US Masks Global Warming Consequences

The US administration is being accused with editing out the significance from the scientific proposals made by lead scientists, notably James Hansen who is the director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and a pioneer who first started warning us all about the threats of climate change.

There was a great article that talks about all the hype – from NewScientist, I have highlighted some of the interesting points:

In a 10-year policy plan, Cooney and Brian Hannegan, also at CEQ, made at least 181 edits to emphasize scientific uncertainty regarding the effects of climate change and 113 changes to minimise the importance of human contributions to global warming, according to the committee’s memo.

For example, Cooney replaced “will” with “may” in the sentence: Warming temperatures will also affect Arctic land areas.” He also deleted this sentence: “Climate change has global consequences for human health and the environment.”

Hansen had previously accused political appointees of trying to silence scientists (see US agencies accused of muzzling climate experts). His case came to prominence in 2006 after he had called for cuts in greenhouse gas emissions (see Top climatologist accuses US of trying to gag him).

See full article at: US fudging of climate science – details revealed