Monthly Archives: March 2007

House Science Committee takes a step toward protecting honest climate science communication

At its March 28 hearing on “Shaping the Message, Distorting the Science,” the House Science Investigation & Oversight Subcommittee considered testimony based on two reports—one, released March 27, that documents in detail how administration political officials have manipulated climate science … Continue reading

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NY Times columnist Thomas Friedman on Phil Cooney

In his column in the March 28 New York Times, Tom Friedman talks about the Bush administration and the role of its former climate change communications operative Phil Cooney, and draws a contrast with the bipartisan and science-accepting approach being … Continue reading

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GAP issues in-depth report on political interference at climate science research agencies

On March 27 the Government Accountability Project (GAP) released a comprehensive report, Redacting the Science of Climate Change, detailing the findings of a year-long investigation into how federal agency media policies and practices and other forms of political interference have … Continue reading

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ABCnews.com: “Exclusive: Report Charges Broad White House Efforts to Stifle Climate Research”

ABCnews.com reported: “Bush administration officials throughout the government have engaged in White House-directed efforts to stifle, delay or dampen the release of climate change research that casts the White House or its policies in a bad light, says a new … Continue reading

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House Science Committee hearing March 28 on media strategies to distort climate science

The House Science Investigations & Oversight Subcommittee will hold a hearing on Wednesday, March 28, on “Shaping the Message, Distorting the Science: Media Strategies to Influence Public Policy.”  Witnesses testifying at the hearing will include Tarek Maassarani, attorney with the … Continue reading

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House Oversight Committee hearing March 19 will be broadcast live on C-SPAN TV and radio

According to the C-SPAN Web site, the March 19 House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on “Allegations of Political Interference with Government Climate Change Science (Part II)” will be broadcast live at 10:00 a.m. on C-SPAN TV.  We also … Continue reading

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House Science Committee chairs question 11 federal agencies about science media openness policies

Following their letter last Friday to the Secretary of the Interior, House Science Committee Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN) and Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Brad Miller (D-NC) sent letters on March 15 to the Administrators of eleven federal agencies about … Continue reading

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House approves landmark whistleblower legislation with protection for scientific freedom

The Government Accountability Project (GAP) hailed the March 14 House of Representatives floor vote approving H.R. 985, the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, legislation that overhauls federal whistleblower law. Among its numerous provisions, the bill would create specific protection in the … Continue reading

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GAP press release: Monday House Hearing to Feature Cooney, Hansen, Deutsch

Rick Piltz: “Acting on behalf of the President, the White House Council on Environmental Quality has been instrumental in undermining the integrity of federal climate change communications and the credibility of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program. The American public … Continue reading

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Cooney, Hansen, and Connaughton testify before House Oversight Committee

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, chaired by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), will hold a hearing on Monday, March 19, “To Examine Allegations of Political Interference with Government Climate Change Science (Part II).”  White House Council on Environmental … Continue reading

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