Monthly Archives: February 2006

Senate committee lets Adm. Lautenbacher off the hook on NOAA media restrictions

At a February 16 oversight committee hearing (video file; hearing begins at 17:50) on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) fiscal year 2007 budget request, the Senate served up another example of the shortcomings of Congressional oversight of the … Continue reading

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American Meteorological Society statement on freedom of scientific expression

In the wake of recent media coverage of the problem of political interference with public communication by federal climate scientists, the AMS Council on February 17 adopted a statement that says, in part: “The ability of scientists to present their … Continue reading

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Sen. Mikulski’s letter requesting GAO report on openness in federal science communication

Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) has requested a review by the congressional Government Accountability Office (GAO) of the policies and practices of federal science agencies to ensure openness in scientific communication. Mikulski is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee … Continue reading

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EPA continues to screen all interviews with scientists

Despite growing concerns about political interference with science, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is requiring prior headquarters approval for all communications by its scientists with the media, according to an internal EPA e-mail that was released today by Public Employees … Continue reading

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Jim Hansen: NOAA “by fiat” put out “biased information” on hurricanes

Jim Hansen of NASA made a presentation (5.1 MB download) on February 10 at a conference on Politics and Science in New York City.  In the talk he said:  “NOAA took an official position that global warming was not the … Continue reading

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The NOAA Media Policy: Political pre-approval for public communication by scientists

The official NOAA Media Policy establishes a procedure that requires pre-clearance of contacts between NOAA scientists and the media. Under this policy, the NOAA Public Affairs office is designated as responsible for coordinating and approving media communications involving NOAA, including … Continue reading

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Censorship of Federal Climate Scientists: The Critical Case of Jim Hansen

Jim Hansen, Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City, has challenged the Bush administrations effort to prevent him from speaking freely about his analysis of the dangers of global warming and the potentially catastrophic … Continue reading

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