Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Shaking Branches


While the POTUS has all eyes on his shaking branch, his administration has once again censored climate change science.

Here is the story.

Article contends officials blocked hurricane report
Link to global warming cited, Nature says
By Randolph E. Schmid
The Associated Press
Posted September 27 2006

WASHINGTON ยท The Bush administration blocked release of a report that suggests global warming is contributing to the frequency and strength of hurricanes, the journal Nature said Tuesday.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration disputed the Nature article, saying there was not a report but a two-page fact sheet about the topic. The information was to be included in a press kit to be distributed in May as the annual hurricane season approached but wasn't ready.

"The document wasn't done in time for the rollout," NOAA spokesman Jordan St. John said in responding to the Nature article. "The White House never saw it, so they didn't block it."The possibility that warming conditions may cause storms to become stronger has generated debate among climate and weather analysts, particularly after the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

In the new case, Nature said weather experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration -- part of the Commerce Department -- in February set up a seven-member panel to prepare a consensus report on the views of agency scientists about global warming and hurricanes.

According to Nature, a draft of the statement said that warming may be having an effect.In May, when the report was expected to be released, panel chair Ants Leetmaa received an e-mail from a Commerce official saying the report needed to be made less technical and was not to be released, Nature said." more

This led Dr Glen Barry of the Climate Change Blog to offer these words:

"There is no appreciable scientific evidence that suggests that humanity's use of fossil fuel is not the primary cause of global heating.

Essentially all climate scientists are in agreement and remaining skeptics that climate change is human caused are comprised of President Bush and others on the oil industry payroll. This does not mean that there are not many areas of uncertainty - for example whether hurricanes are more frequent and strengthened by oceans warmed through climate change. There is good scientific debate that is peer reviewed and meticulous, the way science works.

Who does Bush think he is to censor the latest round of scientific inquiry from the U.S.'s own National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration which suggests global warming is indeed contributing to the frequency and strength of hurricanes.

Some leaders would rather lie, kill and obstruct than lead, provide vision and save the Planet."

That thought leads to me another somehow related subject.

Apparently not quite half of the respondents to a recent poll think that oil prices are being manipulated to help the "R"s as we cruise into the last full month before the midterm elections. I heard some talking heads say this was entirely impossible due to the complexity of the oil markets.

I didn't hear them say that the US Military was the biggest buyer of crude in the world.

And I didn't hear anyone ask if the Military had taken a little buying vacation due to the fact that for the previous year, they had been on a little buying spree. (for a war maybe?)

Never underestimate the ability of a industry to manipulate its price,

or to act in its own short term interests,

or to do what it takes to keep its boys in power.

And don't be confused by the shaking branch.

Watch for the Cool Hand in the Bushes.


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This post has been real geenky. Seems to be working now.

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