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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

It Means Nothing, But I Thought It Interesting

An online poll at

Do you think that Al Gore and the U.N. climate change panel deserved to win the Nobel Peace Prize?
Total: 23863

Yes 35% 8435 Votes

No 64% 15428 Votes

5 Posts From Readers:

swampcracker said...

Robert, I am not going to comment on the results of the BellSouth poll, but this news item caught my attention:

White House cut warming impact testimony by H. JOSEF HEBERT, Associated Press Writer, Tue Oct 23, 7:07 PM ET

WASHINGTON - The White House severely edited congressional testimony given Tuesday by the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the impact of climate change on health, removing specific scientific references to potential health risks, according to two sources familiar with the documents.

Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the Atlanta-based CDC, the government's premier disease monitoring agency, told a Senate hearing that climate change "is anticipated to have a broad range of impacts on the health of Americans."
Her testimony before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee had much less information on health risks than a much longer draft version Gerberding submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review in advance of her appearance.

"It was eviscerated," said a CDC official, familiar with both versions, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the review process.

The deletions directed by the White House included details on how many people might be adversely affected because of increased warming and the scientific basis for some of the CDC's analysis on what kinds of diseases might be spread in a warmer climate and rising sea levels, according to one official who has seen the original version.

They include fatalities from heat stress and heart failure, increased injuries and deaths from severe weather such as hurricanes; more respiratory problems from drought-driven air pollution; an increase in waterborne diseases including cholera, and increases vector-borne diseases including malaria and hantavirus; and mental health problems such as depression and post-traumatic stress.

Link to the complete article

The deliberate suppression of scientific testimony, now this pisses me off!

Robert (Conservative Commentary) said...

I must admit that I have a problem with redacting/removing applicable scientific information. I am not educated in the hard sciences enought to make a comment regarding this specific instance from some news reports, but conceptually I agree with you.

If we could remove the political shading of scientific data we would be much better off.

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