WASHINGTON — The Democratic chairman of a House panel examining the government’s response to climate change said Tuesday there is evidence that senior Bush administration officials sought repeatedly “to mislead the public by injecting doubt into the science of global warming.”[…] Two private advocacy groups, meanwhile, presented to the panel a survey of government climate scientists showing that many of them say they have been subjected to political pressure aimed at downplaying the threat of global warming.
The groups presented a survey that shows two in five of the 279 climate scientists who responded to a questionnaire complained that some of their scientific papers had been edited in a way that changed their meaning. Nearly half of the 279 said in response to another question that at some point they had been told to delete reference to “global warming” or “climate change” from a report.
Gosh, appointees are quashing politically incorrect science. Try to hide your shock.
But should I trust these numbers? Unlike the Grand Canyon nutjobs (please don’t send any more PEER press releases, thanks) the Union of Concerned Scientists is an actual organization with actual credibility. So yes. Unless someone borrowed their title it seems clear that some individuals, like their once and future bosses in the private sector, have been busy thumbing the scales.