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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

SENATOR REQUESTS INQUIRY INTO CLIMATE SCIENCE GROUP

SENATOR REQUESTS INQUIRY INTO CLIMATE SCIENCE GROUP

An inquiry by Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman
James Inhofe into the governance and financing of a leading climate
research institution has generated waves of concern and speculation
among scientists who see it potentially opening a new front in the
battle over the flow of climate information to decision makers and the
public.

Inhofe, Oklahoma's senior Republican Senator and arguably the Senate's
most outspoken critic of mainstream climate science, sent a letter last
month to the director of the National Science Foundation requesting
information on funding and management of the National Center for
Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and its managing body, the University
Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).

Inhofe's letter, made public by the advocacy group Climate Science
Watch, requests details of a cooperative agreement by which UCAR
operates NCAR with funding from NSF, and a list of NCAR research
projects and their funding levels for the last three years. In
addition, Inhofe is seeking a list of all NCAR and UCAR staff, as well
as a roster of all NCAR and UCAR employees working at non-NSF federal
agencies or nongovernmental organizations and salary information for
those employees.

Inhofe spokesman Bill Holbrooke said the senator's request is a matter
of "simple, basic oversight."

"We're looking into the contract," Holbrooke said. "We want to
understand more about it."

But Rick Piltz, the director of Climate Science Watch, sees something
more threatening in the Inhofe letter. Piltz himself was a UCAR employee
working on detail to the U.S. Climate Change Science Program until he
resigned his post last year after growing frustrated with what he saw as
the intrusion of politics into science.

Criticizing Inhofe for deriding global warming as the "greatest hoax
ever perpetrated on the American people," Piltz said: "I have to suspect
that if he's intervening in this relationship, it's from this political
perspective."

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2 Comments:

At May 23, 2006 11:47 AM, Blogger Gayle said...

Global warming certainly is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people! Go, Inhofe!

This is good news. All exposure regarding this bs is good news. Thanks! :)

 
At May 24, 2006 3:04 AM, Anonymous Patty said...

Thats my thoughts on it. Even if the earth is going through a natural cycle of warming thats just what it is a natural cycle. Lately I am more concerned about the amount of earth quakes.(Which are natural) The plates are once again shifting. Which means as they become more rapid more frequent there is a possibility there is going to be a quite large quake soon.

 

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