[Net-Gold] Bush Accused of Distorting Evidence on Climate Change
- Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2007 16:05:41 -0500
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Subject: [Net-Gold] Bush Accused of Distorting Evidence on Climate Change
Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2007 02:54:51 EST
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Subject: [Net-Gold] Bush accused of distorting evidence on climate change
By Andrew Buncombe in Washington
Published: 31 January 2007
The Bush administration has been accused of
routinely misleading the public over the
threat of global warming and of orchestrating
efforts to try to suppress scientific findings
that highlight the reality of climate change.
The chairman of a Congressional committee
investigating the administration's actions said
yesterday that government officials had sought
repeatedly "to mislead the public by injecting
doubt into the science of global warming".
Democrat Henry Waxman also said the government
was refusing to make public documents that would
expose its behaviour.
Meanwhile, two pressure groups provided survey
findings to the committee that suggested almost
half of federal climate scientists who responded
said they had experienced pressure to eliminate the
words "climate change" or "global warming" from
their writings. One third said they had experienced
officials at their agencies making public statements
that misrepresented their findings.
There have long been accusations that Mr Bush's
government has interfered with scientific findings
for ideological and political reasons. In the field
of reproductive health, it has discredited the
effectiveness of condoms for preventing sexually
transmitted diseases and refused to authorise
emergency contraception. In oncology it has sought
to show a link between breast cancer and abortions.
But nowhere has the government's efforts been more
focused than in the field of global warming -
something Mr Bush has only recently been willing to
publicly accept has a link to human activity.
Despite the belated acknowledgement, he remains
adamantly opposed to an enforced reduction of
greenhouse gas emissions.
Mr Waxman said his committee had sought documents
from the White House that would reveal its strategy
but the government had not been forthcoming.
He added: "We know the White House possesses documents
that contain evidence of an attempt by senior
administration officials to mislead the public by
injecting doubt into the science of global warming and
minimise the potential danger."
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