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AGU and AMS Presidents Criticize Congressman Barton in Letter

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  • Mike Neuman
    ... From: Catherine O Riordan [mailto:Grconvert1.481.379663@vocusgr.com] Sent: Tuesday, August 09, 2005 11:58 AM To: Neuman, Michael T. Subject: ASLA 05-19:
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 9, 2005
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      From: Catherine O'Riordan [mailto:Grconvert1.481.379663@...]
      Sent: Tuesday, August 09, 2005 11:58 AM
      To: Neuman, Michael T.
      Subject: ASLA 05-19: AGU and AMS Presidents Criticize Congressman
      Barton in Letter

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      ASLA 05-19: AGU and AMS Presidents Criticize Congressman Barton in
      Letter
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      AGU and AMS Presidents have submitted a letter to House Energy and
      Commerce Committee Chairman Joe Barton (R-TX) in response to request
      of three climate scientists on 23 June for detailed information
      related to their research on climate change. The AGU-AMS letter is
      available at:
      http://www.agu.org/sci_soc/policy/barton_response.pdf

      Barton requested access to data archives, lists of all private,
      state, and federal financial support, and asked questions about the
      calculations and conclusions of a paper authored in 1998 by Michael
      Mann, Ray Bradley, and Malcolm Hughes. Barton also sent a letter to
      the Director of NSF, Arden Bement, asking for detailed information
      about research grants in climate change and one to the Chair of the
      Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Rajendra Pachauri,
      requesting information about the IPCC Third Assessment Report. The
      Barton letters are available at:
      http://energycommerce.house.gov/108/Letters/06232005_1570.htm

      AGU and AMS publish much of the research in climate change. But the
      joint letter reaches beyond climate change to underscore the
      importance of the scientific quality control that is part of the peer
      review process.
      The letter requests that Congress support the resolution of divergent
      scientific views in the peer reviewed literature. It also outlines
      the respective roles of scientists and policy makers in the process
      of making sound policy.

      In the past few weeks, congressmen, scientists, and leaders of
      scientific organizations have sent letters of protest to Barton. The
      Chair of the House Science Committee, Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, sharply
      chastised Barton for launching a "misguided and illegitimate
      investigation." The letters can be viewed at:
      http://www.house.gov/science/hot/climate%20dispute/index.htm

      Write to Chairman Barton and other members of the House Energy and
      Commerce Committee to express your views! To check if your member of
      Congress is a member of the Energy Committee, visit
      http://energycommerce.house.gov/108/members/members.htm

      Contact information for all members of the House of Representatives
      can be found at http://www.house.gov/writerep/.

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      Author: Catherine O'Riordan, AGU

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