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Re: [P&C] [Fwd: FYI #15: Boehlert Letter on Climate Change Researchers]

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  • wright gregson
    this a very late reply. when is someone going to compile a good list of all the polical/religious hacks that bush has put in place. so far, the issue is being
    Message 1 of 2 , Mar 1, 2006
      this a very late reply.
      when is someone going to compile a good list of  all the polical/religious hacks that bush has put in place. so far, the issue is being approached on a one-by-one basis diluting the impact of this reactionary, retrograde administration's horrid choices.
      (and i guess one would have to check out other administrations, because the oppositions would raise the issue that "all administrations do it.)
      i am disgusted with the american medias lack of imagination on countering bushevism

      Sonya <msredsonya@...> wrote:

      -------- Original Message --------
      Subject: FYI #15: Boehlert Letter on Climate Change Researchers
      Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2006 15:29:33 -0500
      From: fyi@...
      Reply-To: fyi@...
      To: msredsonya@...

      FYI  The American Institute of Physics Bulletin of Science Policy News  Number 15: January 31, 2006    Boehlert Seeks Policy Clarification Regarding NASA Climate  Scientists    A report in last Sunday's New York Times about efforts by NASA
        officials  to control the public pronouncements of James Hansen,  director of the agency's Goddard Institute for Space Studies  (http://www.giss.nasa.gov/), has drawn considerable attention in the  United States and abroad.  It has also led to a letter from House  Science Committee Chairman Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) to NASA  Administrator Michael Griffin stating, "NASA is clearly doing  something wrong, given the sense of intimidation felt by Dr. Hansen  and others who work with him."    This is the second time in a little more than six months that  Boehlert has raised serious questions about the treatment of climate  researchers.  Last July, Boehlert wrote to House Energy and Commerce  Committee Chairman Joe Barton (R-TX) objecting to Barton's request  to several prominent climate researchers for information on their  data, computer codes, funding and related matters (see  http://www.aip.org/fyi/2005/112.html.)    Boehlert's January 30 letter to Griffin follows a page one story in  the New York Times citing Hansen's description of the agency's  public affairs staff's directive to review his future lectures,  papers, and his content on Goddard's website and requests for  interviews.  In the Times article, Hansen said of these  restrictions, "They feel their job is to be this censor of  information going out to the public."  The article quotes a NASA  official that the desire for "coordination" was the reason for the  restrictions.  This controversy stems from Hansen's remarks in  December that greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced with  existing technologies and the need for U.S. leadership, that were  viewed by agency officials as constituting policy remarks.    Boehlert's letter to Griffin follows:    "Dear Dr. Griffin:    "I am writing in response to several recent news articles indicating 
       that officials at NASA may be trying to 'silence' Dr. James Hansen,  the director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies.    "It ought to go without saying that government scientists must be  free to describe their scientific conclusions and the implications  of those conclusions to their fellow scientists, policymakers and  the general public. Any effort to censor federal scientists biases  public discussions of scientific issues, increases distrust of the  government and makes it difficult for the government to attract the  best scientists. And when it comes to an issue like climate change,  a subject of ongoing public debate with immense ramifications, the  government ought to be bending over backward to make sure that its  scientists are able to discuss their work and what it means.    "Good science cannot long persist in an atmosphere of intimidation.  Political figures ought to be reviewing their public statements to  make sure they are consistent with the best available
       science;  scientists should not be reviewing their statements to make sure  they are consistent with the current political orthodoxy.    "NASA is clearly doing something wrong, given the sense of  intimidation felt by Dr. Hansen and others who work with him. Even  if this sense is a result of a misinterpretation of NASA policies -  and more seems to be at play here - the problem still must be  corrected. I will be following this matter closely to ensure that  the right staff and policies are in place at NASA to encourage open  discussion of critical scientific issues. I assume you share that  goal.    "Our staff is already setting up meetings to pursue this issue, and  I appreciate NASA's responsiveness to our inquiries thus far. I  would ask that you swiftly provide to the Committee, in writing, a  clear statement of NASA's policies governing the activities of its  scientists.    "NASA is one of the nation's leading scientific institutions. I look  forward to working with you to
       keep it that way, and to ensure that  the entire nation gets the full benefit of NASA science.    "Sincerely,    "Sherwood Boehlert  Chairman"      ###############  Richard M. Jones  Media and Government Relations Division  The American Institute of Physics  fyi@...    http://www.aip.org/gov  (301) 209-3094  ##END##########          

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