Saturday :: Jan 28, 2006

Bush Administration Tries To Silence NASA Global Warming Expert

by Steve

Is anyone surprised at this news? And this comes at a time when the Washington Post of all papers writes a Page One Sunday which indicates that the debate inside the scientific community is over as to whether or not humans cause global warming, but that after six wasted years under George W. Bush, it may be too late to do anything about it.

The top climate scientist at NASA says the Bush administration has tried to stop him from speaking out since he gave a lecture last month calling for prompt reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases linked to global warming.
The scientist, James E. Hansen, longtime director of the agency's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said in an interview that officials at NASA headquarters had ordered the public affairs staff to review his coming lectures, papers, postings on the Goddard Web site and requests for interviews from journalists.
Dr. Hansen said he would ignore the restrictions. "They feel their job is to be this censor of information going out to the public," he said.

See, I’m still naïve enough to think that the Democrats can make an issue this fall out of the GOP’s pathetic environmental negligence. In certain congressional districts around the country, Democratic challengers can mount effective criticisms against an entrenched GOP incumbent for allowing this administration to ignore global warming, while these same GOP incumbents engage in a pay-for-play game with regulated industries that result in weakening the Clean Air and Water Acts. I'd say that GOP incumbents in carefully selected northeastern and Gulf Coast districts would have something to fear from a well-mounted attack against the GOP's head-in-the-sand, hand-me-the-check approach towards the environment these last six years.

But then, that’s just me. Our troll friends tell us that the only thing voters will care about this fall is having their taxes cut to zero, and having Big Daddy Bush keep the big bad terrorists away from them and their wet beds.

Remember that guy who was warning us about all this over a decade ago? You know, the man who won the 2000 election, without running on his environmental record, who would be in an even better position to do so in 2008, given how prescient he has turned out to be.

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