Sunday, January 29, 2006

the hits just keep on comin'

Just in case you weren't satisfied with "legal-esque" domestic spying, subpoenaing Google and Yahoo internet search records, and signing memos acting with the practical effect of the (held to be unconstitutional) line-item veto, now NASA is in on the fun:

from that liberal rag, The New York Times:

Climate Expert Says NASA Tried to Silence Him

The top climate scientist at NASA says the Bush administration has tried to stop him from speaking out since he gave a lecture last month calling for prompt reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases linked to global warming....

The fresh efforts to quiet him, Dr. Hansen said, began in a series of calls after a lecture he gave on Dec. 6 at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco. In the talk, he said that significant emission cuts could be achieved with existing technologies, particularly in the case of motor vehicles, and that without leadership by the United States, climate change would eventually leave the earth "a different planet."....

After that speech and the release of data by Dr. Hansen on Dec. 15 showing that 2005 was probably the warmest year in at least a century, officials at the headquarters of the space agency repeatedly phoned public affairs officers, who relayed the warning to Dr. Hansen that there would be "dire consequences" if such statements continued, those officers and Dr. Hansen said in interviews.

Ya know, I recall a time when calling the Bush Administration "Orwellian" was done for the sake of humor.

Now I fear that it's done for the sake of accuracy.