Via ThinkProgress comes this irritating story about a recent Congressional hearing on the political manipulation of climate change science. Tennessee Democratic representative Jim Cooper told the following story, about a dinner party he attended:
REP. JIM COOPER (D-TN): Second, let me mention a dinner party I attended about two months ago here in Washington. The honoree was John Negroponte. He was then the director of national intelligence. He was there to receive an environmental award.
It was very interesting because in anticipation of his remarks, word slipped through the crowd he was not allowed to utter the words “global warming,” at least not in the same sentence. Apparently, he was allowed to say the word “global” in a separate sentence, and “warming” in a separate sentence, but not together. So it became a little parlor game during his remarks, to see how closely he would fit the words “global” and “warming” and not incur the wrath of the White House.
I thought this was a sad statement of the current condition of our scientific community when a very eminent statesman like John Negroponte would be so hamstrung by the administration that he would not be allowed to utter the two words in conjunction. I thought that was an indignity to Mr. Negroponte and a sad comment on the level of the Bush administration to so hamstring its talented and capable appointees.
Charming. I wonder if Negroponte was allowed to say “evolution.”