Scientists doing climate research for the federal government say the Bush administration has made it hard for them to speak forthrightly to the public about global warming. The result, the researchers say, is a danger that Americans are not getting the full story on how the climate is changing.
Employees and contractors working for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, along with a U.S. Geological Survey scientist working at an NOAA lab, said in interviews that over the past year administration officials have chastised them for speaking on policy questions; removed references to global warming from their reports, news releases and conference Web sites; investigated news leaks; and sometimes urged them to stop speaking to the media altogether. Their accounts indicate that the ideological battle over climate-change research, which first came to light at NASA, is being fought in other federal science agencies as well.
I see so many Conservatives say the most ignorant things about Global Warming. When people tell me that scientists do not agree that Global Warming is real, it really hits me that there is a break down in communication, somewhere. It is quite evident that the White House doesn’t want the public knowing the truth about Global Warming, and I would suggest that scientists ignore the White House when it does these things. In the end, they can’t control the research.