Maybe Hansen Had A Point

The Bushies have gamed climate science to suit their political agenda.

Bush administration officials throughout the government have engaged in White House-directed efforts to stifle, delay or dampen the release of climate change research that casts the White House or its policies in a bad light, says a new report that purports to be the most comprehensive assessment to date of the subject.

Researchers for the non-profit watchdog Government Accountability Project reviewed thousands of e-mails, memos and other documents obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests and from government whistle-blowers and conducted dozens of interviews with public affairs staff, scientists, reporters and others.

The group says it has identified hundreds of instances where White House-appointed officials interfered with government scientists’ efforts to convey their research findings to the public, at the behest of top administration officials.

Surprise! To be fair, Dustin Hoffman’s character in Rain Man could see the direction this story was headed whens Bush, an old petroleum hand backed by petrodollars, tapped petroleum exec Dick Cheney as veep and filled the administration with old petroleum hands. Nobody expected America to lead the pack on carbon efficiency.

The only surprise, for me anyway, is exactly how far America can travel towards real-deal Lysenkoism before anybody throws up the red flag.

8 replies
  1. 1
    Krista says:

    Well, I don’t know if Hansen had an actual point, but I will admit that “Mm-bop” was damn catchy.

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    Mr Furious says:

    …tapped petroleum exec Dick Cheney as veep…

    Never forget that Cheney tapped himself for VP. It says volumes about both men…

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    r4d20 says:

    The only surprise, for me anyway, is exactly how far America can travel towards real-deal Lysenkoism before anybody throws up the red flag.

    I dont care what anyone else says, summer wheat can grow in winter if the farmers believe in socialism. Genetics is a ruling-class lie.

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    Zifnab says:

    How can you even begin to put global warming on the same pedistal as gay marriage and flag burning, John? There are some serious issues in this country that require our attention. Al Gore Global Warming is not one of them.

    Gay people are getting married, John. Married. And the Democrats sit idly by doing nothing.

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    Ellison, Ellensburg, Ellers, and Lambchop says:

    The Bushies haveEverybody has gamed climate science to suit their political and economic agenda.


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    Bubblegum Tate says:

    But…but…blogsforbush says that global warming is just leftwing fiction, and besides, why aren’t you talking about all the great benefits global warming could bring? I’d say that settles it.

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    lard lad says:

    Jonathan Chait nails it:

    LAST YEAR, the National Journal asked a group of Republican senators and House members: “Do you think it’s been proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the Earth is warming because of man-made problems?” Of the respondents, 23% said yes, 77% said no. In the year since that poll, of course, global warming has seized a massive amount of public attention. The U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a study, with input from 2,000 scientists worldwide, finding that the certainty on man-made global warming had risen to 90%.

    So, the magazine asked the question again last month. The results? Only 13% of Republicans agreed that global warming has been proved. As the evidence for global warming gets stronger, Republicans are actually getting more skeptical. Al Gore’s recent congressional testimony on the subject, and the chilly reception he received from GOP members, suggest the discouraging conclusion that skepticism on global warming is hardening into party dogma. Like the notion that tax cuts are always good or that President Bush is a brave war leader, it’s something you almost have to believe if you’re an elected Republican.

    Your typical conservative has little interest in the issue. Of course, neither does the average nonconservative. But we nonconservatives tend to defer to mainstream scientific wisdom. Conservatives defer to a tiny handful of renegade scientists who reject the overwhelming professional consensus.

    National Review magazine, with its popular website, is a perfect example. It has a blog dedicated to casting doubt on global warming, or solutions to global warming, or anybody who advocates a solution. Its title is “Planet Gore.” The psychology at work here is pretty clear: Your average conservative may not know anything about climate science, but conservatives do know they hate Al Gore. So, hold up Gore as a hate figure and conservatives will let that dictate their thinking on the issue.

    In retrospect, I think that it might have been a mistake for Al Gore to narrate An Inconvenient Truth. Most loyal Republicans would rather teabag a goat than side with Al on anything.

    (Imagine if Gore appeared before Congress again, only this time to sing the praises of Bush’s tax cuts… might send half the GOP congressmen into violent, eye-rolling seizures on the spot!)

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    Ellison, Ellensburg, Ellers, and Lambchop says:

    As the evidence for global warming gets stronger, Republicans are actually getting more skeptical.

    Evidence for disastrous, man-made global warming isn’t getting stronger — if anything, it’s being assailed now more than ever. A British documentary (which I’m sure many skeptics watched) citing climate scientists who dismiss the GW alarmists came out last month. That’s probably the main reason for the declining numbers, along with public and scientific backlash to Gore’s film and some unsavory facts about the signatures on the IPCC study.

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