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    by Sandy English

    Last month, James E. Hansen, a senior scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), accused appointees of the Bush administration in the agency’s public affairs department of attempting to prevent him from publicly discussing the role of fossil fuel emissions in climate change.

    At a conference on science and the environment at the New School in New York City last week, Hansen said that officials at another agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), had similarly prevented scientists from discussing their findings on global warming.

    Hansen’s accusations have prompted denials from the heads of both agencies, calls for congressional investigations, editorials in the New York Times and Washington Post , and the departure of at least one official from NASA.

    The situation at the NOAA, which includes the National Weather Service, is, if anything, even more alarming. According to the Times , “At climate laboratories [of NOAA]...*many scientists who routinely took calls from reporters five years ago can now only do so if the interview is approved by administration officials in Washington, and then only if a public affairs officer is present on the phone.*”


    Scientists at the NOAA are instructed not to draw parallels between climatological phenomena and global warning.


    At other times, according to Judis’s article, NOAA officials are more careful to tweak their statements on global warming. Max Mayfield, the director of NOAA’s National Hurricane Center said before the Senate Commerce Committee that an increased activity in hurricanes is part of a regular pattern and not “increased substantially [Judis’s italics] by global warming.”


    Scientists with links to NOAA describe an atmosphere of intimidation at the agency. Judis cites Jerry Mahlman, who retired in 2000 as the director of NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, as saying that scientists who do not toe the official line on global warming are having their papers withheld from publication. “*I know a lot of people who would love to talk to you, but they don’t dare. They’re afraid of getting fired.*”

    Meet the New Pharisees, same as the Old Pharisees. - me

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Mon Mar 20, 2006 at 12:49:38 PM PST

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