Monday, June 20, 2005

Another Blow to Reason from the Administration...

The Christian Science Monitor just published a story on the administrations attempt to remove any 'teeth' from the scientific analysis of more than 8 countries in the G8's statement concerning global warming:

Two weeks ago, the science academies of the G-8 countries (the world's leading industrialized nations: US, Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Russia and Italy - as well as the science academies of Brazil, China and India) issued a joint statement that "called for prompt action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and warned that delays will be costly."

Now, the British newspaper, the Observer reports a draft statement about global warming, prepared for the upcoming G-8 summit in Scotland, was leaked to the British and US media last week. (The New York Times reported the dcument came from a European official close to the talks).

The draft statement shows that the Bush administration is engaged in an "extraordinary effort" to "undermine completely the science of climate change and show that the US position has hardened during the G-8 negotiations. They [the leaked documents] also reveal that the White House has withdrawn from a crucial United Nations commitment to stabilize greenhouse gas emissions."

The documents show that Washington officials:

* Removed all reference to the fact that climate change is a 'serious threat to human health and to ecosystems';

* Deleted any suggestion that global warming has already started;

* Expunged any suggestion that human activity was to blame for climate change.

Among the sentences removed was the following: 'Unless urgent action is taken, there will be a growing risk of adverse effects on economic development, human health and the natural environment, and of irreversible long-term changes to our climate and oceans.'

How can we, as a supposedly informed citizenry, evaluate our leaders when then continue to distort scientific analysis in an attempt to further policy? The media has shown the spotlight on this practice before, but no one is outrages? Why?

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