Today, scientists are publicly denouncing the White House for the “censoring of science,” after it was uncovered earlier this week that significant edits were made to testimony prepared for a Senate hearing on the impact of climate change on health.
White House officials deleted key portions citing diseases that could flourish in a warmer climate.
“Dr. Gerberding is the lead of the premiere public health agency in the U.S.,” said Kim Knowlton, a science fellow on global warming and health at the National Resources Defense Council in New York. “It’s shocking that she was not allowed to say in a public discussion some of these vital details.
“One has to wonder why was this is so threatening to the White House.”
All this, sadly, is not a surprising news item. When it comes to the science of climate change, the Bush Administration has a long history of “selective interpretation.”
Here’s some links to a few examples:
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