NASA Press Office Distorted Findings
Political appointees in NASA's public affairs office distorted accounts of its researchers' findings about climate change for at least two years, the NASA inspector general's office said yesterday.
The revelation, reports The Post's Juliet Eilperin, came after The Post and other news outlets revealed in February 2006 that the Bush administration officials had monitored and impeded communications between NASA climate scientists and reporters.
James E. Hansen, who directs NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies and has campaigned for more limits on greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming, said he was one of those censored. In one instance, Hansen said he posted data on the Internet suggesting that 2005 could be the warmest year on record. NASA officials ordered him to take down the information because it had not been screened in advance.
The lifelong government employee has inspired both anger and awe in the nation's scientific and political communities since publicly denouncing the Bush administration's policy on climate change in 2004.
Hansen, now 67, is no stranger to controversy. In 1989, he accused the Office of Management and Budget of watering down his congressional testimony on climate change to make the situation appear less dire.
By Derek Kravitz |
June 3, 2008; 12:30 PM ET
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