Tuesday, January 30, 2007


Dog Bites Man

The good news is that it seems that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee may actually have discovered what "oversight" means.

The bad news is how much we need it:

Francesca Grifo, senior scientist and director of the Scientific Integrity Program for the Union of Concerned Scientists, a science advocacy group, presented the results of a survey of 1,630 top climate scientists at seven agencies responsible for most federal climate research: NASA; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; EPA; the Energy, Defense and Agriculture departments; and the U.S. Geological Survey.

In 279 responses from federal scientists, 73 percent said they perceived inappropriate interference with climate science research in the past five years, while 58 percent said they had personally experienced such interference and 43 percent said they perceived or had experienced changes to documents that changed the meaning of scientific findings.

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