Monthly Archives: March 2006

Senators call for National Academy auditing of government reports on climate change

An announcement posted March 29 on Senator Frank Lautenberg’s Web site begins: “In an effort to prevent future government reports dealing with the issue of climate change from being altered by White House political aides, several members of the United … Continue reading

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Providence Journal: “NOAA hiding truth about hurricanes, scientists say”

The Providence [R.I.] Journal looked into charges that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration leadership has misled the public by putting forward a one-sided view on the current scientific debate about the relationship between hurricane intensity and global warming, and … Continue reading

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White House CEQ Chief of Staff resignation continues federal climate program leadership exodus

E&ENews PM reported (“CLIMATE: Key White House aide resigns”) on March 22 that White House Council on Environmental Quality chief of staff Bryan Hannegan has resigned, “ending speculation he would be President Bush’s choice to replace outgoing NOAA Deputy Administrator … Continue reading

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CBS News “60 Minutes” airs global warming story on “Re-Writing the Science”

On March 19 CBS “60 Minutes” aired a segment titled “Re-Writing the Science,” focusing on political impediments to public communication of climate science findings. The segment drew on interviews with Jim Hansen, director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies; … Continue reading

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Boulder Daily Camera reports on Sen. Inhofe’s NCAR/UCAR inquisition

The Daily Camera newspaper in Boulder, Colorado, home of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, reported in a March 18 article on our story about how “U.S. Senator James Inhofe, chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, … Continue reading

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Greenwire report: Sen. Inhofe inquiry into research group funding sparks scientists’ concerns

Greenwire (subscription), a daily newsletter on energy and environmental policy, reported in its #1 article on March 16: “An inquiry by Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman James Inhofe [R-OK] into the governance and financing of a leading climate … Continue reading

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285 NASA scientists and engineers sign statement of support for Jim Hansen and open public dialogue

As of noon on March 16, 285 NASA scientists and engineers have signed a “Statement of support for NASA’s commitment to openness.” The statement “fully supports Dr. Hansen in his professional capacity to continue alerting the public about global warming” … Continue reading

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Senator Inhofe Launches Inquisition Probing Climate Research Organization

In a letter dated 24 February 2006, Republican Senator James Inhofe has asked the National Science Foundation for detailed information about the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and the National Center for Atmospheric Research, including details about employees and contractors… … Continue reading

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Former NOAA Lab Director: “Climate scientists within NOAA have been prevented from speaking freely”

In response to media attention to restrictions on public communication by climate scientists of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce Under Secretary Adm. Conrad Lautenbacher, the NOAA Administrator, issued a message on 14 February 2006 on … Continue reading

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Former NOAA Lab Director: U.S. in “state of deep denial” on global warming

In Warm, Warmer, Warmest, a column on global warming by Nicholas Kristof published in the New York Times on 5 March 2006, Kristof concludes that “our political system is paralyzed in the face of what may be the single biggest … Continue reading

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