Friday, 13 June 2008

Kucinich : A Moment of Truth

Aanvullend op deze post van eergisteren hierbij een voorbeeld over hoe de Amerikaanse Senaat zelf omgaat met dat 'cultuurverschil' tussen Democraten en Republikeinen :

De democratische senator Dennis J Kucinich heeft een memorandum geschreven waarin om de impeachment wordt gevraagd van president Bush. De meeste van de redenen die aangehaald worden om Bush' ontslag te eisen houden weinig verrassend verband met de oorlog in Irak, maar Kucinich hekelt onder punt XXXII ook het klimaatbeleid zoals het gevoerd werd door de president.

En blijkt hierbij aardig op de hoogte van hoe er achter de schermen allemaal gepoogd wordt om de wetenschappelijke conclusies zoveel mogelijk af te zwakken.


1. In February, 2001, ExxonMobil wrote a memo to the White House outlining ways to influence the outcome of the Third Assessment report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The memo opposed the reelection of Dr. Robert Watson as the IPCC Chair. The White House then supported an opposition candidate, who was subsequently elected to replace Dr. Watson.
2. The New York Times on January 29, 2006, reported that James Hansen, NASA's senior climate scientist was warned of "dire consequences" if he continued to speak out about global climate change and the need for reducing emissions of associated gasses.

The Times also reported that: "At climate laboratories of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, for example, many scientists who routinely took calls from reporters five years ago can now do so only if the interview is approved by administration officials in Washington, and then only if a public affairs officer is present or on the phone."

3. In December of 2007, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform issued a report based on 16 months of investigation and 27,000 pages of documentation. According to the summary: "The evidence before the Committee leads to one inescapable conclusion: the Bush Administration has engaged in a systematic effort to manipulate climate change science and mislead policy makers and the public about the dangers of global warming."

The report described how the White House appointed former petroleum industry lobbyist Phil Cooney as head of the Council on Environmental Quality. The report states "There was a systematic White House effort to minimize the significance of climate change by editing climate change reports.

CEQ Chief of Staff Phil Cooney and other CEQ officials made at least 294 edits to the Administration's Strategic Plan of the Climate Change Science Program to exaggerate or emphasize scientific uncertainties or to de-emphasize or diminish the importance of the human role in global warming."

4. On April 23, 2008, Representative Henry Waxman wrote a letter to EPA Administrator Stephen L Johnson. In it he reported: "Almost 1,600 EPA scientists completed the Union of Concerned Scientists survey questionnaire. Over 22 percent of these scientists reported that 'selective or incomplete use of data to justify a specific regulatory outcome' occurred 'frequently' or 'occasionally' at EPA.

Ninety-four EPA scientists reported being frequently or occasionally directed to inappropriately exclude or alter technical information from an EPA scientific document. Nearly 200 EPA scientists said that they have frequently or occasionally been in situations in which scientists have actively objected to, resigned from or removed t
hemselves from a project because of pressure to change scientific findings."

In all of these actions and decisions, President George W. Bush has acted in a manner contrary to his trust as President and subversive of constitutional government, to the prejudice of the cause of law and justice and to the manifest injury of the people of the United States. Wherefore, President George W. Bush, by such conduct, is guilty of an impeachable offense warranting removal from office.
Volgend op de door Kucinich aangehaalde stroom berichten over politieke inmenging bij NASA volgde een onderzoek dat hier al werd aangehaald.

De claim van sommige sceptici dat het hele klimaatverhaal niets meer is dan een overheidscomplot wordt hierboven stevig doorprikt omdat het aantoont hoe net het omgekeerde aan de hand is : sommige politieke krachten trachten immers de wetenschappelijke conclusies zoveel mogelijk onder de mat weg te moffelen

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