Skip to comments.Groups Say Scientists Pressured On Warming (Dozens say Bush Ad. pressured them to play down threat)
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.
The politicization of science - delivered by the Democratic Party.
Does this mean that Senator Boxer, henceforth, will be returning to California during congressional recesses via wagon train?
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.
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)
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.
Totally un-credible group.
the lede shoudl read: "Two private advocacy groups that have endorsed the idea of global warming said... "
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?
Union of CS are a bunch of moonbats.
As reported on by your friends at See BS News.
They're not going to stop until they impeach Bush. And Cheney.
hot air from democrats is causing global warming
global warming is the new guns and tobacco
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.
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.
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!!!
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