Sunday, February 15, 2015

Censoring Science

Right now I'm reading Censoring Science: Inside the Political Attack on Dr. James Hansen and the Truth of Global Warming.
    JOHN PASSACANTANDO: This government, at the behest of its oil company contributors, has been told not to put out information about global warming, not to allow the scientists to talk about their expertise with the press, about the connection between global warming and hurricanes. That happened at NOAA. There’s been pressure on Dr. James Hansen at NASA.
    PAUL EHRLICH: I think it’s true that attitudes have changed slightly in the White House, because they now see a political issue, but they have worked very, very hard to suppress the science on global warming. For instance, they sent some junior jerk to try and keep Jim Hansen, who’s one of our very top climate scientists, from saying what he thought.
    CHRIS MOONEY: Apparently, a NASA aide was instructed to interfere with Hansen’s ability to do press interviews. Actually, this completely backfired, because Hansen is not someone to be told to be quiet. And so, he just went to the media anyway, and it ended up exploding.
    TIM FLANNERY: Can you imagine what it would be like for one of the world’s leading scientists, who is revered by everyone, to have this pipsqueak who lied about his credentials controlling what he tells the public? Just appalling. And, you know, the countries around the world would — I don’t know what they’d pay to have the advice of a Jim Hansen. It’s the sort of stuff we all desperately need. And here, in a country that actually pays him a salary and allows him to do his work, he is silenced. I mean, I honestly cannot see the sense of that. I can’t see who benefits.
AMY GOODMAN: That last speaker was acclaimed Australian scientist and writer Tim Flannery. Well, today, Dr. James Hansen himself joins us in our firehouse studio. His story of how the Bush administration tried to silence his warnings on climate change is detailed in a new book. It’s called Censoring Science: Inside the Political Attack on Dr. James Hansen and the Truth of Global Warming. It’s written by author Mark Bowen. It's about how bush II regime political hacks in the service of private interests (the fossil fuels industry) set about trying to interfere with the reporting of factual, scientific findings, in order to obscure the reality and the origins of Global Warming.

It also shows where the filthy, stinking harpercons got their marching orders to censor Canadian scientists from. Because Canadian "conservatives" get all their ideas from their shameless, sell-out shill brethren from the USA. Their dog-whistle politics that they use as cover for corruption and exploitation are all tested in the hot-house of US crony-capitalist-politics.

Conservatism is a scam. It's politics for dupes, dweebs and fuck-ups. They're criminals of the most dangerous kind.

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