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    Filed at 5:30 am under by dcobranchi

    And so it continues.

    The fight between Dr. Hansen and administration officials echoes other recent disputes. 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.

    Where scientists’ points of view on climate policy align with those of the administration, however, there are few signs of restrictions on extracurricular lectures or writing.

    2005 was the warmest year in the last 10,000. If you want to know what real climate scientists have learned over the last 20 years, RealClimate.org is an invaluable resource.


    Comment by
    January 29th, 2006
    at 9:51 am

    Thanks for the link! I know here in North Texas we had the strangest ‘winter’ I can ever recall, and I’ve lived here my entire life. We finally got some rain over the last two days, so at least maybe not all of my yard will have blown away. There were so many fires here lately as well, and we darn near had to plow all of my grandfather’s farm to keep the fires up around Nocona from burning it all up.
    Interestingly enough, I’ve used the heater about half as much as last year, yet my bill is more.

    Comment by
    January 29th, 2006
    at 8:44 pm

    Global warming makes me nervous. Has done for a long time. Doesn’t seem to have done me much good, or to have changed much.

    Did you see the article in New Scientist about how trees emit methane, too? They must have been doing so all along, so it’s not a new source, just one that hasn’t been taken into consideration in previous models. However, at least they give off oxygen in addition to the methane, unlike many of our activities that give off CO2 instead.

    Guess I should shut off my computer to stop using electricity. Yes, that’s something I think about, no snark intended.