First, to learn about how our global heat and moisture distribution engine operates.
Second, resolving the great debate on how best to deal with slowing down the increasing levels of insulating greenhouse gases we're injecting into our thin atmosphere.
Both required good faith debates where learning from the best facts presented was the goal. Instead we've been forced into lawyerly debate games that have nothing to do with honesty, or learning, or resolving important questions and everything to do with winning political battles at any costs.
This exhibit picks up where the previous one left off, as the Bush Administration continued their campaign of suppressing the climate science that was being collected while intimidating the scientists doing the collecting.
I suggest it's another example of the dynamics of forcing political Seepage into what's supposed to be reporting on the science as it is (not as they wish it). This article was written by the late Rick Piltz from Climate Science Watch (which is a project sponsored by the Government Accountability Project).
Judge Armstrong found that "there are no disputed facts, making this action particularly well-suited for summary adjudication." She continues: . . ."
- Court Rules Against Bush Administration in Global Warming Case: Federal Judge Orders Production of Suppressed Scientific Reports on Global Warming Impacts. Press release (August 21, 2007) from the Center for Biological Diversity.
- Court Order No. C 06-7062 SBA, filed August 21, 2007, from the United States District Court, Northern District of California, Oakland Division, Center for Biological Diversity et al. v. Dr. William Brennan et al., Finding Administration in Violation of GCRA [PDF]
- Additional background information on the lawsuit (on the Center for Biological Diversity Web site)
- Declaration of Rick Piltz, Director of Climate Science Watch. See also Exhibits A through Y that accompany the Piltz Declaration
- Other Climate Science Watch postings related to the National Assessment
- Federal court ruling pending in lawsuit to compel new National Climate Change Assessment
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- On Issues of Concern About the Governance and Direction of the Climate Change Science Program (June 2, 2005)
- News coverage of the court ruling (as of 0900 hrs EST, 22 August 2007):
- Court Rebukes Bush Administation on Global Warming. "Groups Say Administration Suppressed Climate Change Findings." By Clayton Sandell, ABC News, 21 August 2007.
- Judge orders White House to produce global warming reports. By Terence Chea, Associated Press, 21 August 2007.
- Judge: Bush officials broke law by not reporting on warming. By Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 August 2007
- Judge Orders Bush Administration to Issue Global Warming Report. By Karen Gullo, Bloomberg, 21 August 2007