The House Committee on Oversight and Government reform is looking into allegations the White House tried to suppress information on global warming and climate change. This comes as President Bush just signed a directive that gives the White House much greater control over the rules and policy statements--that the government develops to protect public health, safety, the environment, civil rights and privacy. CNBC's Pearson Hampton had the details on "Morning Call."
First-- a little more on the new executive order. As the New York Times reports--the order says that each agency must have a regulatory policy office run by a political appointee--to supervise the development of rules and documents providing guidance to regulated industries. The White House will have a gatekeeper in each agency to analyze the costs and the benefits of new rules and to make sure the agencies carry out the president’s priorities.
As Hampton explains--this ties into what's going on now. The committee looking into this--is after the White House to release information--that could prove the Bush Administration misled the public by injecting doubt about global warming--going back to 2002. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), who chairs the committee--says it's up to the White House to release the information so it can be determined if the White House is using political influence to stop scientific statements that it doesn't like.
Pearson said that the committee is hearing today from several government scientists who resigned in protest--over that they say was an effort to stop the flow of information about global warming and climate change.
FYI-Global warming is the observed increase in the average temperature of the Earth's atmosphere and oceans in recent decades and its projected continuation into the future.Warmer temperatures increase melting of mountain glaciers, increase ocean heat content, and cause ocean water to expand. Largely as a result of these effects, global sea level has risen 4 to 10 inches (10-25 cm) over the past 100 years. With additional warming, sea level is projected to rise from half a foot to 3 feet (15-92 cm) more during the next 100 years. On average, 50 to 100 feet (15-30 meters) of beach are lost for every foot (0.3 meters) of sea-level rise. Local land subsidence (sinking) and/or uplift due to geologic forces and coastal development will also affect the rate of coastal land loss. (Source: http://www.climatehotmap.org/ .