Integrity of Science

Archives for January, 2007

The reports from today’s hearing, “Political Interference with the Work of Government Climate Change Scientists,” are coming in. Hosted by Representative Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing will be the first of many such investigative hearings. Part of the story is that documents demanded from the Council on Environmental…

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will be releasing the first of four reports on Friday, including a 12-page summary of policy recommendations. In its first report since 2001, it finds that the planetary warming observed since 1950 is 90% likely to be due from human activities. Predictably, climate science deniers are already throwing…

A Congressional hearing on politicization of science will take place Tuesday morning. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, chaired by Representative Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), will be holding a hearing on “Allegations of Political Interference with the Work of Government Climate Change Scientists.” For a preview of some of the material that will…

Aussie Scientists in a Political Pickle

Recently, Australia’s leaders seem to have been second only to the Bush Administration in their denial of the consensus around climate science. Just in case anyone thought being a researcher in Australia was all toast and Vegemite (not that we’ve actually heard that anywhere), the Sydney Morning Herald paints a picture of Aussie scientists who…

Spinmeister Frank Luntz spoke with Salon recently, touching on a number of Washington buzz topics. If you’re not familiar with him, check out the infamous Luntz memo, and you will understand why he is a chief enemy of transparent policy and scientific debate. At the end of the print interview, they touch on global warming:…

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has nominated “An Inconvenient Truth” for an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. The announcement was made this morning. Prepare yourself for savage overuse of the phrase “liberal Hollywood elite” and its permutations between now and the February 28 awards show. Al Gore, unsurprisingly, is thrilled that the…

President Bush signed a whole heap of bad yesterday. Amendments to a Clinton-era executive order will substantially increase the influence of the President’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) over federal agencies such as NASA, the EPA, and the FDA. From Greenwire (subscription required): Under revised Executive Order 12866, each agency must install a presidential…

EPA Library Closure Policy on Hold

On October 1 of last year, the EPA closed the libaries in its headquarters and several regional braches (Federal Record notice). The penny-pinching Bush Administration policy is now on hold, pending congressional review. According to Greenwire (subscription required): Responding to a request from Democratic lawmakers, EPA will put on hold its plan to shutter facilities…

Other Stories

Some stories we’re reading but won’t have time to blog: “Cutbacks Impede Climate Studies” from today’s Washingotn Post “Exxon meets green groups as climate focus surges” from Reuters “How Should Scientists Work with the Media and How Should Journalists Report on the Debate Over Evolution?” from Evolution News & Views

This morning, we highlighted a story out of London that suggested the White House was about to make a “historic shift” on climate change. We were skeptical. As it turns out, it didn’t take long for our skepticism to be realized. The White House on Tuesday denied it was planning a U-turn on its climate…