Re: [asa] Hansen December 2005 Timeline Reconstruction

From: David Opderbeck <>
Date: Mon Mar 26 2007 - 09:44:48 EDT

*The exchange that followed was captured in passing during An Inconvenient
Truth. *
That whole meme in Inconvenient Truth is one of the things that I really
disliked about the movie. Al Gore knows how the political game is played.
This isn't Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Grow up and get real!

Don't get me wrong -- I'm not suggesting it's "ok" that an expert witness
experiences political pressure concerning his testimony. But let's not act
shocked, shocked! that it happens. It not only happens, it's routine. If
you want to run with the big dogs, you have to expect to get bit once in a

On 3/25/07, Rich Blinne <> wrote:
> On Mar 25, 2007, at 8:54 PM, Janice Matchett wrote:
> At 09:56 PM 3/25/2007, Rich Blinne wrote:
> Earlier in Hansen's career he attempted to do the same and identify any
policy recommendations as his personal opinion. Starting with the GHWB
administration that option was removed from him.
> @ He made his bed. Let him sleep in it.
> That was done by OMB under the GHWB administration. They wanted to edit
his sworn congressional testimony even when he was testifying as a private
citizen. He went along with the edits and then faxed then Senator Gore to
ask him during testimony if that was his actual opinion. The exchange that
followed was captured in passing during An Inconvenient Truth. You were
outraged when you thought politicians modified science in the IPCC. Are you
outraged now? The late Senator Heinz (R-PA) was outraged and wrote a letter
to the administration to get them to reverse themselves. This was the start
of a long relationship that was a reason that the Heinz Foundation later
gave Hansen an award. It has nothing to do with Teresa's current husband.

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