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"[The Bush Administration] feel their job is to be this censor of information going out to the public." Dr. Hansen, lead Scientist at NASA on Global Warming.

Its already known that Bush thinks this global warming stuff is hogwash, crap science. Only believed by loonies. However, outside of Bush and his pals, global warming is something that most scientists (not on an oil company's payroll) agree on.

With more and more scientists agreeing on the existence of global warming the central debate has shifted to whether climate change is progressing so rapidly that, within decades, humans may be helpless to slow or reverse the trend. Dr. James Hansen, who directs NASA's Goddard Institute of Space Studies, last week confirmed that 2005 was the warmest year on record, surpassing 1998.

Earth's average temperature has risen nearly 1 degree Fahrenheit over the past 30 years, Hansen noted, and another increase of about 4 degrees over the next century would ''imply changes that constitute practically a different planet." Well all this data and facts that Hansen is giving out is seen as a threat to the administration's position of not thinking...I mean not believing in science, slipped there sorry.

Anyways, Hansen who is no slouch (he's 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. Wow, we have heard of Bush putting the pressure on when it comes to hiding the fact that he was a rich Connecticut Yale grad with a hankering for the nose candy, but now he is picking on scientists? Geeze isn't that like punching a kid with glasses or knocking your grandmother down the stairs?

Many of the directives to stop talking were made through phone calls, so there is no paper trail, Hansen said. However, other officials at the New York-based Goddard Institute have supported his claims that there were efforts to restrict what he was saying.

This all makes perfect sense to me. Lets use our government resources to pick on a 63 physicist who has worked for NASA since 1967. Hansen believes the information he has is imperitive if we are to protect the future of the planet. Protect the future of the planet? Who cares about the future? What about the future?

Links:
Climate Expert Says NASA tried to silence him by Andrew C. Revkin (Ny Times)

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Anonymous said... @ 1/30/2006 08:51:00 PM

The NYT did a great job of getting this story out before the state of the union tomorrow. Bush is likely to talk in detail about hybrid cars and other forms of alternative energy. however i guess we shouldnt hold our breath for a mention of the taboo words of global warming...or climate change.

Anonymous said... @ 1/31/2006 01:42:00 PM

clever play on words. so now gw does not care about black people or physicists? who does he care about?

Anonymous said... @ 1/31/2006 02:30:00 PM

barbara bush is the only name that comes to mind.

K. said... @ 1/31/2006 02:42:00 PM

This must be the offical Anon thread. Thanks to the first anon but I think the confirmation of Alito today will cloud the little attention this story had.

Anon 2 I have no idea who he cares about these days.

Anon 3 I sometimes question if he has a mother. BUT barbara did have one of the most insensitive quotes of all time and ill throw it out here.

Speaking about the victims of Katrina she said, "And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them." AND of their plans for permanent relocation, she stated: "What I’m hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas."

Very nice Barb very nice. Spoken like a true elitest.

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