Does The President's Administration Have An Anti-Environment Agenda

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by ktmexc20, Sep 26, 2006.

  1. White House said to bar hurricane report

    By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID, AP Science Writer Tue Sep 26, 6:54 PM ET

    WASHINGTON - The Bush administration has blocked release of a report that suggests global warming is contributing to the frequency and strength of hurricanes, the journal Nature reported Tuesday.
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    The possibility that warming conditions may cause storms to become stronger has generated debate among climate and weather experts, particularly in the wake of 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 reported.

    Leetmaa, head of NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in New Jersey, did not immediately respond to calls seeking comment.

    NOAA spokesman Jordan St. John said he had no details of the report.

    NOAA Administrator Conrad Lautenbacher is currently out of the country, but Nature quoted him as saying the report was merely an internal document and could not be released because the agency could not take an official position on the issue.

    However, the journal said in its online report that the study was merely a discussion of the current state of hurricane science and did not contain any policy or position statements.

    The report drew a prompt response from Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (news, bio, voting record), D-N.J., who charged that "the administration has effectively declared war on science and truth to advance its anti-environment agenda ... the Bush administration continues to censor scientists who have documented the current impacts of global warming."

    A series of studies over the past year or so have shown an increase in the power of hurricanes in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, a strengthening that many storm experts say is tied to rising sea-surface temperatures.

    Just two weeks ago, researchers said that most of the increase in ocean temperature that feeds more intense hurricanes is a result of human-induced global warming, a study one researcher said "closes the loop" between climate change and powerful storms like Katrina.

    Not all agree, however, with opponents arguing that many other factors affect storms, which can increase and decrease in cycles.

    The possibility of global warming affecting hurricanes is politically sensitive because the administration has resisted proposals to restrict release of gases that can cause warming conditions.

    In February, a
    NASA political appointee who worked in the space agency's public relations department resigned after reportedly trying to restrict access to Jim Hansen, a NASA climate scientist who has been active in global warming research.
     
  2. To this administration, the environment is something for large corporations to make money off of. That's the bottom line....

     
  3. Bump.
    Because I think this is an important topic.

    I'd like to here some comments if anyone happens to disagree with this assertion.

    Personally speaking, I agree with it.

    "All hail the growth of the economy".... Regardless of the consequences.
     
  4. Arnie

    Arnie

    Did you read your own post?

    The possibility that warming conditions may cause storms to become stronger has generated debate among climate and weather experts, particularly in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

    According to Nature, a draft of the statement said that warming may be having an effect

    NOAA spokesman Jordan St. John said he had no details of the report

    Not all agree, however, with opponents arguing that many other factors affect storms, which can increase and decrease in cycles

    So we have a report that MAY show GW is causing more intense hurricanes, but the reporter doesn't know what the report says. But it's possible. Great.

    And from all of this you arrive at the conclusion that Bush is anit-environment, whatever that means. Here's one little fact you probably won't see on CNN. The Bush adminstration has spent over 5 billion on climate research, more than all 8 years under Clinton.
     
  5. maxpi

    maxpi

  6. Thanks for your comments. And the link maxpi.
    I've always been an environmental advocate; I am an avid mountain hiker along with other outdoor activities.
    I believe there are impacts from our irresponsible attitude toward our environment. Here's a couple of points.

    There's absolutely no reason why we are still dependent on fossil fuels.

    Our seas are being polluted at such a rate that the mercury level is nearly high enough to cause consumption of fish detrimental.

    What if there is an irreversible problem. Are you willing to sacrifice your childrens future comfort for our greed.

    The Lord called for us to be stewards of this beautiful gift given to us. I think we are failing him in at least this respect.


    These are just a few for starters.

    -kt