NASA Inspector General finds interference from Bush administration on climate change findings

According to Juliet Eilperin, writing in “Climate Findings Were Distorted, Probe Finds
Appointees in NASA Press Office Blamed”
(WaPo, 6/3/08, p. A2)

James E. Hansen, who directs NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and has campaigned publicly for more stringent limits on greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming, told The Post and the New York Times in September 2006 that he had been censored by NASA press officers, and several other agency climate scientists reported similar experiences. NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are two of the government’s lead agencies on climate change issues.

A resulting probe requested by the Senate yielded the NASA’s Inspector General’s findings yesterday that political appointees within the agency’s public affairs office deliberately “marginalized or mischaracterized” studies of global warming in an example of “inappropriate political interference.”

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