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Taking the hand offered it by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Fox claims that the Obama administration is distorting and censoring science the same way the Cheney-Bush administration did even though the channel never admitted the Bush White House engaged in such activity. Here's the hilarious "interview" about alleged suppression of scientific evidence on climate change by the Environmental Protection Agency.

A few problems with that stunning take. There was no ignoring. No scientific evidence. No EPA scientist.

Just a guy working for the economics division of EPA. A guy who apparently wasn't keeping up with the job he was supposed to be doing, which had nothing to do with climate science since he isn't educated in that field. A guy who apparently still thinks that Greenland's ice isn't melting all that fast, despite the evidence that it is melting even faster than the pessimists feared just a few years ago.

But, besides the attempt to taint Obama with stuff Bush supposedly never did but would have been bad if he had, take a look at the cunning way this was presented:

Bill Sammon: The EPA is now accused of ignoring this guy's dissenting report and forwarding their own sort of politically arrived at conclusions ...

Accused by whom? By the CEI, of course. Which has received a hefty portion of its funding from the Scaife Foundation and Exxon Mobil. Which has misrepresented real scientists regarding climate change for two decades. And whose founder and president Fred Smith once said:

Mr. SMITH: Look, the point - what we do know and don’t know, we know that carbon dioxide is increasing. We know carbon dioxide is a plant fertilizer which is a positive benefit to the peoples of the world. We know that there are these elaborate computer models that have never been right before, may be right this time, that suggest climate changes, possibly good, possibly bad. Most of the indications right now are it looks pretty good. Warmer winters, warmer nights, no effects during the day because of clouding, sounds to me like we’re moving to a more benign planet, more rain, richer, easier productivity to agriculture ...

KINSLEY: Wait a minute.

Mr. SMITH: We’re basically to a world now that’s a lot closer to heaven than hell.

How comforting.

 

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Mon Jun 29, 2009 at 12:38 PM PDT.

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