in interviews with the Government Accountability Project, which helps government whistleblowers, lawmakers were told.

GAP is yet another IPS spinoff, from the Church Committee era. It emerged from the same network as the Center for National Security Studies (CNSS) associated with Morton Halperin.

34 posted on 01/30/2007 3:54:33 PM PST by Fedora
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To: presidio9

Never been too big on unions. I think this is another one we could do without.


35 posted on 01/30/2007 4:30:10 PM PST by westmichman (The will of God always trumps the will of the people.)
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To: VeniVidiVici

I'd like to know why there are 279 climate scientists on the government payroll.


Because it takes that many different preditions for one of them to get it right.


36 posted on 01/30/2007 4:32:37 PM PST by westmichman (The will of God always trumps the will of the people.)
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To: westmichman

preditions=predictions... or maybe perditions.


37 posted on 01/30/2007 4:34:00 PM PST by westmichman (The will of God always trumps the will of the people.)
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To: presidio9

the Union of Concerned Scientists, a private advocacy group.

How about -

the Union Soviet Socialists, a Marxist front group.


38 posted on 01/30/2007 5:06:37 PM PST by sergeantdave (Consider that nearly half the people you pass on the street meet Lenin's definition of useful idiot)
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