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The heat: planetary and political

Posted By on Tue, Jun 3, 2008 at 9:04 AM

Had Bush avoided the calamitous war, I think this kind of thing would still be going on. But the watershed of lies and ineptitude in the war -- finally -- washed away the protective coating from every other aspect of his corrupt administration. Flag-waving was no longer a king's cross against criticism and inspection of the epic disaster.

An investigation by the NASA inspector general found that political appointees in the space agency's public affairs office worked to control and distort public accounts of its researchers' findings about climate change for at least two years, the inspector general's office said yesterday. ...

From the fall of 2004 through 2006, the report said, NASA's public affairs office "managed the topic of climate change in a manner that reduced, marginalized, or mischaracterized climate change science made available to the general public." It noted elsewhere that "news releases in the areas of climate change suffered from inaccuracy, factual insufficiency, and scientific dilution."

Officials of the Office of Public Affairs told investigators that they regulated communication by NASA scientists for technical rather than political reasons, but the report found "by a preponderance of the evidence, that the claims of inappropriate political interference made by the climate change scientists and career public affairs officers were more persuasive than the arguments of the senior public affairs officials that their actions were due to the volume and poor quality of the draft news releases."

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