2005/07/23

Truth Is Stranger Than Paranoia

This is one of those stories that you wouldn't believe if you didn't read it.

Seems Joe Barton (R. TX), chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has demanded the personal financial records of the authors of an influential 1999 study documenting global warming over the last century. Since Barton is well known for rejecting the notion of climate change, one wonders what the hell he's trying to accomplish. Could it be an attempt to silence a group of troublesome scientists who won't tow the administration line? Don't know, but there are other Republicans who think so, like Sherwood Boehlert (R. NY). He called the investigation "misguided and illegitimate."

The hubris of these craven administration lackeys is unreal. What next, orthodoxy trials?

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