Sunday, January 29, 2006

Climate Expert Says NASA Tried to Silence Him - New York Times

Climate Expert Says NASA Tried to Silence Him - New York Times

The top climate scientist at NASA says the Bush administration has tried to stop him from speaking out since he gave a lecture last month calling for prompt reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases linked to global warming.

The scientist, James E. Hansen, longtime director of the agency's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said in an interview that officials at NASA headquarters had ordered the public affairs staff to review his coming lectures, papers, postings on the Goddard Web site and requests for interviews from journalists.

Dr. Hansen said he would ignore the restrictions. "They feel their job is to be this censor of information going out to the public," he said.

And that's the crux of the problem with this administration... open debate: based on science, facts or even opinion is squashed at every turn. They take as a premise of government that “one message, our message” is the only one we should hear.

We have an administration that rules more in the fashion of a dictatorship than a democracy: they control the message the public receives to such degree that you end up with 50+ % of the population believing (a few months after the attack) that Saddam Hussein had something to do with 9/11.


jj said...

This administration loves the echo chamber. What amazes me is that after years of being wrong at every turn there is still a large percentage that will believe and follow him no matter what.

It is more than just Republican and Democrat. The Religious right and the neo-cons are using each other to further their agenda. For the so called religious people in that group it is not so much ironic as it is sad. Or scary

Reign of Reason said...

The American public doesn't seem to car about facts... and whether or not your right (as in correct) or wrong: just say it often enough and it’s true.
This administration has cashed in on that premise -- it’s exactly the way religion works: get enough people saying the same thing and -- well, it MUST be true right?
What happened to free-thinking?