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NASA Press Office Distorted Findings

POSTED: 12:30 PM ET, 06/ 3/2008 by Derek Kravitz

James E. Hansen
James E. Hansen told of being censored. (Melanie Patterson - AP).

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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Every time we suppress science that doesn't fit into a rigid ideological framework, we erode our nation's strength and credibility. Science is not about belief. Refusing to accept it on policy grounds is not only intellectually dishonest, it is potentially damaging to the welfare of the nation - and in this case, the entire community of nations.

Posted by: Washington, DC | June 5, 2008 10:48 AM

James E. Hansen: American Hero.

Posted by: OD | June 5, 2008 5:40 PM

NASA Press Office Distorted Findings?

Distorted - as in LIED? And who directed the Press Office to over-rule and harass a legitimate researcher?

How many hunderds of millions, nay - billions of dollars' of damage, irreplaceable effort, was suffered by the American people, and the world at large, because some mis-guided, prejudiced creeps lied about the truth?

Who could possibly, on God's Green Earth, think that hiding climate change data was a good idea? What bumble-headed moron, or worse, bribe-taking, corrupt low-life would sacrifice their own children's future for this?

These "Senior Executives", i.e. POLITICAL APPOINTEES need to be fired, potentiality stripped of pensions for criminal acts, and Lordy, I can't wait for the civil suit.

Mr. Hansen, sue 'em and take them big ol' Houston homes those boys got by treading over people like you.

Of course, the real problem here is that the Post - yet again - doesn't identify the guilty.

Name them! What did you go to journalism school for? If you are truly conservative, you should be harder on corruption than any Democrat could hope to be.

Posted by: Olden Atwoody | June 7, 2008 4:44 AM

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